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Highlighted by eight home matches, a date with ACC foe Wake Forest and the always-tough Sun Belt slate, Appalachian State women's soccer has released its 2019 schedule.

"We are very excited about the upcoming year," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "We are opening this year with a challenging weekend with two of the top 50 opponents from last season. These matches and the rest of the nonconference will prepare us for success in the Sun Belt."

The Mountaineers put together a schedule that features three NCAA Tournament teams and two conference champions. App State will start the season with a pair of exhibitions leading up to the regular season, beginning with Western Carolina on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. before facing ETSU on Aug. 16 at Ted Mackorell Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m.

App State will kick off the regular season with a pair of NCAA Tournament squads from 2018. The Black and Gold will open the slate with a 7 p.m. matchup on Aug. 23 against reigning Big South champion Radford, which finished 16-3-1. Just two days later, App will make the short trip to Winston-Salem for a 1 p.m. showdown against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2018 after defeating Ohio State and upending West Virginia in penalty kicks.

Closing out the month of August is the Mountaineers' home opener against Duquesne at 2 p.m. on Aug. 30, followed by a 1 p.m. home contest on Sept. 1 against UNC Asheville. Appalachian will play back-to-back road contests against Charlotte (Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.) and Tennessee Tech (Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.).

The Apps' longest homestand of the season will ensue starting with FIU (Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.). A week later, on Sept. 20, the Black and Gold open the Sun Belt schedule against Troy at 7 p.m. Closing out the three straight home matches is the nonconference finale against Wofford on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

Following a Sept. 26 match against Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. is a home affair against archrival Georgia Southern on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. App State went into Statesboro, Ga., last season and knocked off the Eagles 2-1. The Mountaineers will also look for back-to-back wins against Louisiana in their first game in October at 8 p.m. on the road.

The next weekend, App State will face the two Sun Belt finalists from last season away from Boone. Appalachian faces the runners-up in Texas State on Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. Six days separate the match against the reigning conference champion, Little Rock, on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Last season, the Black and Gold dealt LR a 3-1 setback to snap the Trojans' six-match win streak.

Appalachian will finish its home schedule against ULM (Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.) and Arkansas State (Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.) The final two matches of the regular season will take place on the road, as App will face South Alabama on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. A contest against Georgia State on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in Atlanta is the final match before the Sun Belt Championships that run from Nov. 6-10 at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Ala.

Appalachian State is a championship favorite in all four of the leading national magazines that preview the 2019 college football season, and their all-conference teams are filled with App State standouts.

Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith and Lindy's all break down the Sun Belt Conference with division race predictions, and reigning league champ Appalachian State is picked to win the East Division by all four publications. Running back Darrynton Evans even appears on the cover of the Phil Steele magazine that will be available on the East Coast.

Evans, Zac Thomas (quarterback), Corey Sutton (receiver), Victor Johnson (offensive lineman), Noah Hannon (center), Akeem Davis-Gaither (linebacker) and Desmond Franklin (safety) were first-team selections in all four publications. Jordan Fehr (linebacker) is a first-team pick in three of the publications, and Josh Thomas (safety) joins Collin Reed (tight end) as a first-team pick in two of them.

Additionally, there was preseason all-league recognition for linebacker Noel Cook (second team in one publication), offensive lineman Ryan Neuzil (highlighted by a third-team selection), receiver Thomas Hennigan (third-team receiver and punt returner), Evans (third-team kick returner), running back Marcus Williams Jr. (fourth team), defensive end Demetrius Taylor (fourth team), defensive end Elijah Diarrassouba (fourth team), punter Clayton Howell (fourth team) and kicker Chandler Staton (fourth team).

Street & Smith named first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz the league's Most Innovative Coach, Zac Thomas the league's best Heisman Hopeful (and Best Passing QB), Evans the league's Top Scholar, Davis-Gaither the league's Hardest Hitter and Jalen Virgil the league's Fastest Receiver.

Lindy's, meanwhile, recognized Thomas as the preseason Sun Belt MVP, Most Accurate Passer and quarterback with the Strongest Arm while declaring Johnson the Best Pass Blocker, Sutton the Most Dangerous Deep Threat and redshirt freshman running back Camerun Peoples the league's preseason Newcomer of the Year. Of the Sun Belt's top 10 "NFL Talents" from Lindy's, App State was represented by Johnson (No. 3), Davis-Gaither (No. 4), Franklin (No. 6) and Sutton (No. 9) among upperclassmen from the 10-team league.

