The Hickory Crawdads mashed their way to a victory for the second straight game Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads carried their offensive momentum over from Saturday's blowout into an 8-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
One night after the Crawdads hit their way to a 10-5 win, the 'Dads bats were back at it with eight runs on 10 hits including four extra-base knocks. Eight of the nine Hickory hitters reached base safely with six different batters scoring a run. The Crawdads wrapped up their series in Kannapolis winning the final two games with 18 runs on 24 hits after being held to three total runs and 14 combined hits during the first three contests.
Catcher Marcus Greene Jr. led the offensive attack, going 2-4 with a home run, a double, and two runs scored. Jose Trevino also posted a multi-hit game finishing 2-4 with a double, RBI, and a walk, while Josh Morgan went 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
For the second straight game the 'Dads jumped on the Intimidators in the 1st inning, with Morgan leading off the frame with a popup that got lost in the sun and landed on the infield for a single. Two batters later, Trevino lined a 2-out, RBI single to center for a 1-0 Hickory lead.
Fast-forward to the 4th, and the Crawdads broke the game open with five runs on five hits and a walk to push the advantage to 6-0. All nine 'Dads bats stepped to the plate in the frame, with both Tripp Martin and Morgan lining RBI singles while Michael De Leon laced a 2-RBI triple to right.
Kannapolis got the board in the 5th, reaching Hickory starting pitcher Nick Gardewine for three runs on three hits and walk in his final inning of work to cut their deficit in half at 6-3. The score would remain the same until the 8th, when Greene lined a solo homer to left before Kevin Torres doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make the Crawdads lead 8-3. The Intimidators plated the final run with an unearned tally against 'Dads reliever Chris Dula in the bottom of the 8th, before John Fasola closed out the contest with a perfect 9th to give the Crawdads the 8-4 win.
Gardewine (3-3) earned the win for Hickory with three runs allowed on five hits, three walks, and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Crawdads relievers Yohander Mendez, Dula, and Fasola combined to hold Kannapolis to one unearned run over the final four frames. Intimidators starter Luis Martinez (1-4) was handed the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits, two walks, and 4 Ks during 3.2 IP.
The Crawdads (29-14) will now return home to start a weeklong home stand at L.P. Frans Stadium. Game one of the club's three-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm Monday night.
Due to rain in Enid, Oklahoma, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team has had to wait in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 World Series.
Saturday, May 23
Game 1: 9:00am - Catawba Valley 5 vs. Western Oklahoma 15
Sunday, May 24
Game 2: 11:00am – Frederick 14 vs. Lincoln Land 6
Monday, May 25
Game 3: 10:00am – Madison vs. UConn Avery Point
Game 4: 1:00pm – Kellogg vs. North Iowa Area
Game 5: 4:00pm – LSU Eunice vs. Scottsdale
Game 6: 7:00pm – Catawba Valley vs. Lincoln Land
A Hickory Crawdads offense that had struggled to produce of late came through in a big way Saturday night, as the 'Dads plated 10 runs on 14 hits en route to a 10-5 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
The 10 runs and 14 hits both tied season highs for the Crawdads, with the team last scoring 10 on April 21st in Asheville while the last 14-hit contest came on April 18th in Kannapolis. The offensive outburst reversed a trend that saw the 'Dads score three runs or fewer in each of their last six games.
All nine Hickory hitters reached base safely at least once, with eight of the nine recording at least one hit. Five separate Crawdads recorded a multi-hit game, led by Eduard Pinto's 3-5 night with 3 RBIs, a double, and a run scored in his first game back off the DL. Josh Morgan also had a big game going 2-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, while Rock Shoulders shook off an 0-28 start to his Hickory career with a 2-5 game including a run.
The Crawdads jumped on the board for three runs in the 1st inning, while also scoring twice in the 2nd, four runs in the 5th, and one last tally in the top of the 9th. The 1st inning rally began with three consecutive singles from Jose Cardona, Michael De Leon, and Luke Tendler, with Tendler's base knock driving in the first run. Jose Trevino followed with an RBI on a fielding error by Kannapolis third baseman Ryan Leonards before Pinto capped the frame with an RBI groundout for a 3-0 Hickory lead.
Kannapolis responded with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, as the Intimidators scored two runs on three hits off of Crawdads starter Collin Wiles to cut the 'Dads lead to 3-2. Hickory kept their foot on the gas in the 2nd however, with the Crawdads again stretching their advantage to three runs by scoring twice on a hit, a walk, and another Intimidators error to make the score 5-2.
