The Carolina Mudcats came within a loss of historic proportions before reeling off a four-game win streak over the weekend. Carolina broke up a 12-game losing streak – a streak that tied the franchise record for consecutive losses – on Friday night, then posted another win Saturday before sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Friday win was the first for Carolina since the team bus crashed.
Sean Godfrey was 5-for-7 with two RBIs in the doubleheader win over Wilmington (Del.) on Sunday.
The Mudcats (23-24 after Sunday’s wins) visit division-leading Myrtle Beach (31-16) for a four-game set beginning Thursday before a seven-game home stand begins on June 8.
Harrison is top NCAA hurdle qualifier: Clayton’s Keni Harrison was the No. 1 qualifier in both women’s hurdle events for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after her performance at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla. Harrison ran a 12.62 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 55.82 in the 400.
The NCAA Championships are set for June 10-13 at the University of Oregon.
In the 400 hurdles, Harrison will match up again with Southeastern Conference champion Shamier Little, who beat the Clayton High grad three weeks ago for that title. Little ran a 54.68 at the SECs.
Garner grads help Red Hawks take third: Garner High graduates Skyler Strickland and Trever Lee helped Catawba Valley Community College to a third place finish last week at the NJCAA Baseball World Series. The Red Hawks went 3-2 in the eight-team double-elimination tournament.
Strickland hit .375 in the World Series as Catawba Valley averaged 7.4 runs a game in the tournament and had a tournament-best 9 home runs and 23 extra-base hits through five games.
For the season, Strickland played in 56 games and hit .323 with 34 RBIs and 19 extra-base hits.
Lee hit .281 in 42 games with 11 doubles and three HRs.
Nationals drop pair in Asheboro: The Garner Nationals American Legion Baseball team played in a round-robin event at McCrary Park in Asheboro on Saturday. The Nationals took a 9-8 loss to Randolph County Post 45 and a 5-3 loss to Davidson County Post 8 in the event.
Garner (2-3) rallied from a 9-1 deficit to get within 9-8 against Post 45, stranding the potential game-tying run at third base. Cole Hinnant, Zeke Barefoot, Diego Guerrero and Sammy Chapman had two hits each for the Nationals in the loss.