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Appalachian State University softball's doubleheader at Radford, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, has been canceled due to rain. No makeup date for the doubleheader has been announced.

As of right now, the Mountaineers will return to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend when they host No. 9 UL Lafayette for a three-game series beginning on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

The series finale on Sunday, April 19 will also serve as Senior Day in recognition of the 2015 softball senior class.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball game scheduled for Thursday against the Lenoir-Rhyne JV squad has been cancelled due to field conditions. No make-up games will be scheduled.

The Red Hawks will return to the diamond this weekend at Surry Community College. The two teams will play in a doubleheader Saturday with the rubber match of the series on Sunday.

CVCC is 24-16 overall and 10-2 in conference play.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:21

Crawdads Day Game Postponed on Wednesday

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The Hickory Crawdads April 15th game against the Asheville Tourists has been rained out. Since the series is the only time the two teams will play in Hickory this season, the contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Asheville.

The 'Dads will travel to Asheville April 20th - 22nd for what is now a 4-game series. The official date of the makeup doubleheader is yet to be determined.

The Crawdads took game one of their series against the Tourists with a 7-0 shutout on Monday, before Asheville returned the favor with their own 7-0 victory in a rain shortened game on Tuesday.

The Crawdads will take their 4-2 record on the road for the first time this season starting on Thursday with a four-game series in Kannapolis against the Intimidators, before moving on to Asheville. The 'Dads will return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday, April 23rd to start a 4-game, weekend series against Kannapolis.

North Piedmont:
South Iredell: 7
Alexander Central: 4

South Mountain Athletic:
East Rutherford: 15
East Burke: 5

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 9
Maiden: 3

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 11
South Iredell: 0

Fred T. Foard: 16
Watauga: 0

South Caldwell: 15
Patton: 1

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 9
Newton-Conover: 2

Fred T. Foard: 5
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 6
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
East Rutherford: 4
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Maiden: 1

The floodgates opened in more than one way against the Hickory Crawdads Tuesday night, as a scoreless pitchers' duel disappeared with a 7th inning grand slam by the visiting Asheville Tourists before a downpour of rain ended the game in the top of the 9th resulting in a 7-0 'Dads defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory and Asheville began the 7th frame in a 0-0 tie thanks to the great starting pitching by Kelvin Vasquez for the 'Dads and Zach Jemiola for the Tourists. Vasquez exited the game after tossing five shutout innings on two hits, one walk, and 5 strikeouts. Jemiola lasted one inning longer, pitching six scoreless on two hits and 3 Ks.

The Crawdads turned to reliever Adam Parks in the 6th, with the 6'3" right-hander picking up right where Vasquez left off by striking out two in a perfect inning. The 7th began in much the same way as Parks fanned the leadoff hitter for the first out. Asheville first baseman Henry Garcia followed with a walk, which was accompanied by consecutive singles from Randy Reyes and Sean Dwyer to load the bases with one out for Tourists second baseman Forrest Wall. Two pitches into the at-bat, Wall lofted a ball over the right field fence for a grand slam and a 4-0 Tourists lead.

The top of the 9th began with the 'Dads brining in relief pitcher Chris Dula from the bullpen while the rain began to fall at the ballpark. Dula struggled against the Tourists and the elements, with Asheville plating three runs, one earned, on two walks, a hit batter, and a throwing error by Dula himself to push the score to 7-0. Hickory went to the pen again and brought in closer John Fasola, but one pitch into his outing the tarp was pulled and the game was suspended. Following a 30-minute delay the contest was called, giving the Crawdads a 7-0 defeat one day after they blanked the Tourists by the same score.

Jemiola (2-0) earned the win for Asheville, while Parks (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Hickory.

The Crawdads (4-2) and Tourists (4-2) will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday, with the day game rubber match scheduled for 11:00 am.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lauren Donovan has been named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player Of The Year while four Bears earned all-league honors, conference officials announced today.

Donovan, a senior from Hollywood, Md., has 50 goals, 20 assists and a conference-leading 70 points on the year. Donovan also earned All-SAC First-Team honors two times and is the school’s all-time leader in several offensive categories: goals (159), assists (79) and total points (238).

In addition, three players earned all-conference second-team laurels: senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and senior defenders Jamie Ryan (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Brittany Christian (Raleigh, N.C.).

