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Sports Briefs: Southern Johnston tournament returns

Southern Johnston tournament returns

One of the region’s largest and most popular youth recreational All-Star baseball tournaments will be held June 19-24 in Johnston County, the 12th annual Southern Johnston Baseball Association Invitational All-Star Tournament. The tourney, which is not for travel teams, is based at Smithfield Community Park but typically includes games played in Wilson’s Mills, Four Oaks and/or Selma. There are spots for 20 teams in each of the four age divisions: coach-pitch (ages 7-8), midget league (9-10), little league (11-12) and junior league (13-14).

The entry fee is $200 per team and all teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games.

Entry packets are available online For more info, contact Gary Johnson at

Joyner takes Wake Forest High AD post

Mike Joyner, the former Smithfield-Selma baseball coach and athletics director, will be the new athletics director at Wake Forest High.

He will succeed Deran Coe, who resigned as athletics director at Wake Forest-Rolesville to become the Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics. Wake Forest-Rolesville will become Wake Forest High with the opening of Rolesville High this fall.

Joyner, a Smithfield resident, returns to being an athletics director after spending a year as baseball coach and assistant football coach at Hobbton. He led the SSS athletics department from 2004 through ’12 and was baseball coach there for 16 seasons.

He will not coach at Wake Forest.

“I’m really excited about having the chance to lead an athletic program and not be coaching,” said Joyner, who will start June 10. “I can just concentrate on the needs of our athletic program as a whole. I was happy at Hobbton, but the chance to go to a school like Wake Forest and to take on the challenges of leading a big 4A athletic department is something that I’m really excited about.”

Anderson gets Carolina League honor

The Carolina League named Mudcats starter Cody Anderson the Pitcher of the Week this past week. The right-hander shined in two starts over the week of May 13-19.

The Quincy, Calif., native was 1-1 for the week, but held opponents to one earned run over 12 1/3 innings. He struck out 17 batters, while walking only two. Anderson became the first Carolina League pitcher to five wins after shutting out Lynchburg over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-2 win on Sunday.

Selected in the 14th round of the 2011 draft by the Indians, Anderson is 5-2 on the season. His 2.41 ERA is fourth best in the CL. He owned a streak of 26 1/3 innings pitched without a base on balls from April 27 to May 19, a span of four starts. Anderson’s 52 1/3 innings pitched are the most in the CL.

He has recorded a quality start in five of his nine starts, including three straight.

Mudcats are among top 25 in sales

For the second consecutive year, the Carolina Mudcats can count themselves among the top 25 teams in Minor League Baseball for licensed merchandise sales. Rankings are based on wholesale sales in 2012. The Mudcats are the only member of the Carolina League to post among the best in Minor League Baseball (MiLB).

Minor League Baseball announced earlier this week its national Licensing Program, consisting of the 160 clubs in the domestic-based leagues that charge admission to their games, generated an estimated $54 million in sales last year.