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Monday, 22 June 2015 11:18

Final Roster for SAL All-Star Game Announced

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The final rosters have been set for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, set for Tuesday in Asheville.

For the Northern Division roster, there are two changes to the pitching staff and one of which involves the Crawdads staff. Hickory's Luis Ortiz will not be available for Tuesday's game. Replacing him on the roster will be Hickory's Brett Martin.

In addition, we reported last week that Hickory's Josh Morgan has been added to the Northern Division roster as a utility infielder.

2015 South Atlantic League All-Stars Northern Division roster

Corey Ragsdale, Hickory

Francisco Matos, Hickory
Oscar Marin, Hickory

Sean Fields, Hickory

Ariel Jurado, Hickory
Garrett Cortright, Delmarva
Joey Denato, Lakewood
John Fasola, Hickory
Yeudy Garcia, West Virginia
Junior Lopez, West Virginia
Brett Martin, Hickory
Yohander Mendez, Hickory
Alexis Rivero, Lakewood
Collin Wiles, Hickory
Austen Williams, Hagerstown

Arturo Rodriguez, Greensboro
Brett Austin, Kannapolis
Jose Trevino, Hickory

Rhys Hoskins, Lakewood

Stephen Wilkerson, Delmarva

Grant DeBruin, Hagerstown

Malquin Canelo, Lakewood

Eddy Alvarez, Kannapolis

Josh Morgan, Hickory

Luke Tendler, Hickory

Elvis Escobar, West Virginia

K.J. Woods, Greensboro

Conor Bierfeldt, Delmarva

Chase Simpson, West Virginia

Austen Smith, Greensboro

Monday, 22 June 2015 06:18

Hickory Crawdads Wrap Up First Half with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads used an explosive 7-run, 7th inning to propel them to victory Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads defeated the West Virginia Power 10-5 to close out the first half of the South Atlantic League season.

The Crawdads 7-run outburst marked the largest single-inning output by the club this season and helped them to tie a season-best with 16 hits for the game. All nine starters finished the contest with at least one hit, while seven of them scored at least one run. The win also gave the 1st half Northern Division Champion Crawdads a league-best 44-24 record at the midway point in the season.

Hickory entered the game-changing 7th frame trailing West Virginia 5-3. The 'Dads jumped on Power reliever John Sever in the inning, with seven of the first eight batters collecting a hit and 11 total Crawdads stepping to the plate. Carlos Arroyo, Josh Morgan, and Eduard Pinto kick started the rally with three straight singles, with Pinto's base knock driving in Arroyo for the first run. All-Star Jose Trevino followed with an RBI double to left to plate Morgan and tie the game at 5-5. One out later, Jairo Beras crushed a 3-run home run to right-center field to put 'Dads ahead at 8-5.

With the bases now empty, Tripp Martin doubled on a fly ball to left and came home one batter later on an RBI triple down the right field line by Isiah Kiner-Falefa to push the score to 9-5. Following a fielder's choice groundout by Jose Cardona, Arroyo came through again with an RBI triple of his own to right to cap off the frame and push the Hickory lead to 10-5.

Prior to the 7th inning, the Crawdads and Power went back and forth over the first six frames with West Virginia ultimately taking a 5-3 lead. The 'Dads came through first an RBI base knock by Trevino in the 1st, but the Power answered with three runs on three hits and a walk in the 2nd to jump ahead 3-1.

West Virginia stretched their lead to 4-1with another tally against Hickory starting pitcher Austin Pettibone in the 4th, but the Crawdads answered right back in the 4th when Martin, Kiner-Falefa and Cardona came through with three straight 2-out singles to score a run and cut the deficit to 4-2. The clubs swapped runs one last time in the 5th and 6th frames, as the Power plated one against 'Dads reliever Erik Swanson before Kiner-Falefa brought home Martin on an RBI single the next inning to make the score 5-3 going into the 7th.

Hickory relievers Kelvin Vasquez and Joe Filomeno finished the game off from there, as the tandem combined for four scoreless innings out of the pen to close out the Crawdads 10-5 victory.

Vasquez (4-2) earned the win after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings on one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts. Sever (2-2) took the loss with seven runs allowed on 9 hits over 1.1 frames out of the bullpen.

Martin (3-4, 2 2B, 3 R) and Kiner-Falefa (3-4, 2B, RBI, BB) paced the 'Dads offense, while Trevino (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Beras (1-5, HR, 3 RBI) also finished with solid games at the plate.

The Crawdads (44-24) will now have three off days for the South Atlantic League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 23rd. The 'Dads will begin the second half of the SAL season at home on Thursday, June 25th with a 9-game home stand against the Lakewood BlueClaws and Greenville Drive.

