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4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 98P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
4 09E Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
2 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
3 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
4 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
5 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
6 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
7 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
8 01C Jake Crum Statesville, NC
9 28H Chris Hudspeth Ronda, NC
10 41S Dylan Smith Concord, NC
11 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
12 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
13 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
14 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
15 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
16 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC


Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
2 1 Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
3 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
5 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
7 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
8 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
9 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
10 5G Kevin Gilardoni Mooresville,
11 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
12 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
13 15F Skylar Felkner Union Bridge, MD
14 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
15 09 Amber Colvin Mooresville, NC
16 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
17 5H Jeff Hagaman Granite Falls, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
5 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
6 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
7 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
8 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
9 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC
10 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
11 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
12 14 Samuel Thompson Lenoir, NC
13 77 Chris Cycak Concord, NC


Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09B Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
2 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
3 2 Josh Ramsey Hickory, NC
4 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
5 15H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
6 9Q Lee Queen Catawba, NC DQ

Sunday, 08 June 2014 22:10

Crawdads Walk Off Again, Win Eighth Straight

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The Hickory Crawdads won their 8th straight ballgame with their third walk-off hit of the home stand Saturday night, as Nomar Mazara doubled home Lewis Brinson in the 9th for an 8-7 win over the West Virginia Power at L.P. Frans Stadium.

In front of 3,313 fans, the Crawdads lost two separate leads of 5-0 and 7-5 to send the game to the bottom of the 9th tied at 7-7. Leadoff batter Evan Van Hoosier reached on a walk to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was thrown out trying to steal third. Brinson kept the rally going when he was hit by a pitch, bringing Mazara to the plate with two outs. Mazara then lined a ball off the top of the right-center field wall to send Brinson flying around the bases, ultimately ending with Brinson sliding just ahead of the tag at home to give the 'Dads their 8-7 win.

Prior to the late inning chaos, the Crawdads built an early 5-0 lead off of Power starting pitcher Cody Dickson with a run in the 1st, two in the 3rd, and two in the 4th. Van Hoosier kick started the night with a leadoff solo home run to left for a quick 1-0 score. The 'Dads plated two more in the 3rd on a walk to Van Hoosier, a double by Michael De Leon, and a costly throwing error by Dickson. The 4th inning tallies came via a 2-RBI double by Janluis Castro, marking his first extra base hit and RBIs in Hickory.

West Virginia took their first bite out of the Crawdads lead with a run in the 5th, before exploding for four runs on just one hit, four walks, and a hit batter in the 6th to tie the score at 5-5. Rehabbing right-hander Daniel Bard struggled for his second straight outing, with the former Tar Heel and Red Sox reliever allowing four runs on four walks and a hit batsman while recording two outs in the frame.

The deadlocked score didn't last long however, as Ronald Guzman and Travis Demeritte crushed back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the 6th to shoot the Crawdads back on top 7-5. Guzman's line drive over the center field wall marked his third homer of the season, while Demeritte's monster shot to left-center on the very next pitch pushed his South Atlantic League leading total to 14.

Refusing to quite, the Power scrapped across one run in the 8th on a 2-out, RBI double off of 'Dads reliever Josh McElwee, before once again tying the score with a 2-out, RBI single against Hickory All-Star closer Cody Kendall in the 9th.

Kendall (5-2) earned the win after blowing the save thanks to the Crawdads comeback, with the right-hander allowing one run on three hits and two strikeouts over his one inning pitched. West Virginia reliever Yhonathan Barrios (2-4) took the loss for allowing the game-ending run in the 9th after pitching a scoreless 8th.

Brinson finished the game 0-1, but reached base safely four times with three walks and the pivotal hit-by-pitch in the 9th. Mazara went 1-5 with the game-winning RBI double, Demeritte finished 2-4 with a homer and a double, Guzman ended the night 1-3 with a big fly and a walk, while Van Hoosier had a 1-2 game with a home run, three walks, and two runs scored.

