Sports Briefs - March 19, 2014

March 17, 2014 

Sands, Archer shining so far in Florida

Wilson’s Mills native Jerry Sands is off to a blazing start with the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla. Sands was hitting .429 through 13 games and 21 at bats.

He has seven extra-base hits, including three home runs. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) is a whopping 1.526.

Sands, a off-season pickup from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, is vying for a roster spot as the fifth outfielder in Tampa. He’s in a very competitive battle for that roster spot with Jeremy Moore, who also has three home runs this spring.

Clayton’s Chris Archer hasn’t allowed a run yet through his first two spring training starts for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander has thrown 5 1/3 innings in two starts with three hits allowed, no walks and three strikeouts.

His walks and hits per innings pitched is a very solid 0.56.

Rams down Comets in softball

Cleveland downed Clayton 5-1 in softball Friday afternoon behind Brittany Bucklin's two home runs. Taylor Drayton held the Comets to one run to earn the pitching victory.

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