Hickory Crawdads outfielder Luke Tendler has been named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week for April 9th -19th, following his dominating 9-game stretch that helped lead the 'Dads to a league-best 6-3 record.
Tendler, 23, burst out of the gates to start the 2015 season, with the Wilmington, NC native hitting .375 while leading the SAL in home runs (3), extra base hits (8), slugging percentage (.813), runs (9), and total bases (26). Tendler also ranks among the league leaders in OPS (2nd - 1.224) and doubles (2nd - 5).
Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 29th round of the 2014 Draft out of North Carolina A&T, the highlight of the extended week for Tendler came on April 12th when he went 2-3 with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th that gave the Crawdads a 6-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns.
The Hickory Crawdads game against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday, April 19th has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up during the 'Dads next trip to Kannapolis, with a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday, May 21st.
The rainout marks the second lost contest in the four-game series and the third in the past five days for the Crawdads, who won two of the three completed games against the Intimidators.
The 'Dads will remain on the road for the next three days, playing four games in three days against the Asheville Tourists. The Crawdads will return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday, April 23rd to start a 4-game, weekend series against Kannapolis.
Appalachian State University Baseball's series finale against Georgia State has been canceled due to heavy rain in the high country on Sunday.
The Mountaineers will be back in action on Tuesday in Cullowhee. N.C. for a midweek game against former Southern Conference rival Western Carolina.
Rain forces the cancellation of the series finale between Appalachian State University softball and No. 9 UL Lafayette on Sunday.
The Mountaineers will return to Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium on Wednesday, April 22 when they host former Southern Conference foe UNCG for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads nearly overcame a seven run deficit against the Kannapolis Intimidators Saturday night, but despite scoring the game's final six runs the 'Dads came up one tally short as they fell 10-9 at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
The Hickory and Kannapolis offenses combined to score 19 runs on 30 hits, including 10 total extra base knocks. The Crawdads found themselves trailing 10-3 after the first five frames, but rallied for one run in the 6th, and two tallies in both the 7th & 8th to cut the score to 10-8. The 'Dads would plate one more run in the 9th, but ran out of outs in their 10-9 defeat.
Both teams had their bats working early, with Hickory scoring in the top of the 1st with a double by Josh Morgan and an RBI single from Michael De Leon before Kannapolis countered with a 3-run bottom of the inning for a 3-1 score. The Crawdads came back with two more runs in the top of the 2nd, as Jose Trevino singled and Eduard Pinto doubled to start the frame before scoring on consecutive RBI groundouts by Jose Cardona and Morgan to tie the game at 3-3.
The Intimidators responded by scoring the next seven runs in the contest, plating three against 'Dads starter Reed Garrett in the 2nd before plating three more in the 4th and another run in the 5th against Hickory reliever Adam Parks to take a 10-3 advantage.
The game of streaks then swung back in the Crawdads favor, starting with a run in the 6th thanks to a double by Luke Tendler and an error from Kannapolis second baseman Christian Stringer to cut the score to 10-4. The 'Dads picked up two runs in the next inning when Ronald Guzman plated Cardona and De Leon with a 2-RBI double to make the score 10-6. Hickory then scored two more tallies in the 8th on back-to-back singles from Trevino and Pinto followed by an RBI fly out by Cardona and an RBI groundout by Morgan to bring the 'Dads within two with a 10-8 score.
The Crawdads looked to finish the comeback in the 9th when Tendler led off the inning with a double to left field to bring the tying run to the plate. Tendler would score two batters later on an RBI groundout from Trevino, but the 'Dads rally would fizzle out there as Pinto ground out to second to end the game at 10-9.
Five Crawdads finished with multi-hit games, including three-hit nights from Guzman (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Tendler (3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB).
Kannapolis starting pitcher Thad Lowry (2-0) earned the win as he settled down from his early trouble to throw six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits, no walks, and six strikeouts. Garrett (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after he gave up six runs on eight hits during his three frames on the mound. Intimidators reliever Devon Davis picked up his first save of the season after allowing a run but surviving the 9th inning to close out the game.
