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Despite a gritty effort during their run at the Region X/Southeast District tournament, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team’s season is over.

The Red Hawks won their third tournament game on Monday, ousting top seed Pitt before falling in their second game of the day to Patrick Henry in the double elimination tournament.


No. 4 Catawba Valley 10, No. 1 Pitt 1 (seven innings)
Scoring in all, but one inning of the contest, the Red Hawks used 15 hits at the plate and a dominant pitching performance by Matthew Dailey to run-rule the top-seeded Bulldogs on Monday afternoon in Burlington, N.C.

CVCC scored two runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings and added one run each in the second and seven innings in their nine-run victory.

Catcher Brett Macchia led the way for Catawba Valley, going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Cory Watt and Tyler Campbell also had two hits apiece, while Jimmy Marcelli and David Graves drove in two RBI each.

Dailey went the distance on the mound, giving up seven hits, one earned run, three walks and striking out seven batters to earn his fourth win of the season on the mound.


No. 2 Patrick Henry 12, No. 4 Catawba Valley 4
Playing its second game of the afternoon, the Red Hawks fell short against the Patriots in a season-ending loss in Burlington, N.C.

Willie Gordon powered the Red Hawks, driving in two runs on a double, and he also rounded the bases and scored on the hit due to a Patriot error in left field.

Garrison Burress and David Graves added two hits apiece for CVCC, and Burress also tallied one RBI.

All four of Catawba Valley’s runs came during the second inning — a response to a four-run first inning by the Patriots.

Patrick Henry scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and added one run each in the third and fifth innings to put the contest away.

The CVCC baseball team finishes its season with a 42-16 overall record. The 42 wins are the most by any team in program history, and this year’s Red Hawk squad also set program records for runs (441), RBI (383), home runs (65) and strikeouts by a pitching staff (487).

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:18

Hickory Crawdads Get Another Walk-Off Win

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The Hickory Crawdads won 2-1 Monday night over the Rome Braves on a walkoff single by third baseman Tyler Ratliff. The win is their second walkoff of the homestand and third in their last seven home games.

Crawdads starter Tyler Phillips was dominant over the Braves bats, pitching 5 shutout innings, yielding 5 hits, and allowing one walk. Phillips brought his ERA down to a staff-leading 3.41.

Right fielder Justin Jacobs broke up the no-hitter with one out in the sixth with a homerun to right field that also gave the Crawdads a 1-0 lead.

'Dads right hander Derek Heffel took over in the sixth to make his Crawdads debut. Heffel retired the side in order in his first inning of work but allowed a game tying homerun to lead off the seventh.

Alex Speas entered in the 9thand struck out the first batter on a 97-mph fastball. Speas forced the next batter to ground out and recorded the last out of the inning on another 97-mph fastball.

First baseman Tyreque Reed led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Left fielder Austin O'Banion advanced him to third on a grounder to first. Franklin Rollin came in to pinch run for Reed on third. Ratliff singled down the left field line to bring in the winning run.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Emily Kenley and Erin Boone were named to the 2018 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Southeast Region Softball First Team.

Kenley, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., went 24-5 on the year with a 1.81 earned run average, six shutouts and 125 strikeouts. Kenley was named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year for her efforts.

Boone, a junior outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., is a first-team all-region selection for the third straight year. Boone led Lenoir-Rhyne in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.395), runs (53), hits (66), doubles (15), total bases (109) and on-base percentage (.510) in 2018.

Boone also hit eight home runs and drove in 37 runs and was a 2017 NCAA Division II Third-Team All-American.

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 45-10 record this year including a 19-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. LR also won the league regular season championship this spring and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Finals, a tournament it hosted this past weekend.

The first-team selections will move on to the All-America ballot. The D2CCA All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The mission of the CCA is to encourage and promote Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.