Athlon, which grades position groups in the Sun Belt, ranked App State's offensive linemen and linebackers No. 1. The running backs and receivers were each No. 2.

The Mountaineers return 17 of their primary 22 starters on offense and defense from an 11-2 team in 2018. Fans interested in purchasing 2019 football season tickets and joining the Yosef Club can do so online by clicking HERE, by calling 828-262-2079 or by visiting the App State Athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

TEAM RECOGNITION
East Division Champion: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's

Most Innovative Coach: Eliah Drinkwitz (Street & Smith)

Best OL unit: Athlon
Best LB unit: Athlon

No. 2 RB unit: Athlon
No. 2 WR unit: Athlon

OFFENSE

QB Zac Thomas
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Best passing QB: Street & Smith
Heisman Hopeful: Street & Smith
Sun Belt MVP: Lindy's
Most Accurate Passer: Lindy's
Strongest Arm: Lindy's

RB Darrynton Evans
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Top Scholar: Street & Smith

WR Corey Sutton
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Most Dangerous Deep Threat: Lindy's
No. 9 NFL Talent: Lindy's

OT Victor Johnson
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Best Pass Blocker: Lindy's
No. 3 NFL Talent: Lindy's

C Noah Hannon
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's

TE Collin Reed
First team: Phil Steele, Lindy's
Second team: Athlon

OL Ryan Neuzil
Third team: Phil Steele,
Fourth team: Athlon

WR Thomas Hennigan
Third team: Phil Steele

RB Marcus Williams Jr.
Fourth team: Athlon

WR Jalen Virgil
Fastest Receiver: Street & Smith

RB Camerun Peoples
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year: Lindy's

DEFENSE

LB Akeem Davis-Gaither
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Hardest Hitter: Street & Smith
No. 4 NFL Talent: Lindy's

LB Jordan Fehr
First team: Phil Steele, Street & Smith, Lindy's
Second team: Athlon

S Desmond Franklin
First team: Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith, Lindy's
No. 6 NFL Talent: Lindy's

S Josh Thomas
First team: Athlon, Lindy's
Second team: Phil Steele

LB Noel Cook
Second team: Phil Steele

DE Demetrius Taylor
Fourth team: Athlon

DE Elijah Diarrassouba
Fourth team: Phil Steele

SPECIAL TEAMS

KR Darrynton Evans
Third team: Phil Steele, Athlon

PR Thomas Hennigan
Third team: Athlon
Fourth team: Phil Steele

P Clayton Howell
Fourth team: Phil Steele

K Chandler Staton
Fourth team: Phil Steele

Four Hickory Crawdads players participated in Tuesday's South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Representing the Hickory Crawdads on the North Division team were third baseman Jonathan Ornelas, first baseman Curtis Terry, right fielder Pedro Gonzalez and pitcher Yonny Rodriguez.

The North Division downed the South Division All-Stars 6-2 in the game played at Charleston, West Virginia. The North All-Stars were down 2-1 until they broke open with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Ornelas played the entire game at third base. He was two-for-four with a run scored. Terry was a substitute at first base, and went one-for-two batting. Gonzalez was a substitute in right field, and went two-for-two with a run scored and an RBI.

Rodriguez pitched one inning, allowing only one hit. He threw for the North All-Stars in the third inning.

Gonzalez got his RBI in the sixth inning, giving the North Division their first run of the game. In the bottom of the eighth, Ornelas and Gonzalez would score.

Ornelas was also named Defender of the Game.

Appalachian State’s Luke Drumheller and Kaleb Bowman have been named to the NCCSIA University Division All-State Baseball Teams.

An infielder, Drumheller was the lone freshman on the 13-player first team. Bowman made the second team as a relief pitcher.

Drumheller, who was recently named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team, hit .337 with a team-leading 37 RBIs and 15 doubles in his first college season. He tied an NCAA record while breaking school and league records against Furman with a five-double game that was voted the national Performance of the Week by the Golden Spikes Award.

Bowman finished his senior season as the official Sun Belt Conference ERA champion. He led the league with a 3.05 ERA over 62.0 innings (a player must pitch at least one inning per team game to be eligible), and those innings came in 27 appearances out of the bullpen. He had a 6-2 record with four saves to finish his two-year career in Boone with an 8-2 mark.

Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association members. A total of 26 student-athletes from nine different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.