The Crawdads (6-3) will go for the series win over the Intimidators (4-6) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 pm.
CVCC at Surry CC
CVCC 5 - Surry CC 2
Danny Sullivan 2 for 5, 2B, 1 R
Ivan Acuna 2 for 5, 1 R
Skyler Strickland 2 for 5, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB
Winning Pitcher - Aaron Biggerstaff (5-0) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Save - Gavin Huffman (1) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Justin Norton threw 7 great innings allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run and 7 strikeouts but the Redhawks could not get him the lead and exited with a no decision. Phillip Black pitched out of a 2 on, nobody out situation in the bottom of the 8th and left the game tied at 2-2. The game went into extra innings and saw the Redhawks score three runs in the top of the 10th Skyler Strickland, Randal Ortiz and Mykel Davis connected on 3 straight hits to score 3 runs in the 10th with 2 outs.
CVCC 4 - Surry CC 1
Ivan Acuna 2 for 4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
Danny Sullivan 1 for 2, 1 RBI
Brandon Ford 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB
Winning Pitcher - Will Greene (2-2) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K
Save - Taylor Purus (1) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Redhawks jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. It was another strong start for Will Greene who has fit nicely into the Game Two starter role. Josh Bottenfield relieved Greene in the 6th and threw a scoreless frame. Taylor Purus finished the 7th to earn the save and the Redhawks victory. CVCC moves to 26-16 (12-2) on the year. CVCC is 16-3 in their last 19 games and are in first place in league play. Sunday's game has been moved up to a 11:00am start time in Dobson, NC to try and avoid incoming rain.
Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/18/2015
Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
5 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
6 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
7 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
8 01C Jake Crum Statesville, NC
9 21 Emilee Riley Jasper, GA
10 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
6 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
7 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
8 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
9 99P Austin Powell Concord, NC
10 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
11 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
12 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
13 88S Jason Smith Claremont, NC DNS
Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
4 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
7 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
8 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
9 27 Jon Averre Conover, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
9 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
10 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
12 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
13 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
Appalachian State University softball couldn’t overcome big run scoring innings against the No. 9 UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to Game One, the Appalachian State softball program, family and fans were able to recognize the contributions made by the team’s six seniors: Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica), Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett), Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) and Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford).
Game One: UL Lafayette 21, App State 5 F/5
The Mountaineers (12-28, 1-19 Sun Belt) fell behind 8-0 heading into the bottom of the third. In that inning, Warnock belted an opposite field two-run home run off of the scoreboard. The homer for Warnock was her career-high fifth of the season.
The two-run homer came off of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ (34-5, 17-3 Sun Belt) Jordan Wallace, who entered the game with a narrow 1.76 ERA this season. The Apps collected three hits and two runs to go with two walks against one of the better pitchers in the conference.
After putting up two runs in the fourth, UL Lafayette plated 11 in the top of the fifth to blow the game open.
Still fighting down 19 runs, Appalachian put together a three-run fifth inning. The Mountaineers got RBI singles from Chambers and Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community).
Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) got the start and surrendered six runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and Schoelkopf entered the game in relief and were charged with 15 runs in 2.2 innings.
Game Two: UL Lafayette 23, App State 6 F/5
The Ragin’ Cajuns picked up where they left off in Game One with a four-run first inning to take an early lead.
App State would come back in the bottom half of the second to cut the lead in half with RBI singles from Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) and Gomez.
After UL Lafayette posted a three runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead, the Mountaineers would score four in the fourth to cut the lead to 9-6.
With Butler doubling and Rogers hitting a single, Gomez reached on a Cajun error and Butler scored to cut the lead to 9-3. With two runners on, Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) stepped up in a big way and crushed a three-run homer onto to the roof of the Sofield Indoor Facility. The dinger for Mathewson was the second of her career.
At 9-6 and the lead cut to the just three runs, UL Lafayette’s offense exploded for a 14-run top half of the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Receiving the start and later re-entering, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) was charged with 14 runs, while the combination of Williford, Johnson and Schoelkopf in the bullpen surrendered nine runs in 1.1 innings.
