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North Piedmont:
Mooresville: 4
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South Caldwell: 6
Patton: 0

Watauga: 2
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
Burns: 11
East Burke: 2

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 23:48

Hickory Crawdads Finish Sweep of Asheville

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The Hickory Crawdads finished off their sweep of the Asheville Tourists in dominating fashion Wednesday night, as the 'Dads rolled to a 6-1 victory for their fourth win at McCormick Field in three days.

The Crawdads become the first South Atlantic League team to reach the 10-win plateau, finishing their weeklong road tip with a 6-1 record to push their season mark to 10-3. A Hickory offense that entered the game leading the league in batting average (.292), runs (67), and home runs (11) capped off the series with plenty more pop, as the Crawdads put up six runs on 13 hits and two more long balls.

The first three innings of the night were scoreless for both squads, with Arial Jurado of the 'Dads and Zach Jemiola of the Tourists both breezing through the opposing lineups early. The Crawdads were finally able to break open the game in the 4th, when Luke Tendler launched a 2-run homer to right to put Hickory up 2-0 and tie Tendler with his teammate Jose Trevino for the SAL home run lead with 4 dingers on the year. The very next batter was Tripp Martin, who made it back-to-back dingers when he went deep with long ball to left to push the Crawdads advantage to 3-0.

The 'Dads would add on with solo tallies in both the 5th and 6th frames, with an RBI fielder's choice by Ronald Guzman and a RBI double from Isiah Kiner-Falefa pushing the lead to 5-0. The Tourists were able to get on the board in the bottom of the 6th with a 2-out, RBI single from Randy Reyes, but the 'Dads responded with the game's last run on a RBI single from Kevin Torres in the 8th to cap the scoring at 6-1.

Tendler led the 'Dads offensive attack, with the defending SAL Player of the Week going 3-5 with a homer, double, and two RBI. Martin ended the night 1-3 with a long ball, RBI, and two runs scored, while Kiner-Falefa went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Jurado (3-0) earned the win for the 'Dads after allowing one run on five hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over six innings pitched. Jemiola (2-1) took his first loss of the season for the Tourists with five runs given up on eight hits, no walks, and four Ks during his six innings on the mound. Hickory reliever Adam Parks (1) picked up the save with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to end the game.

The Crawdads (10-3) will now return home to start a four-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium, beginning Thursday night at 7:00 pm.

Appalachian State University softball’s Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) assured a doubleheader split with UNCG after hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game Two on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (13-29) lost Game One 5-1, but came back to top the Spartans 4-3 in Game Two. With two homers on the day, Appalachian State set a program record for home runs in a season with 37. The previous high of 36 was set in 2009 and tied again in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Game One: UNCG 5, App State 1

The Spartans (17-19) would take an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when on a sac fly to center field. The big inning for UNCG came in the fourth when Gabrielle Cubbage hit a grand slam off of the scoreboard in left-center for a 5-0 lead.

App State got off to a slow start against UNCG and didn’t break through with their first hit until the fourth inning when Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) singled to third base.

The lone run for the Mountaineers came in the fourth inning when Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) singled to right field and drove in Gomez.

Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) (4-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Williford struck out two and walked two in the contest.

Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) pitched a combined 3.2 innings of shutout, no-hit ball in relief.

Game Two: App State 4, UNCG 3

Appalachian would get on the board early in the first inning off of a Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) sac fly to left field that scored Butler from third base.

UNCG came back in the second with an RBI double and an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom half, Chambers hit her eighth home run of the season to deep center field and almost to the gravel lot next to the Sofield Indoor Facility.

In a see-saw battle, the Spartans would take a 3-2 lead in the third on a solo home run to left field. The Mountaineers would tie the game in the bottom half when Gomez came home on a passed ball with the bases loaded.

Neither team would score in the fourth, fifth or sixth innings, but Parker showed her athleticism in the fourth on a diving catch to her left to rob a base hit.

Then in the sixth with a UNCG runner at third base and two outs, a Schoelkopf pitch would go to the backstop and Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) was able to corral the rebound off the brick wall and tag out the runner at home to end the inning.

With one out in the seventh, Butler would win the game for the Mountaineers on a solo home run over the scoreboard in left-center field for the 4-3 triumph.

Johnson started Game Two and pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Schoelkopf pitched the remaining 4.2 innings and allowed just two hits and walked two with strikeouts.

