The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce the extension of their Player Development Agreement with the Texas Rangers, with the new agreement keeping the 'Dads with the Rangers for the next four seasons.
The Crawdads have been a Rangers affiliate since 2009, following previous affiliations with the Chicago White Sox (1993-1998) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1999-2008). The new four-year PDA with the Rangers will run through the 2018 season, tying the Rangers with the Pirates as the longest affiliate in Crawdads history.
"We're very excited to continue our relationship with the Texas Rangers," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "The Rangers have been a great partner over the past six seasons and we're looking forward to four more years with one of the best organizations in Major League Baseball."
The Crawdads have consistently boasted one of the youngest rosters in all of Low-A baseball throughout their tenure with the Rangers, with teenage stars such as Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo, and Nomar Mazara all spending time in Hickory.
The 'Dads have seen 24 players promoted to the major leagues during their first six years with the Rangers while also posting an accumulative record of 444-384 (.536), including a 77-58 record with four games remaining in the 2014 season.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0
The Hickory Crawdads slim playoff hopes officially ended Thursday night, as the 'Dads were eliminated from the Northern Division race with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.
For the third straight night the Crawdads received a standout pitching performance from their starter, this time with Tyler Smith striking out seven and allowing only one run during his six innings pitched. The 'Dads bats were unable to replicate their late rallies from the past two games, however, giving Hickory their eighth shutout loss of the season and denying the Crawdads the series sweep over the BlueClaws.
The first five frames of the ballgame were a pitcher's duel between Smith and 'Claws starter Yoel Mecias, with the 'Dads and 'Claws entering the 6th inning scoreless. Lakewood finally got to Smith and broke up the shutout in the bottom of the frame, with a leadoff walk to Andrew Knapp and a double by Dylan Cozens setting the stage for a RBI groundout from Willians Astudillo to give the BlueClaws a 1-0 lead.
The 'Claws stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the 7th, scoring two runs on a 2-out walk to Malquin Canelo, a RBI triple by Andrew Pullin, and a wild pitch by Hickory reliever Scott Williams. The Crawdads got their leadoff batter aboard in both the 7th and 9th, but Lakewood relievers Delvi Francisco and Joe DeNato worked out of both innings to finish off the 'Dads 3-0 loss.
Mecias (3-3) earned the win for the BlueClaws after tossing six shutout frames on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Smith (7-6) took the hard-luck loss with one run given up over his six innings pitched. DeNato earned his first save of the season with a scoreless 9th.
Ronald Guzman led the Hickory offense with a 3-4 night including a double, while Joe Jackson finished the game 2-4 with a double.
The Crawdads (36-30) will now head to Delmarva to start a season-ending four game series with the Shorebirds. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell to ETSU in heartbreaker fashion 1-0 in a double overtime thriller on Thursday night.
“It was a great game tonight. Both sides had highlight moments and truly battled,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “To end in overtime is always difficult, but also a learning opportunity. We will continue to work hard, fix the mistakes we made and look forward to getting back on the field on Sunday for our home opener.”
The Mountaineers (1-1-0) tallied 16 shots and put five of them on goal. ETSU took 21 shots and put seven on goal, including the game-winner.
Hannah Short netted the game-winner in the 107th minute in the second overtime with an assist from Jasmin Dutton. The goal happened after an incredible save from Megan Roberson (Roberson, N.C./East Forsyth) to keep the game scoreless. A deflected ball went to Dutton and made a short cross to Short for the goal.
Roberson played the entire game and made four saves on the night. Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the team with four shots, including three on goal.
Appalachian will play its home opener on Sunday against Liberty at Appalachian Soccer Stadium in Boone. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 1
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Kings Mountain: 4
Bunker Hill: 6
Lincoln Charter: 3
Avery County: 0
St. Stephens: 4
West Forsyth: 0
Alexander Central: 0
West Caldwell: 3
The Hickory Crawdads benefitted from one of baseball's rarest plays for the second time in a week Wednesday night, as Evan Van Hoosier lined a go-ahead, inside the park, 2-run home run in the 8th inning to lift the 'Dads to a 3-2 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.
Van Hoosier, who also went deep on a ball that didn't leave the park in the Crawdads 3-1 win in Augusta on August 20th, turned a one-run deficit for Hickory into a one-run lead with his 2-run shot in the 8th. Van Hoosier's homer started as a line drive to deep center field off of Lakewood reliever Nick Rodesky. BlueClaws center fielder Aaron Brown reached the ball on a full sprint just before slamming into the wall, a collision that dislodged the ball from his glove and allowed Van Hoosier and Luis Marte to both round the bases for the two-run big fly.
