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Saturday, 29 August 2015 01:29

Hickory Crawdads Wrap Up Homestand With Win

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The Hickory Crawdads came away with a dramatic win on the back of some late game heroics Friday night, with a 2-run home run by Jose Trevino giving the team the lead in the bottom of the 8th before Jairo Beras finished the contest by throwing out the tying runner at home to give the 'Dads a 5-4 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs.

In front of a crowd of 3,423 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Crawdads entered the bottom of the 8th trailing the RiverDogs 4-3 before Trevino turned the game around with a 2-run homer to left to change a one-run deficit into a one-run advantage. The 'Dogs refused to go down quietly in the 9th though, as the Charleston loaded the bases with one out against Hickory closer Scott Williams. Williams induced a fly out to right field for the second out, prompting the RiverDogs to tag up their runner at third base and send him home to try to tie the game. Beras ensured that wouldn't happen however, as he threw out the runner at the plate to end the game and give the 'Dads the 5-4 win.

The late inning comeback gave Hickory the series win over Charleston 3 games to 1, while also improving the Crawdads home record in 2015 to 40-24.

The RiverDogs used the long ball to quickly jump ahead of the 'Dads in the 1st, with a leadoff, infield single by Devyn Bolasky and a 2-run homer to left from Angel Aguilar putting the 'Dogs ahead 2-0. The Crawdads answered back in the bottom of the 2nd, when the first five batters reached safely to bring home three runs and give the 'Dads a 3-2 lead. Beras kick started the frame by lining a solo homer to center field. Following a single by Juremi Profar, a walk from Eduard Pinto, and a bunt base knock by Jose Cardona, Michael De Leon delivered a bases loaded, 2-RBI single to center to put the club ahead.

The advantage held until the top of the 5th, when Charleston tied the contest at 3-3 when Ryan Lindemuth doubled, stole third, and come home on a throwing error by Trevino. The RiverDogs then re-took the lead in the top of the 8th on an RBI single from Tejeda, which made the score 4-3 and set the stage for the Crawdads comeback and 5-4 win.

Trevino finished the night 1-4 with his 14th big fly of the year and 2 RBI. Beras also ended the game 1-4 with his 9th long ball, while De Leon went 1-3 with 2 RBI.

Hickory reliever Shane McCain (2-2) earned the win with one run allowed on four hits and five strikeouts over 3.1 innings pitched. Charleston bullpen arm Brody Koerner (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits over one inning of work, while Williams (9) recorded the save with a scoreless 9th.

The Crawdads (77-51/33-27) will now hit the road for a 5-game series in Delmarva against the Shorebirds, with first pitch on Saturday scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 01:27

App State Men's Soccer Edged Out in Season Opener

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell to North Florida, 3-2, on Friday night in its 2015 season opener.

The Mountaineers (0-1-0) got off to a slow start and fell into an early 3-0 deficit. The Ospreys (1-0-0) opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a long forward ball to Milan Kovacs that he finished to the left of the Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex).

North Florida stuck again is the 33rd minute and in the 37th minute and carried its advantage into the break.

“It took us too long to start playing, Said head coach Matt Nelson. “Going into the half down 3-0, we could have come back out and given up another two or three, but we showed determination, grit, and a will to battle back.”

The Mountaineers fought hard to claw back into the game in the second half. Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) got the Apps on the score sheet in the 75th minute when he was able to get a foot on a cross from Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie).

The Apps continued to battle to the end and were rewarded with a second goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) gathered a ball that deflected off the goal keeper inside the six yard box and was able finish his chance. Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) was credited with the assist.

“I am not proud of the result, or our first half performance, but I’ll take the way we played in the second half for the next 17 games, “said Nelson. “If we do that we will win some games.”

The Mountaineers have another game to play in Jacksonville before returning from their trip to Florida. They will face Jacksonville on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer suffered a tough, 1-0, loss at the hands of Radford on Friday night at Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

“I think the game versus UNCW was a story of two halves, but tonight we put two halves together,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “A game like this will help us later down the road when need to show urgency in making chances at the end of games.”

The Mountaineers (1-1-0) tallied 19 shots on the night and put 10 on goal. The Highlanders (2-1-0) only recorded six shots with two on goal, but one ended up in the back of the net.

Radford earned a corner kick in the 30th minute and played a ball into the box. The ball ricocheted around the box before Hannah Duff collected it and slotted it into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The Apps looked very dangerous throughout the game, especially in the second half with Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams), and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) all have scoring opportunities. Each time the Mountaineers were denied by the Radford keeper, Katie McCormick.

“The Radford goal keeper was outstanding tonight,” said Strickland. “She made three goal-line saves towards the end of the game that I thought were all going in.”

The Mountaineers will have a chance at a quick rebound when they face Mercer on the road on Sunday. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

Non-conference:
Asheville: 35
Newton-Conover: 21

East Burke: 48
Patton: 20

Fred T. Foard: 14
Bandys: 7

Freedom: 61
Draughn: 0

Maiden: 36
Hibriten: 27

St. Stephens: 42
Bunker Hill: 16

South Caldwell: 14
West Caldwell: 0

South Iredell: 44
Hickory: 7

Idle:
Alexander Central

Appalachian State University field hockey had its hands full for the 2015 season opener with a trip to No. 12 ranked Louisville and the Cardinals' offense proved to be too much to handle as the Mountaineers dropped an 8-1 decision inside Trager Stadium.

"Louisville was a really fast, skilled and well-coached team," said head coach Meghan Dawson after her first regular season match as a Division I head coach.

The home team wasted no time getting on the board with a goal from the top of the circle just one minute and 14 seconds into the match. Louisville would go on to score five unanswered goals in the first 35 minutes thanks to 16 shots while the Apps were unable to get a shot off.

The Cardinals scored two more times to begin the second period to make it 7-0 before captain Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) converted one of App State's two total shots. The attempt came at the 9:50 mark on Appalachian State's only corner of the match and Van Cleave was assisted by Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial). That made the score 7-1 before the hosts added another with under five minutes to play.

Overall, Louisville outshot the Mountaineers 27-2 and held a 17-1 advantage in corners. In goal, Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) played all 70 minutes with 13 saves. The Apps' other shot came from Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) while each of the Cardinals' goals were scored by a different person.

"We are lucky to have played them, because we got the opportunity to play such a great team," said Dawson. "We still saw some good moments on the field, but also some areas for major improvements."

App State will have an off day in Louisville on Saturday before taking on Missouri State on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball dominated in all facets of their season-opening match against Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (1-0) made it look easy against the Buccaneers (0-1) with a three-set sweep (25-11, 25-17, 25-16). Senior outside hitter Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) led the Mountaineers with 16 kills, while senior setter and 2015 Sun Belt preseason Setter of the Year Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) tallied 31 assists.

With the first set knotted at 2-2, the Mountaineers went on an 11-2 run to take a 13-5 advantage, highlighted by five kills from Keller in that span. App State would not look back in the first set and behind a 12-6 run would put away the Bucs 25-11.

Following the first set, the Mountaineers carried a team attack percentage of .344, which included 13 kills on 32 total attacks.

The second set would be more back and forth than the first. With the score tied at 9-9, the Apps would rally a 16-8 run to shutdown the Bucs again 25-17. Brown added nine assists, while Keller once again led with six kills. Senior Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) attributed four kills and newcomer Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) was right behind with three kills of her own.

As a team in the second set, App State generated 17 kills on 34 total attacks to earn a .382 attack percentage. Also through two sets, senior libero Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) led with a team-high eight digs.

Appalachian State got out to a commanding 11-2 advantage in the third set to keep a firm grasp on the match. The Mountaineers finished off the Bucs with a 14-12 see-saw battle in the second half of the set to down the Bucs 25-16 and complete the sweep.

Leading the match with 16 kills, Keller finished with five more in the third and final set, while Gregory tallied four and 10 for the match. Mahoney finished with 16 digs - eight of which came in the final set.

The Black and Gold will return to the court tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. when they face-off against UNCW in their second match of the Big Orange Bash. The Apps will finish the tournament tomorrow evening with a match against host Clemson at 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University football will host in-state opponent North Carolina Central in 2016 and move its scheduled home date versus Massachusetts to 2020, the schools announced on Friday.

Appalachian State is set to host N.C. Central for the third time in eight seasons on Sept. 17, 2016. Appalachian’s home date versus UMass, originally scheduled for Oct. 29, 2016, will now be played at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 26, 2020.

The arrangement gives Appalachian State at least one home game per season versus FBS opponents through 2021.

Future Appalachian State Football Non-Conference Opponents

2016

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 17 vs. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
Sept. 24 at Akron

2017

Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia

2018

Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

2019

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

2020

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
SEPT. 26 vs MASSACHUSETTS

2021

Sept. 4 at Wyoming
SEPT. 25 vs. MARSHALL

2022
Sept. 17 at Marshall

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
South Iredell: 0

Non-conference:
Maiden: 3
East Burke: 0

South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Non-conference:
Hibriten: 3
Bunker Hill: 1

Maiden: 3
West Iredell: 1

Statesville: 5
Fred T. Foard: 0

The Hickory Crawdads offense came through for three home runs and staked the team to three separate leads against the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Thursday night, but the 'Dads ultimately could not hold off the 'Dogs as they fell 10-7 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Luke Tendler, Jairo Beras, & Jose Cardona all went deep for the Crawdads, as the offense gave the team a 3-run lead after the 3rd, a 1-run advantage at the end of the 6th, and finally a 2-run lead following the 7th. The 'Dads could never hold on however, with the decisive inning coming in the 8th when Charleston rallied for 5 runs to overcome a 2-run deficit and send Hickory to the 10-7 loss.

The defeat also spoiled the return of former Crawdad All-Star and South Atlantic League MVP Jurickson Profar, who went 1-4 in his first game while on a rehab assignment from the Texas Rangers.

The RiverDogs took the first lead of the night when Joey Falcone launched a 2-out, solo home run to right off of 'Dads starting pitcher Dillon Tate in the 2nd. The homer marked the first professional run allowed by Tate in his 7th inning pitched since being selected in the 1st round of this year's Draft out of UC Santa Barbara.

Tate's teammates quickly came to his rescue in the 3rd, when back-to-back jacks by Tendler and Beras propelled the Crawdads to a 4-1 lead. The frame started with two quick outs before Edwin Garcia drew a walk and Jose Trevino reached on an error. With two men on base, Tendler launched a 3-run big fly down the right field line against Charleston starter Matt Marsh to put the 'Dads ahead 3-1. Beras would follow with a line drive, solo shot to left to push the Crawdads advantage to 4-1.

The RiverDogs responded in the next half inning however, as the road team got to Hickory hurler Collin Wiles for three runs, two earned, on three hits, an error, and a hit batter to tie the score at 4-4. Ryan Lindemuth delivered the first blow with an RBI single to center, before Radley Hadded came through from the number nine spot in the order with a 2-RBI base knock to right.

The 'Dads bats gave the club the lead back in the home half of the 6th, when Cardona connected on a solo dinger to left for a 5-4 Crawdads lead. The advantage was once again promptly erased though when the 'Dogs tied the game on an RBI single by Angel Aguilar in the top of the 7th for yet another tie at 5-5.

Mounting one last rally, the Hickory hitters produced two tallies on three hits in the bottom of the 7th to put the team on top again with a 7-5 lead. Three consecutive singles by Carlos Arroyo, Jurickson Profar, and Garcia brought home the first run, while an RBI sacrifice fly to left from Tendler plated the second.

The RiverDogs proved to have the last comeback of the night though, when they broke through for five runs on five hits and two walks while sending all 9 batters to the plate and taking a 10-7 advantage in the top of the 8th. Following a strikeout by Wiles to start the inning, both Austin Aune and Bo Thompson reached on an infield single and a walk respectively to chase the 'Dads pitcher from the game. Reliever Joe Filomeno entered but experienced problems of his own, with an RBI double by Falcone, a walk from Lindemuth, a 3-RBI double by Haddad, and finally an RBI base knock from Agular combining to put the 'Dads behind by the 10-7 score they would lose by.

Charleston reliever Sean Carley (3-1) earned the win after giving up two runs on three hits over his one inning pitched. Filomeno (2-2) took the loss for the Crawdads with three runs allowed on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts over 1.2 IP, while Garrett Mundell (2) earned the save for the 'Dogs after tossing two scoreless innings to end the game.

Tendler led the 'Dads offensive attack with a 1-4 game including his 13th home run of the year and 4 total RBI. Beras ended the night 2-4 with his 8th home run, while Cardona finished the contest 2-3 with his 10th long ball of the season and a walk.

The Crawdads (76-51/32-27) and RiverDogs (61-68/27-32) will battle in the last game of the 4-game series on Friday night, with the 'Dads going for the series win starting at 7:00 pm.

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