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Appalachian State University men’s cross country was tabbed 15th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Preseason Rankings on Monday, Aug. 29.

 

The Mountaineers were the sole representatives of the Sun Belt Conference featured on the list. The southeast region was slated as one of the deepest regions in the nation last year according to the association, and the coaches chose Eastern Kentucky to finish out on top. Virginia, Louisville, Furman, and NC State all rounded out the top five.

 

The men’s cross country squad is coming off of a successful 2015 season where they finished second at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships and collected 433 points at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships to place 16th. App State was highlighted by Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) who had a phenomenal junior campaign. The first team all-conference runner ran a time of 25:4.60 in the 8k and crossed the finish line in fourth at the conference championships. The Winston-Salem native also ran the fastest 10k performance in App State history at the Southeast Regional Championships.

 

Cross Country will open up the 2016 season at the annual Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 2. The men’s 6.4k race will begin at 6pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team has been picked to finish third in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season race as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches in the preseason poll.

Carson-Newman, with seven first-place votes, was picked to repeat as league champions. The Eagles also won the SAC Championship Tournament and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament last fall. Wingate – with three first-place votes and 112 total points – was voted second in the poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-4-2, 8-2-1) had another strong year in 2015 and finished the season unbeaten (6-0-2) in its last eight games. Since the start of the 2010 campaign, the Bears have compiled a 94-19-12 mark. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne has won five straight SAC Regular Season Titles (2010-14) and earned five consecutive berths in the playoffs (2010-14) during that span.

Two members of the squad earned preseason all-league honors: senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and senior defender Kim Migliarese (Salem, Va.).

Smith was a preseason first-team all-conference selection after finishing with five goals, one assist and 11 total points. A fifth-year senior, Smith was a 2012 All-SAC honoree.

Migliarese started all 18 matches for the Bears last year and anchored a defense which limited its opponents to just a 0.81 goals-against average while making 10 shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on road on Friday, September 2, against Barry at 6:00 p.m., in Miami Shores, Fla. Barry is ranked No. 6 in the national preseason poll.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

1. Carson-Newman (7) 115
2. Wingate (3) 112
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 106
4. Queens 89
5. Anderson 81
6. Tusculum 65
7. Newberry 59
8. Lincoln Memorial 57
9. Coker 33
10. Catawba 28
11. Mars Hill 27
12. Brevard 20

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM
F – Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman
F – Charlotte Ring, Queens
F – Carly Mill, Tusculum
F – Kendall Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Katja Andersson, Tusculum
MF – Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate
MF – Varin Ness, Carson-Newman
MF – Heida Ragney, Carson-Newman
D – Macy Franklin, Wingate
D – Ashley Osiecki, Queens
D – Megan Peterson, Carson-Newman
D – Mariah Lewis, Queens
GK – Alexis Jones, Wingate

SECOND TEAM
F – Erika Linch, Newberry
F –Alaina Gay, Anderson
F – Becky Frost, Catawba
MF – Kathy Fisher, Queens
MF – Breona Tate, Mars Hill
MF – Elizabeth Gutierrez, Newberry
MF – Tera Dolan, Anderson
D – Elissa Lane, Carson-Newman
D – Kim Migliarese, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Shelby Osiecki, Queens
D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum
GK – Jessica Fraiture, Carson-Newman

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Soccer Team was voted on to finish seventh in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.

Wingate, the 2015 SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to repeat as league champions after receiving nine first-place votes for a total of 119 points. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA NCAA Division II National Preseason Poll Coaches Poll.

Carson-Newman, who shared the league regular season title last year with Wingate, was picked second with three first-place votes (112 total points). Both the Bulldogs and Eagles went 9-2 in conference play last fall.

Lenoir-Rhyne, 8-8-2 overall and 5-5-1 in conference play last year, finished with 65 points. The Bears are under the leadership of first-year mentor Jack Winter.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) was named to the 2016 All-SAC Preseason Second Team. The all-conference selection last year led the Bears in goals scored (eight) and total points (19) in addition to three assists.

