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Gaston Braves: 12
Hickory: 6
Gaston leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Gastonia: 6
Taylorsville: 3
Gastonia leads the best of fiver series, 1-0.

Queen City: 4
Caldwell County: 0
Queen City leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:41

Crawdads Beat Rome and Rain on the Road

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The hot-hitting Hickory Crawdads jumped ahead early and pulled away late following a lengthy rain delay Friday night, as the 'Dads took a 6-3 lead into the locker room before returning for 5 more runs in an 11-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the game having scored 17 runs on 16 hits while winning their last two contests. The 'Dads kept the momentum going in their second game in Rome with a season-high 11 runs scored on 13 hits, with the final 5 runs and 5 hits coming after a one hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning. The pivotal frame on the night came early in the 3rd when Hickory broke up a 3-3 tie with 5 runs on 5 hits, including 3 runs coming on a bases-loaded, 3 RBI double by Ti'Quan Forbes to give the Crawdads a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish.

The night started with the 'Dads on the wrong end of some early offense from the Braves, as the home team used singles by Alejandro Salazar, Carlos Castro, and Jonathan Morales to plate 2, 1st inning tallies off of Hickory starting pitcher Erik Swanson for a 2-0 score. The Crawdads responded with a run in the top of the 2nd, when Josh Altmann was hit by a pitch prior to an RBI base knock to right from Tyler Sanchez that cut the score to 2-1. Rome came right back with a tally of their own in the home half of the 2nd however, with a double by Bradley Keller and an RBI single from Yeudi Grullon putting the Braves ahead 3-1.

The 'Dads bats then took charge of the game in the 3rd, with the visiting club scoring 5 runs on 5 hits to take a 6-3 advantage. Sherman Lacrus started the rally with a leadoff single to left, followed by a base knock to right by Frandy De La Rosa that also saw Rome right fielder Bradley Keller overrun the ball and allow both runners to move into scoring position. Yeyson Yrizarri took advantage of the error with an RBI groundout to get the Crawdads on the board. Dylan Moore followed with a fielder's choice groundout for the second out of the frame before Altmann tied the score on an RBI single to left. Eduard Pinto and Sanchez kept the inning going with a single and a hit-by-pitch respectively to load the bases for Forbes, who delivered a bases clearing, 3 RBI double off the base of the center field wall to put Hickory up 6-3.

The score remained the same through the 6th inning, when the rain arrived and forced both teams off the field. When play resumed the Crawdads picked up right where they left off with some help from the Rome defense, as the 'Dads scored 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and 4 Braves errors to push their lead to 9-3. De La Rosa was the first man up and reached on a fielding error by Rome shortstop Alejandro Salazar. Yrizarri followed with a single to right to put runners on first and third base before Braves reliever Dalton Geekie threw wildly to first on a pickoff which allowed De La Rosa to score and Yrizarri to reach second. One out later, Altmann lofted a fly ball to left field that Braves left fielder Leudys Baez dropped, with the ensuing error allowing Yrizarri to score and Altmann to reach second. Pinto then capped the inning with an RBI single to center to put Hickory up by 6.

The Crawdads' lead swelled to 11-3 in the next inning, this time with singles by Chuck Moorman and Lacrus preceding a 2-RBI double from Yrizarri. Rome picked up one last run in the bottom of the 8th on a solo home run off the bat of Lucas Herbert before 'Dads reliever John Werner closed the door in the 9th for the 11-4 Hickory victory.

Eight of the nine Crawdads batters finished the night with a hit, led by Pinto who posted his fourth consecutive multi-hit night after going 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Lacrus also had a 3-hit game after going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, while Yrizarri finished 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Swanson (5-3) earned the win for Hickory after fighting through 5 innings with 3 runs allowed on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Rome starter Mike Soroka (2-8) took the loss after giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 1 strikeout, while Werner picked up his team-leading 8th save with 1 run allowed over the final 3 innings of the game.

The Crawdads (8-8/46-40) will try to clinch a series win over the Braves (8-8/35-50) Saturday night in the third game of their 4-game set, with first pitch set for 6:00 pm.

