The Hickory Crawdads were one strike away from coming away with a 1-0 victory three times Thursday night, but the visiting Greenville Drive rallied to tie the game in the 9th before the game finally ended with a 2-1 'Dads loss in 13 innings at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 9th inning holding on to a 1-0 lead they had put together in the 3rd. The Drive got their leadoff man on base, but Hickory reliever Ricardo Rodriguez induced a double play to move the 'Dads one out away from the win. It was from that point that Greenville mounted their rally with a 2-out walk followed by back-to-back two-strike hits to score the tying run and force extra innings. Four frames later, the Drive produced the winning run on consecutive doubles to take the 2-1 lead they would win by.
The decisive doubles in the 13th were helped out by a pair of unlucky defensive plays by the Crawdads. With one out in the final inning, Greenville shortstop Javier Guerra slapped a line drive hit to right and took a big turn around first. Hickory right fielder Jairo Beras threw behind the runner in an attempt to pick him off, but the speedy Guerra was able to take second base on the throw. The next batter for the Drive was left fielder Mike Meyers who hit a hard ground ball to third, but 'Dads third baseman Juremi Profar was unable to field a bad hop resulting in the game-winning RBI double for Greenville.
Prior to the 9th, the Crawdads maintained a 1-0 lead on the strength of some solid pitching. The lone Hickory run came in the 3rd on a line drive by Beras that ricocheted off of Greenville second baseman Yoan Moncada's glove and careened into center field for an RBI single. The lone run looked like it would be enough, as 'Dads starting pitcher Cody Buckel tossed a season-high 6 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts while Rodriguez put up scoreless frames in the 7th and 8th before allowing the tying run in the 9th.
Greenville reliever Mario Alcantara (3-1) earned the win after shutting out the 'Dads over his three innings pitched. Hickory reliever Shane McCain (0-1) took the loss with one run allowed over 1.1 frames on the mound.
Profar ended the night as the only 'Dad with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Beras finished 1-5 with an RBI and Jose Cardona went 1-4 with a walk.
The Crawdads (48-28/4-4) and Drive (42-36/4-4) will wrap up their four-game series on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
After conversations between Hickory Motor Speedway and the Southern Modified race Tour KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series, the KOMA Unwind event at Hickory Motor Speedway set for Friday, July 3rd has been rescheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 7th.
“With all the available weather information pointing to a rainy day with the possibility of some severe weather, we felt it best to reschedule the event”, said HMS promoter, Kevin Piercy. “We want everyone attending our events to have a positive experience. Our fans and competitors are very important to us and we want to do everything in our power to give them a great event every time we open the gates”, Piercy said.
“I want to thank Kevin for the opportunity to bring the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series to one of the most historic tracks in the region. Hickory hosted the first KOMA Unwind series event last year and we want everyone to have a chance to see more of our brand of racing at a great track. Labor Day at Hickory will be another great opportunity to showcase the Modifieds and the KOMA Unwind series and with Hickory making this event a part of a great weekend at the track with the running of the “Bobby Issac Memorial” on Saturday and the KOMA Unwind Modifieds on Monday, race fans can experience some of the best racing around”, said SMRT Series Director, Randy Myers.
More information on this great weekend at a great track will be coming soon.
Caldwell County: 19
Rutherford County: 7
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 1-0.
Hickory leads the best of five series, 2-0
Shelby leads the best of five series, 1-0.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of assistant coach Brittany Bolick on Thursday. Bolick served as a volunteer assistant coach on Strickland’s staff last season – the program’s first in the Sun Belt Conference.
Strickland noted, “I am thrilled to welcome Brittany to our staff on a full-time basis. Brittany has worked hard to develop relationships with the girls, learn about our values, our system of play and is truly invested in who we are and what we do. She is going to add excitement and energy to our program and is a wonderful mentor for the girls. She is the piece we have been looking for to balance the staff and we are so blessed to have her join our program.”
Before coming to Appalachian in 2014, Bolick served as the varsity head coach of the girls soccer program at Watauga High School. She compiled a record of 47-28-8 as the Pioneers head coach and finished 14-6-3 in her last season in 2013.
A Watauga graduate, Bolick played collegiately at Charleston Southern and was a two-time all-Big South player and was named team Most Valuable Player her junior and senior seasons.
Prior to her collegiate career, Bolick played locally at Watauga High School where she was named all-Northwestern Conference for three seasons and and NWC Player of the Year in 2005.
There will be fireworks in the sky after the race but some of the rivalries could create on track sparks as well as the entry list continues to grow for the 2nd annual “Firecracker 125” presented by KOMA Unwind at Hickory Motor Speedway this Friday, July 3rd.
Heading the list of drivers is last year’s winner, Zack Brewer from Winston-Salem, NC. Brewer pilots the Scott Rigney owned #31. Brewer’s timely pit strategy gave him the advantage he needed to edge runner-up Burt Myers last July. Burt Myers, the current series point leader, will return to try to improve his finish by one spot and try to complete the sweep of the Hickory races this year. Brewer hopes to stand in his way.
