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First round matchups of the NCHSAA Dual Team Boys Tennis Tournament to be played Tuesday.

2A:
Newton-Conover at Forest Hills

3A:
Hibriten at Marvin Ridge
Hickory hosts Statesville

Northwestern:
Hibriten: 8
Fred T. Foard: 0

Patton: 2
St. Stephens: 0

South Caldwell: 5
Hickory: 1

Watauga: 5
Freedom: 0

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
Lincolnton: 1

South Mountain Athletic:
Kings Mountain: 11
East Burke: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 17
Lincolnton: 1

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 5
Statesville: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
West Lincoln: 0

East Lincoln: 3
Maiden: 0

Non-conference:
Hibriten: 5
Wilkes Central: 0

Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Matt Nelson announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2015 season on Monday. The program is entering its second season in the Sun Belt Conference.

“We are excited about the schedule for this upcoming fall season,” said Nelson. “We have strong non-conference opponents that blend well with our conference schedule to prepare us to advance past the semifinals of this year’s tournament. We are always looking to improve and this year is no different – we will aim for a Sun Belt title on our field come November.”

The Mountaineers will open with two exhibition games against familiar opponents. App State will play former Southern Conference foe Wofford on Sunday, Aug. 16 in Spartanburg, S.C. with a 5 p.m. kick off.

The last preseason game for the Apps is a home date with familiar foe High Point on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Appalachian kicks off the regular season in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. against North Florida. They will finish the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 30 against Jacksonville at 12 p.m. The Mountaineers defeated the Dolphins last season in Boone 2-1.

The home opener for the Mountaineers is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9 against nearby East Tennessee State with a kick off slated for 7 p.m. App State is 7-1 in eight all-time meetings against the Buccaneers with the last game coming in 2013 – a 2-1 double overtime thrilling win in Johnson City.

App State will hit the road to Nashville, Tennessee for two games beginning on Friday, Sept. 11 against Belmont with a contest against Lipscomb coming on Sunday, Sept. 13. The Mountaineers played both opponents in the 2013 season and came away with two draws.

They will return home for one game on Tuesday, Sept. 15 against Longwood at 6 p.m. The Mountaineers defeated Longwood last season in Farmville, Va. highlighted by a two-goal performance from Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford).

The Apps will hit the road for four-straight road games, concluding with their first conference game. App State will play at Radford on Friday, Sept. 18, at Winthrop on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Presbyterian on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and they finish at Georgia State on Saturday, Oct. 3. All game times are slated for 7 p.m.

Last season, App State fell to Radford in a narrow 1-0 loss in overtime. The Mountaineers dominated Presbyterian 4-0 and lost to Georgia State 1-0 in OT last season. Appalachian last played Winthrop in 2011 – winning 3-0. They own a 9-4-2 all-time record against the Eagles.

The team will return home for three-straight home dates against UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Sun Belt conference opponent Howard on Saturday, Oct. 10 and USC Upstate on Friday, Oct. 19. All times are currently set for 7 p.m.

In 2014, the men defeated Upstate 3-1 in Spartanburg, while tying conference foe Howard in Washington, D.C. 2-2. The last time they faced UNCA in the regular season it was a 5-0 shutout in Boone during the 2013 campaign.

App State will then travel for two road dates, one at ACC foe NC State on Monday, Oct. 19 and then down to Georgia Southern for a conference match on Saturday, Oct. 24 – both times set for 7 p.m. The men fell to the Eagles last year in Boone by a score of 1-0.

On Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, the Mountaineers will host the team that knocked them out of the Sun Belt semifinals of last year’s tournament. The Hartwick Hawks will trek to Boone for a 7 p.m. showdown. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 3 the Apps will host Bowling Green at 3 p.m. App State is 0-0-1 against Bowling Green with the last match occurring in 2010.

The season finale is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at NJIT for a 7 p.m. kick off – just five days before the Mountaineers are set to host this year’s 2015 Sun Belt Conference men’s soccer tournament from Appalachian Soccer Stadium. The tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Hickory Crawdads infielder Tripp Martin has been named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week for April 20th -26th, with the slugger's dominating 8-game stretch giving the 'Dads the award for the second straight week to start the season.