Cherryville: 12
Taylorsville: 1

Greenwood SC: 7
Hickory: 6

Maiden: 14
Lincoln County: 4

Hickory Motor Speedway Unofficial Results 6/20/15

Late Models:

1 #5 Dexter Canipe

2 #00 Shane Lee

3 #25 Matt Piercy

4 #75 Landon Huffman

5 #51 Matt McCall

6 #25 Kate Dallenbach

7 #88 Mark Johnson

8 #9 Charlie Watson

Limited Late Models:

1 #77 Travis Byrd

2 #21 Monty Cox

3 #13 Mark Johnson

4 #51 Jeremy Pelfrey

5 #15 Anthony Alfredo

6 #07 Hayden Humphrey

7 #2 Bradley Weaver

8 #29 Mitch Walker

9 #05 Danny Chafin

10 #56 Anthony Miller

11 #43 Greg Wise

12 #10 Derek Kale

Street Stocks Twin #1:

1 #22 Dan Moore

2 #31 Wayne Edwards

3 #18 Cody DeMarmels

4 #03 Kevin Eby

5 #64 Marshall Sutton

6 #2 Larry Mosher

7 #3 Mark Whitten

8 #32 David Harrell

9 #16 Carroll McKinney

10 #23 Brendan Doyle

11 #10 Ethan Johnson

Street Stocks Twin #2:

1 #22 Dan Moore

2 #31 Wayne Edwards

3 #3 Mark Whitten

4 #03 Kevin Eby

5 #2 Larry Mosher

6 #64 Marshall Sutton

7 #16 Carroll McKinney

8 #32 David Harrell

9 #23 Brendan Doyle

10 #10 Ethan Johnson

11 #18 Cody DeMarmels

4 Cylinders:

1 #09 Randy Canipe

2 #16 Michael Tucker

3 #28 Dennis Trivette

4 #98 Rob Lewis

5 #17 Curtis Pardue

6 #07 Philip McLean

7 #79 Crystal Davis

8 #11 Robert Trivette

9 #6 Rodney Trivette

10 #00 Eddie Gilbert DQ

The Hickory Crawdads June 20th game in West Virginia against the Power has been canceled due to rain. The contest will not be made up, marking the second lost game for the 'Dads this season.

The rainout comes on the second day of the 'Dads final series of the first half. The two teams will wrap up the series and the first half of the South Atlantic League season on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 pm.

The entire league will be off June 22nd - 24th for the SAL All-Star Game in Asheville, NC. The Crawdads will begin the second half of their schedule at home on Thursday, June 25th, with the team remaining at L.P. Frans Stadium for 9 games.

Caldwell County: 4, 3
Hickory: 2, 10

Haywood County: 17
Burke County: 0

Maiden at Union, ppd.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jazmine Charles has been nominated for the prestigious 2015 NCAA Women Of The Year, the association announced.

NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Charles, a recent graduate from Lexington, N.C., was one of the best women’s basketball players in school history.

Charles was a four-year starter for the Bears who leaves the program ranked first in three-pointers made (183) and fifth in points scored (1,605) on the team’s career lists.

Charles was a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (2013-15) and was named the 2013-14 SAC and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.

In addition, Charles earned Third-Team All-American honors as a junior as she led the squad to the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship. Lenoir-Rhyne, 24-7 that year, served as the host of the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament.

Academically, Charles earned her bachelor’s degrees in public relations and broadcast and electronic media this past May and was named the 2014-15 SAC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Of The Year. Charles has also been selected to both Lenoir-Rhyne’s Dean’s List and President’s List and was an Academic All-District selection.

Charles was also an active member of FCA, Nu Generation Gospel Choir and several honor societies in addition to volunteering at the Hickory Soup Kitchen, Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Humane Society of Catawba County.

Now in its 25th year, 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.

Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics. In 2012, Lenoir-Rhyne's Kate Griewisch was one of the nine finalists nationally and was invited to a special awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

The Hickory Crawdads started their 3-game series in West Virginia with a wild back and forth contest Friday night, with the 'Dads ultimately falling to the Power 6-5 at Appalachian Power Park.

The series could have been a battle for the first half Northern Division title as the Power were only 2.5 games behind the 'Dads as recently as June 9th, but a surge by Hickory along with a slump by West Virginia resulted in the Crawdads clinching the division at home on June 15th. The lack of a pennant chase did little to dampen the drama of the night however, as the 'Dads and Power combined for six lead changes and two ties before Hickory lost 6-5.

The night began with a nearly hour and a half long rain delay before the game finally kicked off at 8:33 pm. West Virginia wasted little time from that point in jumping on Crawdads starting pitcher Brett Martin for one run on two hits in the 1st for a 1-0 score. The 'Dads came back with a run of their own in the top of the 2nd, with Jairo Beras coming home on a double play groundout by Ricky Valencia to tie the game at 1-1.