Wiles settled in following the 1st frame and held Kannapolis off the board for his final five innings pitched. The 'Dads bats meanwhile once again got to Intimidators starter Yelmison Peralta in the 5th, with the club plating four runs on three hits and three walks to push the lead to 9-2. All nine batters came to the plate in the frame, with Pinto delivering the decisive blow in the form of a 2- RBI double to right.
Kannapolis got back on the board with three runs in the 8th against Hickory relievers Scott Williams and Kelvin Vasquez, but the Crawdads brought in the game's final run with an RBI single by Travis Demeritte in the 9th giving the 'Dads their final 10-5 margin of victory.
Wiles (5-1) earned the win with a season-high six strikeouts over his six innings pitched with two runs allowed. Peralta (1-4) took the loss after allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 9 hits over his 4.2 IP.
The win snaps a season-long four-game losing streak for the Crawdads (28-14) going into their series finale against the Intimidators (19-23) Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm.
Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 5/23/2015
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
4 79M Matt Elledge ,
5 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
6 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
7 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
8 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
9 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
10 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
11 10 Tim Canipe Maiden, NC
Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 01J Jake Crum Statesville, NC
3 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
4 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
5 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
6 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
7 4D Natalie Decker ,
8 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
9 6C Collin Cabre Thonotosassa, Fl
10 47 Coleman Pressley Asheville, NC
11 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
12 4H Dylan Hall Greenville, SC
13 33C Kevan Combs Oak Ridge, NC
14 60 Justin Fontaine Fletcher, NC
15 82E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY
16 63 Christian PaHud Harrisburg, NC
17 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
6 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
7 54B Kenneth Brooks Concord, NC
8 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
9 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
10 15C Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
11 2W Bradley Weaver Shelby, NC
12 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
13 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
14 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
15 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC
16 10K Derek Kale Claremont, NC
Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
4 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
5 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
6 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
7 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
8 27 Jon Averre Conover, NC
9 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
10 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
4 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
5 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
6 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
9 17C Clint Campbell Denver, NC
10 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
12 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
13 32H David Harrell Newton, NC
14 75G J Danny Gibson Candler, NC
15 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
16 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter garners NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field All-American accolades.
On Saturday, Baxter placed eighth in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.20 seconds at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
Grand Valley State’s Sean Wells won the national championship in the event, clocking a 13.68.
Baxter, a junior from Columbia, S.C., earned All-American honors last year as well with his fourth-place finish in the event.
Baxter holds the school record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles – 14.00 seconds at the 2014 Penn Relays – and produced a wind-aided 13.81 at the VertKlasse Meeting in April of 2014 in High Point, N.C.
In addition, Baxter is a 2013 and 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field All-American in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track And Field Championships
Men's 110-meter hurdles finals
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State Stadium
May 23, 2015
1. Sean Wells, Jr., Grand Valley State 13.68
2. Lorenzo Johnson, Jr., West Texas A&M 13.69
3. Elijha Owens, Jr., Ashland 13.82
4. Javier Lopez, So., Texas A&M-Kingsville 13.88
5. Myles Hunter, So., Minnesota State 14.00
6. Arnau Erta, Sr., West Texas A&M 14.09
7. Moussa Dembele, Sr., St. Augustine's 14.18
8. Kevin Baxter, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne 14.20
9. Andrew Etheridge, Sr., Emporia State 14.34
Catawba Valley Community College baseball fell to West Oklahoma State, 15-5 in the Red Hawks first game of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 World Series.
It was an early morning for the Red Hawks who were scheduled to play Western Oklahoma at 9:00am central in the first game of the NJCAA DII World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. The Red Hawks were able to log the first strikeout, the first hit and the first homerun of the World Series but unable to log the win falling to the #3 ranked Western Oklahoma Pioneers 5 -15.
The Red Hawks came out ready to fight in the first inning. Justin Norton came out striking out the leadoff batter for Western Oklahoma. In the bottom of the first Ivan Acuna hit a line drive single into right field for the first hit of the NJCAA DII World Series.
However, Western was able to strike first in the top of the second when a two out single to right field scored the runner on second who reached with walk and then stolen base.
Western added 3 runs in the top of the third thanks to two errors on the Red Hawks defense. A sacrifice fly to right field scored a runner on third, which reached on a bunt single then advanced to third with an error on a later play. Another error allowed Western to score their second run and a line drive single to CF scored a runner from second for their final run of the inning.
The Red Hawks use a fielding error and then a Randal Ortiz single to have runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. However Western was able to pick off Ortiz at second to end the inning and the Red Hawk scoring threat.