Martin, 23, joined the Crawdads on April 17th from Extended Spring Training with the Rangers when Jairo Beras was placed on the DL. The Alabama native has done nothing but hit since, with a .346/.452/.923 slash line, 4 home runs, 8 RBI, 3 doubles, and six runs scored over the past week. Despite playing in only 10 of the Crawdads 17 games this season, Martin already ranks third in the SAL in homers, while his slugging percentage (.853) and OPS (1.263) would both rank first in the league if he had enough at-bats to qualify.

Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 2014 Draft out of Samford University, Martin missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. He made his professional debut with the 'Dads on April 17th, going 2-3 with a double and a triple while helping Hickory to a 5-1 win over Kannapolis. Martin's production at the plate helped the Crawdads to a 7-1 record this week, raising their league-best record to 13-4 on the season.

The 'Dads are on the road for the next week, with a three game series in Greensboro before a four game set in Charleston. The team will return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a week-long home stand on Wednesday, May 6th.

The Hickory Crawdads may have had their 6-game win streaked snapped on Saturday but the 'Dads jumped right back in the win column for the start of a new streak on Sunday, as Hickory shutout the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators with a 5-0 victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Four of the Crawdads five runs came via the long ball, with the 'Dads smacking a season-high three home runs in the win including back-to-back shots in the 6th. The power hitting Hickory squad currently leads the South Atlantic League with 21 homers on the season, while also pacing the league in batting average (.282) and runs (93). On the other side of the win coin was a Crawdads pitching staff that put together its third shutout of the season by holding the Intimidators to four hits and one walk while striking out 11. The Hickory hurlers retired 16 straight batters at one point, and finished the game retiring 23 of the final 24 Intimidators they faced.

The game began as a pitchers' duel between Collin Wiles of the Crawdads and Luis Martinez of the Intimidators, as both hurlers shutout the opposition over the first four frames. The 'Dads were finally able to break through in the 5th, when Kevin Torres launched the first homer of the night and his first of the season over the foul pole in right field to put his team up 1-0. Kannapolis turned to reliever Yency Martinez in the 6th, but the Crawdads quickly pounced on the new hurler with back-to-back homers by Jose Trevino and Luke Tendler to push their lead to 4-0. Tendler capped off the offense in the 8th by singling and eventually scoring on two wild pitches for the final 5-0 score.

Tendler finished the game 2-4 with his 5th home run of the year and two runs scored. Trevino went 1-4 with his league-leading 6th long ball of the season and 2 RBI, while Torres ended the night 2-3 with a homer and a walk.

Wiles (3-0) took home the win for the 'Dads with five shutout innings pitched on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. The 2013 Rangers 1st round pick has yet to allow a run this season in three starts spanning 16 total innings. Martinez (0-2) was the hard-luck loser for Kannapolis, as he allowed one run on two hits, no walks, and four Ks in his five innings pitched. Hickory relievers Adam Parks (3 IP, 0 R, 5 K) and Jefri Hernandez (1 IP, 0 R, 2 K) combined to finish off the shutout.

The Crawdads (13-4) have their first off day of the season Monday before starting a weeklong road trip to Greensboro and Charleston. The 'Dads first game against the Grasshoppers is scheduled for Tuesday April 28th at 7:00 pm.

Appalachian State University softball dropped its series finale and Sun Belt Conference season finale at Texas State on Sunday by a final score of 9-1.

The Mountaineers (13-32, 1-22 Sun Belt) fell behind early in the second inning when Texas State put up five runs to jump out in front 5-0.

In the second, the Bobcats (29-19, 11-6 Sun Belt) scored on an RBI single from Sarah Rupp and a grand slam off the bat of Courtney Harris to score all five runs on four hits.

Both of Appalachian’s hits came in their run scoring fourth inning. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) led off the inning with an infield hit. Then Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) ripped a single into the right-center field gap to advance Gomez to third. Warnock took second on a throw that went to the plate. Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) grounded out to first base unassisted and Gomez was able to score from third base.

Texas State would get a run back in the bottom half and also score two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to end the game by a run-rule.

Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) received the loss after giving up five runs on four hits in three innings. Williford also walked five and struck out two.

In relief, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) pitched one inning and surrendered two runs on two hits, while Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) also pitched one inning and let up two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Appalachian State will return to action on Wednesday, April 29 when it hosts ETSU in a mid-week doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. from Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

SCC 5 - CVCC 13

Offensive Performers
Clay Hodges 4 for 4, 2 R, 2 SB
Skyler Strickland 3 for 3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 BB
Ivan Acuna 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 R
Alex Minton 2 for 4, 2 HR (3,4), 4 RBI
Trevor Lee 2 for 3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Winning Pitcher - Bryce Hensley (6-2) 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 BB

The Redhawks' bats helped complete the series sweep over Southeastern Community College as they tallied 22 hits in the series finale. Alex Minton, who homered Saturday added two more big flies to help keep Catawba Valley in first place in the Carolinas-Virginia conference. CVCC totaled 43 hits during the three game set and move to 30-16 (15-2) on the year. This win marks the 6th straight season that Catawba Valley has reached the 30 win mark. The regular season finale is next weekend when the Redhawks take on Wake Tech starting 1:00pm Saturday at the Hickory Fairgrounds.

Appalachian State University baseball completed a double header versus Arkansas State University on Saturday after Friday’s scheduled game was postponed due to rain at Tomlinson Stadium. The Mountaineers (13-30, 5-17 Sun Belt) split the double header, dropping game one, 6-1, and winning in game two, 6-3, in the first ever meeting between the new Sun Belt rivals.

Game One: Arkansas State 6, App State 1

Appalachian got into a 1-0 hole in first inning when starting pitcher Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) gave up two singles before allowing ASU’s Ty White to score on a single through the left side. However, Thurber would settle in and did not allow another hit until the seventh inning. The only Red Wolf to reach base from the second through the six inning did so on a throwing error by Mountaineer third baseman Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe).

The Mountaineers best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning. Jones got a lead-off hit through the right side of the infield and advanced to second on Brian Bauk’s (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) sacrifice bunt. ASU’s starting pitcher David Owen walked Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) and then Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) reached on an error by the third baseman to load the bases. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) drew a walk that gave Jones a free pass home.

Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) then hit a hard ground ball that bounced off the glove of the second baseman in the direction of the shortstop, who was able to make the play at second just before Pierson arrived to end the inning with the score tied 1-1.

Arkansas State offense erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seven inning to open up a 6-1 lead. The Red Wolves tallied four hits and were aided by two Mountaineer errors and one wild pitch that allowed a run. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game in relief of Thurber and got the Apps out of the innings. DeVrieze didn't allow a hit in 1.1 innings of work, but the damage was done as the Mountaineers were held scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings.

Game two: App State 6, Arkansas State 3

The second ballgame of the day was scoreless through the top of the fifth inning as Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) and ASU’s Adam Grantham were holding the offenses at bay.

The Red Wolves broke the deadlock in the bottom fifth on Zach George’s double into center field that just got over Bauk’s head. Arkansas State added another run in the bottom of the seventh on a triple that brought Collin Massanelli across home plate. Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) entered the game and got the Mountaineers out of the inning.

The Mountaineers used an six-run eighth inning rally to seal the victory in game two. The Apps, down 2-0, banged out five-straight hits to start of the inning. Pierson, Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan), Holmes, and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) all hit singles followed by a two RBI double down the right field line by Jones.

The inning continued with Bauk reaching on a fielding error by the ASU third baseman which brought in another run. Dillon Dobson’s (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) first hit of the day drove Jones home and then Pierson hit is second single of the inning to allow Bauk to score from second. The Red Wolves finally got out of the inning when Coulton Lee struck out Holmes, stranding three Mountaineers on base.

Arkansas State made the game interesting with a rally of their own in the ninth. Robert Whaley (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) came on to close and three times was one strike away from ending the game but was unable to get the final out. Whaley gave way to Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate. McCann forced Stuart Levy to ground out to shortstop to end the game. The Save was McCann’s second of the year.

The Mountaineers will be back at Tomlinson Stadium tomorrow of the series finale versus Arkansas State. First pitch set for noon.

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