Fred T. Foard: 3
East Lincoln: 0
The Tigers advance to the third round going to South Point on Wednesday.
Wilkes Central: 6
Panthers season ends at 18-6.
A.C. Reynolds: 3
Red Tornadoes season ends at 18-3-1.
Jonathan Ornelas stayed hot on Friday night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, but the 'Dads fell to the Asheville Tourists 5-3.
Curtis Terry got 'Dads on the board first in the bottom of the third with a solo homerun. The homer was his seventh of the season.
The Tourists tied the game in the top of the fourth and scored a pair in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead over the Crawdads.
The 'Dads rallied in the sixth to tie the game at three. Jonathan Ornelas led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Curtis Terry singled him in to make the score 3-2. A pair of walks by Sherten Apostel and Isaias Quiroz loaded the bases for the 'Dads. Miguel Aparacio was hit by a pitch, scoring Terry.
In the top of eighth, the Tourists scored a pair of runs to put the 'Dads down 5-3.
A four-run fourth inning, capped by two unearned runs on back-to-back sacrifice bunts, propelled South Alabama to a 4-1 road win against Appalachian State in their Sun Belt Conference series opener Friday.
With normal Game 2 starters Tyler Tuthill (App State) and Drake Nightengale (South Alabama) taking the mound for Game 1, each team managed seven hits. Bailey Welch and Luke Allison had two hits and one stolen base apiece for App State, with its lone run coming in the sixth inning thanks to Riley Smith’s leadoff double, Allison’s sacrifice bunt and Alex Leshock’s RBI groundout.
App State pitcher Kaleb Bowman, who took over in the fifth inning, and Andrew Papp combined to allow two hits in 4.1 scoreless innings of relief that set up a chance for a late-inning rally. Welch and Luke Drumheller opened the bottom of the ninth with consecutive singles, but a strikeout preceded a game-ending double play in which closer Zach Greene cleanly fielded a hard-hit comebacker.
Tuthill and Nightengale held each offense scoreless through three innings, and a leadoff single in the top of the fourth came around to score on Wells Davis’ RBI double that dropped fair near the left-field corner. A single put runners at the corners for Santi Montiel, who put down a bunt to the right of the mound.
With the lead runner in position to score, the left-handed Tuthill bobbled the ball, spun around toward first and made an off-target throw toward the bag. Dakota Dailey scored from first on the play, and Montiel advanced all the way to third before scoring on another bunt to the mound in the next at-bat from Kaleb DeLaTorre.
Tuthill was responsible for three strikeouts and two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. He gave way to Bowman with a runner on third and two out in the fifth inning. Bowman followed a walk by inducing a pop-up to end that threat.
He pitched around a one-out double in the sixth, stranding a runner at third on a defensive gem by Allison at short, and first baseman Robbie Young started a 3-6-1 double play in the seventh. Papp struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Despite a last-inning, last-out rally, the fourth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fell 6-4 in 11 innings to fifth-seeded Southeastern Community College during the first round of the Region 10/Southeast District tournament on Friday at the Minges-Overton Complex.
CVCC starting pitcher Logan Bender had yet another stellar outing during Friday’s opener. The sophomore from Dunn, N.C. and reigning Region 10 Pitcher of the Year collected 12 more strikeouts during his seven-inning appearance on the mound.
Despite Bender’s performance, the Rams (26-23) were able to gain a 2-0 lead through seven innings, scoring one unearned run in the fourth on two walks, an error and a fielder’s choice, and they added a seventh-inning RBI sac fly by shortstop A.J. Brooks for their second run.
Catawba Valley’s offense struggled on Friday, popping out 10 times, striking out 13 times and stranding 10 runners on base, including two runners in the third inning and the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Southeastern appeared poised for a nine-inning tournament victory, adding two insurance runs to its lead in the top of the ninth inning when second baseman Daly Marcano scored on a passed ball and designated hitter Zach Adams drew a bases-loaded walk.
Down to their final out with a four-run deficit, the Red Hawks scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extras. Center fielder Rod Munoz ignited the offensive spark with a two-out, two-RBI double to left field, which scored third basemen Grant Tilley and right fielder Trent Jones.
Red Hawks second baseman R.J. Conner followed Munoz’s clutch hit with one of his own — a two-run home run to left field — to tie the contest at 4-4 through nine complete. The home run by Conner is his team-tying fifth blast of the season.
CVCC appeared to be in the driver’s seat for a come-from-behind win, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, but two forced pop outs and a strikeout by the Rams ended any potential scoring threat.
Southeastern seized momentum from the previous inning, scoring two runs in the top of the 11th, including an RBI single by Adams and an RBI sac fly by center fielder Chase Orrock, for the eventual game-winning runs.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program has announced the signing of North Mecklenburg standout Jordan Jenkins.
“I’m excited to have Jordan Jenkins to be a part of our program,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “She is coming from a good coach and school. She will add versatility and good work ethic to our team. I’m looking forward to her to contribute immediately.”
A 5-foot-8 guard, Jenkins averaged 8.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.4 assists this past winner as a senior at North Mecklenburg High School.
