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Alexander County: 5
Hickory: 3
Alexander County Post 170 leads the best of five series 1-0. Game two is tomorrow night at Hickory Post 48's Henkel-Alley Field

Shelby: 9
Burke County: 7
Shelby Post 82 leads the best of five series 1-0. Game two is tomorrow night at Burke County's Shuey Field.

Mint Hill: 7
Caldwell County: 3
Mint Hill leads the best of five series 1-0. Game two is tomorrow night at Caldwell County's MS Deal Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ivan Vieitez and Brantley Rumford earned 2014 NCCSIA All-State College Division Baseball honors. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Vieitez, a junior outfielder from Miami, Fla., garnered all-state accolades for the second straight year after leading the South Atlantic Conference in batting average (.451), third-best in the nation.

Vieitez ranked first on the team in numerous offensive categories including runs scored (39), hits (65), doubles (four), triples (four), home runs (four), runs batted in (38), total bases (100), slugging percentage (.694) and on-base percentage (.539).

Vieitez was also team's best pitcher, fashioning a 5-5 record with a 2.95 earned run average, 46 strikeouts, three complete games and two shutouts. Vieitez was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region selection and was named a Daktronics NCAA Division II Third-Team All-American.

Rumford, a junior second baseman from Rock Hill, S.C., was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference pick in 2014 after finishing second on the squad in batting average (.376) in addition to 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, one home run, 14 RBI and a .503 slugging percentage.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2014 College Division All-State Baseball Teams

First Team
C - Josh Clark, Wingate University
INF - John Macon Smith, Guilford College
INF - Daniel Fraga, UNC Pembroke
INF - Jordan Edgerton, UNC Pembroke
INF - Corey Wallace, Guilford College
OF - Ivan Vieitez, Lenoir-Rhyne University
OF - Eric Serra, Wingate University
OF - Drew Cole, UNC Pembroke
DH - Dalton Knight, UNC Pembroke
SP - Olen Little, Wingate University
SP - Craig Brooks, Catawba College
RP - Ryan McClintock, Catawba College
RP - Avery Rogers, Guilford College

Second Team
INF - Brantley Rumford, Lenoir-Rhyne University
INF - John Hunter, Chowan University
INF - Tyler Burden, Chowan University
INF - James Feldmann, Greensboro College
OF - Keaton Hawks, Catawba College
OF - Blake Throneburg, Greensboro College
OF - Jon Krecicki, Greensboro College
DH - T.J. Wharton, Catawba College
SP - Ben Currie, Wingate University
SP - Andy Sullivan, UNC Pembroke
RP - Drew Baranosky, Greensboro College

The Hickory Crawdads broke out the long ball Monday night to complete their 4-game sweep of the Greenville Drive, as Jairo Beras, Kellin Deglan, and Lewis Brinson all went yard to lead the 'Dads to a 10-3 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The victory makes the 'Dads the first team in the South Atlantic League to reach the 10-win plateau in the 2nd half with a 10-2 record. The win also has some historical significance for the franchise as it moves the Crawdads all-time record to 1,497 - 1,497, marking the first time the team has reached the .500 mark since they were 5-5 ten games into their inaugural 1993 season. The Crawdads have never been over .500 in their 22-year existence.

The 'Dads bats got things rolling early in the ballgame, as leadoff hitter Evan Van Hoosier doubled to right-center in the 1st before scoring on a bunt single by Michael De Leon and an ensuing throwing error from Greenville second baseman Wendell Rijo for a 1-0 lead.

The Drive quickly responded by scoring a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the 2nd, as Hickory starting pitcher Anyelo Leclerc followed up a leadoff error by De Leon at shortstop with four straight walks to force in two runs for a 2-1 Greenville advantage. Hickory came back with another single tally in the bottom of the frame however, with Ronald Guzman doubling to center, moving to third on a base knock by Beras, and scoring on a RBI sacrifice fly to right by Janluis Castro to tie the game at 2-2.

