Amateur scouting service Perfect Game has named former Knightdale High School and current N.C. Central University pitcher Andrew Vernon its No. 9 pro prospect out of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
The FCBL is a wood-bat summer league held in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.
Vernon, a junior right-handed reliever at Central, earned the recognition after working 33.1 innings for the Portsmouth, N.H.-based Seacoast Mavericks over the summer and posting a league-best earned run average of 1.08.
As a closer, Vernon led the Mavericks with 43 kills and nine saves and was tied for first with four wins. He was named Relief Pitcher of the Year, allowing four runs and holding opposing hitters to a .184 average.
Local golf team finishes third in region
The Raleigh All-Star Team finished third in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sept. 14.
The squad was made up of players from Pine Hollow Golf Club, River Ridge Golf Club and Wil-Mar Golf Club. The Raleigh All-Stars finished with 16.5 points. Region champion Knoxville had 22 points.
After playing regular season matches, 10-player All-Star teams comprised of a combination of players in the league are formed. These All-Star teams then compete in sub-regional championships for a chance to earn a spot at one of the eight Regionals across the country.
The eight Regional champions then advance to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship, which was captured by Team Georgia in 2013.