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Alexander County: 3, 4
Mint Hill: 2, 3

Caldwell County: 14
Cherryville: 2

Kings Mountain: 8
Hickory: 5

Saturday, 21 June 2014 23:16

Mazra Helps Lead Crawdads to 4-2 Win

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The Hickory Crawdads put together another winning combination Friday night, as outfielder Nomar Mazara provided the offense while pitchers Anyelo Leclerc, Ryne Slack, and Cody Kendall kept the Rome Braves bats at bay in the 'Dads 4-2 win over the Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

Mazara drove in three of the four Hickory runs in the win, going 3-5 with home run and a run scored. Mazara now boasts 10 homers and 48 RBIs on the season, ranking the slugger in the top five of the South Atlantic League in both categories. The offensive support was enough for the pitching trio of Leclerc, Slack, and Kendall, who held the Braves to a pair of runs while striking out 10 total batters.

Both the Crawdads and Braves struck for a run in the 1st, with Mazara plating the Hickory tally with a RBI single to right before Rome shortstop Johan Camargo doubled and scored on an error to tie the score at 1-1. The tie would last all the way until the 5th, when Mazara mashed a 2-run blast to right to give the 'Dads a 3-1 lead. The advantage grew to 4-1 the next frame, as Luis Marte singled home Travis Demeritte.

The Braves picked up their final run in the bottom of the 6th, when Carlos Franco drove in Ross Wilson with an RBI base knock to right for the final 4-2 score. The Hickory pen would shut the door from there, with Slack holding Rome scoreless over the next two innings before Kendall struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save of the year.

Leclerc (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one run on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Rome starter Matt Marksberry (0-4) took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.

Joe Jackson joined Mazara with a multi-hit night, going 2-5, while Marte ended the game 1-3 with a RBI, walk and stolen base.

The Crawdads (2-0) have now won five straight games and 17 of their last 18 contests. The 'Dads and Braves (0-2) will play each other again on Saturday at 7:00 pm in game three of the four game series.

Caldwell: 6
Henderson: 5

Hickory: 15
Asheville: 5

The Hickory Crawdads began the 2nd half of their South Atlantic League season in much the same way that they ended the first half, as the 'Dads bats carried the team to an 8-3 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

The Crawdads didn't miss a beat coming off the three-day All-Star break, as the team recorded it's 16th win in their last 17 games while scoring at least five runs for the seventh time in their last eight contests. Second baseman Travis Demeritte led the attack, finishing with a 2-3 game that included his league-leading 16th home run of the year and four runs scored.

It was Demeritte's long ball in the 2nd that gave the 'Dads a lead they would never lose, as the Hickory second baseman launched a 2-run homer over the left field wall for a 2-0 score. The advantage doubled to 4-0 with another pair of runs in the 4th, as Kellin Deglan drove in Demeritte with a RBI double before scoring himself on a throwing error. Hickory's lead grew to 6-0 in the 6th, when Deglan and Jairo Beras lined back-to-back RBI doubles.

The Braves finally got on the scoreboard with an unearned tally in the bottom of the 6th, but the Crawdads responded with a run in the 7th on a walk and eventual run scoring balk to Demeritte before Luis Marte singled and scored on an error in the 8th for a 8-1 'Dads lead. Rome pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 9th, but reliever Jose Valdespina eventually retired the side to end the game with an 8-3 Hickory win.

Deglan joined Demeritte with a good night at the plate, finishing 3-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Beras also had a three hit night, going 3-4 with a double and a RBI.

Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith (4-1) earned the win with five shutout innings on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Braves starter Tyler Brosius (1-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.

The Crawdads (1-0) and Braves (0-1) will face off again Friday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their four-game series.

Shelby, ppd. due to rain. No makeup date yet to be announced.

Appalachian State University had 227 student-athletes named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year, as announced by the league office on Thursday.

Football paced the Mountaineers with 39 honorees, followed by women's soccer, who placed 28 on the list.

Of the 227 Appalachian student-athletes recognized, 11 of them boasted a 4.0 GPA for the 2013-14 year, including Logan Hallock and Cody McKinney (football), Walker White (men's soccer), Amy Kolowsky and Nicole Steyl (women's soccer), Whitney Johnson and Kristen Terry (softball), Olivia Isbey (women's tennis), Debra Domermuth and Makayla Roten (women's track and field) and Kaleb Forrest (wrestling).

Elon had the league-best, landing 230 student-athletes on the list, while Appalachian closely followed and tied Chattanooga with 227. A total of 1, 915 student-athletes from the 11 member insitutions recieved the honor.

The SoCon Academic Honor Roll consists of varsity student-athletes who post a 3.0 grade-point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters.

