LCC vs. Parkland (Ill.) College, Day 2, NJCAA D-II World Series

Greetings from hot and humid Oklahoma, where the skies have opened up and it is raining cats and dogs, along with those popular Sooner thunderstorms. It’s only fitting, because Enid is the county seat of Garfield County.

The tarp is on the field and the teams have resorted to their dugouts. When the rain lets up, the Cobras will begin taking infield.

This is an elimination game, meaning the loser goes home and the winner keeps playing. The Lancers lost their first game last night 9-6 at the hands of Paradise Valley (Ariz.) C.C. while Parkland lost earlier on Saturday 16-5 to powerhouse Louisiana State University-Eunice, the team that defeated the Lancers for the title in 2008.

Today’s earlier results:

Game 5: Western Oklahoma State College 16, Madison (Wisc.) College 4
Game 6: Frederick (Md.) C.C. 9, Vincennes (Ind.) University 1; VU eliminated

Now for the starting lineups. LCC is the designated ‘home’ team:

Parkland College Cobras (48-12, Midwest District champion)

23 Kevin Kiermaier, CF
8 Robert Glover, LF
27 TJ McManus, 1B
21 Dylan Drury, 2B
22 Bryce Feller, RF
12 Justin Parr, SS
28 Brent Kuper, C
3 Collin DeDecker, 3B

Starter — LHP Darin Worman

LCC Lancers (34-14, Southeast District champions)

1 Josh Hudson, CF
13 Clayton Daniels, SS
35 Gabe Brown, C
25 Andrew Manning, RF
36 Aaron Jones, 1B
4 Jay Thompson, 3B
30 Manny Beltran, LF
9 Alex Casey, DH
2 Kevin Norton, 2B

Starter — RHP Keith Spinner

We’ll be back when the game starts…

And we’re back as they are finally announcing the starting lineups. The delay took about two hours.

Top 1st (Spinner pitching)

Kiermaier triples to left-center to start the game on 1-1 pitch
Glover singles home Kierniaier. 1-0 Parkland
McManus flies out to center. One out
Drury’s Texas leaguer falls in between  Daniels and Beltran, Glover advances to second
Feller flies out to right. Two out
Parr singles home Glover, Drury advances to third. 2-0 Parkland
(Wine makes mound visit to talk with Spinner)
Kuper strikes out swinging. Inning over

Summary — 2 runs on 2 hits, no errors, 2 LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Hudson, Daniels, Brown

Bottom 1st

Hudson  grounds out to second. One out
Daniels doubles to the left corner
Brown runs count full, draws walk
Manning grounds into fielder’s choice at second, Brown out, Daniels advances to third. Two out
Jones strikes out looking. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 2 LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland:  DeDecker, Wides, Kiermaier

Top 2nd

DeDecker strikes out swinging. One out
Wides grounds out on chopper to shortstop. Two out
Kiermaier reaches on bunt single
Glover grounds out to third. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Thompson, Beltran, Casey

Bottom 2nd

Thompson beats out infield single to short
Beltran runs count full, flies out to right. One out
Casey lines out on a laser back to the pitcher. Thompson doubled off at first. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, none LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: McManus, Drury, Feller

Top 3rd

McManus flies out to center. One out
Drury singles through the hole at second
Feller strikes out swinging. Two out
Parr grounds into fielder’s choice at second, 6-4. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Norton, Hudson, Daniels

Bottom 3rd

Norton strikes out swinging. One out
Hudson strikes out looking. Two out
Daniels singles to the gap in left
Brown in 3-2 count as Daniels is caught stealing at second. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, none LOB. Parkland 2, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: Kuper, DeDecker, Wides

Top 4th

Kuper pops out to third. One out
DeDecker strikes out swinging. Two out
Wides singles to center, just out of the reach of a diving Hudson
(Wides steals second)
Kiermaier safe on infield single to first on close and questionable call (Wine is currently arguing), Wides scores. 3-0 Parkland
Glover flies out to center. Inning over

Summary — 1 run on 2 hits, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 3, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Brown, Manning, Jones

Bottom 4th

Brown strikes out swinging. One out
Manning strikes out swinging. Two out (Worman has fanned five)
Jones hit by pitch
Thompson singles to left-center, Jones gunned down at third by CF Kiermaier. Inning over. Worman is dealing.

