A four-run third inning helped Appalachian State Baseball take a two-run lead into the fifth inning against visiting Wake Forest, but the Demon Deacons used a power surge to claim a 10-6 win at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium on Tuesday night.
Wake Forest took a 5-4 lead with a three-run top of the fifth and led 10-4 before Drew Beck hit a two-run double to bring home freshmen Kyle Decker and Hayden Cross in the eighth inning. Alex Leshock's infield single triggered the entry of closer William Fleming with the tying run on deck, and he struck out all five batters he faced.
After the Demon Deacons (16-14) managed single runs in the first and third innings on an RBI single and Bruce Steel's solo homer, the Mountaineers (11-16) scored four two-out runs in the bottom of the third.
Robbie Young hit a leadoff double over the center fielder's head and scored from third on Luke Drumheller's infield single. Walks to Philip Cole and Dalton Williams loaded the bases for Kendall McGowan, who delivered an RBI single to right, and Cross followed with a two-run single up the middle to prompt a pitching change.
On a staff day, App State freshman reliever Austin Primm retired the final batter of the first inning with two runners aboard before pitching a scoreless second inning and allowing one run in the third. Taking the mound with a 4-2 lead, Will Herman struck out one batter in a scoreless fourth. App State's pitching staff also got a scoreless ninth inning from Jason Cornatzer.
Offensively, McGowan went 2-for-3 as the Mountaineers totaled eight hits. Drumheller recorded at least one hit for the 22nd time in the last 23 games to keep his average above .400 for the season.
They also had standout defensive plays, as McGowan made a leaping catch at the wall in left, and Drumheller's diving stop deep in the hole between first and second initiated an out on a close play at first.
Wake Forest erased its 4-2 deficit with a four-hit fifth that included an RBI single and Michael Ludowig's two-run double with the bases loaded. Brendan Tinsman hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Bobby Seymour followed Chris Lanzilli's RBI double in the eighth with a two-run homer.
App State Baseball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan of Boone for serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 season. The Mountaineers return to action Friday with the start of a Sun Belt home series against Georgia Southern.
Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team gave up 13 runs to Limestone before the Bears scored a run of their own, leading to a 14-4 road loss against the Saints on Tuesday night.
The Bears were led at the plate by a couple multi-hit performances from E.J. Ranel and Matthew Freeman. Freeman hit his second triple of the season and two runs batted in while Ranel added a double to his season total and was given a free pass via a base-on-balls.
Lenoir-Rhyne started Brett Fulk on the mound, and he took the loss as he worked 2.1 innings and was credited with 11 earned runs given up on 11 hits while walking two and striking out four. Matt Ranson, Kevin LaRosa and Kanan Butler all worked multiple innings in relief.
The Saints had six players with multi-hit days at the plate, and they were led by second baseman, Trace Whetsell, who was 4-for-6 on the day with one RBI and two runs scored. Right Fielder Ryan Creps did the most damage on the scoreboard, going 2-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Limestone's Marcus Johnson earned the win on the mound as he worked 5.0 innings while giving up two earned runs on five hits, fanning five batters and giving up just three walks on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne had their chances to score with 13 runners left on base.
The Bears own a midweek record of 6-4 in midweek contests and still hold a winning record in all road games, sitting at 10-8 on the season.
The opponents LR faces know the Bears have gap power, as Lenoir-Rhyne ranks number one in the South Atlantic Conference in doubles this season, with 91 after this game.
The Bears fall to 16-21 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne will play host to Benedict in their second nonconference game of the week tomorrow, April 3 at 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team finished No. 15 on the Par-72, 7018-yard course for the Tennessee River Rumble on Monday and Tuesday. The Bears finished the 36-hole tournament with an 18-stroke improvement from day one to day two, posting a team score of 313-295-608.
The team was led by Brad Robinson who finished tied for 21st with a 148 on the scorecard. Dawson Walker and Matthew Raybould tied for the tournament with a 153 and at the No. 48 spot on the leaderboard. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen shot a 36-hole tournament of 156 which is good for the 68th spot among all players. Georg Hartmann wrapped up the five Bears in the tournament who put in a mark of 159 after an eight-stroke improvement from day one to day two.
