Fieldhouse Report, 06.28.2019

Shelby Lackey
The Tourists’ Shelby Lackey leads the team in innings pitched in 2019 (photo – Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2019) – Tourists Baseball Asheville was on the road Friday night facing the Charleston RiverDogs in Charleston, South Carolina. The Tourists were 3-5 through eight starts in the second half of the Sally League season and even with the RiverDogs in the standings heading into the game.

The University of the Pacific (Calif.)’s Shelby Lackey proved the team’s innings workhorse in the first half of the 2019 campaign and will look to turn around his 2-7 overall mark in the second half of the season. The righty logged 70.2 innings of work, tops on the Asheville staff this year. He also struck out 82 batters while yielding 19 walks. 

The Linden, California, native was an 18th-round draft pick for the Rockies in 2018 after going a 6-3 record for the Pacific Tigers as a junior. Lackey spent last year with the short-season Boise Hawks and registered a 1.60 ERA in 21 appearances, paving the way for his promotion to Asheville at the start of this season.

Asheville City Soccer Blues ACSC Blues
Asheville City’s Jamie Smith (photo – Isaac Bullman)

Asheville City – ACSC played a doubleheader at home on Tuesday night with mixed results. The men’s side opened the evening with a 0-0 tie against rival Greenville FC. The Blues were 4-2-3 within the NPSL following the match, and the draw with Greenville qualified them for the postseason. It also earned the Blues this year’s Carolina Clasico trophy. The two teams played to 2-2 and 0-0 draws this season, but Asheville City captured the annual series by virtue of total away goals (2). 

Asheville City was back in action at home on Friday night when they hosted Georgia Revolution FC at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

On Tuesday night, in the second game of the soccer twin bill, the Blue’s women’s side dropped a 2-0 decision to the Carolinas Conference-leading Charlotte Eagles (7-0-0). The Eagles have allowed just two goals this season in seven outings. The Blues (3-4-0) applied consistent pressure in the first half but failed to break through. Asheville City broke the WPSL single-game attendance record on Tuesday with 1,847 fans on hand for the game.

On Saturday, Asheville City hosts Beaufort County F.C. at Memorial at 7:30 p.m. If the Blues win, they earn a spot in the WPSL postseason.

Check back here for results from both games.

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