Wach ranks second on the team in goals scored (33), assists (19), points (52) and ground balls (49) while Ryan and Christian anchor a defense which ranks second in the league in goals-against average (8.69). Ryan, meanwhile, has three goals on the year.

In addition, freshman attacker Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman defenders Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.) and Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades.

Benedetto has 29 goals, 14 assists and 43 points on the year, all third on the squad, while Winters and Kessler have a combined 49 ground balls on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-7) is the second seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will face the winner of third-seeded Tusculum (9-4) and sixth-seeded Coker (8-7) in the semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in the semifinals.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Teams
First Team
A- Jena Ready, Queens
A- Abigail Paulus, Queens
A– Alyssa Corace, Catawba
A- Jessica Baxtrom, Newberry
MF- Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Kelsey Crow, Tusculum
MF- Brittany Larranaga, Queens
MF- Kelly Dowd, Queens
D- Bridgette Larranga, Queens
D- Kourtney Jones, Catawba
D- Aarika Kaester, Queens
D- Marabeth Durden, Coker (tie)
D- Morgan Insel, Wingate (tie)
GK- Bethany Davis, Catawba

Second Team
A- Caroline Beggs, Catawba
A- Cheyenne Bray, Tusculum
A- Maggie Masters, Queens
A- Meredith Jones, Catawba
MF- Hannah Scott, Catawba
MF- Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Erin Murphy, Wingate
MF- Brittany Andrews, Wingate
D- Brittany Christian, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- Katie Thompson, Newberry
D- Jamie Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK- Danielle Horoschak, Queens

Honorable Mention
A- Aubriana Benedetto, Lenoir-Rhyne
A- Haley McCusker, Coker
A- Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard
A- Danielle Holcomb, Coker
MF- Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF- Mackenzie Baker, Coker
MF- Nicolette Salay, Catawba
MF- Madison Malone, Tusculum
D- Sydney Dishman, Queens
D- Taylor Winters, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- McKenzie Edds, Lincoln Memorial
D- Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK- Brooke Wagner, Tusculum

Player of the Year
Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
Hannah Scott, Catawba

Coach of the Year
Jenna Handshoe, Tusculum

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-6) defeated Brevard (8-8), 15-6, Tuesday evening in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) and junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) both scored four goals for the Bears, who now face second-seeded Coker (9-3) in the semifinals on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bears are the third seed in this year’s tournament while the Tornados were seeded sixth. Lenoir-Rhyne also beat Brevard for the second time this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control early, scoring the game’s first five goals just over five minutes into the contest and held a 9-1 advantage midway through the second period on its way to the victory.

The Tornados were led by Anthony Alfonso (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Sam Postma (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) with two goals each in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the team’s leading scorer, added three goals as the Bears held the advantage over the Tornados in both shots taken (52-19) and ground balls (34-27).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) played the first half and picked up the victory after stopping five shots while Brevard’s goalkeeper, Andy Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.), made nine saves despite the loss.

Appalachian State University men’s golf finished the final round of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday at the Country Club of Spartanburg. Appalachian placed 13th after carding a 295 as a team on day two.

For the second-straight round, Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) carded an even-par 72 for tournament total of 219. Eberspeaker finished in a tie for 34th place. One stoke behind Eberspeaker, Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) finished with a total of 220 after a final round 76. Moriarty tied for 39th place.

Also shooting even par in the final round, Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) finished tied for 55th place with a total of 223 for the tournament. Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) shot a 5-over 77 on the final day for a 226 tournament total. Furr finished tied for 63rd. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) shot his lowest round of the tournament in the final round with a 3-over 75. Keck’s total of 227 left him in a tied for 65th.

The Mountaineers sat in 12th place after the first two rounds, posting team scores of 300 and 287 on the first day of action.

Moriarty shot a 2-under 70 in the second round which was the lowest round of the day for the Mountaineers on his way to shooting a 144 on day one. Moriarty was tied for 27th place. Eberspeaker shot an even-par 72 on the second 18 holes after a 75 in in the first round which left him in a tie for 38th place.

Furr shot a 149 over the first two rounds with a first round 75 followed by a second round 74. Furr was in a tie for 53rd place. Watson fired a 1-under 71 in the second round after an 80 on the first 18 holes. Watson was tied for 59th.

Keck posted back-to-back rounds of 76 for a total of 152 on day one. The 2013 Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational champion was tied for 65th place headed in the final round.

The Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational was the final tournament for the Mountaineers before they head to Destin, Fla. for the 2015 Sun Belt Championship on April 19th-21st.