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 3, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: McManus, Drury, Feller

Top 5th

McManus flies out to right. One out
Drury singles to the hole in right
Feller flies out to right. Two out
Parr singles to left, Drury to second
Kuper grounds into fielder’s choice at second, 6-4. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 2 hits, no errors, 2 LOB. Parkland 3, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Beltran, Casey, Norton

Bottom 5th

Beltran lines out to second. One out
Casey strikes out swinging. Two out
Norton strikes out looking. Inning over

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. Parkland 3, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: DeDecker, Wides, Kiermaier

Worman is flat baffling LCC’s hitters. He’s 4-hit them through five, has thrown first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 20 batters he’s faced and has thrown an economical 75 pitches.

Top 6th

DeDecker  singles past a diving Thompson at third
Wides moves DeDecker to second on sacrifice bunt. One out
Kiermaier flies out to center. Two out
Glover draws four-pitch walk
McManus laces single to right, bases loaded
Drury bases-loaded walk on four pitches, DeDecker scores. 4-0 Parkland
(Wine pulls Spinner for Brown. Chris Lamm comes in behind the plate)
Feller reaches on fielder’s choice at third, McManus safe on error by Thompson, Glover scores. 5-0 Parkland
Parr draws bases-loaded walk, McManus scores, Drury to third, Feller to second. 6-0 Parkland
Kuper draws third bases-loaded walk of inning, Drury scores, Feller to third, Parr to second. 7-0 Parkland
(Wine pulls Brown for Phillip Myrick. The Cobras have batted around here in the 6th)
DeDecker flies out to left. Inning over

Summary — 4 runs on 2 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB. Parkland 7, LCC 0

Spinner’s final line:  7R, 5ER, 12H, 2BB, 4K, 98 pitches, 5.2 IP
Brown’s final line: 0R, 0ER, 0H, 2BB, 0K, allowed 3 inherited runners to score

Due up for LCC: Hudson, Daniels, Brown

Bottom 6th

Hudson leads off with single to left
(Hudson takes second on defensive indifference)
Daniels advances Hudson to third on sacrifice fly to center. One out
Scott Holloman (batting in Brown’s spot) draws a walk, Worman’s second of the game
Manning strikes out swinging after 10-pitch at-bat. Two out
Jones grounds out to second on slow roller. Inning over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 2 LOB. Parkland 7, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: Wides, Kiermaier, Glover

Top 7th

(Myrick pulled for Taylor Allen)
Wides pops out to second. One out
Kiermaier draws a walk
(Kiermaier steals second)
Glover flies out to the wall in left, Kiermaier tags up and advances to third. Two out
McManus grounds out back to the pitcher. Inning over

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 7, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Thompson, Beltran, Lamm

Bottom 7th

Thompson draws four-pitch walk
Beltran grounds into fielder’s choice at second, 6-4. One out
Lamm flies out to center. Two out
Trever Schock (batting for Norton) strikes out swinging. Inning over

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, 1 LOB. Parkland 7, LCC 0

Due up for Parkland: Drury, Feller, Parr

Top 8th

Drury flies out to the wall in right. One out
Feller flies out to left. Two out
Parr strikes out swinging. Inning over

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. Parkland 7, LCC 0

Due up for LCC: Hudson, Daniels, Holloman

Bottom 8th

(Worman has been pulled after 112 beautiful pitches. He struck out nine, walked three and allowed five hits across seven stellar innings. His offspeed stuff kept the Lancers at bay all night. He’s been replaced by Dane Krone

Hudson leads off with single to right
Daniels doubles to the left-field wall, Hudson to third
Holloman pops out to second. One out
Cody Richards (in for Manning)  nails pinch-hit triple, scoring Hudson and Daniels. 7-2 Parkland
Jones strikes out swinging. Two out
Thompson doubles home Richards. Parkland 7, LCC3
Beltran draws walk, runners at the corners after Thompson advanced on a wild pitch. LCC trying to rally
Lamm RBI single, Thompson scores, Beltran at second. Parkland 7, LCC 4
Chase Garrison (in for Schock) draws walk to load the bases. Krone pulled for Kyle Zegarad
Hudson reaches on fielding error by shortstop Parr,Thompson scores. Parkland 7, LCC 5
Daniels clears bases with double, thrown out trying to stretch into a triple. Inning over. LCC 8, Parkland 5

Summary — 8 runs on 6 hits, 1 error, none LOB. LCC 8, Parkland 7

Due up for Parkland: Kuper, DeDecker, Wides

Top 9th

(Chris Blankenship replaces Allen on the mound)
Watts draws lead-off walk. Blankenship pulled for Hathcock
Parkland has hit two HRs this half-inning — a 3-run shot by Kiermaier and a solo shot from McManus with two out. Parkland 11, LCC 8
Hathcock got Drury to go down swinging. Inning over. LCC has 3 more outs in its season.