Also on the entry list are KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series regulars Jason Myers, Dan Speeney, Mike Norman, Tom Buzze, Spencer Davis, Jeremy Mayfield and Danny Propst.
Several new faces to the series will dot the lineup this week with Brandon Ward making his first series start along with Kyle Bonsignore, fresh off a solid third place finish in May at Concord Speedway. Darren Shaw will fill the seat of the P.S Racing #17 and Jason Tutterow returns to the seat in the #33. Bowman Gray regulars John Smith, the “Mayberry Bullet”, and Jonathan “Bo Bo” Brown make their first 2015 series starts along with Richmond, VA’s A. J. Winstead. Will Smith and Brown continue their skirmish from last week at BG.
Mod Light division regulars include the current leader of the Mod Lights, Jimmy Wallace along with the March Hickory Mod Light winner, Drew Moffitt and newcomer “Ridge” Klimarchhk.
Qualifying for this special Friday night event at Hickory Motor Speedway gets under way at 6:00 PM followed by a big autograph session for all divisions at 6:45 PM. The green flag falls at 8:00 PM with features for the East Coast Flathead Fords, the Vintage Sportsman Series and the Allison Legacy Series and the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness, Firecracker 125”. followed by a spectacular fireworks show presented by Hickory Motor Speedway wrap up the night.
For more information go to www.hickorymotorspeedway.com or call 828-434-3655.
(List is Tentative and Could Change)
J2 Jeremy Mayfield Sherrills Ford, NC
08 Dan Speeney King, NC
1 Burt Myers Kernersville, NC
2 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC
3 Danny Propst Wingate, NC
4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC
5 Tom Buzze Statesville, NC
12 Mike Norman Lewisville, NC
16 Don Johnson Columbus, OH
17 Darren Shaw Concord, NC
19 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC
22 Kyle Bonsignore Mooresville, NC
22 L Jimmy Wallace Lexington, NC
23 Brian Loftin Winston-Salem, NC
24 Buddy Ellis Mooresville, NC
25 John Smith Mt. Airy, NC
31 Zack Brewer Winston-Salem, NC
33 Jason Tutterow Advance, NC
69 Drew Moffitt Winston-Salem, NC
74 “Ridge” Klimarchuk Wilkesboro, NC
79 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA
99 A. J. Winstead Richmond, VA
The Hickory Crawdads completed an improbable comeback for an unlikely win Wednesday night, as the 'Dads scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to force extras before Rock Shoulders delivered a 2-out, 2-RBI single in the 10th for a walk-off 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 8th inning facing a shutout and trailing the Drive 2-0. The 'Dads rallied for one run in the 8th on an RBI single by Josh Morgan and tied the game in the 9th with an RBI fielder's choice from Shoulders to deadlock the score at 2-2 and send it to extra innings. Greenville jumped ahead in the top of the frame with a leadoff solo home run by All-Star Rafael Devers to re-take the lead at 3-2, but Shoulders came through for Hickory again in the bottom of the 10th with a bloop single that dropped in-between three defenders in shallow left field to score two runs and give the Crawdads the 4-3 victory.
The victory was the third straight for the 'Dads and improved the team's record to a perfect 7-0 in extra inning games in 2015. The walk-off win also marked the 8th such victory for Hickory this season.
Both teams were kept off the scoreboard over the first three innings before the Drive broke through against Crawdads starter Nick Gardewine in the 4th with back-to-back 2-out, RBI doubles by Javier Guerra and Joseph Monge to put Greenville on top 2-0. The score would hold until the 8th, with Drive starter Reed Reilly tossing 6.2 shutout innings while Hickory reliever Kelvin Vasquez kept his club in the game by throwing 3.2 scoreless frames with four strikeouts.
The 'Dads finally broke through in the 8th, when Jose Cardona led off the inning with a walk, advanced on a single from Carlos Arroyo, and came home with an RBI base knock by Morgan to cut the deficit to 2-1. After a scoreless top of the 9th courtesy of Hickory reliever Scott Williams, the Crawdads completed the comeback in the home half of the frame when Luke Tendler tripled to right and came home on Shoulder's RBI groundout to tie the score at 2-2.
Devers' solo shot off of Williams sent the 'Dads back to the plate trailing 3-2 in the 10th. Morgan started the rally with a leadoff single, but one out later the game appeared to be over when Jose Trevino hit a hard ground ball to short for a potential double play. Greenville shortstop Deiner Lopez bobbled the ball however, and was only able to record the out and first. With Morgan at second and two outs, the Drive intentionally walked Tendler before issuing a regular walk to pinch hitter Michael De Leon to load the bases with 2 outs. Shoulder followed by looping a 2-2 pitch into shallow left field, with the ball nicking off of Devers' glove and falling to the grass for the game ending, 2-RBI hit.
Williams (3-0) earned the win with one run allowed on one hit and 5 strikeouts over 2 innings pitched. Greenville closer Ryan Harris (0-1) took the loss after allowing the two 10th inning runs on two his and two walks.
Shoulders finished the night 1-4 with 3 RBI and a walk to lead the club. Morgan ended the game 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored, Arroyo went 2-5, and Juremi Profar finished 2-4.
The Crawdads (48-27/4-3) and Drive (41-36/3-4) will battle again on Thursday night at 7:00 pm for game three of the four-game series.
1 West) Caldwell County
9 West) Rutherford County
Series starts Thursday
2 West) Hickory
7 East) Maiden
Series starts Wednesday
4 East) Shelby
5 West) Taylorsville
Series starts Thursday
First round is a best of five series
The Hickory Crawdads used a combination of shutdown pitching and powerful hitting to come away with a win Tuesday night, as the 'Dads offense belted a pair of big home runs to back a stingy performance by the Hickory hurlers in an 8-1 win over the Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Six of the Crawdads 8 runs came in the 2nd inning, when the club sent all nine batters to the plate and used home runs by Jose Cardona and Josh Morgan to build a 6-1 lead. The 'Dads pitching trio of Austin Pettibone, Chris Dula, and Joe Filomeno, made the early offense hold up as they combined to hold Greenville to one run on three hits, including no runs and just one hit after the 1st.
Following a one hour and 15 minute rain delay to begin the game, the Drive jumped on Pettibone in the 1st inning when leadoff hitter Mike Meyers triple to right-center and scored on an ensuing wild pitch to quickly put Greenville ahead 1-0. Second place hitter Michael Chavis followed with a single to left before Pettibone settled in and retired the next three batters to end the frame.
The Crawdads offense came to their pitcher's aid in the home half of the 2nd, scoring 6 runs on five hits and a walk to take a 6-1 lead they would never let go of. The big inning started with back-to-back one out singles from Luke Tendler and Carlos Arroyo before Rock Shoulders brought in the inning's first tally on a 2-out, RBI single to right. One batter later, Cardona launched a 3-run homer to left to put Hickory ahead 4-1. Michael De Leon kept the rally going with a walk, while Morgan followed with a 2-run big fly to left to push the 'Dads advantage to 6-1.
The score would remain the same throughout the next five innings as Pettibone sat down 17 of his final 18 batters faced, including 9 straight to end his night after six innings pitched. He turned the ball over to Dula in the 7th, who worked himself into and out of trouble with a pair of walks and a hit batter to load the bases followed by three consecutive strikeouts to escape the frame.
The Crawdads capped off the scoring with two more runs in the 8th on a 2-out, RBI triple by Juremi Profar and an RBI base knock from Shoulders while Filomeno finished off the game with three total strikeouts over a scoreless 8th and 9th to give the 'Dads the 8-1 victory.
Both Cardona and Morgan finished 1-4 with their home runs, along with three and two RBI respectively. Shoulders ended the night 2-3 with 2 RBI while Arroyo went 3-4 with a run scored.
Pettibone (1-1) earned the win for Hickory after allowing just one run on two hits and three strikeouts over a season-high 6 innings pitched. Greenville starter Jeffry Fernandez (2-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks, and 2 Ks during his five frames on the mound.
The Crawdads (47-27/3-3) and Drive (41-35/3-3) will play again Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their 4-game series.
The Hickory Crawdads erupted for a 5-run 1st inning Monday night and made the lead hold up for the rest of the night, as the 'Dads held on for a 5-4 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The opening inning outburst was powered by a pair of home runs, as Carlos Arroyo went deep for the first time this year with a 2-run shot to right before All-Star Luke Tendler clubbed his 6th big fly for a 3-run long ball later in the frame to give the 'Dads a 5-0 lead. Lakewood clawed their way back into the game with single runs in the 3rd and 4th followed by 2 runs in the 6th to cut the score to 5-4, but the 'Dads bullpen duo of Shane McCain and Erik Swanson combined to toss 3.2 shutout innings to finish off the Crawdads win.
The big 1st inning for the 'Dads began with the first five batters reaching safely against BlueClaws starter Yoel Mecias, including a leadoff double from Michael De Leon, the 2-run homer by Arroyo, consecutive walks to Eduard Pinto and Jose Trevino, and finally the 3-run blast by Tendler. Following a fly out by Jairo Beras, Rock Shoulders would draw a walk and Juremi Profar singled to left before Lakewood brought in reliever Austin Davis who induced an inning ending double play to finally end the inning.
Hickory starting pitcher Collin Wiles (8-3) was the benefactor of all the early support, as the All-Star hurler went 5.1 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. McCain took the game over in the 6th and tossed 1.2 scoreless innings before Swanson (1) earned his first save of the year with two shutout frames. Mecias (0-2) took the loss for the 'Claws after allowing all five Hickory runs on four hits and three walks while recording only one out.
Arroyo was the only 'Dad to finish the night with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with his 2-run homer, while Tendler went 1-3 with his 3-run home run. Trevino reached base twice in the contest, going 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
The Crawdads (46-27/2-3) will now welcome in the Greenville Drive for a 4-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium. Game one of the series is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday.