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The Texas Rangers have announced the club's monthly minor league award winners for April, with Hickory Crawdads outfielder Luke Tendler being honored as the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month.

Tendler, 23, batted .346 (27-78) with 11 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 walks, and 18 runs over 20 games in April for the 'Dads. The outfielder led the South Atlantic League during the month in extra-base hits (17), doubles, and runs, while also ranking among the leaders in hits (2nd), batting average (4th), and home runs (T4th). Tendler was named the SAL Player of the Week for the first week of the season, before he finished the month with multiple hits in 5 of his final 8 contests, posting a .400 average (14-35) in that stretch. Overall, Tendler is batting .309 (42-136) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 16 RBI in 35 games with the division-leading Crawdads. The Wilmington, North Carolina product was selected in the 29th round of the 2014 June Draft out of North Carolina A&T.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:45

Hickory Crawdads Complete Sweep of Augusta

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A seemingly easy win turned into anything but for the Hickory Crawdads Sunday afternoon as the Augusta GreenJackets rallied for a pair of 9th inning runs, but the 'Dads ultimately escaped the jam and came away with a 5-4 win over the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Hickory entered the game's final frame with a 5-1 lead they had held since the 4th, but Augusta refused to go down quietly as they put two runners on with only one out against Crawdads reliever David Perez. An ensuing error by 'Dads shortstop Josh Morgan allowed one run two score and put runners at second and third. GreenJackets pinch hitter Aramis Garcia followed with a 2-RBI single to left that cut the Crawdads lead to a single run at 5-4. That prompted Hickory manager Corey Ragsdale to bring in his closer John Fasola, who was finally able to end the game with a groundout to give the 'Dads a 5-4 win.

Prior to the 9th inning drama the Crawdads built an early lead with two runs in the 2nd and three tallies in the 4th. Marcus Greene started the 2nd inning with a leadoff walk and came in two batters later on an RBI triple by Morgan. Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI single to right to put Hickory ahead 2-0.

Augusta got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, but Hickory starter Collin Wiles minimized the damage with an inning-ending double play to keep the 'Dads on top. The Crawdads then gave themselves some breathing room the next half inning, when Jose Cardona lined a 3-run home run to left to push the score to 5-1.

Cardona finished the game 3-5 with a home run, triple, and two RBIs, while Morgan went 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Wiles (4-1) earned the win for Hickory with one run allowed on five hits, four walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Augusta starter Jose Reyes (2-1) was handed the loss after giving up all five runs on eight hits, one walk, and 10 Ks over 7 IP. Fasola improved to a perfect 8/8 in save opportunities by recording the final out.

The win gives the Crawdads (26-9) a four-game series sweep over the GreenJackets (17-18) and stretches their current winning streak to five games. The 'Dads will return home for a three-game series against the second place West Virginia Power (20-16) at L.P. Frans Stadium starting Monday night at 6:00 pm.

Appalachian State University men's track and field sent three athletes to the Aggie Last Chance Invite on Sunday, hosted by North Carolina A&T.

Henry Bustle took seventh in the long jump with a mark of 22-10.50.

MyQuon Stout placed first in discus throw, recording a mark of 153-3. He then took second in the shot put with a throw of 50-1.25.

William Buckley finished 12th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.24.

Several Mountaineers will travel to the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 28 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Hickory Crawdads received a knockout one-two punch from their two Martins Saturday night, as starting pitcher Brett Martin struck out six over seven scoreless innings while Tripp Martin paced the offense with his team-leading 7th home run of the year to lift the 'Dads to a 5-0 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The shutout victory was the 7th of the year for the Crawdads and their second in the first three games of the series, lowering the club's South Atlantic League-best ERA to 2.74. The 7 IP and 6 Ks were both career highs for Brett Martin, who lowered his own ERA to 2.01 while extending his scoreless innings streak to 10 consecutive frames. Tripp Martin's 2-run long ball in the 5th took a 1-0 Hickory lead and ballooned it to 3-0. The 'Dads slugger currently ranks among the SAL leaders in homers (2nd - 7) and slugging percentage (5th - .537).

