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The Hickory Crawdads entered the seventh inning with a one-run lead Tuesday afternoon only to see their normally standout defense suffer a lapse, as the 'Dads committed three errors in the seventh and another miscue in the eighth resulting in a 6-3 loss to the Lakewood BluClaws at FirstEnergy Park.

The Crawdads took a 3-2 lead into the seventh frame, before the BlueClaws used a pair of walks from 'Dads reliever Christian Torres along with errors by shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri, catcher Tyler Sanchez, and third baseman Ti'Quan Forbes to score three unearned runs to take a 5-3 lead. The 'Claws then picked up another tally with the help of a fielding error by Crawdads second baseman Frandy De La Rosa in the eighth for the final 6-3 score. The four errors are tied for the most allowed by the 'Dads this season, who entered the game with the third best fielding percentage in the South Atlantic League.

Hickory jumped out to the initial lead in the game in the second, when Forbes and Jose Almonte reached on singles before both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Lakewood starter Seranthony Dominguez. Eric Jenkins followed with an RBI groundout before De La Rosa delivered an RBI base knock to right to put the 'Dads ahead 2-0.

The Crawdads still led 2-0 in the top of the second when manager Steve Mintz was ejected by home plate umpire Jason Johnson following a strikeout by Yrizarri. The 'Dads butted heads with the umpires again in the bottom of the third, when BlueClaws slugger Jose Pujols hit what was originally ruled an RBI double off the top of the fence in right-center field. The umpires then conferred and changed the ruling to a game-tying, two-run home run, prompting interim manager Matt Hagen to enter into a lengthy argument.

When play resumed, the Crawdads quickly regained the lead in the top of the fourth, when LeDarious Clark lined the first pitch of the inning over the right field fence for solo shot and a 3-2 Hickory advantage.

The score held until the seventh, where two walks by Torres and a fielding error by Yrizarri loaded the bases for Lakewood with two outs. Torres then induced a weak ground ball up the first base line that Sanchez tried to field, but the All-Star backstop slipped and fell on the play allowing two unearned runs to score. An ensuing fielding error by Forbes at third base brought in another unearned tally for a 5-3 'Claws lead. Lakewood picked up one last insurance run in the eighth on two singles, a hit-by-pitch, and a fielding error by De La Rosa for the 6-3 final score.

Torres (0-1) took the hard-luck loss for the Crawdads after allowing three unearned runs on two hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over three innings out of the bullpen. BlueClaws reliever Zach Morris (5-1) earned the win with three shutout innings pitched on four hits and two strikeouts.

Clark led the 'Dads bats in the game, finishing 2-4 with his fifth homer of the year. Dylan Moore also had a multi-hit game after going 2-4 with a double, while Sanchez went 1-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch to extend his season-best hitting streak to 10 consecutive games.

The Crawdads (16-15/54-47) have an off day on Wednesday before beginning a weeklong homestand on Thursday, July 28th, with first pitch against the Hagerstown Suns scheduled for 7:00 pm from L.P. Frans Stadium.

Appalachian State University head women’s golf coach Heather Brown revealed the 2016 fall schedule on Tuesday. The Mountaineers will participate in four tournaments in the fall – two in North Carolina and two in South Carolina.

"This fall we play a tight, competitive schedule," Brown said. "We are eager to open up at East Carolina which will demand our best right out of the gate and spur us to compete well to the finish."

Appalachian begins the first two days of the fall slate at the 2016 Lady Pirate tournament hosted by East Carolina University (Sept. 26-27). The Mountaineers finished 13th at the tournament last season.

A couple weeks later, App State women’s golf will participate in the 2016 Terrier Classic hosted by Wofford on Oct. 10-11. The Black and Gold tied for fifth in the tournament last season with Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) leading the board for App in a tie for 13th place with a tournament total of 154.

Next up will be a three-day event at Western Carolina’s Bill Berg Invitational on Oct. 16-18 in Hayesville, N.C. before they close the fall schedule at the 2016 Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. on Oct. 22-23. Last season in Rock Hill, the Mountaineers finished third in the tournament with Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) tying for first place with a tournament total of 148.

2016 FALL APPALACHIAN STATE WOMEN’S GOLF SCHEDULE

Date - Tournament/Opponent - Location

Sept. 26-27 - 2016 Lady Pirate - Greenville, N.C.

Oct. 10-11 - 2016 Terrier Classic - Spartanburg, S.C.

Oct. 16-18 - Bill Berg Invitational - Hayesville, N.C.