As excitement continues to build for the much anticipated 2016 Appalachian State University football season, single-game tickets will go on sale on August 2, beginning at 9 a.m. A special pre-sale for Yosef Club members and season ticket holders will take place in advance of the general public and will be offered the week of July 25-29.

Single-game tickets for select, anticipated games such as Miami (Fla.) may or may not be available at the time of purchase. The only way to guarantee your seats for the 2016 season is to purchase season tickets.

INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Date Opponent Adult Youth (3-12) Miller Hill
Sept. 10 Old Dominion $40 $30 $30
Sept. 17 Miami (Fla.) $60 $50 $35
Oct. 1 Georgia State $40 $30 $30
Oct. 22 Idaho $40 $30 $30
Nov. 5 UL Monroe $40 $30 $30
Nov. 19 Texas State $40 $30 $30

Fans are encouraged to join the Yosef Club (minimum $100 membership level) to participate in the pre-sale opportunity. The individual ordering the tickets during the pre-sale must be the account holder of record with an account in good standing. All pre-sales are in person at the Athletics Ticket Office, located inside the Holmes Center, or by calling (828) 262-2079.

Purchases during the pre-sale may not be made before the allotted time, but eligible individuals may purchase at any time after their allotted time has passed. Individuals not able to purchase their desired number of tickets in the pre-sale can purchase additional tickets on August 2 - should they be available.

DONOR/SEASON TICKET HOLDER WINDOWS FOR PURCHASE
Monday, July 25
$5,000 and above Yosef Club members along with Club and Suite holders
Limit 8 reserved and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Tuesday, July 26
$1,500-$4,999 Yosef Club members
Limit 6 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Wednesday, July 27
$500-$1,499 Yosef Club members
Limit 4 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Thursday, July 28
$100-$499 Yosef Club members, along with non-Yosef section season ticket holders
Limit 2 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Friday, July 29
All of the above

Tuesday, August 2
Individual tickets go on sale to general public

Appalachian State University baseball alum Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) has been called up to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A) after spending just 12 games with the Elizabethton Twins, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday.

The outfielder had seven home runs in those 12 games and was recently named the Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Week after he crossed the plate eight times, hit five home runs for nine RBI and stole a base in his first seven games. His best game for Rookie-level Elizabethton came against Pulaski on July 1 when the Greensboro-native blasted two over the fence for a career-high five RBI on his 22nd birthday.

After leading for a time, Davis was second in the Appalachian League in slugging percentage (.745) and OPS (1.091) before being promoted. He also left leading the league in home runs and was fourth in RBI.

The right-hander was selected in the 34th round by the Twins in the 2015 MLB Draft despite being limited to just 18 games in his junior season due to a season-ending arm injury sustained while making a diving catch. With the selection, Davis became the first Mountaineer to be drafted as an outfielder since Rand Smith in 2009.

During his career at App State, he was named a freshman all-American in 2012, set a school record with seven triples as a sophomore in 2013 and, in just 126 career games, is tied for third in program history with 11 career triples.

Appalachian State University football senior offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists.

Collins is one of 70 student-athletes from across the country to be named to the prestigious list, while the lineman is only one of two student-athletes representing the Sun Belt (Antonio Garcia - Troy). Collins is on a list that features 22 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 17 defensive tackles and 11 centers.

During the 2015 season, Collins was an intricate part at center where he started all 13 games and helped anchor an offensive line that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and second in the Sun Belt at a whopping 271.5 yards per game. The Mountaineers rushed for at least 300 yards in six games last season as well. For his performance, Collins was named second team all-Sun Belt.

The App State offensive line did a tremendous job protecting quarterback Taylor Lamb, allowing just 11 sacks during the season, which tied the fourth fewest in the nation and second fewest in the Sun Belt. Thanks to the offensive line giving Lamb time to throw, the signal caller ranked 10th in the nation in passing efficiency and ninth in the country in passing touchdowns.