The Mountaineers will return to action this weekend with their last Sun Belt Conference series against Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. First pitch for the doubleheader on Saturday, April 25 is set for 2 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 22:51

Appalachian State Baseball Routs Western Carolina

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Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) doubled three times and Appalachian State University baseball scored double-digit runs for the third-straight game in a 12-3 romp over Western Carolina on Wednesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With the victory, Appalachian State (12-29) split its two-game mid-week series with longtime rival Western Carolina (17-20). WCU won a wild series opener, 18-15, on Tuesday night in Cullowhee, N.C.

Buoyed by Dobson (3-for-4, three doubles, three RBI, two runs scored) and 15 walks issued by WCU pitching, Appalachian State plated 12 runs on nine hits to keep its double-digit scoring streak alive. The Mountaineers have scored 40 runs over their last three games, which is the most that they have scored in any three-game stretch since they tallied 41 runs in three contests against North Carolina A&T (one game) and Oakland (two games) from March 27-31, 2012.

Dobson opened the game by doubling to right-center field with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He stole third and came home on Michael Pierson’s (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) RBI groundout to give the Mountaineers an early 1-0 lead.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, Dobson delivered the biggest blow of the game with a bases-clearing double to nearly the same spot in right center that stretched Appalachian’s advantage to 4-0.

After the Mountaineers extended the lead to 6-0 with two runs in the fifth, they blew the game wide open with a six-run sixth that made it 12-0.

Dobson kick-started the big sixth inning by legging out a leadoff double on what originally appeared to be a routine single to left field. From there, Western Carolina’s pitching staff melted down, as three Catamount hurlers combined to issue seven walks and throw four wild pitches in the frame. App State had only two hits and recorded only two RBI in the six-run stanza.

Western Carolina scored its only runs of the game in the eighth inning.

Dobson’s three-double effort was his second in the last three games, as he also had three two-baggers in Saturday’s 15-13 loss to Georgia State. Once again, he fell just one double shy of a Sun Belt Conference single-game record.

In all, the red-hot second baseman has doubled in four-straight games. He is hitting .550 (11-for-20) with eight doubles, three walks, six RBI, eight runs scored, a .609 on-base percentage and a .950 slugging percentage during the torrid four-game stretch.

Junior Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and freshman Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Bumcombe) chipped in with two hits apiece.

Six Appalachian State pitchers combined to limit Western Carolina to seven hits. Senior Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point), making a rare mid-week start after missing his regularly scheduled Saturday start against Georgia State due to illness, tossed three scoreless innings to earn the win and move to 3-1 on the season.

WCU starter Jonathan Waszak (1-1) allowed four runs and walked five in 2.2 innings to suffer his first loss of the season.

Appalachian State returns to action this weekend with a crucial three-game Sun Belt Conference series at Arkansas State. Game times are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (all ET) in Jonesboro, Ark.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 22:45

CVCC Baseball Defeats Montreat JV

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team defeated the Montreat JV team 5-1 on the road.

The Redhawks took a 2 run lead in the 1st inning and never relinquished it. Brandon Norton, Nick Horning and Austin Gardner each threw 2 innings for Catawba Valley. Grey Goines, Taylor Purus and Kyle Ramsey finished off the 7th, 8th, and 9th on the mound. The Redhawks move to 27-16 (12-2) on the year and in their last 20 games are 17-3. Catawba Valley will host Southeastern Community College this Saturday at 1:00pm looking to stay first in league play.

Offensive Performers

Clay Hodges 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 3 SB
Thomas Waddell 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
Lou Matarazzo 2 for 4, 1 RBI

Winning Pitcher - Austin Gardner (1-1) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team had three players earn 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced this afternoon.

Junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) was named to the all-league first team while senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) and junior third baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) were both selected to the 2015 All-SAC Second Team.

Perkins, in his first season with the Bears, played and started in all 48 games and finished second on the team in batting average (.358). In addition, Perkins drove in a team-high 43 runs to go along with 45 runs scored, 12 doubles, three home runs and a .492 slugging percentage.

Rumford earned all-league honors for the second straight season and finished the 2015 campaign with a team-leading 53 runs scored, 72 hits, 15 doubles, 111 total bases and a .552 slugging percentage. Rumford also batted .358 to go along with six home runs and 30 runs batted in.

