Area Sports Briefs: Wharton slugging in New Mexico
Published 1:05 am Thursday, July 14, 2016
From staff reports
Former Catawba catcher T.J. Wharton is one of the standouts in the independent Pecos League.
Wharton plays in Alamogordo, N.M., for the White Sands Pupfish
Wharton is batting .429 with 10 homers and 66 RBIs. He leads the league in hits (93) and RBIs.
Former Catawba first baseman Paul Kronenfeld was named to the all-star team in the Frontier League.
Playing for the Schaumburg Boomers, Kronenfeld has eight homers and 33 RBIs.
KANNAPOLIS — Ben Johnson hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Lexington Legends to a 13-6 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Wednesday.
The double by Johnson came in the midst of an eight-run inning and gave the Legends a 6-5 lead. Later in the inning, Jecksson Flores hit a two-run triple and then scored on a single by Roman Collins.
The Legends later scored four runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Franco Terrero (2-0) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Alex Katz (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Seby Zavala homered and singled, driving home three runs for the Intimidators.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Charcer Burks hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 5-4 win over the Frederick Keys on Wednesday.
Ryan McNeil got Erick Salcedo to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his 13th save of the season.
The single by Burks scored Yasiel Balaguert and Jeffrey Baez and was the game’s last scoring play.
Burks hit a solo home run in the first inning to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead. The Keys came back to take the lead in the second inning when they crossed the plate for four runs, including solo home runs by Cameron Kneeland and Jomar Reyes.
Myrtle Beach cut the deficit to 4-3 in the second when Balaguert hit a two-run home run.
James Pugliese (2-3) got the win with three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Austin Urban (1-1) took the loss in the Carolina League game.
Kneeland homered and singled for the Keys. Reyes homered and singled.