Oct. 22-23 - 2016 Winthrop Invitational - Rock Hill, S.C.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the eight-member Class of 2016 for the organization’s prestigious Hall of Fame. The class will be the 30th honored by the NCHSAA when they are inducted at a banquet ceremony on April 9, 2017 in Chapel Hill.

The eight selected are chosen based on their long-term contributions to high school interscholastic athletics in the NCHSAA or in the parent organizations that gave rise to the NCHSAA. This year’s eight honorees include Ralph “Jug” Wilson.

The late Ralph “Jug” Wilson began his coaching career as a football coach at Glen Alpine High School in 1949. Between that time and 1973 when the school was consolidated into Freedom High School, Wilson’s teams won four Regional State Championships (1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965) and finished as regional runner up twice (1966 & 1967). His teams compiled an impressive 198-60-8 mark at Glen Alpine including 12 conference championships and a single conference co-championship. He also served as Glen Alpine’s men’s basketball coach for 15 years, the women’s basketball coach for 10 years, the school’s baseball coach and men’s track coach winning four more conference championships collectively. Wilson was integral in the creation of the Skyline Conference and served many years in various administrative capacities.

When Glen Alpine was consolidated into Freedom in 1973, Wilson coached the football team until 1983, winning three conference championships while posting a 64-39-1 record. He was also the school’s track coach, winning two conference titles, while serving as the school’s athletic director. Wilson coached many football all-star games including the North/South Game on four occasions, the 1966 NC Shrine Bowl team and the East/West All Star Game. He was a longtime member of the Glen Alpine United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Morganton Breakfast Optimist Club. In the summer, Wilson enjoyed coaching T-Ball Summer Leagues and managing the Shuey Field baseball and softball complex for Morganton Recreation Department. He was inducted into the WNC Sports Hall of Fame and the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

This class brings the total number enshrined in the Hall of Fame to 180 members.

Rowan County: 8
Caldwell County: 5
Post 29 ends the season in third place in the state tournament

The Hickory Crawdads' July 25th game in Lakewood, NJ has been postponed due to rain. The 'Dads and BlueClaws will make up the contest when the Crawdads return to Lakewood in August, with a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th at 5:05 pm.

The 'Dads will wrap up their now three-game series vs. the 'Claws on Tuesday, July 26th, with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 am. The rainout comes on the next-to-last day of a weeklong road trip for the Crawdads, which saw the team sweep three games in Delmarva before splitting their first two contests in Lakewood.

The 'Dads return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a weeklong homestand running Thursday, July 28th through Wednesday, August 3rd, including the club's Chick-fil-A Christian Concert featuring a Big Daddy Weave post-game concert on Saturday, July 30th.

Appalachian State University volleyball was among 131 NCAA Division I volleyball programs to earn a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) list of Team Academic Award winners on Monday.

The Mountaineers are one of just five Sun Belt Conference teams to be named to the AVCA’s list for the 2015-16 campaign, joining Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Little Rock.

“For another year, I get to be proud of the hard work our players put into their academic lives,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “It’s a pretty amazing group who puts just as much time and effort in the classroom as they do on the court.”

Appalachian’s honor marks its eighth appearance on the Team Academic Award list and its seventh in a row during the tenure of head coach Matt Ginipro. The Apps have now earned the award a total of 10 times since its inception during the 1992-93 academic year.

In order to be named to the list, teams must compile a cumulative grade point averaged of 3.30 for the academic year. A record-total of 762 volleyball programs earned team academic honors, which broke the previous year’s total of 757. The list includes teams from all three NCAA women’s divisions, NCAA men’s volleyball, NAIA schools, two-year colleges, NCCAA institutions and high schools.

The Hickory Crawdads saw their season-best six game win streak come to a close Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads dropped a lopsided game against the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 15-3 final score from FirstEnergy Park.

The Crawdads pitching staff entered Sunday's contest with only five total runs allowed over their past 37 innings pitched spanning four consecutive Hickory wins. The BlueClaws roughed up the 'Dads however to the tune of 15 runs on 14 hits and five walks en route to handing the Crawdads a 12-run defeat, tied for the club's largest loss of the year. The only 'Dad to pitch and not allow a run was OF/DH Connor McKay, who became the fourth Crawdad position player to pitch this season when he tossed a perfect eighth inning.

Lakewood wasted no time in jumping on the scoreboard, as the hometown team plated two runs in the first and four in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Hickory responded in the top of the third when Eduard Pinto led off the frame with a leadoff single which was followed two batters later by a 2-run home run to left by Ricky Valencia to cut the 'Dads deficit to 6-2.