De La Rosa led the Bears in home runs with eight and hit .339 with 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, 32 runs batted in and a .545 slugging percentage on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 27—21 record, its first winning campaign since 2009.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Baseball Teams

First Team
C- Will Albertson, Catawba
1B – Albert Baur, Newberry
2B – Shane Billings, Wingate
SS – Ryan Perkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Nick Morabito, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Thomas Spitz, Wingate
OF – Blake Houston, Catawba
OF – Brandan Sheridan, Newberry
DH – T.J. Wharton, Catawba
RP – Devan Watts, Tusculum
P – Craig Brooks, Catawba
P – Placido Torres, Tusculum
P – Wesley Camp, Newberry

Second Team
C - Kyle Floyd, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Steven Cooper, Anderson
2B – Brantley Rumford, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Evan Rogers, Mars Hill
3B – Matthew De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – JoJo Bradley, Newberry
OF – Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF – Bo Ausmus, Carson-Newman
DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate
RP – Daniel Nations, Newberry
P – Shafer Shepard, Catawba
P –Vince Apicella, Carson-Newman
P- Jamie Miller, Carson-Newman

Honorable Mention
C - L.J. Newman, Anderson
1B – Evan Jurjevic, Carson-Newman
2B – Jeovanny Tolentino, Tusculum
SS – Chris Waylock, Tusculum
3B – Jacob Bass, Newberry
OF – Andrew Bowerman, Tusculum
OF – Colby Barnette, Wingate
OF – Sammy Song, Coker
DH – Nolan Schrenker, Newberry
RP – Ryan McClintock, Catawba
P – Cole Cromer, Newberry
P – Hunter Donaldson, Brevard
P – Jonathan Rosenberger, Newberry

Gold Glove
C – Will Albertson, Catawba
P – Craig Brooks, Catawba
1B – Albert Baur, Newberry
2B – Kyle Bailey, Anderson
3B – Jacob Bass, Newberry
SS - Evan Rogers, Mars Hill
LF – Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
CF – Tommy Scala, Mars Hill
RF – Alex Kirby, Newberry

Player of the Year
Will Albertson, Catawba

Pitcher of the Year
Craig Brooks, Catawba

Freshman of the Year
Bradley Brown, Wingate

Coach of the Year
Russell Triplett, Newberry

Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.326)
Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.529)
Team On-Base Percentage – Newberry (.411)
Team Doubles Per Game – Carson-Newman (2.54)
Team Triples Per Game – Lincoln Memorial (0.38)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Wingate (1.49)
Team RBIs Per Game – Catawba (8.08)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.87)
Team Earned Run Average – Catawba (2.98)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (9.8)

Batting Average – Will Albertson, Catawba (.491)
On-Base Percentage – Will Albertson, Catawba (.55)
Slugging Percentage – Will Albertson, Catawba (.939)
Home Runs Per Game – Will Albertson, Catawba (0.45)
RBIs Per Game – Will Albertson, Catawba (1.67)
Runs Scored Per Game – Blake Houston, Catawba (1.54)
Doubles Per Game – Evan Jurjevic, Carson-Newman (0.46)
Triples Per Game – JoJo Bradley, Newberry (0.14)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Tommy Scala, Mars Hill (0.53)
Earned Run Average – Devan Watts, Tusculum (1.50)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Craig Brooks, Catawba (14.34)
Pitching Victories – Craig Brooks, Catawba (8)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 22:37

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team Wins Season Finale

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (27-21) ended the 2015 season on a high note with an 8-5 victory over Limestone (15-27) Wednesday afternoon at Founders Federal Credit Union Stadium after rallying from a five-run deficit to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman designated hitter Dylan Slack (Poca, W.Va.) and sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) both hit two-run home runs as the Bears won despite falling behind by a 5-0 score after six innings of play.

Trailing by a 5-3 score, the Bears took the lead for good with a five-run eighth inning highlighted by a junior catcher Colby Dishmond’s (Statesville, N.C.) game-winning RBI double and Newcomer’s sixth home run of the year.

Freshman pitcher Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (4-2) pitched three scoreless innings and earned the win for the Bears, who notched their first winning campaign since 2009.

The Bears totaled 12 hits on the day and were led by senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) with three hits and a run scored.

For Limestone, Michael Gonzalez (Goose Creek, S.C.) hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning while Kyle Booth (Scranton, Pa.) added four hits in the losing effort. Cameron Norwood (Rock Hill, S.C.) fell to 1-1 after suffering the loss for the Saints.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 22:34

Lenoir-Rhyne Notches Two on All-SAC Team

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Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) was named to the all-conference first team while freshman designated player Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) earned second-team all-league accolades.