Behind Jenkins, the Vikings won 18 games, including nine in I-Meck 4A conference play. North Meck also made an appearance in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
Jenkins also played two years of varsity basketball at Summerville High School in Summerville, S.C. before transferring to North Meck.
She averaged 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals at Summerville, including career highs of 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals during her junior season with the Green Wave.
Jenkins joins a Red Hawks women’s basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school’s second-ever regular season conference title.
With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Talon LaClair was selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team.
LaClair will advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot with the winners being announced later this month. The Academic All-District III team is selected from nominees representing all colleges and universities in the South Atlantic Conference, Conference Carolinas and Peach Belt Conference.
On top of leading the Bears in numerous offensive categories, LaClair is also a star in the classroom. The math major has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, earned a spot on the President's List, became a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and spends a lot of her time volunteering with various organizations.
On the field, LaClair was named to the Second Team All-Conference as well as Second Team All-Southeast Region squads. She finished her sophomore campaign with a team-high .414 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The Statesville native recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.
2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District III Softball Team
|P||Aubrey Reep||Wingate||Jr.||3.56||Elementary Education|
|P||Justice Smith||Lincoln Memorial||Jr.||3.96||Finance|
|C||Claire Doyle||Belmont Abbey||Jr.||3.94||Psychology / Educational Studies|
|INF||Amber Coy||Georgia College||Jr.||4.00||Nursing|
|OF||Emma Swenson||Wingate||Jr.||3.86||Criminal Justice|
|DP||Chelsey Cunningham||Newberry||Jr.||4.00||Criminal Justice|
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Teams closed out their 2019 regular season on Thursday evening at the Last Chance Meet hosted by Montreat College. Saidah Hardwick improved her NCAA ranking at the meet, running a 55.18 in the 400-meter which topped her previous qualifying time of 55.88.
Other highlights included: Kylie Dahlberg recording an all-time best in the 800-meter, finishing in a time of 2:16.71 and Essence Newkirk also recording a career-best run in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.86.
Payton Fair, a Newton-Conover grad, placed second in the 800-meter, trailing only teammate Dahlberg, crossing the finish line in 2:16.74. Anthony Brown also took a second place finish with a time of 15.57 in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Bears will now turn their attention towards the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Kingsville, Texas on May 23.
Lenoir-Rhyne Softball had two players represented on the NFCA All-Region team as announced by the organization. Sophomore catcher Kylee Leonhardt and sophomore shortstop Talon LaClair were selected to the team.
Leonhardt, last year's SAC Freshman of the Year, earned her first career All-Region selection. The catcher was a First Team All-Conference performer in her second season in Hickory and finished her sophomore campaign with a .338 batting average, eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage.
This is also the first All-Region selection for LaClair who earned Second Team All-Conference honors as well. LaClair led the Bears with a .414 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The sophomore recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams.
North Davidson: 18
Fred T. Foard: 5
Tigers season ends at 16-6.
West Wilkes: 3
Panthers season ends at 18-8.
Alexander Central: 4
Cougars advance to the third round hosting Cox Mill on Tuesday.
South Caldwell: 4
Porter Ridge: 2
Spartans advance to the third round where they will host the winner of Davie County/Grimsley on Tuesday.
Alexander Central: 1
The Cougars season ends at 19-7.
South Caldwell: 5
Spartans advance to the third round taking on the winner of the Northwest Guilford/Reagan contest on Tuesday.
Catawba Valley Community College pitchers Logan Bender and Blake Dockery were named first team All-Region 10 performers on Thursday night.
Bender was also selected as the Region 10 Pitcher of the Year — joining former Red Hawk hurler Julian Smith as the only players to ever receive the honor. Smith won the award last spring.
“It’s a well-deserved accomplishment that reflects their dominance all year,” said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle of the region honors for Dockery and Bender. “These two have set a mighty high bar for our staff in terms of production, and it’s been really fun to watch these guys continue to grow and get better. They haven’t just had good years they have had some of the best years ever in terms of our programs history.
Bender and Dockery have been a dominant 1-2 Saturday starting pitching punch instrumental in leading a CVCC pitching staff this spring that currently ranks second in the nation in strikeouts (527).
Both athletes currently rank in the top 25 in the nation in strikeouts — Bender with 102 strikeouts (sixth-most) and Dockery with 77 punch outs (23rd-most).
“I feed off (Bender’s) energy from the way he pitches,” said Dockery, a freshman from Harrisburg, N.C. “He’s been pitching really well, so I feel like I have to match that. I feed off that pretty well.”
Beyond just the duo’s strikeouts are their impressive ERAs — Bender with a 0.75 ERA and Dockery with a 1.04 ERA. Combined they’ve given up just 10 earned runs this entire 2019 season, and they both rank nationally in the top five in that category.
“Whenever we go out and perform, we want to beat each other,” said Bender, a sophomore from Dunn, N.C., of his teammate Dockery. “We just try to build off it every outing.”