Once again the Drive retaliated with a run in the top of the 3rd, with a 2-out double from Rijo followed up by a RBI single from Manuel Margot to put Greenville ahead at 3-2. The 'Dads would finally pull ahead for good however in the home half of the 3rd, as the team scored four runs on three hits and a walk to surge ahead 6-3. Brinson brought home the first run when Joe Jackson scored on his infield single, but it was Beras who delivered the decisive blow when he lined a 2-out, 3-RBI home run to right-center to give the Crawdads a lead they would never relinquish.

Hickory picked up single tallies in both the 5th and 7th frames thanks to solo blasts by Deglan and Brinson respectively, before capping the scoring with two more runs on three hits in the 8th for the final 10-3 score. Guzman led off the frame by reaching on a throwing error from Rijo, before Beras followed with a double to left to put runners on second and third. Guzman would eventually come home on a wild pitch by Greenville reliever Mario Alcantara while Castro plated Beras on a RBI single to right.

Beras finished the night 3-4 with his third homer of the year, a double, and three RBIs. Brinson went 2-4 with his 8th long ball and 2 RBI, while Deglan ended the game 1-4 with his 11th big fly. Van Hoosier (2-5, 2B, R), De Leon (2-5, 2B), and Nomar Mazara (2-5, 2B, R) all finished with multi-hit games as well, while Mazara also turned in a defensive gem when he robbed Greenville right fielder Forrestt Allday of a homer in the 4th with a leaping catch in right field.

Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo (3-2) earned the win for the 'Dads with three shutout innings out of the pen on only one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts. Greenville starter Teddy Stankiewicz (6-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits, one walk, and four Ks over 4 frames.

The Crawdads (10-2) will now head to West Virginia for the first time this year to start a 3-game series against the Power. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, fresh off its trip to the national title game, has been ranked third and fifth, respectively, in Lindy’s and The Sporting News 2014 NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Polls.

The Bears went 13-2 last year and finished ranked No. 2 in the nation after advancing all the way to the NCAA Division II Championship on December 21, 2013, in Florence, Ala. L-R fell to Northwest Missouri State, 43-28, in the title game.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne set a school single-season record for wins in a season and won its third consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship last fall.

L-R returns 17 starters including junior offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) and senior fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.), both of whom garnered preseason All-American accolades.

Ray won the 2013 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference, while Whitaker finished with 912 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns last season. Whitaker has totaled 2,601 yards and 21 scores during the past three years.

Both players helped Lenoir-Rhyne set an all-time NCAA record for rushing yards in a season (5,563) last fall.

L-R also returns senior running back Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) and senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.), who finished first and second on the team with 984 and 968 yards rushing, respectively, in 2013.

Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year Head Coach Ian Shields, opens the season on Saturda, September 6, against Point at home beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

2014 NCAA Division II
National Preseason Polls

The Sporting News
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Grand Valley State
3. Colorado State-Pueblo
4. Minnesota State Mankato
5. Lenoir-Rhyne
6. West Chester
7. North Alabama
8. Minnesota-Duluth
9. West Texas A&M
10. Henderson State
11. Shepherd
12. Winston-Salem State
13. Ohio Dominican
14. Pittsburg State
15. St. Cloud State
16. Indianapolis
17. Bloomsburg
18. Carson-Newman
19. Delta State
20. American International
21. Tuskegee
22. Emporia State
23. Newberry
24. East Stroudsburg
25. Azusa Pacific

1. Northwest Missouri State
2. St. Cloud State
3. Lenoir-Rhyne
4. Grand Valley State
5. Henderson State
6. Pittsburg State
7. Minnesota-Duluth
8. West Chester
9. Colorado State-Pueblo
10. Shepherd
11. West Alabama
12. Ohio Dominican
13. Emporia State
14. Carson-Newman
15. Winston-Salem State
16. Minnesota State Mankato
17. UNC Pembroke
18. West Texas A&M
19. Indianapolis
20. North Alabama
21. Saginaw Valley
22. Azusa Pacific
23. Bloomsburg
24. Missouri Western
25. Tuskegee

