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Monday, 13 April 2015 22:22

Hickory Crawdads Blank Asheville Tourists

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The Hickory Crawdads continued their hot start to the 2015 season Monday night, as the 'Dads came away with their first shutout of the year in a 7-0 win over the Asheville Tourists at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Crawdads starting pitcher Collin Wiles headlined the dominant pitching effort, with the 6'4" right-hander becoming the first 'Dad this season to go six innings. The former 1st round draft pick kept the Tourists off the board on only four hits, no walks, and one strikeout before turning things over to the bullpen. Hickory relievers David Perez and Kevin Matthews took it the rest of the way, with Perez tossing two scoreless frames before Matthews pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Josh Morgan (3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) and number two hitter Michael De Leon (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R) set the pace for a consistent Crawdads offense that scored a run in five different frames with a season high 14 hits. Eduard Pinto also had a 3-hit night going 3-4 with two runs scored, while Jose Trevino finished 1-4 with a solo home run.

Hickory and Asheville entered the game with identical 3-1 records to lead the South Atlantic League, but it was the Crawdads who took control of the game early and never looked back. The 'Dads jumped on Tourists starting pitcher Sam Howard for single runs in each of the first three innings, before getting to relievers Yoelly Bello and James Lomangino for two runs in both the 4th and 6th frames.

Morgan led off the 1st with the first of his three hits when he singled to left field. The DH then stole second base before coming home on an RBI double by Travis Demeritte for a 1-0 Crawdas lead. The advantage doubled to 2-0 the next inning when Trevino lined his first homer of the year to left, while a De Leon double and a Demeritte RBI sacrifice fly made the score 3-0 after three.

The 'Dads broke the game open with two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 5-0. Pinto kick started the inning with a leadoff single, followed by a steal of second where he also moved to third on a throwing error by Asheville catcher Dom Nunez. Two batters later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought Pinto home on an RBI sacrifice fly. Morgan and De Leon followed with back-to-back doubles to score the second run of the frame.

The Hickory offense wrapped things up in the 6th when Morgan and De Leon drove home Pinto and Kiner-Falefa respectively with two, RBI singles for the final 7-0 score.

Wiles (1-0) earned the win for his impressive outing, while Howard (0-1) took the loss for the Tourists after allowing three runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over his three innings pitched.

The Crawdads (4-1) and Tourists (3-2) will have a rematch Tuesday night in game two of the three-game set, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Monday, 13 April 2015 22:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Contest Cancelled

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team’s home South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Queens, scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., has been postponed due to the threat of rain and inclement weather.  No make-up date has been announced.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (7-6) will host Brevard (8-7) in the opening round of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Bears are the third seed in the tournament while the Tornados are seeded sixth. The winner advances to play second-seeded Coker (9-3) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the semifinals of the tournament in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

The tournament championship is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Bears advanced to the finals of last year’s tournament before falling to Queens by an 11-10 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard earlier this season by a 22-8 score on Wednesday, March 11, in Hickory, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this season by senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), who is first on the team in goals scored (33) and total points (51) and senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with 27 goals.

The Bears finished with a 6-2 mark in league play this year and look to rebound from last Saturday’s 17-15 setback to Catawba on Senior Night.

Brevard is led by Adam Wiedemann (Brampton, Ontario, CANADA) with 37 goals and a conference-leading 34 assists and 71 points. The Tornados enter the contest winners of five of their last six games.

Tickets for the game are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under and $2.00 for college students with proper identification.

The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule on Monday. The conference will once again utilize a 20-game, round-robin conference schedule and all games will be part of men’s/women’s basketball doubleheaders for the second-straight season.

Dates for all conference games for Appalachian State have been set while the other 10 Sun Belt member institutions will have a “rivalry” game that will be scheduled at a later date.

For the second-straight year, the Mountaineers will begin the season on the road as they open conference play at UL Monroe on Dec. 30. Appalachian will play its first home contest on Jan. 7 against UT Arlington. Sun Belt play will conclude on March 5, when the Apps play host to Arkansas State.

Unlike last season, each week of conference play will feature alternating road trips and homestands for each team as no squad will be required to play a road game and home game in the same week.