The Crawdads quickly took advantage of some sloppy GreenJackets defense to take an early lead, as Jose Cardona singled to start the game, took second base on a balk, and eventually scored on a throwing error by 'Jackets shortstop Jeremy Sy for a 1-0 'Dads advantage.

The score remained the same until the 5th, when Martin's 2-run blast to left field pushed the lead to 3-0. Michael De Leon followed with a long ball of his own to lead off the 6th, a solo shot just inside the left field foul pole to make the score 4-0. The Crawdads capped the scoring with another run that inning, with the team taking advantage of two more Augusta errors and an RBI groundout from Travis Demeritte for the final 5-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for the Hickory pitching staff, as Yohander Mendez followed Martin's seven scoreless frames with two shutout innings of his own to finish off the 'Dads 5-0 win.

Martin (3-0) earned the win for his dominating performance, while GreenJackets starter Nick Gonzalez (1-2) took the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Offensively, Martin finished the night 1-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, while De Leon went 1-4 with his solo homer. Cardona came through with the club's lone multi-hit night, going 2-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (25-9) will look to finish off the 4-game sweep of the GreenJackets (17-17) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:23

Crawdads Rout Augusta On the Road

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One night after the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff carried the club to a win the 'Dads offense took control Friday night, as the Hickory hitters came through with five, 2-out RBIs to lift the team to a 7-2 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads fell behind 2-0 after the first two innings, but followed that with seven unanswered tallies en route to the win. All seven of the 'Dads runs came in a four inning stretch, with the club scoring once in the 4th and 5th, three times in the 6th, and two final tallies in the 7th. The first five runs of the game for Hickory all came on 2-out RBIs, as Travis Demeritte, Michael De Leon, Jairo Beras, and Marcus Greene all came through with clutch hits.

Demeritte led the offensive charge finishing with a perfect 3-3 game including a double, RBI, run scored, stolen base, and a walk. De Leon also ended the night with a multi-hit game going 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Greene went 1-3 with his second homer of the year, two RBIs and two runs scored.

The 'Dads entered the top of the 4th trailing Augusta 2-0 after the GreenJackets got to Hickory starter Reed Garrett for a run in both the 1st and 2nd innings. Following two quick outs recorded by 'Jackets starter Sam Coonrod, Tripp Martin lined a double to left field and came in one batter later when Demeritte singled through the left side to cut the score to 2-1. Hickory tied up the game at 2-2 in the next inning, as Greene walked to begin the frame before coming home on a 2-out, RBI single to center by De Leon.

The Crawdads finally took the lead with a 3-run 6th inning. Demeritte started the rally with a 2-out single to left, before he moved up on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI base knock by Beras. Greene followed and promptly gave the 'Dads some breathing room with a line drive long ball to left-center field for a 5-2 Hickory advantage. The Crawdads capped the scoring in the 7th when the club finally brought home a run before two outs, with a one-out RBI triple by Luke Tendler and an RBI single from Jose Trevino giving the 'Dads the final 7-2 score they would win by.

Garrett (3-2) earned the win for Hickory, as the right-handed hurler settled down after the first two frames and finished the night with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over 6.1 IP. Augusta reliever Ramon Del Orbe (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits during his two innings out of the bullpen.

The Crawdads (24-9) have now won the first two games of their series against the GreenJackets (17-16) and seven of their last eight games overall. The 'Dads and 'Jackets will match up again in game three of the series Saturday night at 7:05 pm.

Baseball

2A:
East Lincoln: 9
Maiden: 0
Blue Devils season ends at 14-10.

3A:
Cuthbertson: 10
Hibriten: 0
Panthers season ends at 13-9.