Summary — 4 runs on 2 hits, no errors, none LOB. Parkland 11, LCC 8

Due up for LCC: Holloman, Richards, Jones

Bottom 9th

Lee Taylor pinch hitting, reaches on infield single
Richards strikes out swinging. One out. Two left in LCC’s season
Jones flies out to center. Two out. One left in LCC’s season
Thompson grounds out to second. Game over

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 1 LOB.

Parkland wins 11-8, and ends LCC’s season at 34-15

LCC vs. Paradise Valley (Ariz.) C.C., Day 1, NJCAA D-II World Series

SE Ryan Herman here, and I have hijacked Hanks’ blog for the evening. Greetings from Enid, Okla., where it’s a balmy 86 degrees and the time is an hour behind Lenoir County time. Lenoir Community College is about to take on the Paradise Valley (Ariz.) C.C. Pumas in the nightcap of the first day of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Before I get to the starting lineups, I would like to congratulate South Lenoir’s softball team on its advancement into the NCHSAA state 2A East regional championship against Eastern Randolph with its 1-0 win over host Edenton Holmes on Friday night. The Blue Devils will play ER this Friday at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh.

Results from today’s earlier games:

Game 1: Iowa Central C.C. 5, Vincennes (Ind.) University 4
Game 2: UCONN Avery Point 5, Frederick (Md.) C.C. 2
Game 3: LSU-Eunice 16, Parkland (Ill.) College 5

LCC Lancers (34-13, Southeast District champions)

1 Josh Hudson, CF
5 Tyler Edwards, SS
35 Gabe Brown, C
25 Andrew Manning, RF
36 Aaron Jones, 1B
4 Jay Thompson, 3B
38 Randy Odell, DH
30 Manny Beltran, LF
13 Clayton Daniels, 2B

Starter — RHP Matt Keil

PVCC Pumas (40-19, Southwestern District champion)

23 Tim DeVito, LF
27 Harlyn Griffiths, RF
8 Devin Thaut, 2B
25 Kyle Weber, 1B
3 Jake Saylor, C
11 Kyle Stiner, 3B
33 Eric Bond, DH
1 Cory Perreault, SS
29 Ryan Wescott, CF

Starter — LHP Mario Carrasco

                    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10     R  H  E
LCC            2  0  0  0  1  0  1   1  1   x       6   13 0
PVCC         0  0  4  0  0  3  2   0  x   x       9   9  4

Top 1st (Carrasco on the mound)

Hudson draws lead-off walk
Edwards base hit to center, Hudson to third on error by CF. Edwards thrown out 8-5-4 trying to advance second. One out.
Brown RBI double off wall in left-center field, Hudson scores. 1-0 LCC, one out.
Manning strikes out looking. Brown at second, two out.
Jones RBI double on towering fly ball to center, Brown scores. 2-0 LCC, two out.
Thompson flies out to right. Inning over.
Summary — 2 runs on 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. LCC 2, PVCC 0

Bottom 1 (Keil on the mound)

DeVito grounds out to second. One out.
Griffiths grounds out to second. Two out.
Thaut struck out looking. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. LCC 2, PVCC 0.

Note: The official scorer has made a scoring change.  Jones’ RBI double on a shallow but high fly ball to center field in the first has been changed to an error on the center fielder, a ball he had to dive to to get to but missed. Jones loses the RBI.

Top 2nd

Odell  strikes out swinging. One out.
Beltran grounds out to third on first pitch. Two out.
Daniels strikes out swinging. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. LCC 2, PVCC 0.

Bottom 2nd

Weber pops out to second. One out.
Saylor flies out to right. Two out.
Stiner grounds out to second. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. LCC 2, PVCC 0.