The 'Claws came back with three more runs of their own in the bottom of the third to chase Crawdads starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez and take a 9-2 lead. Lakewood pulled away from there with two more runs in the fifth and four tallies in the seventh for a 15-2 advantage. The Crawdads put up one final run in the ninth when Valencia, Yeyson Yrizarri, Ti'Quan Forbes, and Jose Almonte all singled for the final 15-3 score.

Nine different BlueClaws batters finished with at least one RBI, led by Cornelius Randolph who collected 3 RBI while going 1-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Number nine batter Grenny Cumana also posted a big game, going 4-5 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.

The 'Dads bats were led by Valencia, who collected his second homer of the year in a 2-4 game including two RBI and two runs scored. Pinto finished 1-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Almonte went 1-3 with an RBI and a hit-by-pitch.

Hernandez (7-8) took the loss for Hickory after allowing a season-high nine runs on six hits and three walks over a season-low two innings pitched. Lakewood starter Alberto Tirado (2-1) collected the win after giving up two runs on three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over five innings pitched.

The Crawdads (16-14/54-46) will look to get back in the win column in game three of their 4-game series against the BlueClaws (17-13/46-53) Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Caldwell County: 4
Garner: 3
With the win, Post 29 continues in the elimination bracket facing Rowan County Monday at 7pm. Post 29 can finish no worse than third place.

The red-hot Hickory Crawdads won their sixth straight ballgame Saturday night in New Jersey, as a 2-out, RBI single from Frandy De La Rosa in the 10th inning gave the 'Dads a 3-2 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEngergy Park.

The Crawdads and BlueClaws entered extra innings in a 1-1 tie as a result of a game-tying RBI double from Yeyson Yrizarri in the seventh. Infield hits by both Ti'Quan Forbes and Eric Jenkins set the stage for De La Rosa, who delivered a ground bull that snuck into center field to bring in the go-ahead run. Reliever Blake Bass finished it off from there, as the 6'7" right-hander stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to give the 'Dads the series opening win.

The six game win streak is the longest of the season for Hickory, with Saturday's victory coming against a Lakewood team that entered the game having won five of six. The Crawdads pitching staff has been at the forefront of the surge, with the unit allowing only five runs over the past four games totaling 36 innings.

The 'Dads bats gave the club a quick lead with a run in the top of the first, as Eduard Pinto doubled to left with two outs before Dylan Moore looped an RBI triple inside the right field line for a 1-0 score. The 'Claws came right back with a run of their own in the home half of the first, with doubles by Zach Coppola and Josh Tobias off of Hickory starting pitcher Joe Palumbo tying the game at 1-1.

Lakewood then took the lead in the second on a solo home run to left from Carlos Duran for a 2-1 BlueClaws advantage.

The score remained the same until the seventh, when Tyler Sanchez and Yrizarri collected back-to-back doubles to tie the score at 2-2. The deadlock carried into the 10th, when Forbes lined the first pitch of the inning off the leg of 'Claws reliever Sutter McLoughlin for an infield single. Following a sacrifice bunt by LaDarious Clark that moved Forbes to second base and a strikeout from pinch-hitter Jose Almonte, Jenkins kept the inning alive with a infield base knock of his own that also moved Forbes to third base. That set the stage for De La Rosa, who hit a ground ball single past the glove of Lakewood shortstop Grenny Cumana to give the Crawdads a 3-2 lead.

Bass then began the bottom of the 10th with two quick outs before Cumana reached on an infield single to keep the game going. Both Josh Tobias and Brendon Hayden followed with walks to load the bases for South Atlantic League home run and RBI leader Jose Pujols, but Bass was able to escape the jam and end the game with a groundball out to short to give the 'Dads the 3-2 Hickory victory.

Bass (4-2) earned the win for the Crawdads with three scoreless innings pitched on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Palumbo earned a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits and four strikeouts in his first start of the season, while reliever Adam Choplick tossed two shutout frames.

McLaughlin (1-2) took the loss for Lakewood with one run allowed on three hits and a strikeout in his one inning of work.

Sanchez paced the 'Dads bats and stretched his hit streak to nine straight games with a 2-3 contest including a double and a run scored. De La Rosa also extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games after a 1-5 night including the game-winning RBI.

The Crawdads (16-13/54-45) will look to keep their win streak going in game two of their four game series against the BlueClaws (16-13/45-53) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm.

Caldwell County: 5
Wilmington: 2
Post 29 continues in the elimination bracket

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