Lenoir-Rhyne placed 195 out of a record 1,736 student-athletes on the 2018-19 SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, the conference office announced today. This marks the third straight year LR has placed at least 188 members on the Honor Roll. The South Atlantic Conference has 11 member institutions and 20 sports.

To be eligible for inclusion on the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, student-athletes must have competed in a sponsored championship sport and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher throughout the academic year.

"We are honored to recognize the outstanding academic accomplishments of our student-athletes," said SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz. "Along with the help of our coaches and administrators, they continue to strive for excellence on the playing field and court, as well as in the classroom, and we are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication."

Among the honorees were 131 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA, in addition to 10 SAC Players of the Year and six SAC Freshmen of the Year from 2018-19:

Marcos Enriquez, Lenoir-Rhyne | Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year
Daniel Wallis, Queens| Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year
Logan Horning, Anderson | Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year
Rachel Strayer, Carson-Newman | Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year
Rachel Alles, Wingate | Volleyball Player of the Year
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson | Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Trenton Gibson, Tusculum| Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year
Charles Hall, Tusculum| Baseball Pitcher of the Year
Danton Hyman, Newberry| Baseball Player of the Year
Josh Bookbinder, Newberry| Baseball Freshman of the Year
Sam Broadhurst, Lincoln Memorial | Men's Golf Player of the Year
Matthew Raybould, Lenoir-Rhyne | Men's Golf Freshman of the Year
Annie McCullough, Tusculum | Women's Tennis Player of the Year
Alex Llerandi, Wingate | Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year
Elise Ulseth, Queens | Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year

From Lenoir-Rhyne:
Baseball Kanan Butler Management
Baseball Nathaniel Collins Sports Management
Baseball Jacob Conroy Sports Management
Baseball Adam Dempski Sports Management
Baseball Grant Fulbright Sports Management
Baseball Christopher Grant Pre-Engineering
Baseball Paul Hall Mass Media Communications
Baseball Jordan Mann Sports Management
Baseball William Mcgee International Business
Baseball Robert Nichols Sports Management
Baseball Bennet Nooe Undeclared
Baseball Alex Shirazi Exercise Science
Baseball Zackary Shoemaker Sports Management
Baseball Connor Smith Accounting
Baseball Andrew Tilley Exercise Science
Baseball Corbin Watson Finance
Football Chase Allbaugh Management
Football Gunnar Anderson Finance
Football Tate Beaver Medical Studies
Football Ian Brinson History
Football Ronnie Clifton Management
Football Harrison Elam Mass Media Communications
Football Adam Gast Middle Grades Education
Football Frederick Hardison Management
Football Joseph Henderson Accounting
Football Isaiah Herring Exercise Science
Football Clayton Horn Accounting
Football Melvin Howard Finance
Football Adam Johns Marketing
Football Preston Joseph Management
Football Riley McGee Finance
Football William Neal Management
Football Jonathan Nolan Exercise Science
Football Jefferson Norwood Biology
Football John Owen Exercise Science
Football Michael Russell Criminal Justice
Football Trevor Shue Management
Football Christian Starks Exercise Science
Football Jerry Wiley Sports Management
Football Grayson Willingham Accounting
Men Basketball Tyson Mcclain Exercise Science
Men Basketball Darius Simmons Medical Studies
Men Cross County Joshua Adkins Medical Studies
Men Cross County Sean Incardona Information Technology
Men Cross County Petar Ivackovic Biology
Men Cross County Peyton Jones Psychology
Men Cross County Jacob Marsh Political Science
Men Cross County Brett Vogelsang Computer Science
Men Golf Georg Hartmann Engineering Physics
Men Golf Tyler Hashmi Management
Men Golf Luis Lopez Management
Men Golf Matthew Raybould Finance
Men Golf Bradley Robinson Sports Management
Men Lacrosse Ryan Bell Sports Management
Men Lacrosse James Bimstefer Business
Men Lacrosse Phillip Farist Accounting
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Men Lacrosse Anthony Fraga International Business
Men Lacrosse Christopher Hawkins Sports Management
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Senior outfielder Clayton Jeffries has been named NCCSIA Second Team All-State to go along with his Second Team All-Conference selection at the conclusion of the regular season.

Jeffries, a SAC Player of the Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Player of the Week this season,finished with a batting average of .379. The Lakeland, Fla. native played in every game of the year and was tied for second on the team with 14 doubles and added one home run and a team-leading 48 runs batted in, which was good for third in the conference at the conclusion of the regular season. 

Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, softball, and baseball.

