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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team was picked fifth in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced today.

Wingate, the eight-time defending SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was voted first in the poll for the ninth consecutive year. The Bulldogs, 32-3 last season, received the maximum of 11 first-place votes.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) earned 2014 All-SAC Preseason First and Second Team honors, respectively.

Rhyne, a 2013 first-team all-conference and all-region pick, led the Bears in kills with 367 to go along 130 digs and 51 total blocks last year.

Gottberg, meanwhile, totaled a team-high 1,115 assists in addition to 20 service aces, 250 digs and 29 blocks in 2013. Gottberg's assists per set (10.52) ranked second in the SAC last fall as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne, 17-10 last year including a 14-8 mark in South Atlantic Conference play, opens the season on Friday, September 5, against GRU Augusta (10:30 a.m.) and Armstrong State (3:00 p.m.) in the Queens Fall Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne's first home match takes place on Tuesday, September 16, against Newberry at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate 121
2. Tusculum 99
3. Lincoln Memorial 94
4. Anderson 90
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 89
6. Queens 70
7. Newberry 62
8. Carson-Newman 49
9. Catawba 48
10. Mars Hill 38
11. Brevard 18
12. Coker 14

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Volleyball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Alison Cooke, Wingate
Haley Rhyne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Lexi Potter, Wingate
Shannon Gillespie, Anderson
Hailey Pittman, Anderson
Susie Murach, Wingate
Rachel Harper, Carson-Newman
Casey Mense, Lincoln Memorial

SECOND TEAM
Briana Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
Megan Hasse, Tusculum
Kristen Pickett, Carson-Newman
Alix Hooker, Anderson
Cory McGowan, Wingate
Mary Kate Griffen, Mars Hill
Stephanie Tassone, Wingate
Logan Hayward, Newberry
Elizabeth Bialkowski, Queens

Appalachian State University volleyball has been picked to finish seventh in the Sun Belt by the league's coaches, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

UALR was picked to finish at the top of the league this season after placing third in the standings with a 12-6 conference record in 2013. The Trojans received four first-place votes for a total of 110 points.

Texas State, who placed second in the Sun Belt last season, was picked to place second again, notching three first-place votes and a total of 99 points. Longtime Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern was tabbed third with 95 points.

Following the Eagles in fourth-place was UT Arlington (83 points), South Alabama in fifth-place (73 points) and UL Lafayette in sixth (63 points).

In their inaugural season in the Sun Belt the Mountaineers were picked to place seventh, tallying 62 points. They were followed by Arkansas State (58 points), Troy (41 points), Georgia State (28 points) and UL Monroe (11 points).

The top eight teams at the end of regular season will travel to the 2014 Sun Belt tournament in San Marcos, Texas on Nov. 26-30, hosted by Texas State. App State kicks off its season on Friday, Aug. 29 when they host the Appalachian Invitational at the Holmes Center.

SBC Volleyball Preseason Poll (First-Place Votes)
1. UALR (4) 110
2. Texas State (3) 99
3. Georgia Southern (2) 95
4. UT Arlington 83
5. South Alabama (1) 76
6. UL Lafayette (1) 63
7. Appalachian State 62
8. Arkansas State 58
9. Troy 41
10. Georgia State 28
11. UL Monroe 11

Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team
Edina Begic, UALR
Mechell Daniel, South Alabama
Sonja Milanovic, UALR
Jamie DeRatt, Georgia Southern
Andrea Hole, UL Lafayette
Kym Coley, Georgia Southern
Marija Zelenovic, Troy
Deidra Bohannon, Georgia State

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Edina Begic, UALR

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Marcela Araya, UL Monroe

Preseason Setter of the Year
Caylin Mahoney, Texas State

In its inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference, Appalachian State University women’s soccer has been picked to finished fifth by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced on Monday.

Defending Sun Belt champion South Alabama earned the nod as the preseason favorite. The Jaguars claimed nine of 10 first-place votes with a total of 98 points to lead all teams.

