LONG VIEW, Wash — The Lumber River Babe Ruth team will have a chance to write history tonight. After a 4-3 victory over Torrance, California, the boys from North Carolina have advanced to the Babe Ruth 13- to 15-year-old World Series championship game.
The team took advantage of three errors made by Torrance and never trailed in the win, scoring single runs in the second and fourth, and two in the sixth inning before stopping a late rally by Torrance in the top of the seventh.
Matthias Carter had a banner day in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-3, although he failed to score during the game. Ted McNeill and Chay Locklear added a pair of hits to the totals as well.
McKinley Strickland threw a complete game for Lumber River, only giving up one earned run on the night and striking out six batters while throwing 122 pitches.
Lumber River now advances to take on Broomall-Newton (Pa) tonight at 10:05 pm EST. Lumber River has already beaten the Pennsylvania team in a 3-1 game on Monday afternoon. The game can be viewed at longviewworldseries.com.
UNCP ranked No. 18 In D2Football.com Poll
LIBERTY, Mo. — Having already secured a spot in the preseason listing by the American Football Coaches Association, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke football team grabbed its second ranking of the preseason when the Braves checked in at No. 18 in the D2Football.com Top 25 Poll, the organization announced.
UNCP is one of just four NCAA Super Region 2 teams included in the preseason list. North Alabama, a week six opponent for the Braves, is listed at No. 6, 2013 national runner-up Lenoir-Rhyne is at No. 7 and Carson-Newman checked in to the No. 16 spot. Winston-Salem State, a week one opponent for UNCP, is listed at No. 17.
Fresh off of its fourth NCAA Division II title, Northwest Missouri State opens up 2014 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. Grand Valley State (Mich.) checked in at No. 2 and was followed by Colorado State-Pueblo and Minnesota-Duluth. Minnesota State-Mankato rounds out the top 5.
The Braves will open up their eighth season of intercollegiate football on September 6 when they visit Winston-Salem to battle the Rams in a 6 p.m. contest at Bowman-Gray Stadium.