The Bears also return senior defenders Josh Alderson (Formby, ENGLAND) and Tom Seery (Bristol, ENGLAND), both of whom anchored a defense which limited their opponents to just a 1.48 goals-against average and registered six shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 season at home on Thursday, September 1, at 6:00 p.m., against Francis Marion at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

2016 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll

1. Wingate (9) 119
2. Carson-Newman (3) 112
3. Lincoln Memorial 95
4. Queens 98
5. Tusculum 77
6. Anderson 71
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 65
8. Mars Hill 46
9. Catawba 44
10. Coker 33
11. Newberry 26
12. Brevard 12

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Soccer Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM
F – Jon Ander, Wingate
F – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
F – Corey Brown, Queens
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Aksel Juul, Wingate
MF – Callum Ross, Wingate
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Thibault Mathorez, Carson-Newman
D – Alex Nelson, Wingate
D – Guillermo Lazcano, Tusculum
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
D – Ryo Ogawa, Anderson
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate
SECOND TEAM
F – Bruno Andrade, Carson-Newman
F – Marius Staalby, Carson-Newman
F – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
F – Ryan McPhillips, Brevard
MF – Marc-Kevin Schwenk, Queens
MF – Brad Du Plooy, Anderson
MF – Polymnios Avgousti, Carson-Newman
MF – Amine Merdjett, Mars Hill
D – Ryan Kawczynski, Queens
D – Ricardo Da Silva, Tusculum
D – Hisham Abedlaziz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
GK – Jorge Alvarez, Tusculum

Appalachian State University volleyball’s true freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week and the Freshman of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.

 

“Clearly, Emma had a great weekend for us at Virginia Tech,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “To have 30 kills in her first-ever collegiate match is just amazing and she followed it up with two more really good performances against Norfolk State and Siena. We have been able to see what she is able to do on the court every day in practice, but it was exciting to see it carry over into match play.”

 

Longley tallied 30 kills in her debut for the Black and Gold last Friday in a five-set loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener. Her 30 kills were the most for a Mountaineer since Anna Wagner totaled 31 on Aug. 26, 2011 against NC State. The match also served as Longley’s first career double-double as the freshman totaled 13 digs in the effort.

 

In a pair of straight-set sweeps on Saturday, Longley collected 23 more kills and ended the weekend averaging 4.81 kills per set and a .243 hitting percentage.

 

Longley and the Mountaineers will return to action beginning on Friday night at 7 p.m. as they host UNCW for the start of the Black and Gold Invitational. Over the weekend, App State will also play Wofford and Ohio.

Despite falling down 1-0 early in the match, Appalachian State University women’s soccer battled back to score two goals to defeat Radford 2-1 on Sunday evening, improving to 3-1 on the season and tying a program-best start (1999).


“I’m so proud of these ladies,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “They battled for a full 90 minutes and earned the result. Radford is a very good program and has been a team we have struggled to beat for two years. It was definitely good to get back on track and see so many of the girls step up and make an impact in tonight’s match. Jackie Nieradka and Morgan Mosack were incredible and both their first career goals, Taylor Ray was solid in the net and Kat Greer stepped in and created chances.”


The Mountaineers found themselves in a familiar bad spot, falling behind early when Radford’s (0-2) Jasmine Casarez put an unassisted goal on App State when she stole the ball in the box, pivoted and fired one into the high-right of the net in the 12th minute.


But Appalachian stayed focused and continued to attack, keeping the pressure on the Highlanders throughout the entire match. The constant attack allowed senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in the 23rd minute to find senior Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) who blasted her first career goal through the uplefts of the net from 30 yards out to equalize the match. The assist moves Cline into tied-third in all-time career assists (13).


It wouldn’t be until the second half when a corner kick by sophomore Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) found redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) who headed it toward the far post where junior Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) was able to put it home for her first career goal and game-winner.


Redshirt freshman Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) made her first career start in the net for the Mountaineers and had plenty of shots fired her way. The goalkeeper had two saves on 11 shots faced with only the one goal allowed.


Appalachian fell down early but put on an all-out offensive after falling behind 1-0. Not only did the Black and Gold outshoot Radford 12-11 in total shots, but App held the more important shots-on-goal advantage, 9-3. The Mountaineers also had a season-high 12 corners in the effort.


Individually, the Mountaineers were led on the attack by Nieradka, Mosack and Cline, who all two shots on goal. Also getting one shot on goal was redshirt senior Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)), Greer and freshman Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).


Freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert), junior Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) also had one shot on the evening. This was Derrick and Brown’s first action of their collegiate careers.


The Mountaineers will now go on to finish their road trip at Liberty on Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. App State then returns home on Sunday, Sept. 4 to face Maryland. Kickoff for the home match is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Hickory Crawdads and the Charleston RiverDogs faced on in a classic pitchers' duel Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of their 3-game series. A 1-1 tie in the third inning lasted all the way until the 10th, when the 'Dogs got a hit-and-run, RBI double to break the stalemate and give the 'Dads a 2-1 defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The RiverDogs struck first with an unearned run in the opening inning to take a 1-0 lead. Ricardo Ferreira led off the game with a single, took second on a passed ball by Crawdads catcher Chuck Moorman, advanced to third on a bunt hit from Hoy Jun Park, and finally scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Mandy Alvarez to put the road team ahead.