The Hickory Crawdads snapped their two game losing streak to the Delmarva Shorebirds with an eighth inning rally in an 8-6 win to wrap up the first half of the season.

Trailing 6-4 heading into the eighth, the Crawdads (40-25) got to work quickly against Matt De La Rosa. Frainyer Chavez dropped down a perfect drag bunt for a single and Jaxx Biggers followed with a single to left. Kole Enright then bounced into double play that looked like it would see the Shorebirds (48-21) clear of any danger, leaving a just a runner at third with two outs. But, Miguel Aparicio came through with a line drive RBI single to center making it a 6-5 game. After a walk to Curtis Terry, Sherten Apostle blasted a three-run homer over the batter's eye in straight away center to flip the script and put Hickory ahead 8-6.

The Shorebirds threatened to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Doran Turchin worked a walk and Robbie Thorburn slashed a double to left to put the tying run in scoring position. J.C. Encarnacion couldn't keep the line moving however, as Kelvin Gonzalez struck him out swinging to end the game.

Hever Bueno (1-0) collected the win for the Crawdads. Bueno went two innings and allowed one run while striking out four out of the bullpen. De La Rosa (3-1) suffered the loss for Delmarva, blowing his first save of the season, allowing four runs on four hits across two innings. Gonzalez earned his second save of the year for Hickory.

Despite the Shorebirds conceding a lead late, it was Hickory who got on the board first. Enright worked a walk to begin the game and Aparicio followed with a single. After a strikeout, Apostle notched a base hit to load the bases. Matt Whatley then brought home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right, making it 1-0 Crawdads.

Hickory expanded their edge in the second. Chavez looped a single to left with one out and Biggers followed by working a walk. After a flyout, Aparicio ripped a double to the right field corner, scoring both runners, and putting the Crawdads up 3-0. Curtis Terry then made it 4-0 as he cranked a double to left, scoring Aparicio.

The Shorebirds got a run back in the bottom of the second. Seamus Curran collected a one out double and after a groundout, came home to score when Nick Horvath bounced single up the middle bring Delmarva to within 4-1.

Will Robertson worked a walk to begin the Shorebirds' third. After a strikeout, Thorburn was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. After another punchout, Curran walked to load the bases. Daniel Fajardo stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter and after a seven-pitch battle, deposited a grand slam over the wall in left, thrusting Delmarva in front 5-4.

Nick Horvath tacked on another run in the sixth when he ripped a solo homer over the wall in the left field corner to make it a 6-4 Shorebirds' advantage.

Apostel keyed the Hickory attack, finishing 4-for-4 with the game-winning three-run homer, his ninth of the season. Aparicio went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs while Frainyer Chavez went 2-for-5 with two runs. Jax Biggers had two hits, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

In addition to the grand slam, his first homer of the year, Fajardo added a single off the bench for Delmarva. Horvath tacked on single and RBI to go with his solo homer, his fourth of the year.

Shorebirds' starter Nick Gruener worked through early struggles in a no-decision. Gruener went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, three walks, striking out one in.

The Crawdad's Cole Winn went just 2.2 innings in his no-decision. The Rangers' no. 2 prospect allowed five runs on four hits, walking two and striking out six.

The Delmarva Shorebirds set a new franchise record for wins in a half as they notched their 48th win of the first half in a 5-1 victory over the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Ryan Wilson (2-2) snagged the win for the Shorebirds (48-20). The southpaw posted his first Quality Start of the year, firing six innings and allowing just an unearned run on three hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Wilson struck out five batters in a row at one point and set down 11 in a row from the first through fourth innings.

Ronny Henriquez (1-4) swallowed the loss for the Crawdads (40-25). Henriquez lasted just four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks.

The game stayed scoreless until the fourth when the Shorebirds broke through in a big way. Cadyn Grenier walked with one out and Robbie Thorburn by drawing another free pass. Seamus Curran then singled to load the bases. Jean Carlos Encarnacion was subsequently hit by a pitch, forcing home the first run of the game. Ben Breazeale followed by lacing a single to center, bringing home the second run of the frame. With the bases still full, Ryne Ogren bounced a grounder to third where Hickory third baseman Jonathan Ornelas tried to get the force out at home but threw wildly, allowing two runs to score and handing the Shorebirds a 4-0 lead.

Hickory clawed a run back in the sixth. Jaxx Biggers began the inning with a single and Miguel Aparacio then reached on an error to put two aboard. A groundout to second moved both runners into scoring position. Melvin Novoa got Hickory on the board as he lofted a sacrifice fly to left field, cutting the Delmarva lead to 4-1.