Top 3rd

Hudson singles down the third-base line
Edwards singles to right, Hudson advances to second
(Hudson picked off at second after getting too big a lead to third, 2-4 pickoff). One out
Brown strikes out swinging, Edwards caught stealing at second, 2-6k. Strike’em out, throw’em out DP. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on two hits, no errors, none LOB. LCC 2, PVCC 0

Bottom 3rd

Bond draws lead-off walk after falling behind 0-2. Pumas’ first baserunner.
Perreault singles to left, Bond advances to third.
Wescott hit by pitch, Perrault advances to third. Bases loaded.
(LCC head coach Stony Wine is conversing with Keil and Brown on the mound)
DeVito flies out to right, runners stay put. One out, bases loaded.
Griffiths laces three-run triple to right that gets past a diving Manning. Bond scores, Perreault scores, Wescott scores. PVCC 3, LCC 2
Thaut draws base on balls, Griffiths at third. One out.
Weber RBI single to left, Griffiths scores, Thaut advances to second. PVCC 4, LCC 2.
Saylor grounds into 5-3 DP. Inning over.

Summary — 4 runs on three hits, no errors, one LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 2.

Top 4th

Manning  reaches on infield single down third-base line, injury timeout for PVCC 1B Weber.
Jones reached on fielder’s choice to second. Manning thrown out at second, 6-4. One out.
Thompson flies out to center. Two out.
Odell strikes out swinging. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on one hit, no errors, one LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 2.

Bottom 4th

Stiner grounds out to first. One out.
Bond strikes out swinging. Two out.
Perrealut strikes out swinging. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 2.

Top 5th

Beltran hits solo HR to right-center field. PVCC 4, LCC 3.
Daniels doubles to center (advances to third on wild pitch)
Hudson pops out to first in foul territory. One out.
Edwards pops out to first in deep foul territory, Daniels gunned down at the plate by 1B Weber. Inning over.

Summary — 1 run on two hits, no errors, none LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 3.

Bottom 5th

Wescott grounds out to third. One out.
DeVito strikes out swinging. Two out.
Griffiths grounds out to second. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on no hits, no errors, none LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 3.

Top 6th

Brown  reaches on infield single
Manning reaches on base on balls, Brown to second
Jones’ sacrifice bunt advances Brown and Manning. One out.
Thompson walks. Bases loaded.
(Carrasco pulled. RHP Efrain Felix now on the bump. Carrasco walked three, struck out three and gave up nine hits. He’s responsible for the bases-loaded situation Felix inherited.)
Odell (Felix’s first batter faced) struck out looking. Two out.
Beltran strikes out swinging. LCC leaves the bases loaded. Inning over.

Carrasco’s final line: 3R, 2ER, 9H, 3BB, 3K, 5.1 IP

Summary — no runs on one hit, no errors, three LOB. PVCC 4, LCC 3.

Bottom 6th (Keil still on the hill for LCC)

Thault reaches on infield single
Weber smokes one to the train tracks 50 feet beyond the left-field wall, Thault scores. PVCC 6, LCC 3.
Saylor pops out to second. One out.
Stiner strikes out swinging. Two out.
Bond reaches on a base on balls
Perreault reaches on a base on balls, Bond to second.
(Assistant Coach C.C. Tilghman makes a trip to the mound to talk to Keil. He remains in the game.)
Wescott two-out RBI double to left scores Bond. PVCC 7, LCC 3.
(Wine pulls Keil for Hunter Lowe. Keil responsible for runners at second (Wescott) and third (Perreault))
DeVito draws walk. Bases loaded. Two out.
Griffiths grounds into 4-6 fielder’s choice at second. Inning over.

Keil’s final line: 7R, 7ER, 6H, 4BB, 5K, 5.2 IP

Summary — 3 runs on 3 hits, no errors, 3 LOB. PVCC 7, LCC 3.

Top 7th

Daniels grounds out to third. One out.
Hudson grounds out to first. Two out.
Edwards singles to left
Brown reaches on throwing error by 3B Stiner, Edwards to second
Manning drives in Edwards on double to left, Brown to third.
Jones pops out to third in foul territory. Inning over.

Summary — 1 run on two hits, 1 error, two LOB. PVCC 7, LCC 4.

Bottom 7th

Thaut lines out to first. One out.
Weber doubles to left
Saylor walks
Stiner singles to center, Weber scores. PVCC 8, LCC 4.
(Wine pulls Lowe for RHP Cook)
Bond drives in Saylor on sacrifice fly to center, Stiner to third. PVCC 9, LCC 4.
Perreault walks
Wescott strikes out looking. Inning over.

Lowe’s  final line: 2R, 2ER, 2H, 2BB, 0K, .2 IP

Summary — 2 runs on 2 hits, no errors, 2 LOB. PVCC 9, LCC 4.

Top 8th

Thompson draws lead-off walk
Lee Taylor (batting for Odell) lines one up the middle, Thompson to second
Beltran RBI single to center scores Thompson, Taylor to second. PVCC 9, LCC 5.
Daniels strikes out swinging. One out.
Hudson grounds into 6-4-3 inning-ending DP. PVCC 9, LCC 5.

Summary — 1 run on two hits, no errors, 1 LOB. PVCC 9, LCC 5

Bottom 8th

DeVito singles
Griffiths advances DeVito to second on sacrifice bunt. One out.
Thaut grounds out to second. Two out.
Weber (who has been outstanding defensively) draws a two-out walk. DeVito to third on passed ball by Brown.
Saylor grounds out to third. Inning over.

Summary — no runs on 1 hit, no errors, 2 LOB. PVCC 9, LCC 5.

Top 9th (LHP Brian Foster on the hill for Pumas, replacing Felix)

Edwards lines one into right field
Brown reaches on fielding error by 3B Stiner, Edwards to second
Manning hit by pitch, bases full for LCC
(Foster pulled after failing to record an out. Replaced with RHP Matt Anderson. Save situation for Anderson.)
Jones strikes out swinging. One out.
Thompson grounds into fielder’s choice at second, Edwards scores, Brown advances to third. PVCC 9, LCC 6. Two out.
Taylor strikes out on 1-2 breaking pitch. Game over.

Summary — 1 run on 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB. PVCC 9, LCC 6.

Final linescore:

                    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10     R  H  E
LCC            2  0  0  0  1  0  1   1  1   x       6   13 0
PVCC         0  0  4  0  0  3  2   0  x   x       9   9  4
W–Carrasco. L–Keil. Sv–Anderson.

LCC will face Parkland Sunday night at 7 (8 EST) in an elimination game.

Afternoon News Report; May 27, 2010

‘TOP KILL’ STOPS OIL FLOW IN GULF … FOR NOW

BP has temporarily stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico with its “Top Kill” method. Officials say they will go in and plug the rest of the hole with concrete soon.

My take: About time. In this whole fiasco — which has now lasted more than a month — you’d figure there’d be a fail-safe in case something like this happened. Guess not, eh? Anyway, BP will never see another cent of my money, I can promise you that.

ART LINKLETTER DEAD AT 97

Art Linkletter, TV host and author, died yesterday at the age of 97.

My take: One of the first books I ever read was “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” which was a spinoff from his TV show. Very, very funny book.

MAGIC WIN GAME 5; SERIES NOW AT 3-2

The Orlando Magic had little difficulty in its 113-92 defeat of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals last night.

My take: And now I’m concerned.

Yes, I’m an unashamed Celtics fan who was ecstatic that the C’s were up three games to none. But losing Game 4 at home was bad. Losing Game 5 in Orlando is worse. Teams that have been up 3-0 in series are 93-0 all-time in the NBA … but if Boston doesn’t win Game 6 Friday night in Beantown, I really think it’s going to be 93-1.

The iPod shuffle

Wake Up Call — Maroon 5

You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) — Dead Or Alive

Rock With You — Michael Jackson

Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) — Digable Planets

I Can — NaS

Afternoon News Report; May 26, 2010

Vacation/sickness update: The vacay is going great, especially since it’s shifted to a beachfront setting. But it was good to see a few faithful bloggees yesterday, including South Lenoir basketball coach Vance Wade yesterday while I was picking up my 14 prescriptions for my various ailments.

And now … on to your MNR ANR:

KINSTON MAN GETS PROBATION INSTEAD OF 70 YEARS IN PRISON

This was in yesterday’s FP, but I didn’t get around to it … but a 22-year-old Kinston man received probation and light fines instead of up to 70 years in prison he could’ve received for shooting into an occupied house in 2007.