Brad Robinson: 77-71-148 (T-21)
Dawson Walker: 76-77-153 (T-48)
Matthew Raybould: 80-73-153 (T-48)
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen: 80-76-156 (T-68)
Georg Hartmann: 84-76-159 (T-85)
Lincoln Memorial – 580
Carson-Newman - 585
Young Harris – 587
Queens – 588
King – 590
North Georgia – 595
Wingate – 596
Southern Wesleyan – 600
Barton – 602
Northwestern Ohio – 604
North Greenville – 605
Belmont Abbey – 607
Coker – 607
Tusculum - 607
Lenoir-Rhyne – 608
West Georgia – 611
Catawba – 622
Mars Hill – 627
LMU B team – 628
Bryan – 661
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, used two top-10 performances in the Lady Bearcat Invitational, to finish in fourth place, scoring a 314-321-635 for the tournament. SCAD – Savannah took first place with a 303-311-614 in the Links at Stony Point.
Abbey Hartsell and Ainee O'Connor led the Bears shooting identical scores of 77-78-155 and tied for ninth on the tournament leaderboard. Megan Robb finished second on the team, dropping seven shot from day one to day two, finishing tied for No. 24 and recording 78-85-163. Chelsea Mansel put up a score of 82-84-166 while finishing tied for 37th. Patricia Asensio finished her two-day performance with an eight-stroke improvement of 89-81-170 which puts her in the top-50 for the invitational.
Abbey Hartsell: 77-78-155 (T-9)
Ainee O'Connor: 77-78-155 (T-9)
Megan Robb: 78-85-163 (T-24)
Chelsea Mansel: 82-84-166 (T-37)
Patricia Asensio: 89-81-170 (T-50)
SCAD - Savannah – 614
Limestone – 615
Young Harris - 631
Lenoir-Rhyne – 641
Lander University – 641
Lincoln Memorial – 651
Newberry – 654
Long Island – 655
Erskine - 665
Converse - 668
Belmont Abbey – 674
Eckerd – 697
Appalachian State women's golf team completed play at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate this Tuesday, finishing with a three-round score of 931, good for ninth place.
Sophomore Abby Bolt (228) led the scoring for the App's, improving on her score each round in the three-day event. She carded a final round score of 74 that helped her place T18 individually
"Abby played solid," head coach Heather Brown said. "She always stays in it and grinds it out until the end."
Improvement was a theme for the Mountaineers, each round they improved by at least seven strokes off their total score. Along with Bolt, three other players posted their best score in their final round, senior Patricia Thompson (237), junior Melany Chong (239) and sophomore Mogie Adamchik (241).
"We really stressed how important it was to make pars and limit big numbers," brown said about their jump in scoring.
Senior Joliana Elias (234) also saw improvement as the tournament went on. In the second round she finished 12 strokes better than her first-round score of 85, placing her 31st overall.
There will be one final tune up for the team next week, before the Sun Belt Championship, as they host the annual Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate Sunday and Monday.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Softball Players of the Week for games played during March 25 through March 31. Lenoir-Rhyne garnered player honors with Erin Boone, while Coker earned the pitching accolade with Christine Carver.
A senior outfielder, Boone became Lenoir-Rhyne's all-time hits leader in dramatic fashion, a game-ending home run over Augusta. On the week, the Creedmoor, N.C. native crushed four homers, with two coming in just one game, scored nine runs, drove in eight, walked twice, and collected nine hits. Boone posted a .450 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, and a 1.050 slugging mark. She had at least one hit in all six games. This is Boone's first Player of the Week honor of the season.
It's the second time a Bears players has been named a Player of the Week. Brandi Parks was named SAC Pitcher of the Week on March 5.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team finished No. 15 in the first day of the Tennessee River Rumble on the Par-72, 7018-yard course on Monday.
The team is led by Dawson Walker who was tied for 30 in the field of play on the first day with a mark of 76. Brad Robinson who shot a 77 is second on the team and is tied for No. 46 in the first 18 holes of the tournament. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen and Matthew Raybould each shot an equal round of 80 and are tied at 74 in the tournament. Wrapping up the group of five for the Bears was Georg Hartmann, who tallied an 84 (T-101) in his first tournament of the spring.
Dawson Walker: 76 (T-30)
Brad Robinson: 77 (T-46)
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen: 80 (T-74)
Matthew Raybould: 80 (T-74)
Georg Hartmann: 84 (T-101)
Lincoln Memorial – 293
Carson-Newman - 296
Young Harris – 296
King – 298
Queens – 298
Wingate – 302
North Georgia – 302
West Georgia – 303
Southern Wesleyan – 305
Northwestern Ohio – 306
North Greenville – 307
Barton – 307
Coker – 309
Belmont Abbey - 309
Lenoir-Rhyne – 313
Tusculum – 315
Catawba – 316
Mars Hill – 316
LMU B team – 318
Bryan – 337
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team battled on the links, using two top-10 finishes in day one of the Lady Bearcat Invitational, to find themselves in third place after 18 holes of golf.
The team finished with a tournament score of 314. Abbey Hartsell and Ainee O'Connor lead the Bears shooting 77's and are tied for seventh on the tournament leaderboard. Megan Robb finished second on the team on day one, close behind the first two and tied for No. 15 in the invitational, shooting a 78. In the first 18 holes and round one, Chelsea Mansel recorded a 82 while finishing tied for 29th. Patricia Asensio finished her first round with a 89 and No. 63 in the field overall.
Abbey Hartsell: 77 (T-7)
Ainee O'Connor: 77 (T-7)
Megan Robb: 78 (T-15)
Chelsea Mansel: 82 (T-29)
Patricia Asensio: 89 (63)
SCAD - Savannah – 303
Limestone - 313
Lenoir-Rhyne – 314
Young Harris – 315
Lander University – 316
Lincoln Memorial – 326
Newberry – 327
Converse – 330
Long Island - 333
Belmont Abbey – 336
Eckerd – 336
Erskine – 336
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 16-1 in an exhibition game on Monday night. The 'Dads racked up 18 hits and 14 strikeouts in the victory.
Catcher Sam Huff hit a three-run homerun in his two for three evening off the bench. Miguel Aparicio collected three hits on the night along with three RBIs. Pedro Gonzalez had three singles and a double. Nine different hitters picked up an RBI and eleven players crossed the plate for a run.
On the mound, the 'Dads handed the ball to nine pitchers with each getting an inning of work. Righty Jake Latz got the start and struck out two in his inning of work. The staff combined to hold the Bears hitters to five singles.
The Crawdads will head to Lakewood on Wednesday and to kick off the regular reason on Thursday evening against the BlueClaws. They play four games in Lakewood followed by three in Greensboro before returning for the home opener on Thursday, April 11th. The game will begin at 7pm and gates will open at 6pm. Fans who wear black as part of the stadium "Black Out" will receive discounted $6 tickets. There will also be a magnet schedule giveaway presented by Absolute Tree Care and WHKY 1290 AM & 102.3 FM.
After an exciting week of CARS Tour racing at Hickory Motor Speedway last week the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared back to life with a full slate of racing action on Saturday night.
Leading off the evening’s events would be the first of two 40 lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model features. Landon Huffman driving Danny Johnson’s #2 would make a memorable return to Hickory Motor Speedway by grabbing the top spot in qualifying with the #6 of Mike Darne starting to his outside. Mitch Walker in the #2W and Thomas Beane in the #31 would make up row two for the start. Huffman would win the battle for the top spot after several laps side by side with Darne. Huffman and Darne would set a torrid pace while the field would battle for third on back. Beane would break away from the pack and give chase to the leaders. Beane move around Darne and for second and give chase for the lead. Huffman would prove too strong and drive on to grab the win in his Hickory Motor Speedway return. Beane would finish second and Brody Pope in the #1 would move up to finish 3rd. Darne would finish 4th and Chris Hudspeth in the #28 would finish 5th.
Next up would see the Renegades hit the track for 20 laps of sliding sideways action. Danny Crump Jr in the #97 would grab the pole for the second week in a row with last week’s winner Robbie Hollifield in the #51 to his outside. Crump would get the early jump, but the caution would fly when contact between Hollifield and the #40 of Justin Austin would send Hollifield spinning. Both drivers would restart from the rear. The restart would see Crump move back to the lead until the caution would fly once again on lap 5 for a spin involving the #72 of Zachary Mullins. Crump would take the lead once again, but soon be joined by Hollifield and Austin. A spin by Mullins on lap 8 would bring out the caution once more. After a wild restart Hollifield would take over the top spot. A spin on lap 9 by Rodney Elkin in the #95 would bring out the caution once again. On the restart Hollifield would move back to the front while Austin and Crump would battle for second. Hollifield would drive on to the win with Austin finishing 2nd. Crump would finish 3rd, Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would finish 4th, and Mullins would round out the top five in 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would hit the track next for 50 laps in Round 2 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge. Gage Painter in the #12 would set the fast time in qualifying and start from the pole with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 to his outside. Kyle Mansch in the #99 and Akinori Ogata in the #14 would make up row two. Several attempts would be needed to start the race and the third time would prove to be the charm as Painter would look for the lead and nose ahead of DeMarmels for the top spot. Mansch and Ogata would have a spirited battle for third. Lap 13 would see Ogata move around and into the third spot. DeMarmels would give chase for the lead, but Painter would prove too tough and drive on to his second win in a row. DeMarmels would hold on for 2nd and Ogata would finish 3rd. Josh Kossek in the #44 would finish 4th and the #32 of Josh Stark would overcome a spin on one of the initial starts and bounce back for 5th.
Rolling off next would be the Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks for 35 laps of side by side action. Charlie Neill in the #26 would start from the point after leading time trials with Allen Huffman in the #51 starting to his outside. Spencer Boyd in the #4 would start third after making the long track from Texas where he ran in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series the night before. Dennis Trivette in the #28 would start fourth on the outside of row two. Neill and Huffman would battle side by side for several laps until Neill would jump to the point with Huffman close behind. Neill would start to pull further ahead while Boyd would move closer to the front pair. Boyd would get around Huffman and the pair would tangle with traffic bringing out the caution with ten to go as they attempted to run down Neill. The restart would see Neill once again pull to the lead and Huffman would use the opportunity to move around Boyd for second. Neill would drive on to his second straight win of the season. Huffman would finish second with Boyd close behind finishing 3rd. Terry Absher in the #17 would finish 4th and Dennis Trivette in the #28 would round out the top five in 5th.
The Street Stocks would the next to hit the track for their 30 lap feature. Jeff Sparks in the #7 would start from the top spot with Drew Cox in the #21 to his outside. Sparks and Cox would duel it out at the front for several laps until Cox would nose ahead for the lead. The caution would fly at lap 14 for a spin by the #9 of Trey Buff. The restart would see Sparks move around Cox for the lead. Cox and the #16 of Jonathon Smith would battle side by side for second until Cox would take the spot. Cox would pull back into the battle for the lead with Sparks when the caution would fly on lap 19 after contact between the #5 of Jesse Clark and the #2 of Ethan Johnston. The restart would see Cox move to the outside of Sparks and a furious battle for the top spot would begin. Cox would pull ahead after several laps and Sparks would face another furious challenge from Smith. Smith would move around for second and give challenge for the top spot. Cox, facing a serious battle from Smith, would hang on driving it hard off the final corner to take the checkered flag for the win. Smith would finish second and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would drive up to finish 3rd. Todd Bradbury in the #00 would finish 4th and Kevin Eby in the #03 would finish 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models would close out the night with the second of their two 40 lap features. After the invert from the first race Mitch Walker in the 2W and Connor Mosack in the #18 would make up the front row. Zach Bruenger in the #55 and Pat Rachels in the #34 would make up row two. Walker would pull to the early lead with Bruenger getting by Mosack and giving chase for the top spot. Lap 4 would see Bruenger make his way around Walker for the lead. The caution would fly on lap 10 for a multi-car incident, but all involved would be able to continue with the exception of 2018 Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Pat Rachels in the #34 who would be sidelined for the rest of the race. The restart would see Bruenger back to the point but the caution would quickly fly on lap 12 with debris on the track. Bruenger would move back to the top spot and the caution would fly again on lap 14 after contact with Landon Huffman in the #2 and the #2W of Mitch Walker would send both cars to the back of the field. The restart would see a furious battle for the top spot that would end with a caution at lap 15, Bruenger would land in the pits with a damaged race car, and the #98 of Nicholas Sanchez would be sent to the rear of the field for the restart. Mike Darne in the #6 and Chris Hudspeth in the #28 would make up the front row for the restart. The duo would battle door to door for the next four laps until Hudspeth would use the high line to take the top spot. Battles would continue to rage through the field for the next 20 laps, but Hudspeth would pull away and be the first to the checkered flag and another Hickory Motor Speedway victory. Brody Pope in the #1 would move up to finish 2nd and his Lee Faulk Racing teammate Ryan Vargas in the #25 would finish 3rd. Nicholas Sanchez in the #98 would finish 4th and Mike Darne in the #6 would round out the top five with a 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be back in action for the next two weeks at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, Hickory Motor Speedway.
In three weeks the PASS Series makes the show with the running of the annual Easter Bunny 150.
