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Long Meadow Pool closed for the summer season

Durham Parks and Recreation has closed Long Meadow Pool for the summer season due to safety concerns resulting from chronic water seepage into the pool’s mechanical equipment room.

An assessment of Durham’s aquatics facilities will be submitted to city staff for review in August. The city will use that to prioritize work needed at all aquatics facilities, including Long Meadow Pool.

For more information call 919-560-4355 or see www.DPRPlayMore.org.

Voyager boosters plan golf tournament for May 10

The Voyager Academy Booster Club will hold its seventh annual benefit golf tournament on Saturday, May 10 at Hillandale Golf Course. The captain’s choice (superball) event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The entry fee is $65 per golfer or $260 per team of four. Businesses can advertise by sponsoring a hole for $125. Breakfast, lunch, and range balls are included for all participating golfers.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers.

Mulligan packages, a putting contest, a hole-in-one contest, and a silent auction are also on tap for this family friendly event.

All funds raised will go towards providing needed equipment and extras for Voyager Academy athletic teams.

For more information, see www.voyageracademy.net or contact Mike Germino at mgermino@voyageracademy.net or 919-354-0010, ext. 229 or Cynthia Orphanos, cynthiaorphanos@divmec.com or 919-730-0815.

Montgomery misses out on no-hitter – just barely

Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo said he had never heard boos in Durham as loud as those that cascaded down upon him Saturday.

Montoyo incurred the displeasure of fans in the DBAP as walked to the mound to take the ball from Mike Montgomery, who was two outs away from pitching a no-hitter.

Montoyo was unapologetic about yanking 24-year-old Montgomery so close to the achievement every pitcher dreams about since Little League.

“The pitch count is the pitch count,” he said. More than winning, his job is to nurture young players for the major league ball club in Tampa, and pitch number limits are designed to keep young arms healthy.

Closer Brad Boxberger, perfectly aware the fans weren’t booing him, completed the last two outs of the game and put the 5-0 win against Scranton — and the no-hitter — into the books.

Montgomery walked one and struck out nine. His record improved to 3-0.

Montoyo, who was named the International League Manager of the Year for the 2013 season, said none of his starters ever wants to leave the game.

“They all want to stay in, even if they don’t go nine,” he said. “If they come out of a game smiling, that’s a problem.”

The Bulls ended their series with Scranton Tuesday night and will begin a four-game home series with Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in the DBAP.

Durham writer Thomas Hartwell contributed to this report