West Rowan: 4
Patton: 3
Panthers season ends at 12-12.

4A:
South Caldwell: 3
West Forsyth: 2
Spartans advance to the third round hosting Providence Tuesday.

2A:
Wheatmore: 11
Bunker Hill: 1
Bears season ends at 16-6.

3A:
AC Reynolds: 5
Fred T. Foard: 4
Tigers season ends at 16-6.

Enka: 12
Freedom: 1
Patriots season ends at 18-8.

4A:
Alexander Central: 11
Providence: 1
Cougars advance to the third round hosting Northwest Guilford on Tuesday.

South Caldwell: 11
Davie County: 0
Spartans advance to the third round hosting Porter Ridge on Tuesday.

2A:
Franklin: 2
West Caldwell: 0
Warriors season ends at 13-5-3.

3A:
St. Stephens: 1
Hickory: 0
Red Tornadoes season ends at 18-1.
Indians advance to the third round hosting Sun Valley Wednesday.

Fred T. Foard: 4
Forestview: 1
Tigers advance to the third round going to AC Reynolds Wednesday.

Friday, 15 May 2015 01:01

Crawdads Start Road Trip With Shutout Win

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The Hickory Crawdads league-leading pitching staff put on another standout performance Thursday night, as the 'Dads kick started their 4-game series in Augusta with a 1-0 shutout victory over the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The shutout was the Crawdads 6th of the season, their third in 12 games played in the month of May. Starting pitcher Luis Ortiz led the way with five scoreless frames to begin the game, while relievers Adam Parks and John Fasola finished things off with four combined shutout innings. The shutdown performance lowered the 'Dads already South Atlantic League-best team ERA to 2.85 for the year.

The lone run in the ballgame came in the 4th, when the Crawdads were able to put together three singles and a walk to take a 1-0 lead. Travis Demeritte started the inning with an infield base knock and was followed by a Luke Tendler single to right to put runners on the corners with nobody out. After a strikeout by Jose Trevino, Tripp Martin came through with a chopping single through the left side of the infield to plate Demeritte and put the 'Dads on top 1-0.

Augusta threatened several times in the contest most notably in the 7th, when Skyler Ewing doubled off the wall in left-center and Christian Paulino reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Parks struck out the next batter before an aggressive play by the GreenJackets backfired, as a double steal resulted in a double caught stealing with the 'Dads throwing out both Paulino at 2nd and Ewing at the plate to maintain their 1-0 advantage.

Ortiz (2-0) earned the win for Hickory with his second straight scoreless outing. The 19-year-old hurler has now tossed 12.2 consecutive shutout frames. Fasola improved to a perfect 7/7 in save opportunities with his shutdown 9th. Augusta starter Mark Reyes (1-1) was the hard luck loser, as he allowed the lone run on five hits over his six innings pitched.

The Crawdads (23-9) will take on the GreenJackets (17-15) in game two of their four-game series Friday night at 7:05 pm.

The Texas Rangers announced today that Hickory Crawdads RHP Trey Lambert has been promoted to the High Desert Mavericks (Class A - Advanced), becoming the third 'Dad this season to move up in the Rangers organization.

Lambert, 23, was a key member of a Crawdads pitching staff that currently leads the South Atlantic League with a 2.94 ERA. The 6'4" 205-pound reliever went 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA (8 ER/16.1 IP) over seven appearances out of the bullpen. Signed by the Rangers as a minor league free agent in 2015 after pitching for the River City Rascals of the Independent Frontier League in 2014, Lambert posted a K/BB ratio of 16/5 during his time in Hickory, while allowing no runs in five of his seven relief appearances.

Outfielder Eduard Pinto was also placed on the 7-day DL, while right-handed pitchers Adam Parks and David Perez were added to the 'Dads active roster from Extended Spring Training.

Lambert joins fellow 2015 Crawdads Ronald Guzman and Jefri Hernandez on the Mavericks roster.