Collins is the third Mountaineer thus far to be named to a preseason award watch list, as Marcus Cox was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and Barrett Burns was selected for the John Mackey Award Watch List.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015 with a Camellia Bowl win over Ohio (31-29) and setting the record for the most wins in the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Friday, 08 July 2016 09:48

Crawdads Offense Surges in Big Win Over Rome

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The Hickory Crawdads' offense produced their second straight big game Thursday night, this time with Eduard Pinto leading the way as the 'Dads outfielder went 4-5 to pace Hickory's 14-hit attack in a 9-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads won in Augusta with 8 runs on 12 hits, the 'Dads bats put up 9 runs on 14 hits thanks to five players posting a multi-hit game. Pinto was the ringleader with a 4-5 game including a double and a run scored, while Frandy De La Rosa went 3-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Josh Altmann (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, HBP), Chuck Moorman (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), and Sherman Lacrus (2-4, RBI, R) all collected multiple hits on the night as well.

The first two innings of the game featured no runs, but did see Crawdads starting pitcher Pedro Payano leave the game in the 2nd inning after taking a line drive off of his right pitching arm.

The 'Dads got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 3rd when Moorman reached on a fielding error by Braves third baseman Austin Riley, Lacrus singled to center, Eric Jenkins drove in a run with an RBI groundout, and De La Rosa plated a tally with an RBI base knock to right for a 2-0 Hickory lead. The Braves answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, with Luke Dykstra and Justin Ellison lining RBI doubles off of Crawdads reliever Blake Bass to tie the game at 2-2.

Hickory kept their foot on the gas with three more tallies in the top of the 4th to re-take the lead at 5-2. The rally started when Altmann was hit by a pitch before Pinto doubled to right and Yeyson Yrizarri picked up an RBI on a groundout. Following a walk by Connor McKay, Moorman and Lacrus each delivered RBI singles to push the 'Dads lead to 3 runs.

Rome picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the 4th on an infield single by Carlos Castro and an eventual throwing error by De La Rosa at third base that make the score 5-3, but the Crawdads once again pulled away in the 5th when Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch and came home on a 2-run home run to left by Altmann to put Hickory ahead 7-3.

The Crawdads scored another run in the 7th on a walk by McKay and an RBI double from Moorman, before the 'Dads plated their final tally in the top of the 9th on singles by Altmann and Pinto followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from Yrizarri for a 9-3 Hickory lead. The Braves picked up one last run in the bottom of the 9th on a triple by Ray-Patrick Didder and an RBI sacrifice fly from Dykstra before Crawdads reliever Emerson Martinez closed out the game for the 9-4 final score.

Bass (3-1) earned the win for the 'Dads with 3 runs allowed, 2 earned, on 6 hits and 1 strikeout over 4 emergency innings of relief following the injury to Payano. Fellow reliever Adam Choplick also helped bridge the gap with 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Rome All-Star starter Patrick Weigel (5-4) took the loss after giving up 7 runs, 5 earned, on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout over 4 innings of work.

The Crawdads (7-9/45-40) and Braves (8-7/35-49) will match up again Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Taylorsville Post 170 is back in the North Carolina American Legion Western Division Area 4 playoffs. Huntersville Post 321, who swept Taylorsville three game to zero, did not have enough players to play in the next round of the playoffs and elected to forfeit the next round. Area 4 Commissioner Ron Swink entered Taylorsville back into the playoffs and will now be in the second round against Gastonia Post 23.

Series schedule is as follows:

Game 1- Saturday, July 9th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 2- Sunday, July 10th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central High School) 7 PM
Game 3- Monday, July 11th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 4- Tuesday, July 12th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central) 7 PM
Game 5- Wednesday, July 13th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM

Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of John Lucas as a volunteer assistant coach on Thursday.

“I’m excited to welcome John to our staff,” said Ginipro. “He has been around our program for a long time and I’ve always been impressed with him as a coach and as a person. He will be a great addition to our team dynamic and I’m looking forward to getting him in the gym working with our players.”

Lucas joins Appalachian after spending last season as an assistant coach at William and Mary under head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. He was a full-time assistant and had responsibilities in every aspect of the program.

