North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 1
West Caldwell: 0
South Piedmont Conference:
East Burke: 0
Alexander Central: 2
West Forsyth: 2
Lincoln Charter: 1
Bunker Hill: 5
North Gaston: 0
West Iredell: 0
South Iredell: 5
South Caldwell: 0
The Hickory Crawdads saw the return of All-Star pitcher Luis Ortiz Tuesday night but it wasn't enough to prevent another loss, as the 'Dads dropped their fourth straight game against the Delmarva Shorebirds with a 6-3 defeat at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Ortiz appeared on the mound for the Crawdads for the first time since June 15th, with the 2014 1st round draft pick allowing one run on a pair of doubles in his one inning of work. A struggling Hickory offense came to life early with single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th frames to put the 'Dads ahead 3-2, but a 4-run, 5th inning by Delmarva put the club behind for good in the eventual 6-3 defeat.
The Shorebirds stuck for the first run of the night in the 1st when leadoff batter Steve Wilkerson doubled to right off of Ortiz and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Uxa for a 1-0 'Birds lead. The Crawdads answered in the top of the 2nd, with an RBI ground out from Michael De Leon bringing home Jairo Beras the tie the score at 1-1.
The 'Dads jumped ahead in the next frame when the rehabbing Jurickson Profar lined a solo home run to right for his first long ball since coming to Hickory and a 2-1 Crawdads lead. The 'Birds responded in kind in the bottom of the 3rd however, with a solo shot off the right field foul pole by Logan Uxa to once again deadlock the game at 2-2.
Hickory took their final lead of the game in the 4th, with a 2-out, RBI single to center from Eduard Pinto driving home De Leon and putting the 'Dads on top 3-2. The advantage lasted until the bottom of the 5th, when Delmarva erupted for four runs on three hits and two walks against Crawdads reliever Yohander Mendez to take a 6-3 lead.
The 'Dads had one last opportunity to rally in the 7th with a leadoff single by De Leon and a Shorebirds fielding error allowing Pinto to reach, but Delmarva reliever Tanner Chleborad retired the next three batters to end the inning before putting up zeros in both the 8th and 9th to finish off the game.
Shorebirds bullpen arm Nigel Nootbaar (4-2) earned the win with two perfect innings including two strikeouts, while Chleborad (1) picked up the save after throwing three shutout frames. Mendez (3-3) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing five runs on five hits, two walks, and 4 Ks during his 3.1 frames on the mound.
Both Luke Tendler and Beras finished the game 2-4, while De Leon went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Crawdads (77-55/33-31) will try to salvage the fifth and final game of their series versus the Shorebirds (68-64/35-29) on Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
For the third time in four matches, Appalachian State University volleyball swept its opponent in straight-sets. The Apps downed Gardner-Webb 3-0 in their season opener at the Holmes Center on Tuesday evening.
"It's always great to win our home opener. I liked the way we worked to be consistent when Gardner-Webb threw their quick system at us," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "I'm very happy with how our offense is evolving and it's good to see multiple people contributing."
The Mountaineers (3-1) battled early on in the first set against the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-2), but found a way to pull away with midway through at 14-13. Appalachian went on a 11-4 run to close the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) led the Apps with four kills in the first set, while Vera Horstmann (Ostbevern, Germany/Northwest College) posted three kills and a .750 hitting percentage. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) ran the offense with 10 assists.
The second set for the Mountaineers saw a similar late run that propelled them to a dominant set win over Gardner-Webb. With the score 12-11, App State went on a 13-4 run behind sequence that saw four kills and a service error in favor of App State to finish off the Runnin’ Bulldogs in the second.
Gregory once again led with four kills in the set and a .500 hitting percentage. Brown tallied 11 assists, while Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) recorded seven digs.
The closest set of the three came in the third and final set of the match. App State’s largest lead of seven points at 15-8 would be closed down to three when Gardner-Webb made a late run to cut the deficit to 22-19.
The Black and Gold took advantage of a Runnin’ Bulldog service error and back-to-back kills from Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) to clinch the match.
For the match, Gregory led with 12 kills, while both Horstmann and Keller tallied nine each. App State’s Sun Belt Setter of the Week, Brown, recorded 32 assists and Mahoney led the defense with 13 digs.
"We need to keep improving each match and this weekend will be a big test for us as we gear up for the Sun Belt season," said Ginipro.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday when they begin the Fairfield Inn and Suites Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, N.C. First match is against Iowa State at 4 p.m.
Eric Krupa, President of the South Atlantic League, has announced the selection of the 2015 Annual All-Star Team, with Hickory Crawdads pitching coach Oscar Marin selected as the best Coach in the SAL.
Marin, 32, has been at the helm of one of the best pitching staffs in franchise history this year, which led the way to the 'Dads winning the first half Northern Division Championship. Crawdads pitchers currently rank 2nd in the SAL in ERA (3.16), while placing 1st in WHIP (1.21), 2nd in hits allowed (1,052), 2nd in earned runs (407), and 4th in strikeouts (1,036). Marin's staff is also comprised of several of the best pitchers in the league, including Ariel Jurado (12-0, 2.34 ERA), Collin Wiles (11-3, 2.92 ERA), and Yohander Mendez (3-2, 1.86 ERA).
The All-Star Team was voted on by the 14 SAL team's Field Managers, General Managers, Sports Writers and Broadcasters, for a total of 56 votes. Unlike the midseason All-Star team, both the Northern and Southern Divisions are combined on to one list for the Annual All-Star Team.
Appalachian State University women’s cross country was picked 12th in the Southeast region for the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional poll, announced by the office on Monday.
“The ACC and SEC are very tough cross country conferences,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “That fact that we’re thought of this highly while we’re in the same region as teams from those conferences along with CAA squads and former SoCon foe, Furman, is a positive for our program.”
The Mountaineers were one of three representatives from the Sun Belt Conference including Arkansas State (South Central - No. 9) and UT Arlington (South Central - No. 11). William and Mary was on top of the poll and picked to win its second consecutive regional title while Virginia, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest rounded out the top five.
Back from the 2014 team are four of the team’s top five finishers at the regional plus senior Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) who didn’t run in the regional, but was the fourth App to score at the conference championships. Those four runners mentioned earlier are Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C/Chapel Hill) (first-team all conference), Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) (third-team all conference), Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) (two top-10 finishes), and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) (6K PR at regional - 22:30.2)
Appalachian State will open the season on Friday at home with the Covered Bridge Open, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s cross country was picked 13th in the Southeast region for the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional poll, announced by the office on Monday.
“Much like the women, the ACC and SEC are very strong conferences for men’s cross country,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Once you add in Furman, William and Mary, Eastern Kentucky, and High Point, to be considered with them in this year’s poll tells us we are respected by the other teams in this region.”
The Mountaineers were one of four representatives from the Sun Belt Conference including South Alabama (South - No. 10), UT Arlington (South Central - No. 6) and Louisiana-Lafayette (South Central - No. 14). 2014 regional champion, Virginia, was picked to defend its title while Furman, North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, and N.C. State rounded out the top five.
App State will again be led by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who returns for his senior season as well as Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor), Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./UNC-Charlotte/Westchester Country Day) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./LaSalle/Quince Orchard). McFoy finished in the top 25 five times and took fifth place at the league meet a season ago. Ellis was the Apps’ top finisher at the regional meet (11th place) while Anderson finished in the top 25 in four of his five events and Laratta was among the top 40 to place at five meets.
Appalachian State will open the season on Friday at home with the Covered Bridge Open, which is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball’s 2015 home matches, with the exception of its home tournament (Sept. 11-12) will be delivered on ESPN3, Appalachian State University, the Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced on Tuesday.
ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, is available in approximately 99 million homes nationwide as well as to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. An affiliated internet or video provider is required for access to ESPN3.
“I’m ecstatic that our home matches will be on ESPN3. It’s a huge boost for our program to be able to play in front of a larger fan base,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “It will also allow for more of our recruits from across the country to see us in action. This is a great thing for App State volleyball and I thank everyone involved for making it happen.”
The school produced events will be carried on ESPN3 through a collaboration between the Sun Belt Conference and ESPN. As part of the agreement, Sun Belt members and their academic programs will offer students hands-on experience in delivering high quality productions that will be featured on ESPN3 throughout the year.
On the call for the Black and Gold this season are Kendall Lewis and Rebecca Woolard. Lewis graduated from the Carolina School of Broadcasting in 2013. He had internships with Gary Hahn and the NC State Wolfpack Sports Network and also with Matt Swierad and the Charlotte Knights Baseball Network. The Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox.
During the summer of 2014, he broadcasted games for the Asheboro Copperheads – a collegiate summer league baseball team. For the past two years he has handled play-by-play duties for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s volleyball and lacrosse at Pfeiffer University.
Woolard, formally Rebecca King, will serve as the color analyst for Mountaineer volleyball during the upcoming 2015 season. Woolard was a four-year member of the Mars Hill University volleyball team (2002-05).
The Apps’ home opener is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1 against Gardner-Webb at 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.
A struggling Hickory Crawdads offense took another step in the wrong direction Monday night, as the 'Dads were shutout for the second time in three games against the Delmarva Shorebirds resulting in a 1-0 loss at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
The lack of offense spoiled a superb performance by Crawdads starting pitcher Pedro Payano, who tossed 6.2 innings with 7 strikeouts while allowing his only run on a one out, solo home run by Shorebirds right fielder Elier Leyva in the 7th. Reliever Jeffery Springs was nearly as dominant while making his team debut, with 1.1 scoreless frames including 3 Ks out of the bullpen.
The 'Dads have now dropped the first three games in their series in Delmarva while scoring one total run on 14 combined hits over the 27 innings played.
Neither team could sniff the run column during the first two-thirds of the game, with Payano and Delmarva starter Francisco Jimenez trading scoreless innings. The Crawdads lone early threat came on a two-out double by Eduard Pinto in the 2nd that also saw the runner move to third base on a balk, but Jimenez worked out of the jam by inducing a groundout from Jose Cardona to end the inning.
The 'Birds meanwhile got a leadoff double by Leyva followed by a subsequent walk to Riley Palmer to put two on with no outs to start the bottom of the second. Payano wiggled out of trouble following a visit to the mound by Hickory pitching coach Oscar Marin however, with three straight outs to leave two men in scoring position.
Payano would go on to retire 12 straight batters from the 3rd through the first out of the 7th before Leyva lined an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left to score the only run of the game and give Delmarva the 1-0 win.
Jimenez (1-0) earned the win for the Shorebirds with 7 shutout innings pitched on two hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Payano (3-1) was the hard-luck loser, while Delmarva reliever Tanner Scott (2) picked up the save with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Cardona paced the 'Dads bats with a 2-4 game, while Carlos Arroyo finished 1-4 with a double and Pinto went 1-3 with a double.
The Crawdads (77-54/33-30) will play the Shorebirds (67-64/34-29) again on Tuesday in game four of the 5-game series, with first pitch set for 7:05 pm.
North Iredell: 1
South Caldwell: 2
Avery County: 1
St. Stephens: 1
Alexander Central: 1