2018 D2CCA Softball All-Southeast Region

DISTRICT 3 - Southeast Region



C - Shelby Hammontree, North Georgia

1B - Elizabeth Purdue, Columbus State

2B - Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial

3B - Jamie Johnson, UNC Pembroke

SS - Calli Starr, Columbus State

OF - Hannah Riddle, King

OF - Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne

OF - Holland Coursey, Georgia College

DP - Haley Simonds, Newberry

UTIL - Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman

UTIL (non-P) - Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman

P - Kylee Smith, North Georgia

P - Amber Johns, North Georgia

P - Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne



C - Cailah Niles, Anderson

1B - Maria Williamson, Coker

2B - Ashley Parnell, Limestone

3B - Jenna Burnett, King

SS - Natalie Willis, Newberry

OF - Kia Smith, Columbus State

OF - Delaney Guerrero, Tusculum

OF - Hannah Harrison, Young Harris

DP - Alishia Frierson, North Georgia

UTIL - Aubrey Reep, Wingate

UTIL (non-P) - Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial

P - Courtney Smith, Limestone

P - Amanda Coffrin, North Greenville

P - Christine Carver, Coker


Pitcher of the Year: Kylee Smith, North Georgia

Player of the Year: Elizabeth Purdue, Columbus State

Monday, 14 May 2018 22:05

CVCC Signs Jones for Women's Basketball

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The Catawba Valley women’s basketball program has announced the signing of Ashbrook High School standout Trinity Jones.

“I’m excited to have Trinity as a part of the CVCC family,” said Catawba Valley head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “Trinity plays point guard and shooting guard. She brings creativity and leadership to the team. I'm looking forward to helping her be a better student-athlete.”

This past season for the Green Wave, Jones was selected as one of four captains, anchoring a team that went 30-1 this past winter and reached the state Final Four in the 3A ranks.

Jones averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.0 steals per game during her final prep basketball season at Ashbrook, and she finished her four-year Green Wave career with 102-12 record on the court.

On top of her scoring ability, Jones was durable, never missing a single game in her high school career. Because of her toughness, she was recently honored with the Iron Lady Way award by the Green Wave coaching staff.

Jones becomes the fifth member of the 2018-19 CVCC women's basketball recruiting class, joining Alexander Central's KeyKey Miller, Chapel Hill's Aniya Taylor, Sugar Creek Charter's Shamicah Sturdivant and South Caldwell's Payton Kale.

For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne University finished third in the 2017-18 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Standings.

The Bears earn a top-three spot in the standings for the third time in the past four years as well. Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 1,293.7 points for the season. Wingate took top honors for the 12th straight year.

Lenoir-Rhyne surged in the spring with three teams winning South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships: men's and women's lacrosse and softball.

The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is presented annually to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the league's 20 sports. The regular season finish is used in the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

2017-18 SAC Echols Athletic
Excellence Award Standings

1. Wingate 1,778.5
2. Queens 1,462
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 1,293.7
4. Carson-Newman 1,207.5
5. Lincoln Memorial 1,087.5
6. Anderson 1,055.5
7. Tusculum 841.33
8. Coker 814.16
9. Catawba 796.5
10. Newberry 704.49
11. Mars Hill 521.5

Monday, 14 May 2018 08:46

Hickory Drops 7-2 Contest to Rome on Sunday

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The Hickory Crawmoms weekend wrapped up Sunday afternoon with a 7-2 loss to Rome. The loss evens the series at one game each.

Crawmoms centerfielder Bubba Thompson led off the game with a single to left. Thompson stole second base during the next at bat for his first stolen base of the season.

The Braves started the afternoon's scoring with three runs in the second inning of Crawmoms righty Reid Anderson.

The Crawmoms responded in the bottom half of the inning on a homerun by catcher Yohel Pozo.

The Braves scored again in the third and sixth inning to make the score 6-1.

Crawmoms left fielder Austin O'Banion and third baseman Tyler Ratliff led off the bottom of the sixth with consecutive walks. They loaded the bases when first baseman Sam Huff was hit by a pitch. Second baseman Kole Enright singled to center to bring O'Banion in and make the score 6-2.