2014 NCAA Division II
Preseason All-American Teams

The Sporting News
QB - Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State
RB - Tyler Tonderum, Southwest Missouri State
RB - Daiquone Ford, Findlay
OL - Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney
OL - Matthew Reese, Tuskegee
OL - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Cory Tucker, Slippery Rock
OL - Garrison Ushery, West Georgia
TE - Jamie Potts, Grand Valley State
WR - Jere Brown, Shippensburg
WR - Trevor Harman, Shippensburg

DL - Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri State
DL - Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo
DL - Charlie Tuaau, Texas A&M-Commerce
DL - Grant Singer, Mary
LB - Ronell Williams, West Chester
LB - Isaiah Fleming, Cheyney
LB - D.J. Gnader, Northwest Missouri State
DB - John Strickland, Indianapolis
DB - Tyler Thornton, Azusa Pacific
DB - Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst
DB - Harold Jones-Quartey, Findlay

K - Brent Wahle, Ohio Dominican
P - Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands

QB - Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State
RB - Tyler Tonderum, Southwest Missouri State
RB - Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific
WR - Darius Davis, Henderson State
WR - Trevor Harman, Shippensburg
TE - Jamie Potts, Grand Valley State
OL - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Mitchell Weideman, St. Cloud
OL - Isaiah Shelton, Shepherd
OL - Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney
OL - Matthew Reese, Tuskegee
AP - Marquez Clark, Central Oklahoma
K - Brent Wahle, Ohio Dominican

DL - Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri State
DL - Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo
DL - Charlie Tuaau, Texas A&M-Commerce
LB - Eric Reimer, Northwest Missouri State
LB - Troy Guptil, Mary
LB - Brian Harrington, Stonehill
DB - Sammy Siasia, Mars Hill
DB - Demarco Donaldson, Malon
DB - Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst
DB - E.J. Jacob, Carson-Newman
P - Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands

QB - Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo
RB - Jeff Seybold, Pittsburg State
RB - Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
WR - Paul Browning, Colorado State-Pueblo
TE - Lucas Hefty, Upper Iowa
OL - Karl Eichinger, St. Cloud
OL - Derek Schatz, West Chester
OL - Cody Laubach, East Stroudsburg
OL - Shadow Stokes, Midwestern State
OL - Jarrett Stastny, Emporia State
AP - John Moscatel, Southern Connecticut State
K - Jamie McGee, Arkansas-Monticello

DL - Kevin Brewton, Findlay
DL - Jovontay Williams, Johnson C. Smith
DL - Julian Howsare, Clarion
DL - Kenny Allen, Central Oklahoma
LB - Collin Corcoran, Winona State
LB - Tyler Zimmer, Seton Hill
LB - Derrick Bryant, Indianapolis
DB - Jamaris Brown, Walsh
DB - Brion Robinson, Lincoln
DB - Kyler Harris, Northeastern State
DB - Isaiah Davis, Central Washington
P - Kyle Jaski, Lincoln

The North Carolina American Legion Area IV playoffs will begin on Tuesday. The first round is a best three-out-of-five series. Of our area teams:

Alexander County, the number three seed in the east, takes on Hickory, the number six seed in the west.

Burke County is the number nine seed from the west and will take on top seeded west squad Shelby.

Caldwell County is the number five seed from the west and will take on East seeded number four, Mint Hill.

It was another game, another hero, and another win for the Hickory Crawdads Sunday night, this time with first baseman Ronald Guzman coming through with a walk-off, RBI single to center to give the 'Dads a 4-3 victory over the visiting Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads came away with a 5-4 walk-off win over the Drive courtesy of a 9th inning passed ball, the 'Dads utilized a hit, a walk, and a hit batsman before Guzman delivered the game-winning base knock. The timely hit snapped a 0-33 skid for the Hickory slugger, giving him his first hit of the second half of the season.