Tip times for all conference contests will be announced by each institution at a later date. The 2016 Sun Belt Basketball Championship will take place at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from March 9-13, with the top eight teams qualifying for the tournament.

Details regarding Appalachian State’s non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.

2015-16 Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Schedule

Wednesday December 30, 2015
Appalachian State at UL Monroe
UALR at South Alabama
Arkansas State at Troy
Georgia Southern at Texas State
Georgia State at UT Arlington

Saturday January 2, 2016
Appalachian State at UL Lafayette
UALR at Troy
Arkansas State at South Alabama
Georgia Southern at UT Arlington
Georgia State at Texas State

Thursday January 7, 2016
UL Lafayette at UALR
UL Monroe at Arkansas State
South Alabama at Georgia Southern
UT Arlington at Appalachian State
Troy at Georgia State

Saturday January 9, 2016
UL Lafayette at Arkansas State
UL Monroe at UALR
South Alabama at Georgia State
Texas State at Appalachian State
Troy at Georgia Southern

Thursday January 14, 2016
Appalachian State at Arkansas State
UL Lafayette at Georgia Southern
UL Monroe at Georgia State
UT Arlington at Troy
Texas State at South Alabama

Saturday January 16, 2016
Appalachian State at UALR
UL Lafayette at Georgia State
UL Monroe at Georgia Southern
UT Arlington at South Alabama
Texas State at Troy

Thursday January 21, 2016
UALR at Texas State
Arkansas State at UT Arlington
Georgia State at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UL Lafayette
Troy at UL Monroe

Saturday January 23, 2016
UALR at UT Arlington
Arkansas State at Texas State
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UL Monroe
Troy at UL Lafayette

Thursday January 28, 2016
Appalachian State at Troy
Georgia Southern at UALR
Georgia State at Arkansas State
UT Arlington at UL Monroe
Texas State at UL Lafayette

Saturday January 30, 2016
Appalachian State at South Alabama
Georgia Southern at Arkansas State
Georgia State at UALR
UT Arlington at UL Lafayette
Texas State at UL Monroe

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
UL Monroe at UL Lafayette

Thursday, February 4, 2016
UL Lafayette at Appalachian State
South Alabama at Arkansas State
UT Arlington at Georgia Southern
Texas State at Georgia State
Troy at UALR

Saturday, February 6, 2016
UL Monroe at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UALR
UT Arlington at Georgia State
Texas State at Georgia Southern
Troy at Arkansas State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
UT Arlington at Texas State

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Appalachian State at Texas State
UALR at UL Monroe
Arkansas State at UL Lafayette
Georgia Southern at Troy
Georgia State at South Alabama

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Appalachian State at UT Arlington
UALR at UL Lafayette
Arkansas State at UL Monroe
Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Georgia State at Troy

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
UL Monroe at UL Lafayette

Thursday, February 18, 2016
UALR at Georgia State
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern
UL Lafayette at UT Arlington
UL Monroe at Texas State
South Alabama at Appalachian State

Saturday, February 20, 2016
UALR at Georgia Southern
Arkansas State at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at Texas State
UL Monroe at UT Arlington
Troy at Appalachian State

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
UL Lafayette at Troy
UL Monroe at South Alabama
UT Arlington at UALR
Texas State at Arkansas State

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Appalachian State at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at South Alabama
UL Monroe at Troy
UT Arlington at Arkansas State
Texas State at UALR

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Arkansas State at UALR

Thursday, March 3, 2016
UALR at Appalachian State
Georgia Southern at UL Monroe
Georgia State at UL Lafayette
South Alabama at UT Arlington
Troy at Texas State

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Arkansas State at Appalachian State
Georgia Southern at UL Lafayette
Georgia State at UL Monroe
South Alabama at Texas State
Troy at UT Arlington

UALR at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at UL Monroe
South Alabama at Troy
Texas State at UT Arlington

The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2015-16 women’s basketball schedule on Monday. The conference will utilize a 20-game conference schedule for the second-straight season.