The final run of the game came on a single in the ninth by Rome to bring the score to 7-2.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (45-10), ranked No. 11 in the nation, came up just short in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship against Young Harris (35-19) on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears – facing elimination - beat the Mountain Lions by a 6-3 score in the first game before falling in the nightcap, 9-3.

In game one, the Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning capped off by a walk-off, three-run home run from freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 24-4 on the year after throwing the complete game victory.

Haylie Shope (Murphy, N.C.) hit a solo home run for the Mountain Lions while Dharma Rosbrugh (Waxhaw, N.C.) fell to 21-11 after taking the loss for Young Harris.

In gmae two, winning four games over two days proved to be a bit too much for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Young Harris rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the win. Shope hit the game-winning double in the fourth inning while Jill Torres (Woodstock, Ga.) added a three-run home for the Mountain Lions. Rosbrugh (22-11) was credited with the win.

Leonhardt hit another home run and finished with two runs batted in for the Bears. Kenley (24-5) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne was hosting the regionals for the first time since the 2013 season.

LR was the second seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament while Young Harris was seeded seventh.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished with year with a 25-2 record at home.

The Hickory Crawmoms took game one against the Rome Braves with a 4-3 victory on Saturday Night. The 'Moms have won 3 out of the first four games of the homestand.

Crawmoms starter Jean Casanova recorded a quality start, tossing six innings and giving up three runs. The Braves scored three runs in the first but went scoreless the rest of the way.

The 'Moms chipped away at the Braves lead, putting up a run in the second, third, and fourth, innings. Their first homerun came on a deep homerun by first baseman Tyreque Reed, his second of the homestand. Centerfielder Bubba Thompson doubled to left in the third to score shortstop Cristian Inoa and cut the deficit to just a run. They tied up the game in the next inning as second baseman Ryan Dorow singled to bring in third baseman Tyler Ratliff.

The Crawmoms broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth as Inoa reached on a fielding error that scored designated hitter Austin O'Banion.

Dorow recorded three singles in the 'Moms victory to boost his average on the season to .302. Ratliff also got a pair of hits to raise his May batting average to .371.

The No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (17-2) advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals with a 14-12 win over No. 10 Colorado Mesa (17-3) Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round at Moretz Stadium. The Bears are the top seed in the South Region while the Mavericks are seeded fourth.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) – three goals and four assists – for seven total points while sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior attacker Ryan Bell (Havre de Grace, Md.) both scored twice as the Bears avenged a 13-12 loss to Colorado Mesa on Saturday, February 24, at home.

Colorado Mesa, who had its 10-game losing streak snapped, was led by Joe Wulforst, IV (Half Hallow, N.Y.) and Brandon Wilson (Rolling Hills Estate, Calif.) with three goals each.

Trailing by an 11-10 score with just over six minutes left, Lenoir-Rhyne took control with four straight goals including three in the final three minutes. Bell scored the game-winner with 2:47 remaining in the contest.

Both goalkeepers were outstanding – Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 17 shots while Remi Reeves (Telford, Pa.) made 19 saves in the setback for Colorado Mesa. LR also held a 53-44 advantage in shots taken.

With a goal and an assist, Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) increased his single-season record totals to 60 goals (South Atlantic Conference-high) and 88 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 40-5 in its past 45 games and advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in school history.

Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 5-0 on the year when a team was ranked in the top ten nationally at the time of competition.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host Saint Leo (15-2), the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Sunday in the national semifinals at 2:00 p.m. The second-seeded Lions defeated No. 7 and third-seeded Tampa (15-5) by a 12-11 score in overtime Saturday in a quarterfinal game at home.

North Lincoln: 17
Fred T. Foard: 4
Tigers season ends at 12-10.

Salisbury: 6
Hibriten: 1
Panthers season ends at 12-11.

Alexander Central: 4
North Gaston: 1
Cougars advance to the third round Tuesday going to Crest.

South Caldwell: 3
Grimsley: 0
Spartans advance to the third round hosting West Forsyth on Tuesday.

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