“I’m excited to come back to the mountains,” said Lucas. “I’ve always loved and admired App State. The coaching staff has already done so much for me and I’m honored to be a part of the program.”

Prior to William and Mary, Lucas spent a number of years in the college ranks as a camp coach in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Lucas has assisted with Appalachian State camps and also the College of Charleston.

Collegiately, Lucas was a four-year member of Lees-McRae College’s men’s volleyball program. He captained the Bobcats to a combined 57-49 overall record from 2011-2014. He averaged 1.99 kills and 0.78 blocks per set in his career, while also hitting 58 aces (0.18 per set) and collecting 1.01 digs per set. In 2012, he was a second-team all-league selection in the Conference Carolinas and had career-highs of 15 kills, four aces, 12 digs and seven blocks in a match.

He graduated cum laude in 2014 with a degree in communications, while minoring in fine arts. He served as an intern in the Lees-McRae communications office, working on projects to capture all aspects of campus life on using both photo and video.

Lucas grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, where he played both club and high school volleyball.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 07:52

Hickory Crawdads Defeats Augusta on the Road

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A Hickory Crawdads offense that had been held to 5 total runs while splitting the first two games in Augusta came alive Wednesday night, as the 'Dads bats scored early and often in an 8-5 victory over the GreenJackets that also gave Hickory the series win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads scored runs in five separate innings on the night, including three frames with multiple tallies. Four players finished the contest with a multi-hit game and three produced multiple RBIs, including both Eric Jenkins (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R,) and Eduard Pinto (3-4, 2 RBI, BB) who accomplished both.

The 'Dads wasted no time in jumping on Augusta starter Cory Taylor, with the club scoring 2 runs in each of the first two innings for a 4-0 lead. Jenkins led off the ballgame with a single to right before he advanced to second and third base on two separate errors and ultimately scored on a wild pitch. Dylan Moore kept the inning going with a one-out double to left, followed by a steal of third base and an RBI base knock by Pinto to put Hickory ahead 2-0. The lead doubled to 4-0 in the 2nd on a 2-out triple by Sherman Lacrus, an RBI bunt hit from Jenkins, and an RBI double off the bat of Frandy De La Rosa.

The early Crawdads lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the 2nd however, as the GreenJackets got to Hickory starter Wes Benjamin for 4 runs on 4 hits, including a 2-run home run by Matt Winn, to tie the game at 4-4.

Both offenses came up empty in the 3rd and 4th innings before the 'Dads re-took the lead in the top of the 5th. De La Rosa started the rally with a leadoff walk, Moore followed with a single, and Pinto came through one out later with an RBI base knock to left that also plated Moore when right fielder Seth Harrison overran the ball in right for an E9 that gave the Crawdads a 6-4 advantage.

The 'Jackets refused to go away however, as Dillon Dobson drove in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame to cut the Hickory lead to 6-5. The 'Dads were able to pull back away with single tallies in each of the next two frames, with Jenkins reaching on an error and scoring on an RBI single by De La Rosa in the 6th before Chuck Moorman roped a base knock to left and scored on an RBI double from Jenkins in the 7th for an 8-5 Hickory lead.

The bullpen would close the door from there, with Joe Palumbo and John Werner combining for 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to finish off the Hickory victory.

Palumbo (5-3) earned the win with 3.2 scoreless innings of relief on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts, while Werner (7) picked up the save after throwing a scoreless 9th. Taylor (7-3) took the loss for Augusta after allowing 7 runs, 6 earned, on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 8 Ks over 5.2 IP.

The Crawdads (6-8/44-40) will now head to Rome, GA for a 4-game series against the Braves, with first pitch on Thursday scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Caldwell County: 14
Mint Hill: 4
Caldwell wins series 3-0. Plays Queen City in the next round.

Hickory: 13
Lincoln County: 3
Hickory wins the series 3-0. Post 48 plays the winner of the Gaston Braves/Cherryville series.

Huntersville: 6
Taylorsville: 3
Huntersville wins the series 3-0.

Queen City: 9
Burke County: 0
Queen City wins series 3-1.

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