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Catawba Valley Community College baseball defeated Surry Community College in both games of a doubleheader, winning game one 14-4 and game two, 11-3.

In game one, Austin Adams had two home runs with a three-for-four day at the plate. He also added five RBI. Ty Andrus and Austin Locklear each added three home runs. Randal Ortiz and Channing Painton also had home runs for the Red Hawks.

Charles Hall threw all six innings for the Red Hawks, allowing only five hits, four runs with only one earned, striking out two and walking only one.

In game two, Painton went two-for-three with a triple and two runs scored. Randal Ortiz went two-for-three with three runs scored and two RBI. Brandon Ford added three RBI.

CVCC improves to 24-22 on the season. The Red Hawks face Southeastern Community College Saturday and Sunday.

The Hickory Crawdads were 3 outs away from consecutive wins in Hagerstown before things unraveled in the 9th Friday night, as a 5-3 lead became a 6-5 loss at Municipal Stadium thanks to a walk-off 3-run homer by Suns left fielder Matthew Page.

The 'Dads entered the 9th with a 2-run lead they had held since the 5th, with Hickory relievers John Werner and Omarlin Lopez combining to toss 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. Lopez ran into trouble in the final frame however when both Max Schrok and Kelvin Gutierrez singled to start the inning and brought the winning run to the plate. Page then came through with a fly ball that just cleared the fence down the right field line for a home run and a 6-5 final score.

The long ball was the first of the year for Page, and just the sixth total for the Suns as a team.

Prior to the 9th, the Crawdads had led for much of the game despite being outhit. The 'Dads did this thanks to 5 of their 9 hits going for extra bases, while Hagerstown had 12 singles among their 14 hits. Hickory jumped out ahead in the 2nd thanks to an extra-base hit, as Dylan Moore drew a leadoff walk and came in two outs later on an RBI double to left from Ti'Quan Forbes that put the club on top 1-0.

The Suns answered in the bottom half of the inning with a 2-out, 2-RBI single by Victor Robles that gave the home team a 2-1 lead. The Crawdads immediately responded in the 3rd when Eric Jenkins singled to right, moved to second base on a walk from Andy Ibanez, stole third base, and ultimately scored on an error by Hagerstown catcher Jorge Tillero to tie the score at 2-2.

Hickory regained the lead with another single tally in the top of the 4th when Forbes drew a 2-out walk and came home to score on an RBI double off the center field wall by Jose Almonte that put the Crawdads on top 3-2. The 'Dads stretched their advantage to 5-2 in the 5th thanks to three straight extra-base hits, as Chris Garia lined a solo homer to right before Ibanez and Moore laced back-to-back doubles that brought in the inning's second run.

Hagerstown cut into their deficit the next half inning on an RBI single from Ryan Ripken that made the score 5-3. It would stay the same until the 9th, when the Suns lined three straight hits including the game-winning homer for the final 6-5 margin.

Lopez (1-1) took the loss for Hickory with three runs allowed on five hits and one strikeout over 1 inning pitched. Hagerstown reliever Tommy Peterson (1-1) earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Moore led the 'Dads bats by going 2-4 with a double, one RBI, a walk, and a run scored. Ibanez (2-4, 2B, R, BB) and Jenkins (2-4, SB, R) finished with multi-hit games as well.

The Crawdads (11-5) will try to bounce back against the Suns (11-5) in game three of the 4-game set Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm.

Georgia State’s Wayne Wages took a perfect game into the ninth inning of the Panthers’ 10-0 win over Appalachian State University baseball on Friday evening at the GSU Baseball Complex.

Freshman pinch-hitter Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) broke up the perfect game with a clean base hit up the middle with one out in the ninth. Wages retired Appalachian State’s final two batters to finish off the one-hit, complete-game gem.

Before Curtis ended perfect-game bid in the ninth, the closest that Appalachian State (10-28, 5-14 Sun Belt) came to getting a hit off Wages was in the second inning. Sophomore Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) led off the second with a line drive into the right-center field gap and seemed destined for extra bases until GSU center fielder Ryan Blanton made a spectacular diving catch.

That was the fourth of 25-straight outs for Wages, who was just two outs away from perfection when Curtis came up to pinch-hit for designated hitter Parker Henderson (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge) in the ninth. Curtis ripped a 1-1 pitch back up the middle, out of the reach of lunging shortstop Justin Jones and into center field for the Mountaineers’ only hit of the ballgame.

Wages struck out nine and threw 107 pitches in the near-perfect game. The senior southpaw only went to a three-ball count three times — against Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) in the fourth (foul out to first), against Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) in the eighth (foul out to first) and against pinch-hitter Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) to lead off the ninth (strikeout).

Conversely, Georgia State (17-20, 6-10 Sun Belt) scored early and often. The Panthers quickly gave Wages a cushion with four runs in the first and expanded the lead to 10-0 with two runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the seventh.