Western tacked on another run. A single to left field brought in the first run from third who reached with a leadoff double and advanced to third on a ground out. Another single to left field scored a runner on second with 2 outs and then a line drive to left center scored 2 more runs for Western.
With a hard ground ball to the shortstop Brandon Ford sprinted down the line forcing a bad throw from the shortstop to reach on an error. Skyler Strickland followed with a line drive double to the right center gap scoring Ford from first to give the Red Hawks their first run on the game in the bottom of the 5th. The Red Hawks almost tacked on another run but a diving catch by the Western centerfielder on a Trever Lee hit ended the inning.
The Red Hawks offense was able to open up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring four runs. An Alex Minton two run homerun to right center scored Danny Sullivan who had reached on a single to left field. Ortiz followed up with a double of the left field fence. Ford reached when a throwing error from the shortstop to third ended up allowing Ortiz to score from second. Thomas Waddell came into the game as a pinch hitter and drove in Ford for the fourth run in the inning with a single up the middle.
Western was able to answer in the top of the seventh getting four runs of their own. A leadoff single, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases and another walk brought in the first run of the inning. Trever Lee made a great unassisted double play to get two outs but a homerun to left field scored 3 more runs for Western.
Western added 3 more runs in the top of the eighth but the Red Hawks could not get together any offense and the game ended in the end of the eighth with the run rule in effect.
The Red Hawks offense was led by Ivan Acuna and Randal Ortiz who both went 2-4 while Ortiz added a run. Alex Minton was one for 3 with a homerun, two RBI and a walk. Justin Norton recorded the loss throwing 4.2 innings allowing 8 runs, 5 which were earned on 10 hits and threw 2 strikeouts.
The Red Hawks are scheduled to play Lincoln Land CC (IL) Monday at 7pm.
The Hickory Crawdads were able to snap their scoreless innings streak and give themselves a chance at a late comeback Friday night, but the 'Dads revival fell one run short as they lost to the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3 at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 8th inning against the Intimidators down 4-0 and having not scored a run in 25 consecutive frames dating back three games. The 'Dads finally broke through against Kannapolis relievers Brad Salgado and Connor Walsh in the 8th, with Luke Tendler driving in a run on a 2-out, bases loaded hit-by-pitch to make the score 4-1. Hickory took things a step further when Josh Morgan lined a 2-run home run in the 9th to cut the deficit to 4-3. Tripp Martin then drew a walk to put the tying run on base, but Intimidators reliever Tanner Banks entered the game and recorded the final two outs to give the 'Dads the 4-3 loss.
Hickory has now lost four straight games for the first time this season, with the club having never lost more than two consecutive contests this year before the current skid.
Offense was sparse for both teams early with the game featuring two of the best left-handed pitchers in the league in Brett Martin of the Crawdads and Jordan Guerrero of the Intimidators. Kannapolis was able to pick up an unearned run in the 1st with a pair of singles and a throwing error by 'Dads catcher Marcus Greene to take a 1-0 lead.
The score would hold all the way until the 5th, with both Martin and Guerrero retiring eight straight batters through the 4th. Martin sat down the first two Intimidators in the 5th to stretch his streak to 10 straight outs, before Kannapolis put together three straight singles to score two runs and chase the 'Dads starter from the game. The Intimidators kept the rally going against Hickory reliever Joe Filomeno with a walk and two more singles to plate another run and make the score 4-0.
The Crawdads got on the board with a two-out rally in the 8th, with Kevin Torres singling and both Jose Cardona and Michael De Leon drawing walks to set up Tenlder's RBI hit-by-pitch to cut the deficit to 4-1. Travis Demeritte started the 'Dads rally in the 9th with a one-out single to left before Morgan's long ball brought in the last two runs for the 4-3 final score.
Guerrero (6-0) earned the win for Kannapolis with five shutout innings pitched. The lefty has now not allowed a run in his last 20 frames on the mound. Martin (3-1) was given his first loss of the year after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over 4.2 IP. Banks (1) earned the save after recording the final two outs of the game.
Morgan ended the night 1-4 with his 2-run homer, the first big fly of his professional career. De Leon was the only 'Dad to reach base twice by going 1-3 with a triple and a walk, while both Demeritte and Torres finished 1-4 with a run scored.
The Crawdads (27-14) will look to stop their skid in game four of their five-game series against the Intimidators (19-22) Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
North Davidson: 10
Alexander Central: 5
Cougars season ends at 29-1.
South Caldwell: 5
Richmond County: 2
Spartans advance to the Western Regional Finals taking on North Davidson for the first of a three game series on Tuesday.