The Crawdads (34-27) will go for their 9th straight victory and second consecutive series sweep in the fourth and final game against the Power (20-41) on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Matt Barefoot scattered six hits and struck out eight for Midway as the Raiders downed Bunker Hill 4-2 Saturday night in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Midway, in the championships for the second straight year, won the series two games to one and Barefoot was named the championship series Most Valuable Player.

In the opening game on Friday night, Austin Hardison had three hits in four at bats and Dylan Hardison went the distance on the mound as Midway rolled past Bunker Hill 10-3. The Bears came back in game two earlier Saturday as Cooper Wray went two for three with three RBI to lead Bunker Hill to a 4-3 decision while Barefoot had two hits for the Raiders.

Midway jumped in front with three runs in the first with some timely hits. Luke Clark, who topped the Raider attack with three hits in four trips, had a run-scoring single, as did Kyle Hawley and Tyler Pope. Cole Ervin, the Bear starting pitcher, did not make it out of the first and was relieved by Colton Chapman, who went the rest of the way.

The Bears sliced it to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the third without a hit, stringing together a hit batsman, error, fielders choice, stolen base, a couple of walks and a wild pitch. Midway made it 4-2 in the sixth when Cody Baker delivered an RBI single.

In the seventh, Bunker Hill brought the tying run to the plate after a single by Chapman, his second hit of the night and fourth time he reached base, but Barefoot struck out the next two hitters to preserve the win.

Ervin had a single and a double in three at bats for the Bears.

The Raiders completed the year 27-5, while Bunker Hill, in its first trip to the championship series, wound up 27-7.

This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.

Appalachian State University’s football video staff and the Appalachian IMG Sports Network video crew have both recently earned national accolades for their work in 2013-14.

Led by football video coordinator Jake Stroot, Appalachian State’s football video staff was awarded the Ultimate SAVVY Award by the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) in Houston on May 22. The Ultimate SAVVY Award recognizes the organization’s best video of the year, which Stroot’s staff claimed for its 2014 football recruiting video. Appalachian also placed third nationally behind Navy and Army for best highlight video and was a finalist for the motivational SAVVY, which was won by Boise State.

Led by director of video operations John Lassiter, the Appalachian IMG Sports Network earned two honorable-mention recognitions from the Sports Video Group and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for the 2014 College Sports Media Awards. The Appalachian IMG Sports Network was acknowledged in the best program series category for Always Attack: Inside App State Football and in the best live game and event production category for the App State TV broadcast of Appalachian State’s 14-6 win over Davidson on April 25.

“These are well-deserved honors for Jake, John and their staffs,” Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. “Everyone that contributes to the video operations in our department are very good at what they do and put a lot of pride in their work. It is great to see them recognized by their peers nationwide for their talent and efforts.”

Cooper Wray went two for three and drove in three runs to lead Bunker Hill to a 4-3 win over Midway and even the series Saturday afternoon in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The third and final game of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth, after a double by Wray had scored a run for the Bears in the fourth to even the score. A two-run single by Wray gave Bunker Hill the lead for good.

Clay Ervin was the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking four while yielding five hits. Taylor Calcutt got the loss.

Matt Barefoot had two hits for Midway while Luke Clark drove in two runs for the Raiders with a double in the home half of the sixth.

In the opening game on Friday night, Austin Hardison had three hits in four at bats and Dylan Hardison went the distance on the mound as Midway rolled past Bunker Hill 10-3.

Midway, in the championships for the second consecutive year, slipped to 26-5. The Bears are now 27-6.

This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.

Bailey Sherrill had two hits and drove in three runs to help lead Alexander Central to a convincing 18-7 victory over Cape Fear on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

The victory by the Cougars gave them a sweep of the series and completed a perfect 35-0 season. Sherrill, who had two hits on Friday night in Alexander Central’s 4-3 victory, was named the series Most Valuable Player.

Alexander has made seven trips to the championships since 1996 and has won four state titles in the last six years.

The game was close until the late innings, with Cape Fear leading 3-2 after two and then scoring twice in the fifth to cut the margin to 6-5 after the Cougars had scored four times in the third. But Alexander Central tallied five times in the sixth and then scored seven times in the seventh.

Tianna Batts hit safely four times for Alexander Central while Averi Miller had two hits and three runs batted in. Haley Cashwell and Kelli Freeman had three hits apiece for the Colts, who finished 26-3.

The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.

Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:34

Crawdads Romp to Victory

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It was another night and another win for the red-hot Hickory Crawdads on Friday, as the 'Dads took their 7th straight game with a 10-3 victory over the West Virginia Power in front of 5,008 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The streaking Crawdads once again rode their powerful offense to the win, with all nine starters reaching base safely while eight of the nine finished with a hit in the 13 hit attack. Four different players ended the night with a multi-hit game, led by Ryan Cordell who went 3-4 with a double, two stolen bases, a walk, and three runs scored. Nick Vickerson (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), Lewis Brinson (2-4, 2B, RBI, BB) and Kellin Delgan (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) all finished with more than one hit on the night as well.

The 10 run performance is just the latest offensive show for a Hickory offense that has averaged more than six runs per game over their last 27 contests, over which time the team has gone 19-8. The win also assures the 'Dads of at least splitting their 8th straight series, dating back to May 10 - 13th vs. Augusta.

The 'Dads bats wasted no time in jumping on the score board with two runs in the bottom of the 1st for a 2-0 lead over the Power. Nomar Mazara drove in the first of his three RBI on the night with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Vickerson, while Ronald Guzman singled in Cordell for the second tally.

West Virginia and Hickory swapped single runs over the next two frames, with the Power scoring one in the 2nd on a RBI single by Chris Diaz before the Crawdads came back with a RBI double from Joe Jackson in the 3rd to make the score 3-1. The double also extended Jackson's hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, the longest by a Hickory hitter this season.

The Power rallied for a pair of runs in the 4th to briefly tie the score at 3-3, but the 'Dads quickly regained the lead on Travis Demeritte's South Atlantic League leading 13th home run of the year to right. The opposite field solo blast put the Crawdads back on top 4-3, and kick started a string seven straight unanswered runs for the 'Dads.

Hickory broke the game open with a 5-run 6th inning, with the team batting around with four hits and two walks. Vickerson drove in the first pair of runs on a 2-RBI double off the wall in left, Mazara plated the next two with a 2-RBI single to right, and Brinson brought in the final man with a RBI double to center.

The Crawdads capped the scoring with one last run in the 7th, with Deglan crushing a solo homer to right-center field to give the 'Dads their final 10-3 lead.

On the pitching side of things, Hickory starter Tyler Smith allowed three runs on five hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched. Reliever Felix Carvallo (1-2) provided the 'Dads with some much-needed quality innings from the bullpen, with the southpaw tossing 3.1 shutout frames on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts en route to earning the win. West Virginia starter Buddy Borden (2-4) had his worst outing of the year while taking the loss, giving up season highs in runs (6), hits (8), and walks (4) during his five innings pitched.

The Crawdads (33-27) are a season-high six games over .500, while the Power (20-40) have now lost five straight. The 'Dads will look to add another notch to their winning streak in game three of the four-game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Midway exploded for six runs in the fifth inning on Friday night to blow open a close game and take a 10-3 victory over Bunker Hill in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Raiders pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bunker Hill errors en route to the win.

Bunker Hill had grabbed a 3-1 lead in the opening inning, and then the Raiders came back with two in the second to tie it before erupting in the fifth.

Designated hitter Austin Hardison led the way for Midway with three hits in four at-bats and drove home two runs. Tyler Pope had two hits and a pair of runs batted in for the winners and number-nine hitter Troy Spell had an excellent night with two hits.

Justin Setzer and Jordan Eckerd each had two hits for the Bears.

Dylan Hardison went the route for the Raiders, moving his record to 10-0 on the season. Colton Chapman (12-2), the first of four Bunker Hill pitchers, got the loss.

Midway, in the championships for the second consecutive year, won its eighth straight and ran its record to 26-4. The Bears fell to 26-6 and had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

Game two of the best-of-three is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday. This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.

Alexander Central scored three runs in the sixth and then had to hang on to edge Fayetteville Cape Fear 4-3 on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

The victorious Cougars ran their record to 34-0 while Cape Fear suffered only its second loss against 26 victories.

The two teams were scoreless through three, with Cape Fear coming up with a big double palsy to stifle one Cougar threat, and the Colts scored a run in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1.

But Alexander Central scored a couple of unearned runs in the three-run sixth and then Cape Fear had a dramatic two-out rally in the seventh. The Colts put together three hits and a hit batsman, but wound up leaving the tying and winning runs on base.

Bailey Rhoney was the winning pitcher, improving her record to 17-0, while Mary Williams took the loss.

Bailey Sherrill had two hits for Alexander Central while Natalie Jones had two doubles in three trips for the Colts.

Game two in the best of three series is set for Saturday at 11 am, with a third game if necessary Saturday afternoon. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.

Friday, 06 June 2014 11:31

Crawdads Need Extras to Get by West Virginia

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The Hickory Crawdads found yet another way to win Thursday night, as the 'Dads went to extra innings but ultimately extended their winning streak to six games when Joe Jackson drove in the winning run in the 12th for a 7-6 victory over the West Virginia Power.

Jackson not only kept the Hickory winning streak going with his extra frame single, but his own hitting streak as well. Jackson's game winning RBI knock to right pushed his hit streak to 10 straight games, tying the longest streak by a Crawdad this season. The 'Dads 12-inning contest also tied the team's high for this year, joining their April 16th contest against Kannapolis.

The extra inning heroics were necessary because the Crawdads were unable to hold on to a 6-2 lead over the Power in the 8th. Rehabbing reliever Daniel Bard made his debut with the 'Dads, but struggled in his first game action since off-season shoulder surgery. The former North Carolina Tar Heel and Boston Red Sox reliever failed to retire a batter while hitting three men, walking one, and ultimately allowing three runs to cut the score to 6-5.

Hickory turned to All-Star reliever Cody Kendall to try to end the game in regulation, but after getting all three outs in the 8th Kendall couldn't get the final one in the 9th as the Power scored the tying run on a 2-out, bloop single to left for a 7-7 tie.

Both clubs had opportunities early in the extra frames but the game eventually moved to the 12th, when Evan Van Hoosier drew his fourth walk of the night to start the rally. After moving into scoring position at second base on a sacrifice bunt by Michael De Leon, Van Hoosier came around to score the winning run on Jackson's RBI single past the glove of West Virginia first baseman Edwin Espinal for the 'Dads 7-6 victory.

Prior to the late drama, the Crawdads built a sizable early advantage with two runs in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and three in the 3rd to take a 6-2 lead. The 'Dads plated their first two tallies on a RBI sacrifice fly to center by Jackson and throwing error by Power All-Star catcher Reese McGuire to score De Leon and give Hickory a 2-0 lead.

Following a pair of runs by West Virginia in the top of the 2nd to tie the score, the 'Dads answered in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run to right by Kellin Deglan for a 3-2 advantage. The lead grew to its largest point in the third, when Nomar Mazara lofted a 3-run blast to right for a 6-2 score.

Mazara ended the game 2-5 with his eight home run of the season, three RBI, and a double. Jackson finished 1-5 with 2 RBI, Van Hooiser went 0-2 with four walks and three runs scored, and Deglan wound up 1-4 with a long ball and a walk.

The winning pitcher for the Crawdads was left-handed reliever Ryne Slack (5-1) who tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts as the 'Dads sixth pitcher of the ballgame. Power hurler Henry Hirsch (0-3) took the loss after allowing the run in the 12th.

The Crawdads (32-27) are now a season-high five games over .500, while the Power (20-39) have lost five straight. The two clubs will meet up again Friday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their four game series.