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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 10:42

Alexander Central Softball Regionals Set

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North Carolina High School Athletic Association Regional Softball Series Schedule
best of three games

4A West: North Davidson vs. Alexander Central
Tuesday, 5/27 Game 1: North Davidson 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 5/28 Game 2: Alexander Central 7:00 PM
Thursday, 5/29 Game 3: North Davidson 7:00 PM

The Hickory Crawdads once again received a stellar performance from their surging offense Monday night and this time received just enough pitching to make it hold up, as the 'Dads outlasted the Kannapolis Intimidators for an 11-9 Memorial Day win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The hot-hitting Crawdads continued their assault on South Atlantic League pitching with their 8th straight game of at least nine hits, over which time the 'Dads have scored double digit runs in four games. Hickory's 13-hit output included five different batters with a multi-hit game, six hitters with at least one run scored, and five players with one or more RBI.

Leading the charge was DH Nomar Mazara, who went 2-4 with his 4th home run of the year and a season-high 4 RBI to go along with a double, a walk, and three runs scored. Ryan Cordell finished his third straight game just one hit short of the cycle, this time going 3-5 with a triple, double, two runs scored and a RBI. Evan Van Hoosier (2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R), Kellin Deglan (2-3, 2B, BB, R), and Michael De Leon (2-4, RBI, 2 R) all ended the night with multi-hit games, while Ronald Guzman went 1-3 with a homer and three RBI.

The offensive barrage provided just enough support for the Crawdads pitching staff, which allowed nine runs on 12 hits to the Intimidators. Center fielder Jacob Morris paced the Kannapolis offense, as he tied a SAL record with four doubles to go along with 2 RBI and three runs scored.

Kannapolis struck the first blow in the ballgame, jumping on Hickory starter Kelvin Vasquez for four runs in the 1st for a 4-0 lead. The 'Dads quickly responded with a RBI double from Cordell and a RBI groundout from Joe Jackson in the 1st, followed by a RBI base knock from De Leon and a RBI double by Van Hoosier in the 2nd to tie the game up at 4-4.

Kannapolis retook the lead in the top of the 3rd with a pair of runs, but once again Hickory answered with a 2-run big fly to right by Guzman to tie the score at 6-6. Finally in the 4th the Crawdads took a lead they would never relinquish, as Mazara crushed a 3-run blast to right for a 9-6 advantage.

The two teams swapped runs again in the 6th, with Kannapolis plating a pair on a double by Hunter Jones while Hickory scored two on a Mazara RBI triple and a RBI sacrifice fly from Guzman for an 11-8 score. The Intimidators tried one last rally in the 9th, scoring once and brining the go ahead run to the plate, but Hickory reliever Kevin Pucetas was able to minimize the damage and get the final out in the 'Dads 11-9 win.

Vasquez (2-1) earned the win after settling down from his early struggles, finishing the night with six runs allowed on five hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts over five innings pitched. Kannapolis starter and Hickory native Tyler Barnette (2-3) took the loss after allowing eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits, over three innings. Pucetas earned his first save of the year for getting the final six outs of the game.

The Crawdads (24-25) and Intimidators (21-28) will meet again Tuesday night in game two of the three game series at 6:00 pm.

As part of the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities in Hickory on Tuesday June 17th, the Hickory Crawdads will play host to the SAL Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony with a luncheon at The Crossing at Hollar Mill from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale now for the induction luncheon for $35, which includes a meal and a ticket to the ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hickorycrawdads.com, at the Cloninger Ford of Hickory Ticket Office at L.P. Frans Stadium, or over the phone by calling (828) 322-3000.

The 21st SAL HOF induction class consists of four members who have positively influenced the league, three of whom have ties to the city of Hickory and the Crawdads. Crawdads minority owners Luther Beaver and Charles Young will join former Hickory Mayor George Murphy and former Rome Braves Manager Randy Ingle to form this year's HOF class.