Dockery and Bender have also both garnered National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Pitcher of the Week honors this season — Dockery for the Week of April 22-28 and Bender for the Week of April 29 through May
It’s the first time in program history that two Red Hawk pitchers have won weekly national honors in back-to-back weeks.
The Hickory Crawdads rode 11 hits to a 6-2 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Thursday night to even the series at a game a piece.
'Dads starter Ronny Henriquez got things started by striking out the first four batters he faced. Henriquez recorded 8 strikeouts through his four innings of work and allowed two hits and no walks on 54 pitches.
The offense broke loose in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a trio of runs. Jonathan Ornelas and Curtis Terry singled to lead off the inning. Tanner Gardner hit into a force out at second that brought Ornelas in. Pedro Gonzalez singled to put two runners on for Jose Almonte. Almonte delivered with a two-run double that pushed the score to 3-0.
Asheville scored two runs in the sixth but the 'Dads were able to hold onto the lead.
The Crawdads got a run back in the bottom half of the inning on consecutive singles by Gardner, Gonzalez, and Sherten Apostel.
In the bottom of the eighth the 'Dads added on another pair of runs. Curtis Terry was hit by a pitch and Pedro Gonzalez reached on a fielding error. Jose Almonte hit a ball of the left field wall for his second double of the night. The double scored Terry and Gonzalez.
All nine Crawdads batters collected a hit while Almonte and Gonzalez each had two.
The series against Asheville wraps up tomorrow night with a fireworks Friday at the Frans. The night is also Dodgeball Night and fans who dress up as their favorite character can buy a discounted $6 ticket. Through Sunday, the 'Dads are hosting Teacher Appreciation Week and school faculty can receive a free ticket. Friends and family can purchase additional ticket for $6.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Asheville Tourists 7-6 in back and forth game on Wednesday night.
The Tourists took an early lead in the first inning, getting a run around despite not collecting a hit in the inning.
Sherten Apostel tied things up at one in the second inning with his second homer of the year.
A solo homerun by Asheville in the fourth gave the Tourists a 2-1 lead. They added on another pair of runs in the fifth to push the score to 4-1.
The 'Dads cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom half of the fifth. Frainyer Chavez, who has collected a hit in 8 of his past 9 games, doubled to left and advanced to third on a grounder by Jonathan Ornelas. Matt Whatley singled on a bloop to center to bring Chavez in to score.
Curtis Terry drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the 'Dads. Sam Huff, who was named the Uncle Ray's South Atlantic League Player of the Month yesterday, crushed a ball that hit halfway up the batter's eye to tie the game at 4.
The Crawdads pulled ahead in the next inning with a pair of runs. A walk by Frainyer Chavez and singles by Jonathan Ornelas and Matt Whatley loaded the bases for the 'Dads. Tanner Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez. Curtis Terry followed up with another sac fly to bring in Ornelas.
The Tourists retook in the eighth, plating three off Crawdads reliever Sean Chandler.
The Crawdads offense threatened in the bottom of the ninth, getting two runners on, but they were unable to get any runs across.
The series continues tomorrow night at 7pm with Thirsty Thursday presented by Sheetz and Focus News. It is also Napoleon Dynamite Night and fans who dress up as their favorite character can receive a discounted $6 ticket. There will be themed on-field contests and videoboard content throughout the evening as well. Through Sunday, the 'Dads are hosting Teacher Appreciation Week and school faculty can receive a free ticket. Friends and family can purchase additional ticket for $6.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers (31-23, 13-13 SBC) fell to the UL Monroe Warhawks (12-40, 8-17 SBC) on Wednesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Softball Championship, falling 2-0.
With the loss, the Mountaineers bring their season to a close.
The Mountaineers put together a 31-win season for only the second time in program history and made an appearance in the Sun Belt Softball Championship for the first time in program history. Kenzie Longenecker recorded 14 wins, good for the second most wins by an App State pitcher while Jenny Dodd led the Sun Belt and remained in the top 10 in the nation in walks with 42 on the year.
Longanecker was also the first Mountaineer in history named to the All-Sun Belt First Team this season alongside Keri White who was the third Mountaineers ever to be named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team
Despite the early exit, the Mountaineers managed the second largest improvement of record after finishing the 2018 season 17-35 and 4-20 in conference.
Kenzie Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle after pitching five innings and giving up two runs. Longanecker ends with a 14-8 record on the year. Sydney Hollandpitched the final two innings of the game facing six batters without giving up a run.
Survive and advance was the name of the game and neither team would budge until the fourth inning. The Warhawks struck first as two singles put runners on base. A fielder's choice play in front of home plate squeezed the first run of the game in just before the tag and the Warhawks were on the board, 1-0.
The fifth inning would follow suit as two doubles by ULM brought home another run and added pressure to the Mountaineers offense.
Keri White managed a single in the sixth inning but any support throughout the rest of the lineup couldn't be found. App State was unable to rally in the seventh inning as they fell 2-0 and watched ULM advance.
"We will not let this game take away from the season that we did have," said head coach Shelly Hoerner. "Our program has set a new standard and I am very proud of them."