For the third straight ballgame it was Greenville who took the initial advantage, as left fielder Kendrick Perkins continued his assault on Hickory pitchers with a RBI single in the 2nd for a 1-0 Drive lead. Greenville doubled the score to 2-0 the next inning, when shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin drove home Carlos Coste on a RBI groundout.

Crawdads center fielder Lewis Brinson provided the Hickory response in the bottom of the 3rd, as the leadoff hitter crushed a solo home run to left to cut the score to 2-1. Brinson came through again in his next at-bat in the 6th, lining an opposite field solo blast to right-center to tie the game at 2-2. Two batters later, the 'Dads used the long ball one more time when Joe Jackson crushed a no-doubt solo homer to right for a 3-2 Hickory lead.

The Drive came right back with a game tying run of their own however, as Perkins doubled and scored in the 7th to deadlock and game at 3-3. The Crawdads had opportunities to re-take the lead in both the 8th and 9th frames, but it wasn't until extra innings that the team finally came through.

Jackson led off the frame with a single to left, followed by a walk to Nomar Mazara, and a hit-by-pitch to Ryan Cordell on a bunt attempt to load the bases with no outs for Guzman. The 6'4" Dominican Republic native then lined a base hit up the middle past the drawn in infield to score Jackson and give the 'Dads the 4-3 win.

Guzman ended the night 1-5 with his game-winning knock, while Brinson went 2-5 with two home runs and Jackson finished 2-5 with a homer.

Crawdads All-Star closer Cody Kendall (7-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, while Drive reliever Raynel Valette (4-1) took the loss after giving up one run on four hits during his one-plus innings pitched.

The Crawdads (8-2) have now won three straight and 24 of their last 27 games to take over sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. The 'Dads will go for the 4-game sweep of the Drive (3-8) Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Monday, 30 June 2014 11:59

Crawdads Win After Passed Ball

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The Hickory Crawdads found yet another wild way to add to their streak of wins Saturday night, as the 'Dads utilized a 2-out, 2-strike passed ball to score Jairo Beras from third and give the team a 5-4, walk-off win over the Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.

All five of the Crawdads runs in the win were unearned, with the team plating three error assisted tallies in the 5th, tying the game with the help of an error fueled run in the 8th, and ultimately winning the contest on the timely passed ball in the 9th. Beras led the Hickory offense all evening going 2-2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored. The 'Dads have now won 23 of their last 26 ballgames, and remain in first place in the Northern Division with an 8-2 second half record.

For the second straight night it was the Drive who jumped out to the initial advantage, as Greenville right fielder Kendrick Perkins lined an opposite field, solo home run to left for a 1-0 score. That would be one of the only blemishes on the night for Crawdads starting pitcher Akeem Bostick, who allowed only two runs on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over 5.1 IP.

With Bostick holding the potent Greenville offense at bay, Hickory rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 5th to take their first lead of the game at 3-1. Shortstop Michael De Leon brought home the first tally with a 2-out, RBI triple to left-center, followed immediately after by a 2-run homer to left-center by Lewis Brinson.

The Drive quickly responded themselves, plating a run in the 6th to narrow the score to 3-2 before coming away with two runs in the 7th to re-take the lead at 4-3. Both Greenville rallies were driven by walks, as the Drive drew six free passes over the two inning stretch.

The 'Dads proved resilient however as the club rallied for the game-tying run in the 8th, with Nomar Mazara and Ryan Cordell both singling before Mazara took third on an error and eventually came home on a double play ground out by Kellin Deglan for a 4-4 tie.

The decisive 9th inning began with an infield single by Beras, who beat out a throw to first to put the winning run on base with no outs. After being sacrificed to second on a bunt from Luis Marte and taking third on a ground out by Evan Van Hoosier, Beras looked like he would be stranded 90 feet from home when Michael De Leon fell behind against Greenville reliever Jacob Dahlstrand. Dahlstrand's 0-2 pitched missed outside however and got by the glove of All-Star catcher Jake Romanski for a passed ball, allowing Beras to dash home from third for the game-winning run.

