Carolina Mudcats’ left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt has been named the starting pitcher for the Carolina League’s year-end All-Star squad.
The Texas native led the League in wins this season with 13 and was the starting pitcher for the Carolina League in the annual Carolina-California League All-Star Game in June.
Merritt finished the season with a 13-3 record and led the Mudcats with 160 1/3 innings pitched, 127 strikeouts and 25 starts. He posted an earned-run average of 2.58.
His 0.95 walks and hits allowed per inning pitched led all of Advanced-A baseball, as did his allowed batting average total of just over .215.
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The Mudcats finished the second half at 33-36 and were 62-74 for the season. Myrtle Beach, Salem, Potomac and Lynchburg advanced to the playoffs.
Warriors among area leaders: A trio of East Wake football players put up some of the top local numbers on offense through the first two weeks of the season.
Quarterback Tripp Harrington was the area’s leading passer averaging 274 yards per game and was eighth locally in passing efficiency with five scores, four interceptions and the 548 yards.
Harrington’s main target, Quincy Jackson, was also the area leader in receiving with 307 yards and three scores over the two games. Their teammate, Damontay Rhem, made the top-15 in rushing with 200 yards and a touchdown.
Pirates roll by Wilson Hunt: Corinth Holders wrapped up a season sweep of Wilson Hunt in boys soccer with a 5-0 victory Tuesday night. Grant Austin and Jackson Creech scored two goals each for the Pirates (4-0). Logan Biethman added the match’s fifth goal.
Corinth Holders outshot the Warriors 21-4 on the night. Keepers Christian Green and Jack Roberson combined on the Pirates’ third shutout of the season.
Jewelry ban dropped for track: The rule barring high school track and field athletes from wearing jewelry in competition was eliminated by the National Federation of State High School in July. Jewelry will be allowed beginning in the 2015 season.
Becky Oakes, the Federation’s director of sports and the organization’s liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that prohibiting jewelry in high school track and field and cross country is not necessary.
“The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents,” Oakes said. “Elimination of the rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to actual competition. Coaches continue to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped.”
Athletic toolbox: The N.C. Athletic Directors Association has a website called the NCADA Toolbox, which contains resources and information for high school athletics directors.
Included are the 14 legal duties of a high school coach. The duties have been established by the courts in various legal rulings.
The legal duties are: 1: Properly plan the activity; 2: Supervise the activity closely; 3: Provide a safe physical environment; 4: Evaluate athletes for injury or incapacity; 5: Provide adequate and proper equipment; 6: Provide proper instruction; 7: Condition properly; 8: Warn of inherent risks; 9: Provide emergency care; 10: Design an emergency response plan; 11: Select, train and supervise coaches; 12: Match/equate athletes; 13: Provide safe transportation; 14: Provide insurance disclosure.
Staff writers Clay Best and Tim Stevens