Hickory answered with an unearned tally of their own in the third, as Ti'Quan Forbes led off with a hit-by-pitch before he advanced to second on passed ball by Charleston catcher Luis Torrens, moved to third on a single from Luis Silva, and ultimately scored on a wild pitch from Christian Morris to tie the game at 1-1.

Both offenses dried up through the remainder of regulation, as the 'Dogs were held without another hit until the eighth while the 'Dads accumulated only four hits the rest of the way. Hickory starting pitcher Joe Palumbo kept his team in the game with six dominant innings on the mound, with the southpaw striking out a career-best eight batters while allowing only one unearned run on two hits and two walks. Reliever Jacob Shortslef picked up where Palumbo left off by fanning five of the six outs he recorded over two scoreless frames.

The RiverDogs finally got a rally started in the top of the 10th however, when Gosuke Katoh led off the frame with a walk from Crawdads reliever Tyler Ferguson. The RiverDogs then executed a perfect hit-and-run as Katoh took off for second base as Cesar Diaz hit a hard ground ball through the vacated left side of the infield. With the outfield playing deep to prevent an extra-base hit, Katoh was able to score all the way from first to break the tie and give Charleston the 2-1 lead they would win by.

Ferguson (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing one run on two hits, two walks, and one strikeout over two innings pitched. 'Dogs reliever Hobie Harris (2-4) earned the win after tossing three scoreless frames on one hit and three strikeouts, while teammate Andrew Schwaab (19) recorded the save for setting the Crawdads down in order in the bottom of the 10th.

Forbes led the 'Dads bats with a 1-3 game including a double, a hit-by-pitch and a run scored. Carlos Arroyo, Ricky Valencia, Yeyson Yrizarri, and Silva all finished 1-4 at the plate.

The Crawdads (32-31/70-63) have an off day on Monday before heading to Asheville for their final road trip of the regular season on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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App State Field Hockey Edged Out by Georgetown

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Appalachian State University field hockey slips to Georgetown 4-3 in a nail-biting match that went into overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field Hockey Stadium.


“Today was a heart-breaker, but a really positive experience for our group,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “We got better today and we were able to string more passes together. We had one of our freshman, Kaley Selner (Herndon, Va./Herndon), step up today and add a goal and good defensive work. Our group will continue to work hard and get better everyday.”


The first half started off slow with both teams trying to develop their rhythm, but Georgetown (2-0) got into the groove first and provided the first strike into the goal. The Mountaineers (0-2) did not wait long to respond to the Hoyas scoring in the 29th minute from a smoldering unassisted-shot but junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) to even out the score.


Then in a blink of an eye, Selner stormed into the circle and hurled a frightening shot past the goal line that shook the Hoyas in the final ticks of the 29th minute. Appalachian ended the 35-minute period up by one with great momentum leading into the second half.


Trailing by one, the Hoyas entered into the second half eager to shorten the Mountaineer-gap. GU’s Megan Parson granted the Hoya’s wish by smacking the ball into the goal to bring the score to 2-2.


Gaining new momentum, the Mountaineers responded to Georgetown’s second goal with one of their own. In the 60th minute, Freshman Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) slammed the ball into the goal off of a rebounded shot by Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) to extend the lead to 3-2.


With 15 minutes left on the board, the Hoyas never gave up and scored another goal to end regulation at three a piece.

 

With the game on the line in overtime, both teams were yearning to deliver the gut-wrenching shot to end the match. Each team exerted much energy in pressuring each goalie in extra-time, but Georgetown’s Sam Hickey delivered the final sting to end the bout 4-3.


The goalies on both sides of the turf were presented with many shots from each team’s attackers, but Georgetown was able to outshoot App 31-13 with 16-9 shots on goal.


Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) supplied the perfect backup for the Mountaineers in the close matchup between Georgetown. Gaines deflected 11 Hoya-attacks for 76:53 minutes to keep the game within reach for the App State players battling it out on the pitch.


The Black and Gold will go on the road for two-straight away games. The first match will be against James Madison on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6pm in Harrisonburg, Va., and on Sunday, Sept. 4, the ladies will travel to Davidson, N.C. to face LIU Brooklyn. The start time for the LIU Brooklyn match will be announced soon.

Despite Appalachian State men’s soccer taking the early 1-0 lead, Bowling Green came back to beat the Mountaineers in a hard-fought 3-1 decision in Ohio on Sunday afternoon.