Every member of GSU’s starting lineup had at least one hit. James Clement went 3-for-4 and Joey Roach finished 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI to headline the Panthers’ 16-hit outburst.

The second game of the three-game weekend series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.

After falling behind going into singles play, sixth-seeded Appalachian State University men’s tennis (14-6) fought back in singles action to eliminate No. 3 seed Troy, 4-1, Friday afternoon at the City Tennis Park Center in New Orleans.

With the victory, its the first time the Mountaineers advance to the semifinals since 2014 when they were in the SoCon. It is also the first time since the same year the Black and Gold has defeated a lower seed (defeated No. 4 Samford; 4-2).

“I couldn’t me more proud of how we played to advance in the tournament,” said head coach Bob Lake. “The guys bounced back tremendously after falling in doubles and really dug deep to pull out the win. This was a good Troy team that we beat today, and we’ll have to even play better tomorrow against South Alabama to advance to the finals.”

It was a close matchup between the two foes where five of the single matchups went three sets and all three doubles contests were decided by two points or fewer.

The doubles portion was tight where Troy (15-14) claimed two of three matches to go into singles action with a 1-0 lead. Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) fell short to Hassan Ndayishim and Vaclav Slezak at No. 2 doubles.

At No. 3 doubles, Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultrual) helped the Apps tied doubles play, 1-1, thanks to their valiant victory over Andrew Baldo/Andy Lau. Coming down to the last match and the momentum into singles, both No. 1 doubles tandems went back and forth into a deciding tiebreaker. However, Pablo Moreno and Giovani Samaha got the best of Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) and Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) 7-6 (7-5).

Kleynhans started the Apps off on the right foot in single action with a straight-set 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mustapha Belcora as the No. 5 in the lineup. After tying the match at one-apiece, the Mountaineers kept the ball rolling as Casey dealt Samaha a thrilling 7-6, 6-2 triumph at the No. 2 spot that gave the Black and Gold a 2-1 lead.

Webster helped the Apps put pressure on Troy as he dealt Daniel Bustamante 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 setback as the No. 1 in the lineup. The sophomore won the first set and lost the second set, but bounced back to give Appalachian a 3-1 advantage.

In the clinching match, Morris battle back from a one-set deficit to storm back and capture the next two sets to down Hassan Ndayishimiye 1-6, 6-2, 7-6, giving Appalachian its first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win.

The Mountaineers will have yet another tall task in front of them on Saturday with a 3 p.m. match against No. 2 South Alabama. Appalachian will look for its first-ever appearance in a conference tournament championship.

No. 2 seed South Alabama defeated Georgia Southern, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. The Jaguars finished the season 13-11 while defeating Troy to end the regular season.

Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men’s Basketball Coach is proud to announce the signing of Anthony Turner from Freedom High School and Jamal Tanner from Polk County High School.

Anthony Turner, 6’3” guard, played for the Freedom Patriots who made it to the NCHSAA West Semifinals under Head Coach, Casey Rogers. During his senior season he averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds on route to logging 14 double-doubles. Turner scored 30 points twice and 17 rebounds twice for game highs. Turner holds the Freedom HS single season free throw attempts record with 228.

Turner was a two time All-Conference player in the Northwestern 3A/4A conference for his Junior and Senior season. “Anthony is a very athletic and strong wing player,” says Head Coach Garmroth. “He will be a good scorer and a great pressure defender. Anthony is capable of posting up and rebounding. We are very excited to have him at CVCC.”

Jamal Tanner, a 6’2” guard, finished an outstanding senior season at Polk County HS to finish off an amazing career. Tanner finished with over 1,500 points and broke the Polk County record with 542 points this season. Averaging 21.6 points along with 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists per game. The 21.6 average was the highest in Western North Carolina.

Tanner was a 4 time Western Highland All-Conference player, 3 time All-Area, 2 time All-District, was named to the 2016 All Western NC First Team and claimed the Western Highlands Conference player of the year.

“Jamal brings his athleticism as a skilled guard who can score and defend,” said Garmroth. “He can play the point or play on the wing with his versatility and game knowledge. Jamal is going to be a great addition to CVCC.”

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 8
Statesville: 5

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 11
Hibriten: 7

South Caldwell: 4
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 7
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 2

East Lincoln: 16
West Caldwell: 1

Lincolnton: 5
Newton-Conover: 2

West Lincoln: 9
Maiden: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 8
Mooresville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 18
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 11
Hibriten: 7

South Caldwell: 4
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 5
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 5
Bandys: 3

East Lincoln: 7
West Caldwell: 6

Newton-Conover: 7
Lincolnton: 4

West Lincoln: 15
Maiden: 3

North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 2
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 2
St. Stephens: 1

Watauga: 2
Patton: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 1

East Lincoln: 1
West Caldwell: 0

Newton-Conover: 4
Lincolnton: 0

West Lincoln: 2
Maiden: 1

Friday, 22 April 2016 09:44

Hickory Crawdads Open Road Trip With Win

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The Hickory Crawdads flirted with danger all night Thursday in Hagerstown but ultimately had the pitching to prevail, as the 'Dads worked around a season-high 9 walks to come away with a 5-4 win over the Suns at Municipal Stadium.

Hickory pitchers Jonathan Hernandez, Jason Richman, and Joe Palumbo combined to allow only three hits in the game but all three hurlers walked at least one batter, with both Hernandez and Richman issuing four free passes. The trio was able to minimize the damage however, stranding 10 runners on the basepaths and allowing only one earned run.

The first four frames of the night served as a pitcher's duel between Hernandez and Hagerstown starter Joan Baez. The Crawdads finally broke open the tie in the 5th, with 3 runs coming home on two hits and a hit batter to put the 'Dads on top 3-0. Ti-Quan Forbes started the rally when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Jose Almonte followed with a single and LeDarious Clark reach on a fielder's choice to load the bases for Eric Jenkins, who brought home Forbes on an RBI sacrifice fly to left. Andy Ibanez then provided the frame's big blast with a 2-out, 2-RBI double down the left field line to bring home both Almonte and Clark.

Hernandez entered the 6th with a no-hitter for Hickory before Max Schrok doubled and Kelvin Gutierrez singled to put runners on the corners and end Hernandez's night. Richman entered and allowed one inherited runner to score before working around a pair of walks to strand the bases loaded and keep the Crawdads on top 3-1.

The 'Dads added to their advantage in the top of the 8th, when Dylan Moore reached on an error by Hagerstown shortstop Edwin Lora and came home one out later on an RBI triple from Frandy De La Rosa for a 4-1 score. The Suns answered in the bottom of the inning, with two walks and errors by both De La Rosa at third and shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri allowing two unearned runs to come in and cut the Hickory lead to 4-3.

The Crawdads picked up one last insurance run in the top of the 9th when Moore drew a 2-out, bases loaded RBI walk that brought in Clark and stretched the 'Dads advantage to 5-3. The extra tally would come in handy, as Hagerstown leadoff batter Victor Robles doubled off of Palumbo to start the 9th, took third base on a wild pitch, and scored on an error from catcher Tyler Sanchez to make the score 5-4. Palumbo settled down from there however, as he struck out the side to finish off the Hickory Victory.

Hernandez (2-1) earned the win for Hickory with one run allowed on two hits, 4 walks, and one strikeout over 5 innings pitched. Baez (0-2) took the loss for Hagerstown after allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, one walk, and 2 Ks. Palumbo (2) recorded the save after closing out the Crawdads win.

Ibanez finished the night 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and an intentional walk, while De La Rosa went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI. Almonte paced the club with three hits, going 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

The Crawdads (11-4) will take on the Suns (10-5) again Friday night at 6:05 pm in game two of their 4-game series.

Four Appalachian State University men’s tennis student-athletes landed on the all-Sun Belt Conference list, as announced by the league office Wednesday evening.

Announced at the 2016 Championship Banquet, Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) was named to the all-Sun Belt singles second team and all-Sun Belt second team doubles with Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium). Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) garnered all-Sun Belt doubles second team honors for their solid season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these four student-athletes,” said head coach Bob Lake. “They have had great seasons that led to our most wins in five seasons, and each and every one of them deserves this honor.”

For the second-straight season, Webster was named to the second team doubles list while the all-singles nod is the first of his career. The sophomore finished 12-4 as the primary No. 1 this season. Since being moved up to the No. 1, Webster was 10-3 overall in singles victory. He was recently just named Sun Belt Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance last week. In 38 career singles matches, the Australian is 30-8.

Kleynhans is on his first all-conference list as his exceptional play with Webster led to a team-best 12-2 mark as the No. 1 duo on the squad, including a nine-match win streak. Before the season, the tandem was ranked the 10th-best pairing in the ITA Carolina Regional top-10 rankings.

Apps’ top partnering is 9-1 over their last 10 matches going into the conference tournament.

Maddocks is named all-conference for the second-straight season in doubles play. The Australian was partnered with Webster last season en route to the nod, but this time, his performance with Casey and a 12-4 mark as the No. 1 and 2 duo led to the accolade.

The tandem is tied for a team-high in wins while Casey is on an all-conference list for the fourth-straight season, as the senior has now racked up three second team all-doubles awards and an all-freshman award when the Apps were in the SoCon. Appalachian was the lone squad to have at least two doubles teams to make the all-Sun Belt doubles list.

The quartet helped push Appalachian to a 13-6 mark, the best record since 2012 when Appalachian went 15-7.

App State will play third-seeded Troy on Friday at 3 p.m. in New Orleans in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament.