Crawdads closer Scott Williams struck out the side in the ninth, leaving the bases full of Lexington Legends to secure Hickory's fifth consecutive victory Monday night (July 27) by a final of 4-2. With Monday's win, the 'Dads claimed a second consecutive road series and ran the South Atlantic League's longest active winning streak to five in a row.
The Crawdads used a similar script in game three of the series, falling behind in the early innings only to respond both quickly and decisively in claiming victory. Hickory scored four unanswered runs in the middle innings, then held on late for the win.
Hickory pitchers surrendered a combined eleven hits on Monday, yet kept the Legends off the scoreboard in every inning except the third. By leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, Lexington stranded ten runners on the night.
Shortstop Josh Morgan ignited both Crawdads rallies with leadoff singles in the fourth and sixth innings. He would score both times and the 'Dads would plate a pair of runs in each frame.
Edwin Garcia contributed a 3-for-4 performance in which he drove in half of Hickory's run total and scored another. Before grounding out to the shortstop in his final at bat of the night, Garcia had reached in eight straight plate appearances to begin his tenure with the club. In just two games the infielder is 8-for-9 with a double, six runs batted in and three runs scored.
The 'Dads were scheduled to conclude both the Lexington series and the road trip tonight. The Crawdads return to Hickory to start a short four-game homestand, taking on Hagerstown in a weekend series Thursday through Sunday.
Caldwell County Post 29 was eliminated from the American Legion Baseball State Tournament Monday night. Rowan County knocked Caldwell out with a 6-3 win in a game that started after 8:30 p.m. due to a rain delay. Post 342 was scheduled to take on High Point today for the state championship. Rowan only had to win one of two games to claim the program's eighth state title. Monday night they denied Caldwell a shot at a fifth state championship.
Post 29 fell behind Rowan 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third and could not recover. Rowan plated two in the top of the 1st and two more in the top of the 3rd. Caldwell eventually rallied back to cut the lead to 4-3 after five innings, however, Rowan answered back in the 6th with a run on a hit batsman with the bases loaded. They added an insurance run in the 8th. Caldwell did bring the tying run to the plate with one out in the 9th inning but Rowan was able to get the final two outs for the win.
Caldwell finishes the season 3rd in the state, the 9th time the program has finished 3rd or better and it's Post 29's best finish since 2007, when they finished 3rd as well. Caldwell's final record was 29-13 and they collected the Area IV Western Division Championship along the way. Coach Myron Day has the potential for ten returning players from this squad in 2016.
It was a very successful weekend on the road for the Hickory Crawdads, winning all three of their games. Hickory has now won four straight games overall following a three game losing streak.
Eight innings of back and forth scoring took the Hickory Crawdads into the 9th inning in a 4-4 tie against the Asheville Tourists Friday night, but the 'Dads were finally able to break open the game with a 3-run 9th inning for a 7-4 win over the Tourists at McCormick Field.
Prior to the 9th neither team had scored more than a single run in an frame, with the Crawdads plating runs in the 1st, 3rd, 6th, & 7th, while the Tourists countered with tallies in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 6th. The seesaw affair saw both teams take the lead twice only to have the game revert back to a tie four times before the 'Dads used four hits to bring home three runs in the 9th.
On Saturday, for a second consecutive night, Hickory used a three run ninth inning to claim victory on the road. Trailing 5-0 early, the Crawdads plated six unanswered runs across the contest's final seven frames to defeat the Lexington Legends 6-5 in game one of their four game South Atlantic League series.
The Hickory Crawdads fell behind early for a second time in as many nights in Lexington on Sunday, yet powered back offensively to win a fourth consecutive road contest by a final of 11-4. With the victory, the 'Dads are assured of a winning road trip and at least a split of the four game series with the Legends.
It was a rocky beginning for Crawdads righty Austin Pettibone who gave up three runs in the first, including a home run to Wander Franco. Consistent production from Hickory across the balance of the contest would pick the starter up. The Crawdads outscored Lexington 11-3 the rest of the way, allowing Pettibone to notch his second win of the season against three defeats.
Hickory pounded out fourteen hits and left eleven additional runners stranded on the base paths against a combination of starter Foster Griffin, lefty reliever Emilio Ogando and right-hander Jake Newberry. The Crawdads ended the night 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position and every member of the lineup reached base.
The Crawdads are now 60-38 overall and 16-14 in the second half. They were scheduled to continue the series in Lexington with game three tonight.
Caldwell County Post 29 is still in contention in the North Carolina State American Legion Baseball Tournament. This year’s event is being played in Rowan County at Catawba College’s Newman Park in Salisbury. Caldwell dropped their opener Friday to Hope Mills 6-2, then rallied for a 4-3, 11 inning win over Garner Saturday.
On Sunday, Caldwell County defeated Eastern Randolph 7-3 behind a complete game effort on the mound by Brandon Sisk. Tre Harper drove in two runs and Post 29 had 14 hits overall. Caldwell County is now 29-12 on the season. Sunday’s win assures Caldwell of finishing no worse than third in the state this year.
Post 29 was scheduled to face Rowan County at 7:00 tonight.
The championship game, which sends the winner into the Southeast Regionals in Asheboro, is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. If another game is necessary to determine the champ, it will be played at 7 p.m.
Caldwell County is seeking it’s fifth state championship and first since 2000. Caldwell won state titles under the old format in which you had to win series all the way through in 1986, 1990, and 1991. They also won the first state tournament in 2000. Caldwell has also been state runner up three times, in 1985, 2004, and 2006. Caldwell finished third in the state in 2007.
American Legion Baseball: North Carolina State Tournament, Salisbury.