Appalachian State University athletics has announced a series of fan contests to be held in conjunction with Sun Belt Day on Tuesday, July 1.

The fan contests include:

#ReasonToRise Social Media Contest
Beginning now and running through the 2014 football season, fans are invited to share their favorite Appalachian State memories, what they are looking forward to the most as members of the Sun Belt Conference and what it means to rise together as Mountaineers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ReasonToRise.

Fans with the best #ReasonToRise social media posts between now and June 30 will be have the chance to win exclusive #ReasonToRise prizes from Appalachian State athletics (see full list below). Drawings will be held on Sun Belt Day (Tuesday, July 1).

Additionally, fans with compelling #ReasonToRise memories will be honored at home football games throughout the 2014 season. Please share special memories of App State, personal accomplishments and obstacles that you have overcome — Appalachian State athletics wants to recognize fans that have been part of our rise and supported our programs while triumphing in their personal lives!

Season Ticket Holders
In recognition of their continued support of Appalachian State athletics, football and basketball season ticket holders will be randomly selected throughout the day on Sun Belt Day (Tuesday, July 1) to win #ReasonToRise prizes.

All 2014-15 football and basketball season ticket holders are eligible to win. Season tickets for both sports are on sale now and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets or by phone at (828) 262-2079.

Junior Mountaineer Kids Club
Registration opens on Sun Belt Day (Tuesday, July 1) for the newly re-vamped Junior Mountaineer Kids Club — the EXCLUSIVE kids club for Mountaineer fans in the eighth grade or younger. Any child that registers on Sun Belt Day (Tuesday, July 1) will be entered to win #ReasonToRise prizes.

Student Yosef Club
The Student Yosef Club is Appalachian State athletics’ official student organization. SYC members have the privilege of early access to home football and basketball games, are eligible for free prizes and giveaways and receive an exclusive membership package. Students that register for the SYC before or on Sun Belt Day (Tuesday, July 1) will be entered to win #ReasonToRise prizes. For more information and to register for the Student Yosef Club, visit appstatesports.com/yosefclub or call (828) 262-3108.

#ReasonToRise Prizes
• Gameday Experiences for two (2) at a home football game
• Sideline passes for two (2) for a home football game
• Opportunity to be Honorary Coach for a home football game
• Exclusive locker room and Appalachian Athletics Center tours
• Autographed team posters
• Autographed footballs
• Autographed basketballs
• Official Together We Rise merchandise
• Appalachian State apparel

Winners will be announced at appstatesports.com and via Appalachian State athletics’ official Twitter (@appstate_sports) and Facebook (Appalachian State Mountaineers) accounts. Appalachian State’s promotions and fan engagement office will contact winners with further information about their prize.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Michael Green has been named the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Male Athlete Of The Year, announced today the league's Athletic Directors Council.

Green, a senior defensive back on the football team, was named the 2013 SAC Defensive Player Of The Year and earned First-Team All-American honors by Daktronics, Beyond Sports Network and d2football.com.

Green finished with 88 tackles on the year to go along with eight interceptions including three picks returned for scores as the Bears won their third straight league championship.

Green, a First-Team All-Super Region II pick by both Daktronics and Don Hansen as well, led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 13-2 record in 2013 and a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship game.

The Bears also set a school record for wins in a single season and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country.

Green has earned first-team all-conference honors for three straight years and leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as the school's all-time leader in interception return yards (429) and punt return yards (901). For his career, Green has 274 total tackles, 18 interceptions and six touchdowns.

Green is the first Lenoir-Rhyne male athlete to win the honor since Roman Davis in 2004-05. The last L-R athlete, male or female, to earn the award was Kate Griewisch (women's cross country) two years ago. Wingate's Jade Montgomery (women's soccer) was named the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete Of The Year.

2013-14 South Atlantic Conference
Athlete of the Year Nominees

Vincent Bailey, Basketball, Lincoln Memorial
Craig Brooks, Baseball, Catawba
Bo Cordell, Football, Tusculum
Ross Frame, Soccer, Carson-Newman

Jazmine Charles, Basketball, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kelli Hensley, Softball, Carson-Newman
Christina Rustscheff, Tennis, Queens
Brooklyn Watt, Track & Field, Anderson

Napoleon, Ohio: 10
Hickory: 4

Appalachian State University obtained 34 student-athletes on the 2014 spring All-Conference list, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least 50 percent of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

Men's outdoor track and field high jumper, Darrow Goff, and women's outdoor track and field polevaulter, Debra Domermuth,were the only two student-athletes in the conference to maintain a 4.0 GPA.