My take: After reading the story, the immediate response is, “What the heck?” But read a little closer … the judge was Paul Jones, one of the notoriously tougher judges in our area. No, I don’t think Judge Jones — who I’ve met on a couple of occasions and have found to be very, very fair — is getting soft.

But he’s a judge with a sterling reputation for a reason. Let’s see if Dominique Deshawn Graham stays out of trouble for the rest of his life; if he does, then Judge Jones did a fine job. If Mr. Graham is back in jail in the next five years, I hope they throw all 70 years at him … and if I know Judge Jones, I know they will.

YOUNG ADULTS KEEPING EYE ON ONLINE REPUTATION

USA Today has a fine piece today on how young professionals are keeping watch on their “online reputation” — how they are viewed with the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

My take: And if there’s anything I can tell my younger bloggees — be smart about what you put up on FB, MySpace, etc. When I am hiring a young reporter — and I’ve just hired two in the past four months — the first thing I do is check out their Facebook pages as part of the hiring process.

Why? I can see what kind of person they are by what they have on their FB page. For instance — and I am NOT kidding — one applicant who had a pretty good resume had a picture of himself with what appeared to be a 9 mm handgun pointed at the camera. No joke — and he didn’t get a follow-up call, either.

Be smart, kids — EVERYTHING you say or post can and will probably someday come back to bite you.

U2 CANCELS 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

The greatest rock band in the world, U2, was forced to postpone its 16 tour stops in North America after frontman Bono had back surgery last week. The stops — with perhaps some more thrown in (including one in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia, PLEASE?!?!?) — will be played in 2011.

My take: U2 rocked Raleigh to death in October, and I hoped they’d make another stop when they announced their second round of shows. Unfortunately, the closest U2 was coming was Philadelphia, New York and Miami — but maybe this will mean a show in our neck o’ the woods in 2011.

A note — if you haven’t seen U2 in concert, put it on your bucket list. I’ve been to dozens of rock shows from practically all the top artists and NOTHING compares to a U2 concert.

The iPod shuffle

Strange Currencies — REM

Get On Your Boots — U2

Free Bird — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Small Town — John Mellancamp

FEZ-Being Born — U2

P.S.: Free Press Sports Editor Ryan Herman — who tied the knot over a week ago — will be blogging live RIGHT HERE from Enid, Okla., where the LCC baseball team will be playing in the NJCAA D-2 World Series. The first game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; be sure to come back here and follow the Lancers as they attempt to win a national championship.

P.P.S.S.: Please don’t forget to vote for South Lenoir’s Logan Deaver for a statewide player of the year award. Send an e-mail to ncnospitallstars@thesportsflash.com with NC-10-POTY-DEAVER in the subject line. You can vote for him once an hour until midnight on Sunday. Yep, I read it wrong last week — I thought the voting ended this past Sunday, but it lasts until this Sunday. Let’s vote for one of our own!

Tuesday’s open space

No MNR today: as Murphy’s Law would dictate, I’m sick as a dog … on vacation. AWESOME.

Anyhoo, take the space below to chat amongst yourselves about anything you desire, including my Celtics screwing the pooch in last night’s Game 4 (can Orlando win the series?), the “24″ series finale (oh yeah, there’ll be a movie) and a sudden drop in gas prices (isn’t there a BP gas line throwing up millions of gallons of oil a day in the Gulf?).

Go ahead, leave a comment so I don’t feel worse.

Thanks.

Afternoon News Report; May 24, 2010

To my blog homies and homettes: I am on vacation this week, so I will do my best to get to the MNR and blog. However, forgive me if I don’t have things up as quickly as usual.

On to the MNR … err, now the ANR:

‘LOST’ WRAPS UP SERIES

ABC’s “Lost” aired its series finale last night, with mixed reviews.

My take: Never watched a minute of the series, but some people I know — Free Press Education Reporter Chris Lavender immediately comes to mind — were addicted to it. It was one of those shows (like “The Sopranos,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” etc.) that I know you have to watch from the pilot or you’ll get lost.

CAVS FIRE COACH — AND HOPE FOR COACH K TO MOVE TO CLEVELAND

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally lowered the boom on their coach, Mike Brown, and now talk is moving towards a new coach to keep LeBron James. Among the names is Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

My take: If Coach K weren’t 63 years old, I might think he’d take a shot at this, especially since Danny Ferry is still in charge of the team … but in my opinion, there’s no way K leaves Durham.

JOSE LIMA DEAD AT 37

Former MLB pitcher Jose Lima died Sunday at the age of 37. A heart attack took his life.

My take: Very, very sad. He was a heck of a pitcher once upon a time and it’s mind-blowing that he was only 37.

The iPod shuffle

What You Know — T.I.

That’s The Way Love Goes — Janet Jackson

Owner Of A Lonely Heart — Yes

When I Look At The World — U2

The Last Song — Poison

Friday night playoff updates

2A baseball playoffs

FINAL: Farmville Central 3, Greene Central 0, thanks to Trey Kiger and Keith Spence for these updates!

FINAL: Croatan 6, South Lenoir 5, 8 innings, thanks to Michael Moon, Charlie Casey, James Herring, Bobby “Heelatious” Davis and Derek Hunter for these updates!

2A softball playoffs

FINAL: South Lenoir 5, Topsail 4, 8 innings, thanks to Derek Hunter and Jody Turner for these updates! The Blue Devils will host East Duplin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Deep Run in the third round!

Alex White promoted to Akron

From Kinston Indians’ media relations superstar Chris Hemeyer:

Greenville, NC native Alex White has been promoted to the Double A Akron Aeroes.  White went 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA in eight starts for the K-Tribe this season.  White’s 2.86 ERA is currently the fifth lowest in the Carolina League.  White’s .204 batting average against is the third lowest in the CL so far this season and the second lowest among Carolina League starters.

 

Last years first round draft pick for the Cleveland Indians, White gave up just 14 earned runs in 44 innings of work for Kinston, striking out 41.  In his last start for Kinston on Tuesday, he gave up just one earned run, on three hits over six innings to pick up the win against Salem. 

My take: Oh well — I hope you had a chance to see him in Kinston … ‘cuz he won’t be back. I would like to think he’ll be in Cleveland by the end of next season, if not sooner.

I’ll always be able to say that I P.A.’ed two of his starts in Kinston …

Morning News Report; May 21, 2010

SL, GC IN THIRD-ROUND BASEBALL PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS TONIGHT

South Lenoir hosts Croatan and Greene Central faces Farmville Central at the House That Rabbit Built in tonight’s third-round NCHSAA 2A baseball playoffs. The winners of those two games face each other Tuesday night.

In other playoff action today, the South Lenoir softball team travels to Topsail and six North Lenoir athletes will be in Greensboro for the 3A track and field championships.

My take: There’s no reason there shouldn’t be a traffic jam in Deep Run tonight — this is a huge game and if the Devils win, it would set up a fantastic game against either GC or FC in the next round. Michael Moon — who has covered SL each step of the way — will be covering it for us tonight, while the affable, jocular and venerable Keith Spence will be in Snow Hill tonight for TFP. I’ll be running the desk tonight and giving you updates here on the blog and on Twitter, so if you’re unable to go, hit one of those sources.

BRET MICHAELS HAS ANOTHER STROKE

Poison lead singer Bret Michaels is back in the hospital after another stroke and the revelation that he has a hole in his heart. This follows his brain hemorrhage a few weeks ago.

My take: Good luck to the leader of one of my favorite 80s hair bands … but all that hard living is sure coming back to bite him in the butt, isn’t it?

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SENDS PICS OF HER TA-TAS TO 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

An assistant principal at a Florida high school was arrested after she sent pictures of her breasts to a 14-year-old student at her school. The boy turned her in to a guidance counselor at the school.

My take: Seriously? How dumb do you have to be to do something like this?

Maybe Jon Dawson will read this, take the hint and stop texting me topless pictures of himself. Dude, “no” means “no.”

The iPod shuffle

Penny Lane — The Beatles

You Shook Me All Night Long — AC/DC

Freakin’ It — Will Smith

Burnout — Green Day

Home Sweet Home — Motley Crue

P.S.: Have you voted for Logan Deaver today? Remember, you only have until Sunday at midnight to do so. You can vote once an hour by e-mail — so throw him at least a couple today!