Delmarva got an insurance run in a hurry in the eighth as Seamus Curran belted a solo homer 425-feet over the right field wall, his 11th of the year, to give Delmarva a 5-1 lead they would never relinquish.

Matthew Hammonds and Tim Naughton combined for three no-hit innings out of the bullpen to salm the door shut on the Crawdads.

Leading the way for the Shorebirds, Curran 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Ben Breazeale also had a two-hit day, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Delmarva mustered enough offense to win the game despite grounding into a season high four double plays, three coming in the first three innings.

Hickory collected just three hits in the game, all singles from Aparicio, Biggers, and Frainyer Chavez.

The Delmarva Shorebirds trounced the Hickory Crawdads 9-2 to snap their five-game losing streak on Friday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Hector Guance (4-2) earned the win for the Shorebirds (47-20) after throwing 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on just two hits, five walks with five strikeouts. It's Guance's second consecutive win and he has now given up six runs over his past 17.1 innings (3.12 ERA).

Grant Wolfram (1-2) swallowed the loss for the Crawdads (40-24). Wolfram lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Tyler Joyner collected his sixth save of the year with 3.2 no-hit innings.

The Shorebirds broke the scoring open with a raucous second inning. Ryne Ogren walked to leadoff the frame and Daniel Fajardo singled him over to third. Alexis Torres then shot a single to right to plate Ogren and open the scoring. Will Robertson followed with a single of his own to load the bases. Cadyn Grenier capitalized with a base knock to center, scoring two, and putting Delmarva ahead 3-0. Doran Turchin subsequently blooped a single to right, reloading the bases. Jean Carlos Encarnacion followed by lashing a single to right to bring Robertson home. With the bases still juiced, Nick Horvath grounded out to the pitcher, allowing Grenier to scamper home with the fifth run of the frame. A wild pitch proceeded to follow which let Turchin scramble across the plate pushing the Shorebirds lead to 6-0.

Delmarva extended the cushion in the fourth. Ogren slashed an RBI single to right and Robertson came through with a two-run double, giving the Shorebirds a 9-0 edge.

Hickory avoided the shutout with two runs in the sixth on sacrifice flies from Jaxx Biggers and Matt Whatley, giving the game its final tally of 9-2.

Everybody reached base at least once for Delmarva in the victory. The six straight hits in the second are the most consecutive hits in a game for the Shorebirds this season.

Robertson spearheaded the attack for Delmarva, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Encarnacion, Grenier, Torres, and Turchin each went 2-for-5, with Grenier adding two RBIs while Encarnacion and Torres tallied one RBI apiece. Ogren and Fajardo each scored and walked twice in 1-for-3 performances.

Despite not getting a hit, Sherten Apostel reached base four times for Hickory, walking three times and getting hit by a pitch. Kole Enright and Frainyer Chavez had the only hits and runs scored in the game for the Crawdads.

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds on the road Thursday night, 9-2.

Yerry Rodriguez stifled Delmarva for five shutout innings as he earned the win for the Crawdads. Rodriguez allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out three.

Hickory opened the scoring in the second inning. After a leadoff Melvin Novoa double, Pedro Gonzalez belted a homer over the left center field wall, giving the Crawdads a 2-0 lead.

The fifth saw Hickory extend their advantage. Frainyer Chavez began the inning with a bunt single and then stole second base. Chavez advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on Miguel Aparicio's groundout to short, putting the Crawdads up 3-0.

Hickory tacked on another run in the sixth. Novoa led off with a single and Gonzalez followed with a walk. A deep fly out then allowed both runners to advance to second and third. After a strikeout, Chavez legged out an infield single, allowing Novoa to score and pushing Hickory's lead to 4-0.

The Crawdads busted the game open in the seventh with four runs. With two on, Novoa smoked a double to the left field corner scoring both runners. Gonzalez subsequently blasted a ball to the batter's eye for a two-run homer, inflating the Hickory lead to 8-0.

The Shorebirds finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth.

Hickory got one of those runs back immediately in the ninth. Novoa snuck a solo homer over the short corner in left field, giving the game its final score of 9-2.

Gonzalez's two home runs give him the first multi-homer game for a Shorebird opponent this season; he finished with four RBIs. Novoa paced the rest of the offense for Hickory, going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs, four runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base.

Hickory is 40-23 on the first half of the season. They will stay in Delmarva to wrap up the first half of the season through Sunday.

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