More information about this year's HOF inductees can be found on the Crawdads website.

The 2014 SAL Northern & Southern Division All-Star teams will be formerly introduced at the luncheon as well, with the players seated amongst the luncheon guests for the event.

Built in 1930 by the Hollar Hosiery Mills Company, The Crossing is housed is one of two well-preserved knitting mills remaining in Hickory and is a tribute to the town's industrial history. Featuring large, steel sash factory windows and high ceilings with steel trusses, The Crossing provides a historic setting for this year's HOF Induction Luncheon.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Luncheon is one of several events scheduled in conjunction with the SAL All-Star Game in Hickory. The Downtown All-Star Bash will be held the night before the All-Star Game on Monday, June 16th, with All-Stars, League Executives and fans gathered "Under the Sails" for food, music, and a Fan vs. All-Star Cornhole Tournament.

The free Fan Fest prior to the All-Star Game on June 17th will run from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the L.P. Frans Stadium parking lot, followed by the Pre-Game VIP Picnic at 5:30 in the brand new Picnic Pavilion.

The 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game at L.P. Frans Stadium will start at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a post-game fireworks show. The day will conclude with a Post-Game After Party at the ballpark, with a live band and concessions.

For more information regarding the SAL HOF Induction Luncheon, contact the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.

The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in a true slugfest Sunday night against the Charleston RiverDogs with the final score more closely resembling a football game than the national pastime, but in the end the hot hitting 'Dads were outslugged in a 17-10 loss to the 'Dogs.

Playing in front of 3,823 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Crawdads and RiverDogs put on an impressive offensive display that included 27 total runs, 32 combined hits, and 7 home runs between the two clubs. Leading the offensive barrage was Charleston DH Mike Ford, who tied two South Atlantic League records with four home runs and 16 total bases.

Eight of the nine Hickory batters ended the game with a hit, with five players having a multi-hit game. The Crawdads attack was paced by Ryan Cordell, who followed up his 4-4 game on Saturday with a 3-5 performance that included his 3rd home run of the year, a double and two runs scored. Evan Van Hoosier went 1-4 with a grand slam home run and a 'Dads season-high five RBI.

The RiverDogs jumped on the Crawdads early with a run in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, and two in the top of the 4th for a 7-0 lead. The early output chased Hickory starting pitcher Akeem Bostick after 2.1 innings, with five runs allowed, four earned, on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts. The final two runs of the early volley came on the first of Ford's four long balls, a two run shot to right.

The Crawdads answered with their most explosive inning of the year in the bottom of the 4th, as the 'Dads erupted for seven runs on nine hits to tie the game at 7-7. The 'Dads sent 12 total batters to the plate in the big frame, with both Joe Jackson and Cordell picking up a pair of hits. Following a 2-RBI single from Ronald Guzman and a RBI base knock by Jairo Beras, Van Hoosier delivered the decisive blow with a game-tying grand slam to left.

The tie would last until the 6th, when Charleston got to Hickory reliever Paul Schwendel with back-to-back solo homers by Aaron Judge and Ford to re-take the lead at 9-7. The RiverDogs then exploded for a seven run inning of their own in the 7th to make the score 16-7. The 'Dogs also sent 12 men to the plate in the frame with five hits, including a solo big fly to right by Ford.

The Crawdads put together a 2-run 8th inning to cut the score to 16-9, before solo homers by Ford in the top of the 9th and Cordell in the bottom of the inning finished the scoring at 17-10.

Ford's 4-homer game was just the third such game in SAL history, tying Pat Garman of Gastonia in 1988 and Anthony Mongeluzzo of Savannah in 2002.

Charleston reliever Angel Rincon (1-0) earned the win with 3.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out three. Schwendel (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing four runs on five hits over his 3.2 frames.

Despite the loss, the Crawdads (23-25) split their 4-game series with the RiverDogs (25-23) with two games apiece. The 'Dads will now welcome in the Kannapolis Intimidators for a three game series, beginning Monday night with a 6:00 pm first pitch.

2A Fourth Round:
Newton-Conover: 2
Parkwood: 1
The Red Devils advance to the Western Regional Finals taking on West Stokes on the road Tuesday.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 5/24/2014

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
3 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
4 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
5 98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC
6 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
7 15 Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
8 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
9 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
10 4 Nick Leitz Chesapeake, VA
11 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
12 66 Steve Wallace Mooresville, NC
13 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
14 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
15 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
16 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
17 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
18 67H Jacob Harrell Belmont, NC
19 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
20 43 Jesse LeFevers Lenoir, NC
21 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
22 45 Dalton Sargeant Winston-Salem, NC
23 31G Kaz Grala Mooresville, NC
24 58 Tyler Ankrum San Bernardno, CA

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
4 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
6 1 Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
7 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
8 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
9 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
10 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
11 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
12 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
13 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
14 14 Brandon Cox Taylorsville, NC
15 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
16 43P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC
17 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
18 27 Chris Joyce Concord, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
3 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
4 85 Dustin Walker Granite Falls, NC
5 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
6 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
7 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
8 44A Ronnie Arnette Taylorsville, NC
9 95 Mark Sullivan Conestee, SC
10 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
11 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
12 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
5 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC
8 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
9 77 Chris Cycak Concord, NC
10 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
11 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
12 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
2 9Q Lee Queen Catawba, NC
3 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
4 15 Mark Johnson Newton, NC
5 29 Ricky Dennie Hickory, NC
6 2 Josh Ramsey Hickory, NC
7 6 Broderick Bauguess Hickory, NC
8 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
9 09B Spencer Boyd Concord, NC DQ

The streaking Hickory Crawdads received another standout offensive performance Saturday night, as left fielder Ryan Cordell went 4-4 with two RBI to lead the 'Dads to a 7-3 win over the visiting Charleston RiverDogs.

In front of 3,503 fans at L.P. Fans Stadium, Cordell became the first Crawdad this season to record a 4-hit game as he ended the night with a triple, double, two singles, two RBI, and three runs scored. The 6'4" right-handed hitter fell just a home run shy of becoming the first ever Crawdad to hit for the cycle.

The entire Hickory offense put together their 6th straight game with at least nine team hits, with Ronald Guzman (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R), Kellin Deglan (1-3, 3 RBI), and Travis Demeritte (1-1, 2 BB, HBP) also having good nights.

The Crawdads attack began in the 2nd when Cordell doubled to left to start the frame and came in two batters later on a RBI sacrifice fly by Deglan for a 1-0 lead. The advantage became 3-0 with two more runs in the 3rd, this time with a 2-RBI triple to left by Cordell plating Nick Vickerson and Joe Jackson.

Hickory pushed their lead to a game-high 6-0 with a 3-run 5th. A one-out walk to Nomar Mazara and a single by Cordell started the rally, with Guzman driving in the duo with a 2-RBI double to left before scoring himself on a RBI single to right from Deglan.

Following a single run by the RiverDogs in the top of the 7th to make the score 6-1, the 'Dads answered with their last run of the game in the bottom of the frame when Cordell collected his fourth hit on a single up the middle and later scored on a RBI groundout by Deglan for a 7-1 Hickory advantage. Charleston plated two more runs in the 8th on a 2-run homer to left by Aaron Judge before loading the bases with two outs in the 9th to bring the tying run to the plate, but Crawdads reliever Josh McElwee got Tyler Wade to fly out to Cordell in left to end the game with the 'Dads 7-3 win.

The offensive production supported a solid start from pitcher Chad Bell (1-0), who earned the win after tossing five shutout innings on five hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in his second rehab start with the 'Dads. 'Dogs starter Rookie Davis (2-4) took the loss with three runs allowed on four hits, three walks, and no strikeouts in three innings on the mound.

