ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Brian Bailey
Heels got a taste of C-USA’s best
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There would be no comeback
this time for North Carolina.
The Tar Heels had made come
from behind victories a staple in their NCAA tournament run, starting with
the East Carolina game in the
Chapel Hill Regional.
The Conference USA champion
Rice Owls, though, are a different animal. Rice has hitting up and down its
lineup, as we saw first hand at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
This time Rice jumped all over
former D.H. Conley star Alex White for the Heels. White retired the first
four Owls in order, and then got shelled. White took the loss, giving up six
earned runs on five hits and a walk in just an inning and a third on the
After White's departure, Rice
kept up the onslaught in Sunday night's prime time game, sending the Tar
Heels into the loser's bracket with a 14-4 spanking.
I’d say the Owls have to be
the odds on favorite now to win
this College World Series.
North Carolina will face the
high-octane offense of Louisville in an elimination game this afternoon at
2:00 p.m. That winner will then have to beat Rice twice to advance to the
Drew-Skip event another
They are still tallying up the
final numbers, but the second annual Drew Steele-Skip Holtz Golf Classic was
another great success. The Pirate football coach and former ECU hoops coach
Mike Steele form a dynamic team that has proven to be a winning combination
for a great cause.
The pre-tournament banquet was
held at the Greenville Convention Center this year. The place was absolutely
packed for the dinner and auction.
One of the highlights of the
evening was a check presentation from the Cal Ripken Foundation. Those folks
originally were to donate $20,000, but then doubled that during the live
We even raised almost $3,000
by giving away a chance to spend a day with yours truly. We decided to give
two of these “days” away, where the winning bidder will spend the day with
me for the East Carolina-North Carolina football game.
The winners will cover the big
game with me, go to the press conference afterwards, and then watch us put
the “game story” together for the broadcast that night.
Proceeds from the event will
go towards the Drew Steele Center, which will be a multipurpose faculty for
special needs children and adults. The Elm Street Gym will be totally
refurbished and become the Drew Steele Center sometime in the very near
Elm Street is a busy place
these days in Greenville. On Saturday, the Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams was
dedicated with a very emotional opening ceremony. The field is the
brainchild of David Vaughn, who wanted his daughter to have a chance to play
the great game of baseball.
The Challenger League is a
division of the Greenville Little League and is in its third year. The
league has grown from two teams to eight teams in just three years. It’s
been my privilege to coach the Cubs, along with my son Ryne and the
legendary Drew Steele, for the past two years.
The Sarah Vaughn Field of
Dreams and the Drew Steele Center add to the beauty that has always been Elm
Street Park in Greenville.
Coach Holtz and Coach Steele
should be commended for a job well done, for sure! Of course, without Drew’s
help, the project wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful!
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