Richmond adds bats to struggling lineup
Dave Machemer wasn’t suprised when Chris Dominguez sparked the Flying Squirrel’s immediately after being brought up from San Jose.
The Richmond manager and the 25-year old third baseman spent 2010 together in Augusta. Now they’re both here in Richmond. “Dominguez hits the ball as hard as anybody that’s playing the game today, anywhere on any level.” Machemer said.
One swing of the bat showed Richmond fans that Dominguez can really crush it.
Richmond added three more bats to an offense that’s struggled most of 2011. Veteran 1st baseman Wes Hodges joins Dominguez in the infield while Francisco Peguero and Wendell Fairley join the outfielders. Richmond, 41-39, opens a four-game series with Trenton, July 4, at the Diamond.
After this week’s fireworks festivities, and a four-game series with league leading Harrisburg, Richmond heads into the Eastern League all-star break.
Kickers reach quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup
For the fifth-time in their 17-year history, the Richmond Kickers have reached the quarterfinals of the prestiguous U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament.
They arrived by defeating the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, 2-1, June 28.
With the victory, the Kickers travel to Kansas City of MLS July 12.
The tournament has been played continuously for the last 97 years. Fourty teams comprise the field, 23 professional and 17 amateur.
The Kickers, who compete in the United Soccer League’s Pro Division, defeated league foes Dayton and Pittsburgh to earn the match with Columbus. Richmond won the tournament in 1995, when current head coach Leigh Cowlishaw played on the wing along side franchise owner Rob Ukrop.
Thoroughbred Turf Racing: The 2011 Virginia Derby
More than 8,000 horse racing fans ventured to New Kent’s Colonial Downs to witness Paddy O’Prado cross the finish line first to win the 2010 Virginia Derby.
Prado was just one of the nation’s best turf horses, jockeys and trainers who are part of the 1 1/4 mile race for thoroughbreds.
The 2011 event, to be held Saturday, July 16, promises to be equally exciting. To be sure, the Colonial Downs staff has several ways to enjoy the festivities. Two of the favorites are the Xfinity Party Zone and the Hoot on the Hill.
Both offer an variety of entertainment. The Hoot is a basic bring-you-own tailgate, while the Party Zone offers a barbecue dinner and adult beverages.
Festivities begin at 3 pm, while post time for the first race is at 5 pm.
SunTrust State Open Golf Tournament
The SunTrust State Open will be played July 14-17 at Midlothian’s Independence Golf Club. The defending champion, seven open qualifiers, 80 pros and 80 amateurs will play 72-holes over four days.
Evan Beck of Virginia Beach won the 2010 event with a 268 total, 20-under-par.
The last two local winners were Ted Brown of Richmond in 2005, and Joshua Meador of Mechanicsville in 2007.
The state’s premier men’s tournament is always played on the same days as the British Open. Hardy golfers often catch the State Open in the morning, watch the British on the tele during the afternoon, then sneak out for a quick nine in the evening.