For more info check us out at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also reach us at the track by calling 828-464-3655.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 3/30/19
Late Model – Twin Feature 1
1 Landon Huffman
2 Thomas Beane
3 Brody Pope
4 Mike Darne
5 Chris Hudspeth
6 Nicholas Sanchez
7 Pat Rachels (R)
8 Zachary Bruenger
9 Connor Mosack (R)
10 Mitch Walker
11 Gracie Trotter
12 Brooke Storer
13 Ryan Vargas
14 Jeremy Pelfrey
15 Jessie Cann (R)
16 Monty Cox
Late Model – Twin Feature 2
1 Chris Hudspeth
2 Brody Pope
3 Ryan Vargas
4 Nicholas Sanchez
5 Mike Darne
6 Landon Huffman
7 Brooke Storer
8 Jeremy Pelfrey
9 Mitch Walker
10 Connor Mosack (R)
11 Jessie Cann (R)
12 Gracie Trotter
13 Thomas Beane
14 Zachary Bruenger
15 Pat Rachels (R)
16 Monty Cox DNS
Limited Late Model – Paramount “Big 10” Race
1 Gage Painter
2 Cody DeMarmels
3 Akinori Ogata
4 Josh Kossek
5 Josh Stark (R)
6 Kyle Mansch
7 Nathan Lineback
8 Kosma Guznyakov (R)
1 Drew Cox
2 Jonathan Smith
3 Marshall Sutton
4 Todd Bradburry
5 Kevin Eby
6 Ethan Johnson
7 Jeff Sparks
8 Jon Austin
9 Jesse Clark
10 Trey Buff
11 Mark Johnson
12 Mark Whitten DNS
1 Charlie Neill
2 Allen Huffman
3 Spencer Boyd
4 Terry Absher
5 Dennis Trivette
6 Joe Simpson
7 Travis Baity
1 Robbie Hollifield
2 Justin Austin
3 Danny Crump Jr.
4 Spencer Dickinson (R)
5 Zachary Mullins (R)
6 Rodney Elkins (R)
7 Megan Campbell (R)
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame 2019 class highlights the county’s championship football tradition and its rich auto racing
“This is another very worthy and outstanding group. We are recognizing some really fantastic people who have brought, pride, honor and esteem to Catawba County sports history,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. "The Selection Committee did a fantastic job in nominating some very deserving individuals."
The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 includes:
● Catawba College all-time interceptions leader, three-sport Maiden athlete and current Western Carolina University coach Keith Henry.
● Two-time NASCAR Cup Champion Crew Chief, auto racing broadcaster and Richard Childress Racing Vice President of Competition Andy Petree.
● Lenoir-Rhyne University Hall of Fame linebacker and college football coach for 35 years, Georgia State coach Brad Lawing.
● Baseball and softball champion, motorsports public relations mainstay and local athletics supporter Dennis Punch.
● All-American running back, NFL player and athletic director John Mackorell (1912-1980).
● Undefeated North Carolina 3A State Football Champion 1996 Hickory High School, the Hall of Fame’s 2019 Team of Distinction.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County. This year’s inductees will join 89 Hall members recognized in a permanent display at Hickory
Highland Recreation Center and www.hickorymetrosports.com.
New inductees will be celebrated during the annual Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s 19th Annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, May 13 at the city of Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center.
"We believe this year's class is very deserving and will be extremely well received,” Phillips said. “We look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments with them, their families and friends.”
The 2019 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame banquet recognizes the Peoples Bank Scholar Athletes of Excellence from the public and private high schools throughout
Catawba County. Many of these student athletes participate in multiple sports, and some are at the top of their academic class. From the county’s finalists, one male
student athlete and one female student athlete will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of The Cody Law Firm.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet go on sale April 8 for $25 each. The May 14 banquet includes a meal catered by Boxcar Grille of Claremont. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County and the Hickory Highland Recreation Center
A total of 31 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of the “Heart of a Champion” Award recognition on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division. The students will be honored Saturday, April 13, 2019 at a luncheon at the Sheraton -Chapel Hill Hotel. The award and luncheon are sponsored by NC Farm Bureau. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA Associate Commissioner, and Director of Student Programs and Sports, Chiquana Dancy, administer the program.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2018-19 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers.
The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director, also provided an evaluation.
"We are thankful for the North Carolina Farm Bureau’s continued partnership with us as we highlight students who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and character,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. "We are honored to pause and recognize this group of 31 student athletes that have consistently demonstrated the values and traits that we hope all student athletes learn through our programs. This group of award winners are to be commended for their commitment to excellence in sportsmanship and citizenship."