All men’s and women’s basketball games will also be played as doubleheaders for the second-consecutive year. Appalachian State’s conference schedule is finalized, while the 10 other Sun Belt schools will have a chance to schedule a “rivalry” game at a later date.

The Mountaineers will begin Sun Belt play on the road, traveling to UL Monroe on Dec. 30, before returning to Boone for their conference home opener on Jan. 7 against UT Arlington. App State will end conference play with two home games on March 3 and March 5 against UALR and Arkansas State, respectively.

The Sun Belt schedule differs from last season in that no team will be required to play a road game and a home game in the same week.

The 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships return to New Orleans and the Lakefront Arena. The tournaments will run from March 9-13, 2016 with the top eight teams from the men’s and women’s basketball sides qualifying for the tournament.

The Hickory Crawdads rallied from behind for the second straight night on Sunday, with Luke Tendler lining a go-ahead, 2-run homer in the 8th to lift the 'Dads to a 6-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory entered the 8th with a 4-3 advantage, but the Suns were able to tie the game at 4-4 on a hit-and-run, RBI single from Brennan Middleton off of Crawdads reliever Chris Dula. The 'Dads responded in the bottom of the frame however, with Travis Demeritte singling to right with one out before Tendler homered to right to put Hickory ahead 6-4.

Tendler finished the night 2-3 with his long ball, two RBI, and two runs scored. The North Carolina native remains the only Crawdad to homer on the season.

For the fourth straight game it was the Suns who jumped out to an early lead on the 'Dads, as Hagerstown scored once in the 1st inning and twice in the 2nd to go ahead 3-0. All three Suns runs came with two outs against Crawdads starter Brett Martin, who ended the night with three runs allowed on three hits, one walk, and five strikeouts.

Hickory got on the board and erased their deficit with a three-run rally in the 3rd on the strength of three walks and only one hit. Both Tendler and Jose Cardona were given free passes to start the frame, while Jose Trevino singled to left to load the bases with nobody out. Eduard Pinto followed and drove in the first run with an RBI walk, while both Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Morgan plated runs with sacrifice flies to tie the game at 3-3.

The score remained the same until the 5th thanks to Hickory reliever Jefri Hernandez, who tossed three perfect innings with four strikeouts. The Crawdads took their first lead of the night with a run in the 5th without a hit, as Morgan was hit by a pitch, was sacrificed to second by Michael De Leon, took third base on a fly out from Ronald Guzman, and finally scored on a wild pitch from Hagerstown starter Drew Van Orden for a 4-3 'Dads lead prior to the 8th inning action.

Dula (1-0) earned the win for Hickory after allowing an unearned run on three hits over two innings of relief. Andrew Cooper (0-1) took the loss for Hagerstown for giving up two runs, both on Tendler's homer, on three hits during his three frames on the mound. 'Dads closer John Fasola (2) earned the save with a scoreless ninth to end the game.

The win gives the Crawdads (3-1) the series win against the Suns (1-3). The 'Dads will now host the Asheville Tourists for a three-game series, beginning Monday night at 6:00 pm.

Appalachian State University men’s golf completed the final round of the of the Irish Creek Intercollegiate on Sunday at the Club at Irish Creek on Saturday. The Mountaineers carded a final round 301 after day one scores of 293 and 298 for at tournament total of 892. Appalachian finished in 13th place.

Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) shot 75 on the final day of the tournament to bring his total to 221. Moriarty finished tied for 38th place. Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) carded a third round :78 and dropped into a tie for 56 place.

Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) and Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) both finished tied for 65th place with tournament totals of 227. Keck shot a 75 in the final round while Furr carded a 77. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) shot the low round of the day for the Mountaineers with a 4-over 75. Watson finished tied for 71st.

Appalachian State was in 13th place after the first two rounds on day one.

Moriarty carded back-to-back rounds 2-over 73 for a total of 146 going into the final round of play. Moriarty was tied for 35th place. Eberspeaker shot the only under-par round for the Mountaineers with his first round 70. Eberspeaker followed up with a second round 77 and was tied for 44th place.