UL Lafayette received the other first-place vote and was picked second with a total of 81 points. Georgia State came in third with 73 points and Texas State earned 67 points to round out the top four.

In its first year in the league, Appalachian State checks in at number five with 59 points. Arkansas State was picked sixth with 54 points and Troy came in at seventh with 46 points.

Longtime Southern Conference rival, Georgia Southern, was picked eighth in the annual poll with 30 points. Rounding out the poll was UALR with 26 points and UL Monroe with 16 points.

Georgia State junior forward Ashley Nagy was selected as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while UL Lafayette’s Grace Howell-Harries earned Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The top eight teams at the conclusion of the regular season will earn a spot in the 2014 Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Championship, hosted by South Alabama, November 5-9. The 2014 season officially kicks off for Appalachian State on Sunday, August 24 at Elon.

SBC Preseason All-Conference Team
*Loren Mitchell (Arkansas State, Junior, Forward)
*Ashley Nagy (Georgia State, Junior, Forward)
**Annika Schmidt (UL Lafayette, Sophomore, Forward)
**Lynsey Curry (Texas State, Junior, Forward)
*Yazmin Montoya (UL Lafayette, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Samhia Simao (Arkansas State, Senior, Midfielder)
Monique Autmon (South Alabama, Sophomore, Midfielder)
*Grace Howell-Harries (UL Lafayette, Senior, Defender)
Nini Rabsatt-Smith (South Alabama, Junior, Defender)
Brenna Smith (Texas State, Senior, Defender)
Brie Haynes (Georgia State, Sophomore, Goalkeeper)

* - denotes 2013 First-Team All-Conference | ** - denotes 2013 Second-Team All-Conference

SBC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Ashley Nagy (Georgia State, Junior, Forward)

SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Grace Howell-Harries (UL Lafayette, Senior, Defender)

2014 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. South Alabama (9) - 98pts
2. UL Lafayette (1) - 81pts
3. Georgia State - 73pts
4. Texas State - 67pts
5. Appalachian State - 59pts
6. Arkansas State - 54pts
7. Troy - 46pts
8. Georgia Southern - 30pts
9. UALR - 26pts
10. UL Monroe - 16pts

Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:26

Crawdads Dominate in Sunday Win

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The Hickory Crawdads jumped out to an early lead Sunday evening and never looked back, as the 'Dads utilized a five-run 1st inning to propel them to a 7-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads sent all nine batters to the plate in the decisive first frame, with the first five players all collecting hits en route to scoring five runs for the early advantage. The opening inning outburst provided more than enough support for Hickory pitchers David Ledbetter and Luis Ortiz, who combined to hold the Shorebirds to two runs on three hits and eight combined strikeouts.

The win gave the 'Dads a four-game series split against the 'Birds, while improving their record against Delmarva to 9-2 on the season. The Crawdads won the last two games of the series on the strength of the offense, with the 'Dads scoring a combined 13 runs on 24 hits after being held to two runs on 13 total hits while dropping the first two games of the series.

The 1st inning rally began with a double off the left field fence from Michael De Leon and a bunt single by Luis Marte, before Ronald Guzman brought in the first run with a RBI single to left. Zach Cone followed with a RBI double down the right field line and Joe Jackson singled in a run with a base knock to left to make the score 3-0 with the first five Crawdads batters recording a hit. Following a walk to Jairo Beras, Kevin Torres plated another run on a RBI groundout while Janluis Castro capped off the big inning with a RBI sacrifice fly to right for a 5-0 'Dads lead.

The Shorebirds got on the board in the top of the 2nd, when Ledbetter allowed the only hit and run of his 6-inning performance on a solo home run by Creede Simpson to cut the score to 5-1. The Hickory lead then grew to its largest in the bottom of the 3rd, when Kevin Torres lined a 2-run homer to right to push the 'Dads advantage to 7-1.

Delmarva brought in their final run with another solo big fly in the 7th, this time with Drew Dosch connecting on a home run to right off of Ortiz. The 18-year-old hurler settled down after that however, shutting down the 'Birds over the final two frames to finish out the Crawdads 7-2 win.