Game One, Friday, July 24
Hope Mills 6
Caldwell County 2
Caldwell County Post 29 drops into the elimination bracket, they'll play Saturday morning (July 25) at 9:30 a.m. in Salisbury.
The East-West All-Star football game was held Wednesday night in Greensboro. The game feature players who have just graduated from high school – the best from the Eastern half of North Carolina against the best from the West as part of the week-long North Carolina Coaches Association clinics.
Farod Hooker of Bandys, Tim Perkins of Freedom, Matt Williams of Fred T. Foard and Elijah Battle of West Caldwell were all on the west roster..
Battle got the start as a defensive back for the west squad. He was the second leading tackler on the west squad for the night with six total tackles.
Hooker got the start on the offensive line for the west squad and only allowed one sack in the game.
Perkins, sent in as a linebacker, led the West defense in tackles, despite coming in off the bench. Perkins was credited with 12 total tackles, seven of which were solo and was credited with a half tackle for a loss.
Williams, at quarterback, went two-of-eight passing for 13 yards.
The East squad defeated the West 27-13.
The Hickory Crawdads out-hit the Asheville Tourists Wednesday night but they couldn't out-walk the hometown team, as the 'Dads issued 7 free passes in an 8-2 loss at McCormick Field.
Hickory finished the game with 10 hits to Asheville's 7, but the Tourists seven walks bested the Crawdads two. Asheville also was able to condense their offense primarily into their three run-scoring innings, with the Tourists collecting four of their walks and five of their hits in frames that produced a run. The 'Dads bats were victimized by a pair of costly double plays in addition to leaving 8 men on base resulting in the team's first loss of the season at McCormick Field.
The scoring began in the 2nd, when Asheville reached Crawdads starting pitcher Cody Buckel for four runs on three hits and two walks for a 4-0 score. Buckel walked the inning's leadoff batter Roberto Ramos before a double by Shane Hoelscher and a walk to Dom Nunez loaded the bases with no outs. Tourists DH Yonathan Daza followed with the frame's big blow in the form of a bases clearing, 3-RBI triple to left before Ryan Stephens delivered an RBI double off the wall in right to finish off the inning.
Hickory reliever Joe Filomeno kept his team in the game with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing the 'Dads to cut the deficit to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the 7th. Jonathan Meyer started the rally when he reached on an Asheville throwing error while Carlos Arroyo reached on a single to set the stage for Juremi Profar who got the Crawdads on the board with an RBI double off the wall in left. One batter later Jose Cardona delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to bring in another tally and cut the 'Dads deficit to two.
The Tourists would quickly pull away again however with three runs in the bottom of the 7th and one more in the 8th against Crawdads relievers Chris Dula and Shane McCain to give them the final 8-2 score they would win by.
Asheville starting pitcher Sam Howard (5-8) earned the win with six shutout innings on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Buckel (0-5) took the loss for Hickory after giving up four runs on three hits and five walks over his three innings pitched.
Profar (2-4, 2B, RBI) led a group of four 'Dads hitters with a multi-hit game, including Arroyo (2-3, BB, R), Jairo Beras (2-4, 2B), and Eduard Pinto (2-4).
The Crawdads (56-38/12-14) and Tourists (49-46/17-8) will play again Thursday night in game two of their 3-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has garnered 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual accolades for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association.
A total of 450 women from 108 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. Salamon, an exercise science major, was one of 24 women’s athletes who recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Salamon, a freshman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, earned All-American honors this year after placing 12th overall in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May in Allendale, Mich.
Salamon holds the school record in the event (154’11”) and placed first in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships this past April in Hickory, N.C. For her efforts, Salamon was named the 2015 SAC Women’s Co-Field Athlete Of The Year and Freshman Of The Year.
Earlier in the month, Salamon placed second in the women’s discus throw (148’6”) at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA, and earned a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team.
Salamon will next compete in the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships on Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, in Edmonton as well.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field was one of 224 NCAA Division I programs to be named a DI Scholar Team the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) and Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) were two of 838 women from 207 institutions on the individual list.
In order to qualify for DI Scholar Team recognition, a program must register a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Appalachian claimed the award with a 3.20 team GPA.
Individually, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA and meet at least one of the following athletic standards:
- For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org
- For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Tate, a biology major, finished 42nd in the shot put with a throw of 45-9 and ended her junior season with a second-place ranking in school history in the event. She received the recognition for a second-consecutive season.
Van Ord, a sustainable development, placed 37th in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 36:03.34 and concluded her sophomore year with two Sun Belt championships and a new school record in the event.
Appalachian State University women’s golf and head coach Heather Brown released the 2015 fall schedule on Wednesday. The schedule will consist of four tournaments in preparation for the Sun Belt Conference championship season in the spring.
“We will be playing in several events that we played decent in last fall, but now we’re even that much more mature and experience,” said Brown. “I am excited for the girls to get back on campus so we can start preparing for our success.”
Brown, entering her eighth year at the helm of the women’s golf program at App State, will take her squad to four familiar tournaments that the Mountaineers competed in last fall.
The Mountaineers will open the fall slate at the William and Mary Fall Invitational that spans Sept. 13-15. Last season, the Apps finished ninth of 13.
A couple weeks later, Appalachian will participate in the 2015 Lady Pirate tournament hosted by East Carolina University. The Mountaineers finished 11th at the tournament last fall and will span two days this year from Sept. 28-29.
The Black and Gold will have considerable time off before their next competition on Oct. 19-20 when they will play at the 2015 Terrier Classic. App State had success last season at the tournament hosted by Wofford - finishing in second. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished third overall individually at the event last fall.
The Apps will close the fall schedule at the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. that will take place over the course of two days from Oct. 24-25. Coach Brown’s team took first-place last season with Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) finishing in a tie for first individually.