This year’s North Carolina Farm Bureau “Heart of a Champion” Award recipients include two Hickory High student-athletes, both nominated by athletic director David Craft. Amy Herfurth and Ryan Nance both have been named as recipients.
Despite leading by two runs heading into the final half inning, the 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team was dealt a difficult 5-4 walk-off loss in the series finale against Patrick Henry Community College on Sunday afternoon at Hooker Field.
It was the third time this season that the Red Hawks, who fall to 22-12 overall and 9-5 in Region X play, lost a game in walk-off fashion by a 5-4 score.
Catawba Valley seized early control of Sunday’s match up, plating two runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch and an RBI single by catcher Willie Gordon.
That early lead allowed CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes to settle in. The sophomore from Taylorsville, N.C. allowed just three hits, two unearned runs, one walk and struck out five batters in four innings of work.
Patrick Henry (14-12, 8-4) tied the contest in the fourth inning when third baseman Chandler Kelley’s two-out, two-RBI single scored teammates Paul Wise and Clayton Nestor.
Catawba Valley battled back to gain the late edge thanks to a pinch-hit double by Rod Munoz, which led to an RBI sac fly by second baseman R.J. Conner to make it a 3-2 lead for the Red Hawks.
CVCC added an insurance run to its lead in the top of the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk by third baseman Grant Tilley, which plated first baseman Tyler Campbell.
Those late runs put the Red Hawks in position for their 10th conference win of the season.
However, a one-out walk by Patrick Henry left fielder Christian Easley in the bottom of the ninth inning followed by a two-run home run by catcher Chris Brady tied the contest at 4-4.
The Patriots would eventually load the bases on a Brandon Cleveland single, a Gavin Tippett drawn walk and a hit by a pitch of Nestor, setting the stage for Wise’s walk-off single to right field.
The CVCC baseball team will attempt to bounce back when it returns to action on Tuesday for a non-conference match up with Rockingham Community College.
First pitch for the single nine-inning game between the Red Hawks and Eagles is at 5 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field.
Moving forward from an inauspicious start, Appalachian State Baseball recorded its first home shutout in league play since its first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory in 2015.
App State closed its series with top-55 RPI opponent Texas State by winning 3-0 on Sunday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Joel McDaniel's second-inning homer was one of three two-out RBIs for the Mountaineers, and the trio of Brandon Boone, Jack Hartman and Kaleb Bowman limited the Bobcats (18-10, 6-3) to five hits.
Despite hitting Jaylen Hubbard with the first pitch of the game and walking the next batter, Boone pitched five scoreless innings while finishing with a career-high-tying seven strikeouts and three hits allowed. Hartman and Bowman pitched two scoreless innings apiece, with Bowman posting his second save of the season for Appalachian (11-15, 4-5).
The Mountaineers, who added fifth-inning runs on two-out RBI singles from Alex Leshock (to score McDaniel) and Luke Drumheller (to score Leshock) against previously unbeaten starter Connor Reich (4-1, 2.30 ERA), beat Texas State for the first time as a Sun Belt member. App State's last home shutout in league play was a 7-0 win against ULM in the program's first-ever Sun Belt win.
After putting two on with nobody out in the top of the first inning, Boone got a groundout and two straight strikeouts. He then struck out the first two batters of the second and followed a two-out single with his fifth strikeout in a span of six batters.
Texas State, with help from a leadoff single, had a runner on third with two away in the third inning. Starting at shortstop, McDaniel ranged far to his right to catch a line drive.
A pair of two-out walks in the fourth were stranded by a flyout to Leshock in center, and Boone stranded two more runners in the fifth after allowing a one-out double and two-out walk. Hartman retired six of the seven batters he faced, posting two strikeouts, and Bowman also had two strikeouts in his two innings of work.
Of App State’s six shutouts since the beginning of the 2018 season, Boone has started four of them.
Offensively, McDaniel (2-for-3, two runs, one RBI), Leshock (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) and Drumheller (1-for-3 to give him a .409 average for the season) led the way.
McDaniel started the final two games of the series and went 4-for-7 with only one swing and a miss. The balls he put in play, from highest to lowest according to the @AppStSportsData account on Twitter, had exit velocities of 109, 108, 105, 103, 100 (Sunday’s homer), 96 (Saturday’s double) and 91 mph.
The Mountaineers return to action Tuesday with a 5 p.m. home game against Wake Forest.