Ledbetter (6-6) earned the win after tying a season high with six innings pitched, allowing only one run on one hit, no walks, and six strikeouts. Ortiz earned his first save of the year with one run given up on two hits, one walk, and two Ks. Delmarva starter Luis Gonzalez (6-3) took the loss after allowing all seven 'Dads runs on seven hits, three walks, and three strikeouts during his four innings pitched.

Eight of the nine Crawdads batters reached base safely at least once, while six of the nine starters scored at least one run as well. Torres led the attack with a 1-4 game including his fourth home run of the year and three RBI. Cone finished the game 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a RBI, and a walk, while Jackson ended the night 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

The Crawdads (31-26) have an off day on Monday before beginning a three game series in Augusta against the GreenJackets on Tuesday.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer moved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 victory over Campbell on Sunday evening.

The Mountaineers defeated UNC Asheville on Friday afternoon in their first exhibition game of the fall.

“Two games and two good performances,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “The performance has gotten better than it was in the first game. Definite improvement and we can get better by putting all of our chances away.”

Appalachian and Campbell played to a 0-0 first half with both teams tied with six shots a piece. The Mountaineers created more scoring chances, however.

App State turned it on in the second half and dominated for almost all 45 minutes. Early in the half in the 50th minute, Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) put a great strike on a ball about 20 yards out to put the Mountaineers up 1-0. Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) assisted on the goal with a good set up for Chapman.

“I actually saw the ball drop and Trey set it up for me to get a good strike on it. I’m happy I was able to put it away,” said Chapman.

Hemphill would set up another teammate in the 72nd minute. After a corner was sent back out of the box, Hemphill was able to send in another cross to the back post. The ball connected with Ben Steen’s (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) head and Steen was able to beat the Campbell’s Jeff Madigan.

The Camels cut the deficit to one on an inadvertent hand ball in the box to set up a penalty kick. Pepe Rangel would convert to make the score 2-1 Mountaineers.

“We kept the momentum going from the last game,” said Chapman. ‘It was an all around great game, especially in the second half. I felt like we controlled the play for most of the half.”

The Mountaineers did just that. In the second half, the Apps tallied seven shots and four corner kicks and kept the play in the Camel’s half of the field. Chapman led the team with four shots, while Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) tallied two and Steen, Hemphill, Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) and Walker White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) tallied one each.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) saw the majority of playing time in goal for the Apps and made two saves, while Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) came in and played the rest of the match.

App State will play one more exhibition game before beginning the regular season. The Mountaineers will play at High Point on Saturday, Aug. 23 to close the preseason before the season opener against Albany on Friday, Aug. 29.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 8/16/2014


4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 98P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 99 Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
4 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
7 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
8 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC


4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 98P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
4 99 Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
5 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
8 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC DNS


Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
4 45 Dalton Sargeant Winston-Salem, NC
5 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
6 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
7 15B Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
8 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
9 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
10 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
11 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
12 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
13 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
14 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
15 07M Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC
16 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
17 77 C J Hulsey El Paso, TX
18 112 Trey Gibson Charlotte, NC


Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
4 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
5 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
7 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
8 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
9 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
10 15B Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
11 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
12 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
13 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
14 112 Trey Gibson Charlotte, NC
15 07M Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC
16 45 Dalton Sargeant Winston-Salem, NC
17 77 C J Hulsey El Paso, TX
18 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC


Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
2 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
3 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
6 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
7 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
8 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
9 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
10 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
11 27 Chris Joyce Concord, NC
12 09B Ryan Bennett Crownsville, MD
13 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC


Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
2 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
6 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
7 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
10 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
11 09B Ryan Bennett Crownsville, MD
12 27 Chris Joyce Concord, NC
13 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC DQ


Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
3 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
4 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
5 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
6 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
7 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
8 99 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
9 75G J Danny Gibson Candler, NC
10 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
12 77 Chris Cycak Concord, NC
13 74S Steven Smith Lincolnton, NC
14 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
15 7 Max Collins Tolland, CT
16 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
17 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC DQ


Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
6 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
7 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
8 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
9 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
10 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
11 99 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
12 75G J Danny Gibson Candler, NC
13 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
14 77 Chris Cycak Concord, NC
15 7 Max Collins Tolland, CT
16 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
17 74S Steven Smith Lincolnton, NC


Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
2 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
3 9Q Lee Queen Catawba, NC
4 09B Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
5 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC


Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09B Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
2 9Q Lee Queen Catawba, NC
3 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
4 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC
5 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC DQ

Appalachian State University women’s soccer played its final game of the preseason on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers tied the Panthers of High Point, 1-1. The Apps and Panthers played three, 30 minute periods on Saturday.

“I thought High Point was extremely organized and they were high pressuring,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “I thought they did a great job at unbalancing our team and created problems that we had to solve. It was nice to get out and have to do that on the fly and under pressure.”

App State would strike first in the contest with a Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) penalty kick goal halfway through the second 30 minute period.

“Jane Cline was outstanding up top,” said coach Strickland. “Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) had a great game again coming out of the back and Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) did a great job coming off the bench and impacting the game.”

“We were really excited about playing at home,” said Cline. “We were pretty hyped in the locker room before the game and come out on our own turf and play High Point. We brought a lot of intensity and came out strong.”

Just 12 minutes into the third period, High Point’s Becca Rolfe struck a blast from 30 yards out to tie the game for the Panthers.

The Mountaineers created lots of chances and outshot the Panthers six to five with five of those shots coming on goal.

The shots from Appalachian were spread throughout the team with six different players recording one. Cline, Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Leah Drawdy (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md./Middletown) all recorded shots on goal, while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was the other Mountaineer to record a shot.

App State will now have close to a week of practice before its first game of the regular season at Elon on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:17

Hickory Crawdads Snap Losing Streak

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A scuffling Hickory Crawdads offense broke out Saturday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds, with the 'Dads pounding out 15 hits, including two home runs, en route to snapping their 6-game losing streak with a 6-2 win in front of a season-best crowd of 5,263 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Five different Crawdad batters finished with a multi-hit game, led by Ronald Guzman who went 4-5 with his sixth home run of the year, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Kevin Torres (3-4, 2B, R) and Nick Urbanus (3-4) each posted three-hit games, while Jairo Beras (2-4, HR, RBI, R), and Michael De Leon (2-5, R) collected two hits apiece. All the offense backed up the best start of the season by 'Dads pitcher Tyler Smith, who tossed seven shutout innings on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.

In lieu of one big inning, the Hickory hitters spread their six runs out over five different frames, with the Crawdads scoring one run in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, and one in the 5th, 6th, and 7th. The first 'Dads tally came with a little help from the Shorebirds, as consecutive singles from Torres and Urbanus were followed by a fielding error by Delmarva All-Star third baseman Drew Dosch to allow Torres to score for a 1-0 Crawdads lead.

The 'Dads posted their lone multi-run inning in the 3rd, with a RBI sacrifice fly by Joe Jackson and a RBI single from Beras pushing the Hickory advantage to 3-0. The lead swelled to 5-0 after solo homers by Beras and Guzman in the 5th and 6th respectively, before Guzman came through again in the 8th with a RBI base knock to left for a 8-0 Crawdads advantage.

The Shorebirds got on the board in the top of the 9th with two runs on three hits against Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo, but Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina was able to close the door with a game-ending double play to give the 'Dads the 6-2 victory.

Smith (7-4) earned the win for his shutout performance, while Delmarva starter Bennett Parry (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over four innings pitched. Valdespina picked up his 5th save of the season after closing out the game.

The Crawdads (30-26) will try to earn a four-game split against the Shorebirds (24-32) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:16

Crawdads Fall Friday Night

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The Hickory Crawdads offense woke up late and attempted a last minute comeback Friday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds, but the bats provided too little too late as the 'Dads fell to the 'Birds 5-2 in front of 3,153 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 7th inning without having scored a run in 18 straight innings before Jairo Beras lined a 2-RBI double inside the bag at third to cut the 'Dads deficit in half with a 4-2 score. The Shorebirds picked up an extra run in the top of the 8th to stretch their advantage to 5-2, but Hickory battled in the 9th to load the bases with two outs for catcher Kevin Torres. Representing the potential winning run, Torres lined a ball to right only to have Delmarva right fielder Anthony Vega run it down to seal the Crawdads 5-2 loss.