Furr recorded a 6-over 77 in round one and a 73 in the on the second 18 holes to finish the day tied for 59th place. Two strokes behind Furr, Keck shot an 152 over two rounds and was in 67th place. Watson is tied for 75th place after rounds of 80 and 75.

The Mountaineers have a quick turn around and are back in action tomorrow for the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Appalachian State University softball pounded out 14 hits and scored a season-high 14 runs in a dominating series finale win over Georgia State on Sunday afternoon.

An offense powered by Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) saw both combine to drive in nine of App State’s 14 runs on the afternoon.

The Mountaineers (10-26, 1-17 Sun Belt) fell behind early in the first inning when the Panthers (28-16, 7-8 Sun Belt) plated three runs on a two-run homer and a solo home run.

Appalachian quickly erased the 3-0 deficit after posting three-straight two-run innings in the second, third and fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Chambers got the scoring started with a solo home run to right field - her fifth of the season.

Later in the inning, Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) singled home Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and cut the Panther lead to 3-2.

In the third, following a lead off single from Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford), Josey crushed the first pitch she saw to straight-away center field to put the Apps in front 4-3.

Josey would strike again in the fourth with a two-run double to right-center field to extend the Mountaineer lead to 6-3.

Appalachian State would score a single run in the fifth when Chambers hit her second homer of the day and team-leading sixth of the season to right-center field. The Panthers would tally two runs in the fifth and cut App State’s advantage to 7-5.

The flood gates opened up in the seventh inning and saw the Mountaineers cross home plate seven times off of six walks and three singles to command an insurmountable 14-5 lead.

Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), Josey and Warnock all drew walks with the bases loaded. With the bags full of Apps, Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and Rogers contributed RBI singles, while Chambers drove in two on a base hit.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) started the game for the Mountaineers and surrendered three runs on two hits before recording an out. Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) pitched in relief and went 5.0 innings and scattered six hits, giving up two runs to nail down her second win of the season.

After facing one hitter in the sixth, Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) relieved Williford and gave App State 2.0 innings out of the bullpen without surrendering a hit and striking out one.

Appalachian State will return to action on Wednesday, April 15 when its hosts Radford in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. from Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

Monday, 13 April 2015 07:53

CVCC Baseball Shuts Out New River CC

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CVCC 10 - New River 0

Offensive Performers
Clay Hodges 3 for 4, 2 2B's, 1 RBI, 2 R, 3 SB

Trevor Lee 3 for 4, 2 2B's, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Ivan Acuna 2 for 3, 2 R, 3 SB

Brandon Ford 1 for 3, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI, 1 R

Winning Pitcher - Bryce Hensley (5-2) 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 Ks

Redhawks complete sweep of conference opponent New River with a no-hit performance by Freshman pitcher Bryce Hensley. Hensley dominated just as the Redhawk bats did all weekend. Catawba Valley outscored New River 37-4 on the weekend. Catawba Valley now sits atop league play at 10-2. The Redhawks will play their next conference series next weekend at Surry Community College. Catawba Valley improves to 24-16 (10-2) on the year. Next game is Thursday at the Hickory Fairgrounds as CVCC takes on Lenoir-Rhyne JV in a double header starting at 3:00pm.

Monday, 13 April 2015 07:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Defeats Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (25-19, 11-16) scored the first 11 runs of the game and held off a late charge to defeat Anderson (18-24, 12-15), 11-8, Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) hit a two-run home run and junior outfielder Chase Hathcock (Rockwell, N.C.) drove in four runs as the Bears built an 11-0 advantage after six innings and held on for the win.

The Trojans scored six runs in the seventh inning before Steven Cooper (Williamston, S.C.) added a two-run home run in the ninth frame but Anderson couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way. Cooper finished with four runs batted in as well to lead the Trojans.

De La Rosa’s home run was his team-tying sixth home run of the year while senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) improved to 5-5 after earning the win on the mound. Vieitez took a shutout into the seventh inning and struck out nine batters along the way.

For Anderson, Nick Contafio (Waxhaw, N.C.) fell to 2-1 on the year after suffering the loss. Anderson was also hurt by an error in the second inning which led to five unearned Lenoir-Rhyne runs.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Montreat, N.C., to face Montreat on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.