Landreth leads the squad in several offensive categories – batting average (.397), runs scored (35), hits (56) and on-base percentage (.494) – and garnered all-league honors for the second straight year.

Walker leads the squad in stolen bases (11) to go along with a .289 batting average, 23 runs scored, 33 hits and 11 runs batted in. Walker has also started 32 of the 36 games she’s played in this year.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) was a 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference honorable mention selection. Hoskins is 19-7 on the year with a 2.37 earned run average, 193 strikeouts and seven shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne (32-17), the sixth seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship, faces third-seeded Catawba (25-15) in the quarterfinal round on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m., in Hartsville, S.C., at Byerly Park.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Softball Teams

First Team
C - Cailah Niles, Anderson
1B - Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Mellena Helms, Wingate
SS - Alexis Burrell, Wingate
3B - Robyn Stanek, Mars Hill
OF - Bre Lockett, Carson-Newman
OF - Gabby Bedard, Newberry
OF - Molly Child, Anderson
DP - Amanda Snow, Lincoln Memorial
UTIL - Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman
P - Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P - Sarah Howard, Carson-Newman

Second Team
C - Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B - Emily Usiak, Wingate
2B - Jessica Neidigh, Anderson
SS - Kaytlin Stroinski, Tusculum
3B - Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
3B - Ashley Gallman, Coker
3B - Brooke Ramsey, Carson-Newman
OF - Natalie Naturile, Catawba
OF - Morgan Hendrix, Wingate
OF - Aleshia Peek, Mars Hill
DP - Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
DP - Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL - Chelsea Jones, Anderson
P - Stacey Houser, Wingate
P - Lindsay Dean, Carson Newman

Honorable Mention
C - Treslyn Reese, Tusculum
1B - Ann Dee Priest, Newberry
2B - Tayler Barcomb, Coker
SS - Gina Gerone, Catawba
OF - Ashlen Ayres, Newberry
OF - Haley Taylor, Carson-Newman
OF - Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
OF - Riley Morris, Coker
UTIL - Maude McCourry, Newberry
P - Jamie Hrobak, Brevard
P - Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
Cailah Niles, Anderson

Player of the Year
Alexis Burrell, Wingate

Pitcher of the Year
Carley Tysinger, Catawba

Coach of the Year
Vickee Kazee-Hollifield, Carson-Newman

SAC Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Carson-Newman (.345)
Team Slugging Percentage – Carson-Newman (.534)
Team On-Base Percentage – Carson-Newman (.422)
Team Runs Scored Per Game – Carson-Newman (6.93)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Anderson (1.04)
Team Triples Per Game – Carson-Newman (0.40)
Team Doubles Per Game – Carson-Newman (1.82)
Team RBIs Per Game – Anderson (6.21)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Newberry (1.00)
Team ERA – Anderson (2.04)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Catawba (7.91)
Batting Average – Bri Lockett, Carson-Newman (.463)
On-Base Percentage – Bri Lockett, Carson-Newman (.544)
Slugging Percentage – Bri Lockett, Carson-Newman (.853)
Home Runs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (0.37)
RBIs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (1.30)
Runs Scored Per Game – Jessica Neidigh, Anderson (1.11)
Triples Per Game – Haley Taylor, Carson-Newman (0.13)
Doubles Per Game – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.35)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Morgan Hendrix, Wingate (0.45)
ERA – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (1.59)
Strikeouts Per Seven Innings – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (9.60)
Pitching Victories – Carley Tysinger, Catawba (20)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:36

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 4/21/15

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North Piedmont:
West Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 3

Northwestern:
Fred T. Foard: 7
Patton: 3

Hickory: 5
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic:
Draughn: 4
Kings Mountain: 3

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 9
Lincolnton: 3

East Lincoln: 5
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 6
Bandys: 0

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:36

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 4/21/15

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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 10
West Iredell: 0, Cougars break NC state record for consecutive wins (84)

Northwestern:
Fred T. Foard: 14
Patton: 2

South Caldwell: 9
Freedom: 2

St. Stephens: 7
Hickory: 3

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 7
Maiden: 2

Bunker Hill: 12
Lincolnton: 2

East Lincoln: 9
Newton-Conover: 3