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Alex Kowalczyk homered and singled as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Lexington Legends 7-5 on Sunday.

Eric Jenkins had a pair of hits for Hickory.

Kaleb Fontenot allowed a run, but got Emmanuel Rivera to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.

Lexington grabbed a 4-1 lead in the fourth after Yeison Melo hit an RBI double and then scored on a two-run single by Joe Dudek.

After Hickory added a run in the fourth on a home run by Kowalczyk, the Crawdads took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. Carlos Garay hit a two-run double and Ti'Quan Forbes hit an RBI double en route to the one-run lead.

The Crawdads added to their lead in the eighth when Blaine Prescott hit a two-run home run.

Lexington saw its comeback attempt come up short after Khalil Lee hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to cut the Hickory lead to 7-5.

Hickory starter Kyle Cody (2-6) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Ofreidy Gomez (2-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up five runs and eight hits over five innings.

For the Legends, Dudek doubled and singled twice, driving home two runs.

Hickory is 25-38 on the first half of the season. They will travel to Greensboro tomorrow.

Mint Hill: 16
Maiden: 6

Leody Taveras hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 6-5 win over the Lexington Legends on Saturday.

Lexington had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but a runner was thrown out on a single to end the game as Kaleb Fontenot earned his second save of the season.

The grand slam by Taveras scored Jose Almonte, Yeyson Yrizarri, and Anderson Tejeda to give the Crawdads a 4-1 lead.

Following the big inning, the Legends went up in the next half-inning when Emmanuel Rivera hit a grand slam.

The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Ti'Quan Forbes scored on a double before he singled to score Eric Jenkins in the eighth.

C.D. Pelham (4-1) got the win in relief while Matthew Wynne (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Legends, Rivera homered and singled twice, driving home four runs. Gabriel Cancel doubled and singled twice.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey has announced the hiring of Andy Olejack as an Assistant Coach for the 2017-18 campaign.

Olejack comes to LR after spending one year (2016-17) as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga.

“I crossed paths with Andy (Olejack) in perfect timing,” said Sealey. “He is experienced in coaching and developing female student-athletes which contributes tremendously to the culture we are building here.”

“Andy’s desire to grow in this profession, his work ethic and the high character he demonstrates daily attracted me to hiring him. I have no doubt Andy is the perfect fit to complete our staff and I have no doubt he will make our program better every day.”

Olejack has also worked at McClure Middle School (2015-16) and Harrison High School (2013-15) in Kennesaw, Ga., and H.A. Jones Elementary School and Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ga., during the 2011-12 academic year.

On the collegiate level, Olejack has worked at Kennesaw State University (Strength and Conditioning Intern) and the University of West Georgia (Event Entertainment and Marketing Staff) and worked four years (2004-08) on the Equipment Staff of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs during training camp.

Olejack graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2012 from the University of West Georgia.

Angelo Castellano hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, leading the Lexington Legends to a 4-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday.

Grant Gavin struck Anderson Tejeda out with a runner on second to end the game for his fifth save of the season.

The single by Castellano started the scoring in a three-run inning and cut the Hickory lead to 3-2. Later in the inning, Lexington tied the game when Gabriel Cancel hit a sacrifice fly and then took the lead when Castellano scored on a fielder's choice.

The Crawdads went up 3-1 when Carlos Garay hit an RBI double, bringing home Alex Kowalczyk in the fourth.

Jose Veras (1-0) got the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Reid Anderson (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

In the losing effort, the Crawdads recorded a season-high four doubles. Yeyson Yrizarri doubled twice and singled, scoring a run and also driving one home for the Crawdads.

Lexington remains undefeated against Hickory this season at 4-0.

Burke County: 7
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 8
Cherryville: 0

Roldani Baldwin doubled and singled twice as the Greenville Drive beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 on Thursday.

Hildemaro Requena struck Yeyson Yrizarri out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.

Hickory got on the board first in the third inning, scoring on a solo home run by Jose Almonte.

Greenville answered in the next half-inning, scoring two runs to take the lead for good. Baldwin hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Tyler Spoon en route to the one-run lead.

The Drive later added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. In the fifth, Ryan Scott hit a two-run single, while Steven Reveles hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Franklin Rollin hit an RBI single and Anderson Tejeda scored on an error in the sixth to cut the Greenville lead to 5-3.

Greenville starter Jhonathan Diaz (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Sal Mendez (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings.

Adair Melton of Hickory, NC signed on Thursday, May 25th to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson, CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley, parents Jeff and Brice Melton, brother Grant Melton, grandparents David and Pat Jones, aunts Ashley Stahlschmidt and Amanda Walters and several of Adair’s cousins as well. Everyone along with her Tigers Volleyball teammates wished her well, shared a few photos and celebrated the accomplishment with cake! Samy Shreitah is the Foard athletic director and Adair’s head coach was Alison Yount.

Last fall, Adair averaged 11 assists per match and 1 ace per match. Offensively, she put up 3 kills per set and contributed on defense with 2 digs per set and 2 blocks per set. Head Foard Coach Yount commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching Adair for the past three seasons. It has been my pleasure to watch her grow as a volleyball player and mature into the fantastic young lady she is today.”

Adair also played for Team Life Volleyball Club out of Hickory for Coach Pat Morgante.

CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Adair to the Red Hawks roster for this fall. “Adair is incredibly athletic and has a great work ethic. Her versatility as a setter and hitter make her an invaluable asset to our offense. Adair’s passion for the game is evident as she plays and she consistently makes smart decisions on the court.”

Adair is a member of the Beta Club and received honors for Girls State. She was also awarded with High Honors at CVCC for her efforts in the Career and College Promise program. Adair plans to transfer in two years after she receives her Associate in Arts degree from Catawba Valley.

Cherryville: 5
Hickory: 4, 10 innings

Taylorsville: 5
Rutherford County: 3

Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:24

Hickory Crawdads Fall to Greenville Drive 5-3

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Chris Madera homered and had two hits, and Robby Sexton tossed six scoreless innings as the Greenville Drive defeated the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 on Wednesday.

Sexton (1-5) allowed two hits while striking out five to get the win.

Hickory took a 2-1 lead in the first after Carlos Garay hit a two-run single.

The Drive took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Ryan Scott singled to bring home Mitchell Gunsolus and Madera.

The Drive later tacked on a run in both the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth, Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single, while Madera hit a solo home run in the ninth.

Edgar Arredondo (2-3) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one. Stephen Nogosek gave up one run in two innings and recorded his 11th save of the season.

Franklin Rollin homered and singled for the Crawdads.

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