The wild finish made a winner out of Hickory reliever Jose Valdespina (2-0), who threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on two hits and two strikeouts. Dahlstrand (4-4) took the loss after giving up two unearned runs over 3.2 frames on the mound.

De Leon joined Beras in having a good night at the plate finishing 2-3 with a triple, walk, RBI and run scored, while Brinson ended the game 1-3 with his fifth long ball of the season, two RBIs and a walk.

The Crawdads (8-2) and Drive (3-7) will play again Sunday evening at 5:00 pm in game three of their four-game series.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 6/28/2014

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 98P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 99 Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
3 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
4 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
5 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 09 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
8 9C Tim Canipe Maiden, NC
9 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC DNS

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
3 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
5 8G David Garbo, Jr. Storington, CT
6 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
7 98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC
8 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
9 82 Will Burns Simpsonville, SC
10 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
11 15 Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
12 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
13 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
14 59 Coleman Pressley Asheville, NC
15 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
16 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
17 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
18 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
19 45 Dalton Sargeant Winston-Salem, NC
20 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
21 77 C J Hulsey El Paso, TX
22 88T Robert Tyler Gainesville, GA
23 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
4 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
5 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
6 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
7 09 Amber Colvin Mooresville, NC
8 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
9 92S Kyle Southern , NC
10 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
11 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
12 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
13 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
14 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
15 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
16 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
17 8C Tony Cosentino Terrell, NC
18 27 Chris Joyce Concord, NC DQ

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
4 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
5 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
6 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
7 85 Dustin Walker Granite Falls, NC
8 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
9 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
10 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
11 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
4 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
7 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
8 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC
9 14 Samuel Thompson Lenoir, NC
10 05 Max Collins Tolland, CT
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
12 17C Hugh Compton Mooresville, NC
13 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
14 47 Tyler McKinney Hickory, NC

Five former Appalachian State University student-athletes have been selected for induction into the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Appalachian State’s Former Athletes Association announced on Saturday.

Track and field’s Jennifer Claud-White (2001-05), football’s Matt Isenhour (2003-06) and Damon Scott (1993-96), men’s soccer’s Frank Kemo (1973-76) and women’s golf’s Angie Ridgeway (1983-87) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 6 in conjunction with Appalachian State football’s home opener game against Campbell.

All five honorees will be recognized during Appalachian State athletics’ annual Hall of Fame Induction breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at the Plemmons Student Union. A limited number of tickets are available at $15 per person and reservations can be made by contacting Natalie Harkey at (828) 262-3108 or harkeynm@appstate.edu.

The group will also be honored at halftime of that day’s gridiron clash between the Mountaineers and Camels at Kidd Brewer Stadium, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets are available now as part of Appalachian State’s full, half and flex season-ticket plans. Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 5.

JENNIFER CLAUD-WHITE (Track and Field — 2002-05)
Sprinter and jumper was a nine-time Southern Conference champion ... won SoCon Outdoor titles in the 200-meter dash (2002, ‘04, ‘05) and 100-meter dash (2002, ‘04) ... also earned SoCon Indoor championships in the 55-meter dash (2002), 200-meter dash (2004), long jump (2005) and triple jump (2005) ... earned SoCon Freshman of the Year honors (2002) and was named as the SoCon Outdoor Most Outstanding Athlete in 2004 ... holds the Appalachian State indoor record in the 60-meter dash (7.44).

MATT ISENHOUR (Football — 2003-06)
Two-time All-American helped Appalachian State to its first two of three-straight NCAA FCS national titles in 2005 and 2006 ... anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Appalachian State’s all-time leading rusher, Kevin Richardson (HOF ‘13) ... three-time all-SoCon selection earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the league’s top offensive lineman in 2005.