 

“My hats off to coach Eric Nichols, his staff and BGSU,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “They deserved this result today, doing a lot of things right. We will need to learn from this game and get better for our next one. We will get back to the training ground this week and get better for ETSU on Saturday.”

 

After their originally scheduled season opener against Cincinnati was canceled due to storms in the area, the Mountaineers (0-1) broke out of the gates in a hurry as Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) put the Apps up 1-0 in the 3rd minute of action off a blocked shot by Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) rebounded for a clear shot.

 

The game would then go into a battle before the Falcons’ (2-0) Pat Flynn equalized the game at 1-1 off a double assist by Joe Sullivan and Vincent Giannini on the through ball to the right side of the box in the 21st minute.

 

The game-winner for Bowling Green would come in the 45th minute as Keaton Reynolds headed in a blocked shot from Moe Mustafa. Flynn then put the game out of reach in the 61st minute on a blast from 12 yards out.

 

Individually for the Mountaineers, Melia led the way in shots on the day, firing three on the day, one of which was on goal. Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) had two shots on the day, while Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability), Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas), Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter-Gymnasium (Creighton)), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Chapman had one each. Chapman’s and Arpinon’s were on goal.

 

In the net for Appalachian was Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), who played the entire 90. Chasteen had six saves on the day, facing 18 shots.

 

The Mountaineers will move into week 2 of the season as they travel to former SoCon foe East Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. App State will then go on to play at Wake Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Kickoff for the second match is slated for 7 p.m.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 8/27/2016

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
2 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
3 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC
4 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
5 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
6 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC DQ

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
3 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
4 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
5 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
6 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
3 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 41R Emilee Riley Jasper, GA
6 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
7 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
8 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
11 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
12 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
13 77W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
14 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
15 3O Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
16 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC DNS
18 88 Mark Johnson Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
6 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
7 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
8 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
9 77W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
10 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
11 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
12 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
13 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
14 3O Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
15 41R Emilee Riley Jasper, GA
16 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
18 88 Mark Johnson Newton, NC DQ

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
6 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
7 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
8 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
9 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
12 3O Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
13 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
14 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
15 77W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
16 41R Emilee Riley Jasper, GA
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
18 88 Mark Johnson Newton, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
5 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
6 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
7 22M Alex Murray Concord, NC
8 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
9 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
10 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
2 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
3 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
7 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
8 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
9 22M Alex Murray Concord, NC
10 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
6 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
7 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
8 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
9 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
3 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
4 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
5 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
6 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
7 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
8 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC DQ
9 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc DQ

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 9T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC
9 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
3 9T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
6 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
7 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
8 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC
9 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC DNS

The Hickory Crawdads appeared ready for a back-and-forth matchup against the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Saturday night as both teams came out with two runs in the first inning, but the 'Dads bats dried up after the hot start allowing the 'Dogs to pull away late in an 11-2 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The RiverDogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first, only to see the Crawdads come right back and answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to force a 2-2 tie. The two teams split on different paths from there however, as the 'Dads were held hitless over the final eight frames while the 'Dogs scored single runs in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings prior to a 6-run ninth for the final 11-2 score.

Charleston quickly got to Hickory starting pitcher Emerson Martinez for two runs, one earned, on three hits in the top of the first to take their 2-0 advantage. The Crawdads rally in the home half began with back-to-back one out singles by Frandy De La Rosa and Ti'Quan Forbes, followed by a 2-out, 2-RBI single to right from Yeyson Yrizarri off of RiverDogs starter Nick Green that tied the contest at 2-2.

Both Martinez and Green settled down after the rocky first and put up scoreless frames in the second and third. The 'Dogs got back on the board in the top of the fourth though, with an RBI single by Gosuke Katoh putting the visiting team ahead 3-2. Charleston stretched their lead to three with single runs in the seventh and eight innings, as Jhalan Jackson singled and eventually scored on a throwing error by De La Rosa in the seventh before Jackson came through again with a solo home run to left in the eight to put the RiverDogs on top 5-2.

Charleston then put the game away against 'Dads reliever Omarlin Lopez in the top of the ninth, with the 'Dogs scoring six runs, all unearned, on four hits, two walks, and an error by Crawdads third baseman Brallan Perez for the final 11-2 score.

Martinez (0-5) took the loss for Hickory after allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits, three walks, and six strikeouts over his 5.1 innings pitched. Green (3-0) earned the win for Charleston with two runs given up, one earned, on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Yrizarri finished the night 1-3 with 2 RBI and a hit-by-pitch to lead the 'Dads bats, while both De La Rosa and Forbes went 1-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (32-30/ 70-61) and RiverDogs (29-33/71-60) will play the deciding rubber match of their 3-game series Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

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