The Mountaineers will return to action in the series finale against the Ragin’ Cajuns tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is currently scheduled for 12 p.m.
A season-high 17 hits was not enough for Appalachian State University baseball on Saturday as it fell to first-place Georgia State University, 15-13, at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
With the loss, 11 of Appalachian State's 16 Sun Belt losses have come by two runs or less. The Mountaineers (11-28, 4-16 Sun Belt) got off to a hot start, plating five runs in bottom of the first inning to take a 5-3 lead.
Noah Holmes hit a double into center field with the bases loaded, driving in all three runs, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. A Drake Zupcic single followed by a double by Carson Jones and triple by Brian Bauk brought two more runs across home plate.
The Mountaineers would tack on two more runs in the second when Dillon Dobson's double down the right field line drove Brandon Burris home. Dosbon would trot across home plate on Michael Pierson's single through the left side to give App State a 7-3 advantage.
The Panthers (24-15, 13-3 Sun Belt) would start their rally in the fifth inning, plating three runs of four hits which cut it to a 7-6 Appalachian lead.
The Apps would answer with a four-run inning of their own behind an RBI double from Dobson, an RBI single from Pierson, and a wild pitch that brought Matt Brill home. Pierson drove in Dobson again the bottom seventh, extending the Appalachian lead, 12-6.
Dobson and Pierson combined for much of the Appalachian offense going a combined 6-for-8 with five RBI and six runs.
The league-leading Panthers exploded for sixth runs in the top of the eighth to tie the ballgame at 12, hitting two RBI doubles, an RBI single, and an RBI triple.
The Mountaineers took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth when pinch hitter Avery Jackson doubled down the left field line to bring Jones home from second base.
Ryan Ross took the mound in the top of the ninth with a one-run lead. Ross would give up a double with one out followed by a single to GSU's Trae Sweeting that brought the tying run home. Dallas DeVrieze took over for Ross, but DeVrieze's first batter, Matt Rose, hit the second pitch he saw over the left field wall, driving in what would become the winning run.
The Mountaineers were unable to complete a ninth inning rally when Grayson Atwood struck out for the final out with two men left on base.
Appalachian will compete the weekend series versus Georgia State tomorrow at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams finished fifth and third, respectively, at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championships which concluded Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex and Irwin Belk Track.
In the women’s competition, Queens won back-to-back titles with 240 points while the Bears finished with 85 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) won the women’s discus throw (138’2”) and was named the SAC Freshman and Field Athlete Of The Year.
In addition, sophomore Brooke Robinson (Newton, N.C.) won the women’s 400-meter dash for the second straight year with a time of 56.49 seconds for the Bears.
On the men’s side, Queens placed first overall with 178 points while the Bears totaled 83 points for the weekend.
Lenoir-Rhyne also had a pair of second-place performances in the field events: senior Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) in the men’s discus throw (146’3”) and senior Rodney Cline (Salisbury, N.C.) in the men’s hammer throw (141’7”).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) will compete in the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., at Franklin Field beginning on Thursday in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
2015 South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships
April 17-18 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Queens 240
2. Wingate 171
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 85
4. Anderson 83
5. Carson-Newman 70
6. Mars Hill 63
7. Lincoln Memorial 33
8. Coker 26
9. Brevard 6
1. Queens 178
2. Wingate 161
3. Mars Hill 100
4. Carson-Newman 96
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 83
6. Anderson 72
7. Lincoln Memorial 41
8. Coker 40
2015 South Atlantic Conference Awards
Freshman Of The Year – Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne
Track Athlete Of The Year – Nikia Squire, Queens
Field Athlete Of The Year – Tiana Mills, Carson-Newman, Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne and Nikia Squire, Queens (three-way tie)
Coach Of The Year – Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens
Freshman Of The Year – Yannick Stubbe, Queens
Track Athlete Of The Year – Yannick Stubbe, Queens
Field Athlete Of The Year – Randall Freeman, Carson-Newman
Coach Of The Year – Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens