It was nice to see baseball back in the DAP.
Rays pitcher Vincent Chambers gave up two hits in the Rays 8-2 win over the Marlins June 30 before the lightning came at Durham Athletic Park.
The Long Ball game was called in the bottom of the second inning. The Rays won despite having just eight players suit up.
Chambers is one of several players selected to participate in the regionals July 23-26 in Prince Georges County, Md.
Marlins player LeChauncey Lyons will be making his second trip to Maryland.
“The first time I went I was 15 and participated with the junior division, but this time I’m 16 and I’ll be playing in a more competitive league,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to go back.”
Lyons said the players are still on a high from meeting Little League star Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs two weekends ago.
“It just felt great to meet her and play with her,” he said. “She is such a great young lady, and I hope she continues to inspire other young black females and let them know that they don’t have believe what other people say about them. They can be anything they want to be.”
Long Ball plays at the DAP and Crest Street Park. For a more complete calendar of their games, visit www.longballdurham.com.
Coaching changes: Veteran assistant football coach Carl Funderburk has joined N.C. Central’s football staff. He replaces Mike McCarthy who left for the Cleveland Browns.
The Durham native is no stranger to HBCU football. He spent a season as offensive line coach with the MEAC’s Savannah State and the CIAA’s Winston-Salem State. His last coaching gig was in 2011 with the Fayetteville Force of the Southern Indoor Football League.
Pigskin Preview: The new football season kicks off with the annual Triangle Pigskin Preview July 23 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park. All three ACC coaches, plus East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill and NCCU coach Jerry Mack will give their preseason outlooks, such as it is. Don’t expect much insight this time of the year, although the food is good and Duke coach David Cutcliffe’s quips are always worth the price of admission.
Sutton pursues dream: Former Eagles star Dominique Sutton (2011-12) continues towards his dream of playing in the NBA. Sutton is playing with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors’ summer league team July 10-20 in Las Vegas.
Sutton has been making the rounds since he left NCCU. The Tulsa 66ers picked him sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Developmental League Draft. He won the Slam Dunk Contest at the D-League Showcase event and averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the season.
Since then, he has played in Greece and the Philippines before returning to the NBDL last season.
“I couldn’t be prouder of him as a basketball player,” men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton said. “Dom has worked his entire life to capitalize on his opportunity, and to do that with the world champs will only move him one step closer to his dream. He’s the toughest kid I know.”
An Eagles loss: The university lost a member of the family last week when former baseball player Dylan Lee Drayton was killed in a motorcycle accident in Johnston County. Drayton was a three-year starter at shortstop, and batted .294 with 18 RBIs in his junior season.