The homer was the second big extra base hit by Van Hoosier on the night, as the All-Star outfielder tripled to left field and came in to score on a wild pitch in the 1st inning to give the 'Dads an early 1-0 lead. The advantage held until the bottom of the 3rd, when 'Claws third baseman Mitch Walding clubbed the first pitch of the inning from Crawdads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez over the right field wall for a game-tying solo home run.
Lakewood broke up the deadlocked score in the 6th on a 2-out, RBI double from Andrew Knapp to give the BlueClaws a 2-1 lead prior to Van Hoosier's go-ahead blast in the 8th.
Van Hoosier finished the game 2-4 with his 8th triple of the year, 11th homer, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Marte ended the night 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
The late offense made a winner out of Hickory reliever Anyelo Lecerlc (3-4) who threw 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen with four strikeouts. Rodesky (0-1) took the loss for Lakewood with two runs allowed on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Jose Valdespina (8) picked up the save for the 'Dads with a perfect 9th inning including two strikeouts.
The Crawdads (36-29) will go for the 3-game sweep over the BlueClaws (23-40) on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The Lady Red Hawks won the 6:00 match on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 against the JWU Wildcats in 3 sets 25-11, 25-10, 25-17. Leading the offensive game was Aimee Cloninger with 13 kills. Anna Henderson and Rachel Anderson had 10 and seven respectively and Madison Pogue added five kills for the match. The serving game was strong for the Red Hawks with Cloninger acing three, followed by Pogue and Hannah Griffin both acing two. Anderson led the defensive game with 12 digs. Cloninger had 10, Montana Moore added nine and Pogue had six digs for the match. Pogue put up 25 assists for the match.
The Hawks travel to Toledo, Ohio this weekend for an Invitation Tournament at Owens Community College where they will be matched against 2 top ten teams in the NJCAA Division II Poll rankings. Catawba Valley returns home on Tuesday, September 2 for a 6:00 match against Rockingham.
The Red Hawks overall record is 2-0 and their conference record is 0-0.
Hickory Motor Speedway has just released the preliminary entry list for the prestigious 38th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial Race presented by the Paramount Auto Group this Saturday Night August 30.
On tap for the 38th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial Race presented by the Paramount Auto Group will be 150 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles' Late Models, 50 laps for the Gold King Limited Late Models, along with the Street Stocks and the Sportsman Racing Classics.
Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy commented, "We have already received entries for 28 Late Models at this point and 22 Gold King Limited Late Models for this event. With the competition we have entered this year it is shaping up to be a great race."
Josh Berry is presently leading in the NWAAS Bojangles' Late Models points and the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship, Taylor Stricklin continues to lead in the Gold King Limited Late Models, Whitney Lail in the Super Trucks, Kevin Eby in the Street Stocks, Matt Elledge in the 4-Cylinders, Kenneth Roberts in the WrenchRags Renegades and Bob Park in the Sportsman Racing Classics.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $16.00 for adults, $14.00 for Seniors and Teens and 12 and under are free.
There will be an open practice on Friday August 29 from 5pm-9pm. Fans are invited to attend.
More information can be found on our website at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com.
NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model Stock
Preliminary Entry List
00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 Roddey Sterling Jr. Charlotte, NC
7 Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC
1 Dylan Wilson Taylorsville, NC
2 Paige Decker Eagle River, WI
5 Bret Holmes Talladega, AL
6 Devon Amos Rio Rancho, NM
7 Justin Crider Statesville, NC
7 Ashley Huffman Knob, NC
8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
12 Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
15 Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
21 Travis Swaim High Point, NC
23 Spencer Gallaher Las Vegas, NV
25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
40 Brodie Kostecki Australia
41 Brayton Haws Des Moines, IA
44 Dillon Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
45 Ronnie Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
59 Coleman Pressley Ashville, NC
77 CJ Hulsey El Paso, TX
80 Blake Jones Sevierville, TN
88 Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
88 Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC
NASCAR Whelen All American Series Gold King Limited Late Model
Preliminary Entry List
O9 Ryan Morris Honeybrook, PN
1 Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
5 Dexter Canipe Jr.Claremont, NC
5 Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
7 Taylor Stricklin Mt. Ulla, NC
7 Jason Smith Claremont, NC
11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
12 Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
13 Mark Johnson Newton, NC
14 Brandon Cox Taylorsville, NC
15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
15 Skylar Felkner Union Bridge, MD
17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
43 Greg Wise Asheville, NC
51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
77 Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
92 Kyle Southern King, NC