Hunter Atkins

Ex-Randleman standout Atkins looks for new baseball home

Ex-Randleman standout Atkins looks for new baseball home

Hunter Atkins (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Former Randleman baseball standout Hunter Atkins said playing for the Asheboro ZooKeepers this summer is a treat. It’s also serving as an audition. After one season in UNC Greensboro’s program, Atkins has entered the NCAA transfer portal. That puts more emphasis on the third baseman’s production for the ZooKeepers in the Coastal Plain League. “Trying to get some stats up and see if I can get to a good home,” Atkins said. Atkins had a redshirt season in 2024, so he never took the field for UNCG. The Spartans had a…
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Asheboro ZooKeepers crank up with busy baseball slate

Asheboro ZooKeepers crank up with busy baseball slate

James Hankerson Jr. has been active early in the season for the Asheboro ZooKeepers. (Courtesy photo) College summer team looks for right blend ASHEBORO – More winning is one of the objectives for the Asheboro ZooKeepers this year. There have been a few seasons of occupying low spots in the Coastal Plain League standings, but second-year head coach Korey Dunbar said there has been a good tone for the first week of the season. “We definitely want to win,” said shortstop Zach Evans, a rising senior at Lenoir-Rhyne. “There are a lot of people counting on us to win.” Dunbar…
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Post 45 cherishes season’s successes, improvements

Post 45 cherishes season’s successes, improvements

Randolph County manager Ronnie Pugh, center, makes a mound visit in extra innings in the Southeast Regional to check on pitcher Hunter Atkins, right. Catcher Caleb Dunn looks on. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   ASHEBORO – Hunter Atkins built a reputation largely as a hitter during high school for Randleman’s baseball team. But that’s far from his only attribute, something that was on display at times during the American Legion season for Randolph County Post 45. In what became the season finale, Atkins threw six innings of relief against eventual regional champion Florence (S.C.) Post 1. It came while he labored…
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Post 45’s season ends with 11-inning loss in Southeast Regional

Post 45’s season ends with 11-inning loss in Southeast Regional

ASHEBORO – It took most of Saturday night before Randolph County Post 45 was dismissed from the Southeast Regional. The host team battled for 11 innings with Florence (S.C.) Post 1 before suffering a 5-4 loss at McCrary Park. “We’ve been playing all night,” Post 45 manager Ronnie Pugh said. “This was a classic. Our guys sucked it up and played.” Florence (29-5) is unbeaten in the double-elimination regional and will play Fuquay-Varina Post 116 (30-6) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. If Fuquay-Varina wins, another winner-take-all game will follow. Post 45 ended the season with a 25-8 record, going 2-2 in…
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Post 45 blasts off, keeps season going in Southeast Regional

Post 45 blasts off, keeps season going in Southeast Regional

Hunter Atkins, above, and several of his Randolph County Post 45 teammates had strong offensive games in Friday's Southeast Regional game. (Randolph Record file photo) ASHEBORO – Hunter Atkins drove in three runs and six of his Randolph County Post 45 teammates racked up two runs batted in a 17-1 whipping of Owensboro (Ky.) Post 9 in Friday afternoon’s elimination game of the Southeast Regional at McCrary Park. The American Legion baseball game ended after five innings. Post 45 (25-7) scored in every inning, including seven runs in the top of the fifth. For the second year in a row,…
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Lemons pitches gem as Randolph County Post 45 stays alive in Southeast Regional

Lemons pitches gem as Randolph County Post 45 stays alive in Southeast Regional

Austin Lemons throws a pitch earlier this season (Randolph Record file photo) ASHEBORO – Austin Lemons made sure Randolph County Post 45’s season has a little more life. Lemons threw a four-hitter as Post 45 defeated Belleview (Fla.) Post 284 by 3-0 in Thursday afternoon’s elimination game of the Southeast Regional for American Legion baseball. Lemons, a former Randleman High School pitcher headed for UNC Greensboro, walked three batters and struck out seven. The game lasted only 79 minutes at McCrary Park. The outcome puts Post 45 (24-7) in another must-win matchup at 12:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of…
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Glitch in plan pins loss on Post 45 in Southeast Regional opener

Glitch in plan pins loss on Post 45 in Southeast Regional opener

ASHEBORO – Parts of a plan for Randolph County Post 45 played out well on the first day of the Southeast Regional for American Legion baseball. But there were a few things that Post 45 couldn’t anticipate Wednesday night at McCrary Park and that was part of the downfall. Columbia (Tenn.) Post 19 had two big innings and those turned into a 7-5 victory. “We had a plan and we executed it for the most part,” Randolph County manager Ronnie Pugh said. “They had two big hits.” Now Post 45 takes on Belleview (Fla.) Post 284 in an elimination game…
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In review: UCA’s state titles highlight top area moments

In review: UCA’s state titles highlight top area moments

Members of the Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestling team celebrate a dual team state championship last winter. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) There were championships and near misses and an assortment of other superlatives associated with the 2022-23 school year for Randolph County high school teams. Uwharrie Charter Academy racked up a pair of team state championships in Class 1-A. The Eagles secured the dual team wrestling title and a few months later picked up the baseball crown. ** Eastern Randolph’s boys’ basketball team had its most successful season ever by advancing to the Class 1-A state championship game. Wilson Prep won the…
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Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference spring lists

Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference spring lists

Hunter Atkins of Randleman takes a swing during a Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament game against Trinity. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Here’s a list of the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s major award winners and all-conference selections for spring sports: Baseball Player of the Year: Hunter Atkins (Randleman) Co-Pitchers of the Year: Austin Lemons (Randleman), Cade Hill (Trinity) Coach of the Year: Ryan Spencer (Trinity) All-conference Randleman: Hunter Atkins, Austin Lemons, Shawn Miller, Seth Way. Trinity: Jaxson Coble, Cade Hill, Jake Little, Landon Mowery. Southwestern Randolph: Easton Clapp, Adam Cole, Tyler Parks. Wheatmore: Payton Mooney, Mason Rich. Providence Grove: Joe Coltrane, Logan Fox, Andrew Thomas. Eastern Randolph: Samuel Asbill,…
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Post 45 falls in decisive Game 5 in series vs. Rowan County

Post 45 falls in decisive Game 5 in series vs. Rowan County

Members of Randolph County Post 45 gather after a loss in the Area 3 semifinal series in Salisbury. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) SALISBURY – Randolph County Post 45 will have a gap in its schedule before resuming play next month in American Legion baseball. Post 45 wasn’t able to reach the Area 3 championship series based on Monday night’s 5-0 loss to Rowan County Post 342 in Game 5 of the best-of-5 semifinal series. Rowan County won Games 1 and 3, so it won each of its home games at Newman Park on the Catawba College campus. Randolph County (23-6) will…
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