The game began with three straight scoreless innings from both Hickory starter Anyelo Leclerc and Delmarva ace Steven Brault. Leclerc retired the first eight Shorebirds in a row before giving up a run in his fourth and final inning to give Delmarva a 1-0 lead. Crawdads reliever Cole Wiper entered the game in the 5th and allowed a solo home run to 'Birds leadoff hitter Josh Hart, his first of the year, to double the Delmarva advantage to 2-0. The 'Dads deficit swelled to 4-0 in the next frame, when the Shorebirds utilized two hits and an error to plate a pair of unearned runs.

Following six shutout frames from Brault, Delmarva turned to reliever Derrik Bleaker for his South Atlantic League debut in the 7th. The 6'5" right-hander began his outing with a strikeout of Ronald Guzman before giving consecutive singles to Evan Van Hoosier and Zach Cone prior to Beras' 2-RBI double to make the score 4-2.

The Shorebirds plated the game's final tally in the top of the 8th on three hits off of Crawdads reliever Luis Pollorena to put the 'Dads behind 5-2. 'Birds bullpen arm Garrett Cortright was then able to survive the Hickory comeback attempt in the 9th to end the game.

Brault (9-8) earned the win with six scoreless frames on three hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Leclerc (2-4) took the loss with only one run given up on four hits, no walks, and 3 Ks during his four innings pitched. Cortright picked up his first save of the season with the bend-but-don't-break 9th.

Cone finished with his first multi-hit game of the season with the 'Dads in going 3-4 with a run scored. Beras went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk, while Van Hoosier ended the game 2-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (29-26) have now dropped their last six games, including back-to-back contests against the Shorebirds (24-31). The 'Dads will look to snap the skid in game three of the four game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 23:14

Hickory Crawdads Lose On Play at the Plate

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The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in another pitchers' duel Thursday night, with a bang-bang play at the plate scoring the night's only run in the Crawdads 1-0 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds in front of 3,343 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The 'Dads and 'Birds entered the 7th inning in a scoreless tie, with Hickory hurlers Frank Lopez and Jose Monegro putting up dueling zeros with Delmarva starter Janser Severino. The top of the frame started with an error however, as Monegro misplayed a ground ball to the mound to allow Conor Bierfeldt to reach safely. One out later, a hit-and-run double to left field by Austin Wynns sent Bierfeldt around the bases and sliding in to home just ahead of the relay throw to Crawdads catcher Joe Jackson.

The lone run would be all the Shorebirds would need, as the 'Dads fell 1-0 for their 7th shutout of the season. The Crawdads have now dropped five straight after winning five in a row during their last home stand. The loss is also the first of the season for the 'Dads against the 'Birds, with Hickory now 7-1 on the year against Delmarva.

The Crawdads pitching staff of Lopez, Monegro, and Ryne Slack combined to hold the Shorebirds to one unearned run on six hits, two walks, and 10 combined strikeouts. Lopez took a no-decision after tossing five shutout frames on three hits, two walks, and seven Ks. Monegro (0-1) was the hard luck loser after allowing the unearned run on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts during his two innings of relief. Delmarva reliever Williams Louico (2-1) earned the win with two scoreless frames out of the pen, while teammate Donnie Hart (4) picked up the save with a perfect 9th inning.

Evan Van Hoosier (1-4), Ronald Guzman (1-4, 2B), and Luis Marte (1-3) recorded Hickory's three hits on the night, while both Ryan Cordell (0-2, 2BB) and Joe Jackson (0-3, BB) had hit streaks of seven and eight games respectively snapped.

The Crawdads (29-25) will look to bounce back in game two of their four game series against the Shorebirds (23-31) on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.