Clayton native Chris Archer finished off his dominating month with a complete-game, 1-0 shutout win over the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays win was Archer’s second in Yankee Stadium this season and moved him to 4-0 with a 0.73 earned-run average in his last five starts.
Archer, 24, held the Yankees to two hits and didn’t issue a walk on Saturday while striking out six batters. He is now 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA and two complete games on the season.
His performance on Saturday drew rave reviews from many, including Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling who called it, “The most dominating pitcher performance against the Yankees this season.”
The Rays have rocketed to the top of the American League East with Archer’s help this month, having gone 22-3 in their past 25 games after Archer’s Saturday victory.
Archer’s next start comes Friday against the San Francisco Giants and one of the National League’s best in fellow North Carolinian Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA).
Standout hurdlers: Clayton’s Mollie Williams ran the third-fastest 100-meter hurdle time in state history earlier this month during the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational in Durham. She ran a wind-legal 13.54-seconds time to take the title. The run was also the fourth fastest time in the U.S. this year.
Southeast Raleigh runner Jacklyn Howell ran 13.95 seconds in the same event, the third fastest time in the state this year.
SSS Invitational: The high school cross-country season in Johnston County will get off to its somewhat new – but still traditional – start on Aug. 24. Smithfield-Selma High will host the Smithfield-Selma Invitational at Smithfield Community Park. The races begin at 8 a.m., with most of Johnston County’s eight high schools in attendance.
Junior golf: The Southeast Raleigh All-Star team of the PGA Junior League will play for the state championship this week at Stoney Creek Golf Club near Greensboro. The winner of the state tournament advances to Jacksonville, Fla. for the regionals in mid-August.
The Southeast squad is made up of players from Pine Hollow, River Ridge and Wilmar. Southeast Raleigh defeated Eastern N.C. 8-4 to advance to the state finals. Members of the team are Janie Gooch, Biggs Hawley, Matt Hayes, Brady Hooks, Colby Jackson, Peter Jackson, Rachael Johnson, Jacob Kallam, Junye Ou and Coltin Scott.
In qualifying for the Carolinas Junior Boys Championship, Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks finished third with a round of 5-under, 67, Thursday at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro. Stephenson and the rest of the qualifiers are playing this week at High Point Country Club.