The win is the seventh in the last 10 games for the Crawdads (23-24), who will now go for their third straight series win in their final game against the RiverDogs (24-23) Sunday at 5:00 pm.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Kevin Baxter finished fourth in the finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State Stadium.

Baxter, a sophomore from Columbia, S.C., finished in 14.17 seconds to place fourth out of nine competitors en route to All-American honors.

St. Augustine's Ty'reak Murray was crowned the national champion in the event after finishing first overall with a 13.89.

Baxter had the top time in the nation in the men's 110-meter hurdles this year - a wind-aided 13.81 seconds at the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday, April 5, in High Point, N.C. - and finished first three times in the event this past spring as well.

Baxter, the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Champion in the men's 110-meter hurdles, qualified for the finals for the second straight year.

Baxter was a 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field All-American with a sixth-place finish in the men's 60-meter hurdles (8.01 seconds) last November in Birmingham, Ala.

2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track And Field Championships
Men's 110-meter hurdles finals
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State Stadium
May 24, 2014

1. Ty'reak Murray, Sr., St. Augustine's 13.89
2. Myles Hunter, Fr., Minnesota State 13.96
3. Elijha Owens, Jr., Ashland 13.98
4. Kevin Baxter, So., Lenoir-Rhyne 14.17
5. Wala Gime, Jr., Angelo State 14.20
6. Jusean Archibald, Sr., Missouri S&T 14.24
7. Arnau Erta, Jr., West Texas A&M 14.27
8. Xavier Dixon, Sr., Stonehill 14.35
9. Wilner Marcelin, Sr., Tiffin 14.36

Monday, 26 May 2014 22:41

Hickory Crawdads Doubled Up by Charleston

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The Hickory Crawdads kept the hits coming Friday night with 11 total knocks against the visiting Charleston RiverDogs, but the hits didn't translate to runs as the 'Dads lost to the 'Dogs 6-3 in front a season-high 3,993 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Hickory hitters produced their fifth straight game of at least nine total hits, with seven of the nine starters getting at least one hit. The Charleston lineup proved to be the more efficient unit however, with the RiverDogs turning their nine hits into six runs while leaving seven men on base.

The missed opportunities began in the first for the Crawdads, as the team loaded the bases with nobody out only to exit the frame empty handed. The 'Dads came through for their first run in the 2nd, with Evan Van Hoosier picking up a 2-out, RBI single to left to score Jairo Beras for a 1-0 lead.

The score held until the 4th, when the RiverDogs lineup utilized their second look against Crawdads starter Cole Wiper into three runs on three hits for a 4-1 advantage. The 'Dogs doubled down in the 5th, chasing Wiper from the game with three more tallies on four hits to push the 'Dads deficit to 6-1.

The Crawdads would go on to leave four runners in scoring position over the next four innings, before leaving the bases loaded for the second time in the game in the 7th. The bats made a late rally attempt in the 8th, with Kellin Delgan singling and scoring on a passed ball before Van Hoosier reached on a fielder's choice and eventually came home on a RBI single by Nick Vickerson to cut the sore to 6-3. That would be the last of the Hickory hits though, as the 'Dads went down in order in the 9th for the 6-3 defeat.

DH Joe Jackson led the Crawdads offense with a 3-4 game with a double. Jackson now boasts a 6-game hitting streak including five multi-hit games in the stretch. Vickerson (2-4, RBI, BB) and Deglan (2-4, 2B, R) joined Jackson with a multi-hit game in the loss.

Charleston starting pitcher Brady Lail (7-1) earned the win after his bend-but-don't-break start that ended with one run allowed on six hits, one walk, and five strikeouts over five innings pitched. Wiper (2-6) took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits, three walks, and 5 Ks over 4.1 innings.

The Crawdads (22-24) and RiverDogs (24-22) will meet up again on Saturday at 6:00 pm for game three of their four-game series.

2A Fourth Round:
Bunker Hill: 1
Smoky Mountain: 0
The Bears advance to the Regional Finals taking on East Davidson, in a best two-of-three series next week.