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The 57th Annual South Atlanitc League All-Star Game was Tuesday night in Lexington, Kentucky. The Northern Division All-Stars defeated the Southern Division All-Stars 2-1 and the Hickory Crawdads had a big hand in the winning outcome for the North.

Yeyson Yrizarri started at shortstop and went one-for-four with a run scored. He scored what would be the game winning run in the fifth inning. Tyler Sanchez came in the contest at catcher in the bottom of the fourth inning and was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance in the sixth inning.

On the mound, Pedro Payano pitched the second inning and struck out one and walked one. Erik Swanson pitched the fifth inning and struck out two and gave up one hit. Jeffrey Spring pitched in the sixth inning with two outs already on the board and struck out the only batter he faced.

The Hickory Crawdads start the second half of the season on Thursday at Greensboro. They return to L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday.

Caldwell County: 8
Cherryville: 1

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore has been named to the 2015-16 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., earned All-American honors by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (d2CCA) this past season.

Palmore led the South Atlantic Conference in three major categories – points (21.9), rebounds (9.2) and assists (6.3) – this year and was named the Southeast Region and SAC Player Of The Year. Palmore also tallied four triple-doubles and garnered league player-of-the-week honors on four occasions.

Palmore led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 21-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship for the first time in school history.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2015-16 College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Teams

G - Austin Anderson, Sr., Lees-McRae, Anderson, S.C.
G - Dontrell Brite, Sr., Mount Olive, Chesapeake, Va.
F - Stedmon Lemon, Sr., Johnson C. Smith, Lithonia, Ga.
G - Keenan Palmore, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Stone Mountain, Ga.
F - Ricky Porter, Jr., Johnson & Wales, Charlotte, N.C.

F - Quincy January, So., St. Augustine's, Atlanta, Ga.
G - Rob Lewis, Sr., Queens, Houston, Texas
F - Sean Morgan, Sr., Queens, Kennesaw, Ga.
F - Diondre Pratt, Sr., Johnson C. Smith, Morven, N.C.
G - Demarcus Threatt, Jr., Brevard, Alabaster, Ala.

Appalachian State University volleyball student-athlete, Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee), has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Corrigan, an outside hitter from Johns Creek, Ga., finished her four-year career at Appalachian as one of the school’s top offensive players in program history. Corrigan ranks second with 1,399 career kills, while also becoming the all-time leader in attempts with 3,984 and finishing with 1,005 digs. She has been a three-time first-team all-conference selection (Sun Belt and Southern).

Last season, Corrigan finished with 411 kills - good for fifth all-time on the individual season list and averaged 3.70 kills per set and hit .243. She was a Sun Belt first-team selection, AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Honorable Mention All-Region selection and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

She has been an active participant in the Boone Community, volunteering with various programs. Last summer, Corrigan spent eight weeks in California as one-of-14 summer interns with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She spent time doing workouts, practicing, coaching middle school or high school volleyball camps and various down time activities that allowed the interns to learn and grow their leadership abilities.

In the classroom, Corrigan graduated magna cum laude with a 3.94 GPA in elementary education.

This marks the 26th year of the Woman of the Year program, which was established in 1991. NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 517 female student-athletes for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics.

The Sun Belt Conference will assess each nominee’s eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

Hickory: 9
Cherryville : 0

Taylorsville: 6
Burke County : 3

Appalachian State University director of track and field and cross country John Weaver was elected the next Chairman of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee, effective September 1, 2016, announced by the NCAA on Monday.

“It is an honor for me to be chosen as Chairman of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee,” Weaver said. “It is a great opportunity for me to serve the sport which has done so much for me.”

Weaver is entering his 35th season as the head coach and director of the women’s track and field and cross country programs and is in his 21st season as the director for both the men and women’s programs.

He was recently named the Southeast Region Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It marked the fourth time that Weaver had earned that honor and the recognition came just after he had been named the Sun Belt Women’s Indoor Track and Field Head Coach of the Year following the Mountaineers’ first-ever Sun Belt Championship.

It marked just two more accolades for easily one the most decorated coaching careers in Appalachian State history. Previously, Weaver earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year 41 times, including 12 times for women’s indoor, 11 for women’s outdoor, nine for men’s indoor, five for men’s outdoor and four for women’s cross country.

The Hickory Crawdads were one strike away from ending the 1st half of the season with a win against the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night, before All-Star catcher Yermin Mercedes launched a 2-run home run to left to give the 'Dads an 8-7 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory rallied from an early 6-2 deficit with 5 unanswered runs over the middle frames to take a 7-6 lead into the 9th. Crawdads closer John Werner entered a perfect 6 for 6 in save opportunities on the year and appeared well on his way to number 7 when he recorded two quick outs with an infield single in-between. That brought Mercedes to the plate who worked the count full before connecting on the game-changing 2-run homer to left, transforming the 'Dads 1-run lead into a 1-run defeat.

Prior to the late inning reversal of fortune, the Crawdads fell behind early when the Shorebirds reached Hickory starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez for 6 runs, 2 earned, over the first 5 innings. Delmarva got on the board in the top of the 3rd when Ademar Rifaela singled to center, moved to second on a walk by Ricardo Andujar, and scored on an RBI single from ninth place hitter Austin Anderson for a 1-0 score. Hickory quickly answered in the bottom of the frame with a single from Connor McKay, a walk to Sherman Lacrus, and an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Eric Jenkins to tie the game at 1-1.

The 'Birds promptly re-took the advantage the next half frame with 3-runs in the top of the 4th for a 4-1 score. Hernandez appeared to end the inning before anything happened when Steve Laurino hit a 2-out ground ball to second base, but Frandy De La Rosa misplayed the ball for an error. Rifaela followed with a 3-run home run to dead center field that put Delmarva back on top.

Hickory took a bite out of their deficit in the home half of the inning when Dylan Moore doubled and came home two batters later on an RBI single to right from Chuck Moorman to cut the score to 4-2. The Shorebirds kept their foot on the gas in the top of the 5th however, when they stretched their advantage to 6-2 on an double from D.J. Stewart and an RBI single by Mercedes.

The 'Dads bats responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame though, as Hickory plated 4 runs on 5 hits to tie the score at 6-6. Jenkins started the inning with a single to center and a steal of second base. The speedster then scored on a one-out RBI single to left off the bat of Yeyson Yrizarri. Moore followed with a single of his own before Jose Almonte delivered an RBI double to right for the second run of the frame. Moorman then picked up his second RBI of the game on a groundout before Ti'Quan Forbes capped the rally with an RBI single off the glove of Delmarva shortstop Ryan Mountcastle to deadlock the score.

Hickory then took their first lead of the night the very next inning as Jenkins doubled to right, stole third base, and scored on an infield, RBI single from Yrizarri to put the Crawdads ahead 7-6.

The 'Dads bullpen carried the load from there with 3 combined scoreless innings from Adam Choplick and Omarlin Lopez to bridge the gap to Werner in the 9th. The Crawdads closer struck out Cedric Mullins to start the inning before allowing an infield single to Mountcastle to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. The right-handed reliever bounced back with a strike out of Stewart for the second out before he allowed his first home run of the season on the 2-run blast by Mercedes to hand Hickory the 8-7 loss.

Werner (1-2) took the loss for the Crawdads on his first blown save of the year, while Delmarva reliever Jay Flaa earned the win with 2 perfect innings out of the bullpen.

Five Hickory hitters finished with a multi-hit game, led by Jenkins who went 2-5 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases to raise his league-leading steals total to 33 on the year. Yrizarri ended the game 2-5 with 2 RBI, a run scored, and a steal, while Moore went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

The Crawdads (38-32) and the rest of the South Atlantic League will now have 3 days off for the All-Star game before resuming play with a 4-game series in Greensboro beginning on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:05 pm.

Asheville: 4
Hickory: 3, 11 innings

The Hickory Crawdads played spoiler Saturday evening against the Delmarva Shorebirds, as the 'Dads eliminated the 'Birds from the playoff race with a 1-0 win in game one of their doubleheader before dropping the nightcap 4-2 to end the night with a split in front of a season-high 3,878 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Shorebirds entered the day with their elimination number down to 1 in the South Atlantic League Northern Division race, necessitating Delmarva to win their final three games in Hickory while also hoping for first place Hagerstown to lose their final two contests. The Crawdads quickly took the drama out of the weekend however with their fifth shutout victory of the season in the first game of the doubleheader.

Game 1 saw very little offense from both clubs, as the two teams combined for just 1 run on 6 total hits and 11 baserunners. The only tally of the contest came in the 4th inning, when Yeyson Yrizarri doubled to left and came home on a 2-out, RBI double to left-center field by Chuck Moorman for the 1-0 score the 'Dads would go on to win by.

Matt Ball (1-0) earned the win for Hickory by tossing 5 shutout innings on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout in the spot start. Newly named All-Star Jeffrey Springs (3) collected the save with two perfect innings of relief including 4 Ks to end the game. Delmarva starter Francisco Jimenez (5-7) was the hard-luck loser with only 1 run allowed on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over 6 IP.

Moorman finished the first game 1-2 with an RBI double, while Yrizarri went 1-3 with a double.

The Shorebirds took out their elimination frustrations on Crawdads All-Star starter Pedro Payano to begin game 2, with singles from Cedric Mullins and Alex Murphy preceding a 3-run home run to right off the bat of Natanael Delgado for an early 3-0 score. Delmarva pushed their lead to 4-0 the next inning when Ademar Rifaela walked with one out, advanced to third base on a base knock from Drew Turbin, and came home to score on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Mullins.

The 'Dads got on the board in the 4th, when Jose Almonte launched his team-leading 8th homer of the year to left for a solo shot that made the score 4-1. The Crawdads plated another lone tally in the 5th on a single from Ti'Quan Forbes, an infield hit off the bat of Sherman Lacrus, and an RBI base knock to center by Eric Jenkins. That would be as far as Hickory would rally however, as Shorebirds reliever Elias Pinales escaped the 5th on a double play before tossing scoreless frames in the 6th and 7th to close out the 4-2 game.

Payano (2-3) took the loss for Hickory after giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over an abbreviated start of 3 innings, while Pinales (4-0) earned the win for Delmarva with 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Jenkins went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk in game 2 to finish the doubleheader 2-5. Forbes posted a multi-hit game going 2-3 with a run scored, while Lacrus went 2-3 with a pair of infield hits.

The Crawdads (38-31) and Shorebirds (41-27) will wrap up the first half of the season with the series finale Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Hickory: 19
Burke County: 9

Lincoln County: 7
Maiden: 3

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