A look at area baseball, softball players at the college level

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Our local ballplayers had another strong weekend at the college level as we continue to keep an eye on some of the area student-athletes making strides at their respective colleges and universities.

Steven Linkous, left, talks it  over with UNCW Coach Mark Scalf. Photo courtesy- UNCW athletics
Steven Linkous, left, talks it over with UNCW Coach Mark Scalf. Photo courtesy UNCW athletics.

On the UNCW campus, it was a good day for the Seahawks on Sunday as the local ball club picked up a series win over West Virginia.

Former Post 10 ballplayers Ryan LaGrange (Laney) and Steven Linkous (North Brunswick) had strong days at the plate as LaGrange had three hits and Linkous slammed a triple in the 13-10 win.

LaGrange also started off the series with a home run and double on Friday to lead UNCW to a series-opening victory over the Mountaineers.

Jordan Betts continues his hot hitting (.348 average) at Duke even as the Blue Devils were swept at Pitt this past weekend.

Scott Johnson (Hoggard) and Scott Coleman (Hoggard) are the leading hitters at Gardner Webb, with both of them hitting near 300. Sam Foy (New Hanover) raised his average to a whopping .384 as Davidson took a weekend series from Wofford. Chris Hicks went 7-for-10 over the weekend for Wake Tech.

Pitcher Jonathan Kelly (Ashley) has a 0.00 ERA in nine innings of work for VMI. And, Luke Tendler (Laney) went 2-for-3 Sunday, slamming his fifth home run of the season, to keep NC A&T in first place.

On the softball field, Madison Johnston (Laney) set a school single-game record for most innings pitched on Friday as University of Mount Olive outlasted North Greenville University 3-2 in game one of a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader Friday at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field.

Jo'Landa White has five home runs on the season. Photo courtesy- Saint Augustine's Athletics
Jo’Landa White has five home runs on the season. Photo courtesy Saint Augustine’s Athletics.

Johnston (5-5) retired the first 10 batters she faced on her way to become the first player in Trojan history to record a 12-inning complete game. She threw 131 pitches, including 87 for strikes. Johnston struck out two–both in extra innings–and her lone walk came in the top of the 11th when she pitched around North Greenville’s top hitter, Rachel Glazebrook.

Junior Jo’Landa White (Leland) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win for St. Augustine’s University on Sunday. Her sister, Daja White (Leland), scored the lone run for the Falcons in a 2-1 setback on Saturday.

Jo’Landa and Daja are the top two hitters on the team for Saint Augustine’s this season. Daja has a .432 average with six doubles and 10 RBI, while Jo’Landa is batting .403 with a team-high five home runs and 29 runs batted in. The White sisters were featured in NCAA Champion Magazine in July. Click here to read the story.