FRANK KEMO (Men’s Soccer — 1973-76)
Four-time all-SoCon selection finished his career with 48 career goals, good for fourth in school history ... helped the Mountaineers to three-straight league titles (1973, ‘74, ‘75) and their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1975 ... was a member of the winningest team in school history, leading the Apps to a 12-1-0 record in 1975 ... named as Appalachian State’s Male Athlete of the Year by the Rhododendron yearbook in 1976-77 ... served as team co-captain his final two years.

ANGIE RIDGEWAY (Women’s Golf —1983-87)
Four-year letterwinner was Appalachian State’s all-time winningest golfer until 2012 ... ranks ninth in school history for career stroke average (81.26) ... is eighth all-time in lowest 18-hole round (71) ... tied for second in App State history in individual tournament wins ... played professionally on the LPGA tour for 12 years following her graduation in 1987 ... played in over 190 events including six U.S. Opens .. posted six career top-10 finishes, 10 top-15 showings and was in the top-25 on 21 occasions ... has served as the head women’s golf coach at Wofford for the last 10 years, where she has led the Terriers to eight tournament wins.

DAMON SCOTT (Football —1993-96)
Former All-American and all-SoCon honoree ranks fourth in Appalachian State history in career rushing yards (3,800) and attempts (745) ... ranks second in rush yards per game (95.0) and fifth in career rushing touchdowns (38) ... is one of just of three Mountaineer running backs to post multiple 1,000-yard seasons ... eclipsed the 100-yard mark 20 times in his career, good for second in school history ... scored 41 career touchdowns and is tied for sixth in the Appalachian record books in scoring with 250 points (41td/2xp).

The Hickory Crawdads turned to a familiar ally to lead them back to the win column Friday night, as the 'Dads utilized home runs from both Kellin Deglan and Jairo Beras to come away with a series opening 6-4 win over the Greenville Drive in front of 2,783 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Coming off their first consecutive losses in six weeks, the Crawdads quickly righted the ship with a middle-inning rally and win against Greenville. Deglan (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Beras (3-4, HR, RBI) led the 'Dads 10-hit attack, that also included a multi-hit game from Joe Jackson (2-4, 2 RBI). The win is the 22nd in the last 25 games for the surging Crawdads.

It was the Drive who jumped out to the early advantage however, as Greenville got a solo homer from Kendrick Perkins and a RBI sacrifice fly by All-Star Carlos Asuaje in the top of the 3rd for a 2-0 lead. The Crawdads responded with a double by Lewis Brinson in the bottom of the frame, followed two batters later by a RBI groundout from Jackson to make the score 2-1.

The score remained the same until the home half of the 5th, when Deglan crushed a two-out, two-run blast to right field off of Greenville starter Myles Smith to put the 'Dads ahead 3-2. The long ball was the 10th of the season for the hot-hitting Canadian, and his third in his last three games played.

Hickory pushed the lead to 6-2 with three more runs in the 6th, this time with Beras kick starting the frame with an opposite field solo shot to right-center for his 2nd home run of the year. Luis Marte followed with a double and Brinson walked, before Jackson drove in a run with a RBI single and Nomar Mazara plated the frame's third tally on a groundout.

Greenville narrowed the score to 6-4 when Asuaje roped a 2-run homer to right off of Crawdads reliever Kevin Pucetas in the 8th, but the 'Dads would hold on from there with Josh McElwee striking out a pair in a perfect 9th inning to preserve the Crawdads 6-4 victory.

Hickory starter Cole Wiper (5-6) earned the win after holding Greenville to two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six during his five innings pitched. Smith (3-5) took the loss for the Drive with three runs given up on seven hits, three walks, and two strikeouts over 4.2 innings. McElwee picked up his sixth save of the year with his scoreless ninth.

The Crawdads (7-2) and Drive (3-6) will play again Saturday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their four game series.