Catawba Valley Red Hawks baseball team raked in the awards at tonight’s pretournament coaches meeting. To highlight the awards, was the naming of sophomore outfielder Ty Andrus as Region X Player of the Year. Andrus was also named to First-Team All-Region and the All-Region Defensive team. Andrus was joined by third baseman Craig Zalewa, and outfielder Brandon Ford on the First Team All-Region. Catcher Randal Ortiz, and pitcher Jacob Breakfield were named Second Team All-Region. Outfielder Seth Hubbard was named to the All-Region Defensive team with Andrus.
Player of the Year sophomore outfielder Ty Andrus leads the Red Hawks with 81 hits (1st in region), a .438 batting average (2nd in region), .498 on base percentage (5th in region), 30 stolen bases (2nd in region), 56 runs (4th in region), 6 triples (3rd in region) and only struck out 5 times in 185 at bats (2nd in region). Andrus cranked out the amazing offensive numbers while remaining perfect in the outfield logging a 1.000 fielding percentage on 90 total chances, logging 87 putouts and 3 assists earning him the All-Region Defensive team.
First team sophomore third baseman Craig Zalewa leads the Red Hawks with 22 doubles (1st in Region) while hitting .350 and a .629 slugging percentage. Zalewa also knocked in 47 rbi and had 6 homeruns. Sophomore outfielder, Brandon Ford was named First Team All-Region as designated hitter. Ford was second on the team with a .394 batting average with 19 extra base hits including 4 homeruns and 4 triples. Ford knocked in 35 rbi while scoring 43 runs.
Second team sophomore catcher, Randal Ortiz, leads the Red Hawks with 11 homeruns (1st in region) on the season, .659 slugging percentage (5th in region), 48 runs batted in (3rd in region) and 30 walks (6th in region). Sophomore relief pitcher Jacob Breakfield was also named second team recording 7 saves (1st in region), while posting a 1.40 era and allowing only 4 earned runs in 25.2 innings pitched.
Sophomore outfielder Seth Hubbard was named to the All-Defensive team logging a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 31 total chances. Hubbard had 29 putouts with 2 assists.
The Red Hawks will take the field tomorrow as the #4 seed in the Region X/Southeast District Tournament and will play #5 Wake Tech at 4:00pm. The tournament is held at the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals rookie affiliate, the Burlington Royals.
The Hickory Crawdads began their 4-game homestand and series against the Rome Braves by being shutout for the first time all season on Thursday, as the 'Dads were held scoreless on a season-low 2 hits resulting in a 3-0 defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The 1st place Crawdads began the night with a leadoff single from Eric Jenkins in the top of the 1st inning before going six hitless frames prior to a double by new 'Dad Josh Altmann in the 8th. All together, the Crawdads ended the game with four total baserunners including walks drawn by Jenkins and Dylan Moore.
The primary culprit in shutting down the 'Dads bats was Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka, who earned his first win of the year after tossing 5.2 scoreless innings on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez began the night matching Soroka zero for zero before Rome capitalized on a Crawdads error in the 4th to score an unearned run for a 1-0 advantage.
Hernandez struck out the first batter of the frame before issuing a walk to Juan Yepez. Hernandez then induced a ground ball to second from Lucas Herbert, but 'Dads second baseman Andy Ibanez booted the potential double play ball to put two on with one out. Leudys Baez followed with a walk to load the bases before Alejandro Salazar lined a sacrifice fly to center to put the Braves up 1-0.
The Rome lead doubled to 2-0 in the 6th, when Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez allowed a one-out single to Yepez, followed by an RBI double from Herbert. The Braves then tacked on their final tally in the top of the 9th, with consecutive one-out singles from Baez and Salazar preceding a fielding error by Crawdads shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri to load the bases. One out later, Austin Riley lined an RBI single to left off of reliever Blake Bass for the final 3-0 score.
Soroka (1-3) earned the win for Rome, while Hernandez (4-2) had his 4-game winning streak snapped with a loss after allowing 1 unearned run on four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over four innings pitched. Braves reliever A.J. Minter (1) recorded the save with a perfect 9th inning.
Jenkins was the only Hickory hitter to reach base safely multiple times, as he finished 1-3 with a walk and his league-leading 18th steal of the year. Altmann went 1-3 with a double while making his 'Dads debut.
The Crawdads (22-11) will take on the Braves (12-21) again on Friday in game two of their 4-game set, with a scheduled first pitch of 7:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host the individual Men’s Tennis State Championships across four classifications at three different sites beginning Friday, May 13 and concluding on Saturday, May 14 in both singles and doubles. Play will begin at 9:00 A.M. each day at the respective sites.
The format is a single elimination tournament for both singles and doubles play. Winner will advance by winning two out of three sets in both singles and doubles, with a 10-minute break after split sets. If a match is tied 6-6 in a set, the set tie-breaker is used (first to seven, win by 2).
The 2A Championships will be held at Cary Tennis Park, located at 2727 Louis Stephens Rd. in Cary. On Friday the 2A Tournament will be contested on courts 15 through 30 before moving to courts 11 through 14 for Saturday’s finals.
The 3A Championships will be held at the Burlington Tennis Center located at 1402 Overbrook Road, in Burlington.
2A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Singles First Round Draw
Ryen Reid 17-3 (Newton-Conover) vs. Nick Kuzma 12-1 (North Carolina School of Science and Math)
2A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Doubles First Round Draw
Ashvin Warrier/Tejas Dalvi 7-1 (North Carolina School of Science and Math) vs. Aaron Hamm/Henry Cox 15-3 (Newton-Conover)
3A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Singles First Round Draw
Henry Lieberman 17-1 (Terry Sanford) vs. Jake Ugolini 15-2 (St. Stephens)
3A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Doubles First Round Draw
Jacob Blackman/Andrew Zahran 5-2 (Terry Sanford) vs. William Einfalt/Edgar Ellis 16-4 (Hickory)
Will Hart/Ben Williams 26-1 (Union Pines) vs. Jake Braswell/Levy Young 9-4 (Hibriten)
R-S Central: 4
Bunker Hill: 1
Bears season ends at 19-9
Patriots season at 12-11
Alexander Central: 1
Cougars season ends at 13-10
Wildcats season ends at 14-9
East Burke: 2
Lake Norman Charter: 1
Cavaliers face Brevard on the road in the second round.
West Caldwell: 4
East Davidson: 1
Warrios face West Davidson in the second round on the road.
South Iredell: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1
Tigers season ends at 11-10-1
East Forsyth: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 13-7
West Stanly: 4
Blue Devils travel to Parkwood in the second round Friday.
South Point: 2
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 16-10..
South Caldwell: 4
Spartans advance to the second round hosting West Forsyth Saturday.
Red Devils season ends at 11-9.
Bunker Hill: 4
Stuart Cramer: 1
Bears advance to the second round.
Wilkes Central: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round.
Fred T. Foard: 11
St. Stephens: 10
Indians season ends at 17-10. Tigers advance to the second round going to Pisgah.
West Henderson: 1
Panthers advance to the second round.
Patriots season ends at 12-13.
Alexander Central: 13
Cougars host Mooresville on Friday in the second round.
South Caldwell: 6
Mallard Creek: 0
Spartans advance to the second round.
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 8-12.
Northwest Cabbarus: 0
Panthers advance to the second round.
Sun Valley: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round at home Saturday.
Stuart Cramer: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round next week against West Stokes
Kings Mountain: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round next week