The Crawdads took their first lead of the night two innings later in the 4th, when All-Star Luke Tendler doubled to right before scoring one batter later on an RBI double by Beras for a 2-1 Hickory lead. The advantage lasted only until the bottom of the 5th, when West Virginia got to 'Dads reliever Chris Dula for two runs on two hits and three walks to re-take the lead at 3-2.

The seesaw affair continued with Hickory rallying for the game-tying run in the 6th thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly by Isiah Kiner-Falefa to plate Beras and make the score 3-3. The Power then pounced on the Crawdads bullpen again in the 7th, this time with DH Michael Suchy hitting a 2-out, solo home run to left to put West Virginia in the lead once again at 4-3.

The 'Dads made one last offensive push in the top of the 8th, when Beras and Rock Shoulders came through with back-to-back solo homers to launch the Crawdads ahead 5-4. Hickory then turned to All-Star closer John Fasola for a potential 6-out save, but the 'Dads lead would not survive the 8th. Fasola quickly recorded the inning's first out with a fly out to right, before the right-hander induced a routine fly ball to left that was dropped by Crawdads left fielder Carlos Arroyo to put the tying run on 2nd base with one out. West Virginia jumped on the opportunity the very next batter, as Power All-Star Elvis Escobar hit a ground ball, RBI single through the right side to tie the game at 5-5.

Another single and an intentional walk later, West Virginia had the bases loaded with only one out and first baseman Connor Joe at the plate. Fasola and the 'Dads appeared to escape the frame with the game still tied when Fasola fielded a grounder back to the mound and started what looked like an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. The home plate umpire however ruled that Valencia's foot was not on home plate, thus allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Power and giving them the 6-5 score they would go on to win by.

Power reliever Jake Burnette (2-3) earned the win after allowing three runs on two hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over his three innings pitched. Fasola (1-1) was handed his first loss of the year despite both of his runs allowed in the 8th being unearned. West Virginia closer Nick Neumann (10) earned the save with a perfect 9th inning.

Beras ended the night with his best offensive game of the season, as the outfielder went 3-4 with a home run, double, two RBI, and three runs scored. Shoulders also finished with a multi-hit game going 2-3 with his 3rd long ball of the year, while Arroyo ended the night 2-5.

The Crawdads (43-24) and Power (37-31) will match up again Saturday night at 7:05 pm for game two of the three game series.

Friday, 19 June 2015 21:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Adds Six to Next Season Roster

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Golf Coach Elliot Gealy announced today the addition of six players for the 2015-16 campaign.

The group includes Brad Robinson, Carlos Lasso, Ulisses Toledo, Jr., Luis Lopez Malo, Colby Carter and Hunter McCombs.

“I am excited and optimistic about the future of Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf,” said Gealy. “This class of incoming players will add a good deal of depth and talent to our program. I look forward to watching this group of players develop into quality young men and help our team compete for championships for years to come.”

Robinson, a native of Northumberland, UNITED KINGDOM, was captain of his County’s U18 Team as well as the youngest member of his Men’s County Team. In the past year, he recorded Top 10 finishes in his County’s Stroke Play Event, The North and South Trophy and the North of England School Championship. Robinson studied at The Kings School Tynemouth.

Lasso attended the Crenshaw School in Orlando, Fla., where he was captain on the squad and notched two second-place finishes on the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) this past spring. Lasso is a native of Spain as well.

Toledo, Jr., a native of Curitibe, BRAZIL, has been a very successful player in both Junior and Amateur Tournaments in Brazil. Toledo, Jr., notched two wins in 2014 – Aberto de Golfe de Fcpg and the Juvenil Brasiliano la etapa – and placed fourth in the Doral Publix Junior in Miami, Fla., two years ago.

Lopez Malo, a native of Spain as well, attended St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, Fla. During his prep career, Lopez Malo finished second in both the regional and district championships as a senior and won the Titleist Invitational on the North Florida Junior Golf Tour. While competing at home in Spain in the summer of 2014, Malo won the Gran Premio Juvenil Tournament.

Carter was the top player for Davie County High School in Mocksville, N.C. During his senior year, Carter earned all-conference honors with a 36.25 stroke average.

McCombs (Morganton, N.C.) lettered four years at Patton High School while leading his squad to a Division Championship as well as three Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. McCombs is a transfer from UNC Pembroke as well.

Appalachian State University volleyball player Lauren Gray (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) has been nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA on Friday.

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.

Gray, a middle blocker from Round Rock, Texas, finished her four-year career at Appalachian as one of the school's most consistent hitters, possessing a career hitting percentage of .298 to rank fourth all-time in school history. During her senior season Gray was named second-team All-Sun Belt and NCCSIA All-State, while serving on the team's leadership council.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Gray has maintained a 3.92 GPA and graduated this past spring with a degree in Public Relations. She has been an active participant in the Boone community, volunteering with programs such as Reading Across America, Relay for Life and the Special Olympics, along with the App State volleyball team.

NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 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 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.