The Hickory Crawdads began their pivotal three game series against the first place Hagerstown Suns with an impressive showing Friday night, as the 'Dads rode the stellar pitching of Yohander Mendez and Anyelo Leclerc to a 5-2 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The win moved the Crawdads four games back of the Suns in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, with two games left in the series and nine total contests remaining in the 2014 season. Playing a major role in the victory was 'Dads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, who held Hagerstown to one run on two hits over five innings pitched while making his first start for the Crawdads since going on the disabled list on April 27th.
The Suns scored their lone run off of Mendez and the 'Dads in the top of the 1st, with Hagerstown utilizing a walk, two singles, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Spencer Kieboom to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Crawdads promptly responded in the bottom of the inning when leadoff batter Michael De Leon clubbed his first home run of the season over the left field wall, with the solo blast tying the game at 1-1.
Hickory took the lead in the 3rd, with the club using three hits and an error to score two runs for a 3-1 advantage. Luis Marte led off the frame with a double to left before De Leon laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Evan Van Hoosier followed with a tapper back to the mound, but Hagerstown starting pitcher Travis Ortiz slipped while fielding the grounder and threw wildly to first base for an error that allowed Marte to score. Two outs later, Joe Jackson plated De Leon on a RBI single up the middle for the second run of the inning.
The 'Dads tacked on another run to their lead the following frame on a RBI sacrifice fly by Van Hoosier to score Kevin Torres, before the club plated their final tally in the 7th on a RBI single to center by Zach Cone for the final 5-1 score.
De Leon finished the game 2-5 with his first home run, two runs scored, and a RBI. Van Hoosier ended the night with two RBI as part of a 1-3 game, while Marte went 1-4 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.
The offensive support made a winner out of Mendez (3-0) in his first Hickory outing in nearly four months. Ott (0-2) took the loss for Hagerstown with four runs allowed, two earned, on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Leclerc picked up his third save of the season with four scoreless innings of relief out of the bullpen.
The Crawdads (34-27) will try to pick up another vital game in the standings against the Suns (38-23) in game two of the three game series Saturday, with first pitched scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Appalachian State University field hockey’s new facility has officially been named Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium, it was announced on Friday.
The Adcocks are responsible for the lead gift for the stadium’s field. Both Brandon and Erica are Appalachian State alumni. Erica was a three time all-conference selection as a member of Appalachian’s field hockey program from 2003-06.
Brandon is the co-founder of Direct Digital LLC, the developer and marketer of many leading wellness and nutritional supplements. In 2013, the Adcocks received the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award for their exceptional service to the university and accomplishments in their careers.
The new field is located on the site of the former Appalachian Soccer Stadium at Appalachian’s State Farm Fields Complex. The field hockey-specific facility includes a water-based Tufted-Astroturf playing surface that deposits 400 gallons of water per minute and will have the field at an optimum play level in 10 minutes.
“Having the new turf enables us to practice everyday on the same surface we will be competing on for every game even when we travel to other schools,” head coach Brandi Alexander Kist said. “This will enable our team to develop better skills and consistency to be more competitive.”
The stadium has seating for 450 spectators and a new scoreboard. Long range plans for the stadium will include the installation of lights, construction of locker rooms, a concession/souvenir stand, press box and permanent restrooms.
First official match in the new stadium will be played Aug. 29 when the Georgetown Hoyas come to Boone.
The Catawba Valley Lady Red Hawks begin their 2014 Fall Season this Monday, August 25th with a 6:30 match against Montreat College JV on their home court. The Lady Red Hawks return six sophomores: Tiffany Brooks, Madison Pogue, Anna Henderson, Aimee Cloninger, Lyndsey Detter and Katie Ruff.
Madison Pogue brings leadership and tenacity back to the offense this year. Madi ranked 6th in the nation last year in service aces with 96 total aces and was 12th in the nation in aces per set with .73. She also made headlines last season in the assists category with 1,244 total assists which ranked her 15th in the NJCAA rankings. Madi’s aggressive approach to the setting position led her to a season total of 1.42 kills per set and she plans to raise those figures this fall.
NJCAA Division II All- American nominee Aimee Cloninger returns to the Red Hawk line-up this fall and promises to make national headlines again this season. Aimee won Region X Player of the Year honors and was also named District P Tournament Most Valuable Player for the fall 2013 season. Aimee boasts national rankings in several categories including service aces with 95 aces during last season which ranks her 7th in the nation and a number 11 ranking in aces per set with .75. In addition, Aimee finished 21st in the standings for points per set with 4.2 for the year.
Middle hitter Anna Henderson finished the 2013 season ranked 7th in the nation in hitting percentage and looks to dominate again this year. Anna finished 16th in the nation last fall in block assists with 115 and rounded out the blocking category with 145 total blocks.
Tiffany Brooks’ versatility will be her strong suit again this season. Her speed and aggressive mentality make her an invaluable asset to the program. Tiffany finished the 2013 season with a .243 hitting percentage and 47 block assists.
Katie Ruff dominated last fall in the aces category finishing 30th nationally with 61 total aces for the year. Although Katie’s primary role last fall was defensive, she will make the switch this year to the offensive side of the game because of her increased vertical and quicker approach.
Sophomore Lyndsey Detter will continue to contribute defensively and plans to add to her Red Hawks service aces total of 32.
The 2014 Red Hawks Volleyball freshman class is the most talented and athletic group ever recruited to the CVCC campus. As the largest freshman class in CV Volleyball history, this freshman group is sure to make headlines this fall. The players are Katelyn Houser, Emily Horn, Montana Moore, Kristen Moore, Liza Sipe, Taylor Offnick, Hannah Griffin, Rachel Anderson and Madison Steed.
Local superstar Katelyn Houser of St. Stephens High School boasts numerous accolades including 1st Team 3A/4A, All-Conference 2011, 2012 and 2013, St. Stephens High School Most Outstanding Offensive Player for 2013 and Hickory Metro Sports Commission Student-Athlete of the Year. Katelyn also received the Award of Academic Excellence all four years of high school and the North Carolina Scholar Award. Katelyn will contribute to the 2014 Red Hawks team as a setter and defensive specialist.
South Caldwell graduate Rachel Anderson plans to dominate this season as a powerhouse hitter for the Lady Red Hawks. Her high school honors include All-Conference, Caldwell County Player of the Year, and 2012 and 2013 Offensive Player of the Year. Rachel was also an honor roll student and a NC Scholar Athlete.
Hannah Griffin of Hickory Grove Christian in Charlotte promises to be another towering presence at the net for the Red Hawks this fall. Hannah made the All-State team her senior year and was named All-Conference her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Another Charlotte all-star, Emily Horn of Marvin Ridge High School, will bring ball control and consistency to the Red Hawks line-up this fall. Emily received All-Conference honors as well as Varsity Unsung Hero and Captains Award her senior year.
Montana Moore of Pisgah High School adds depth to the Red Hawks 2014 defensive roster and contributes to the aggressive serving strategy. Montana’s court awareness and quick first step is sure to place her high in the national rankings for digs per set this season.
Another versatile athlete, Taylor Offnick of Lake Norman High School, will bring both offensive and defensive contributions to the game. Taylor was a part of the 3A/4A All-Conference Team and was also named to the Iredell All-County Team. Taylor was the Lake Norman Most Valuable Player and the Mooresville Weekly Player of the Year.
Liza Sipe played for North Lincoln High School and local club, Carolina Select. Her club team won numerous tournaments including Gold K-2 Wilderness, Winter Bump and the Southern Classic. Liza will play a defensive role for the Red Hawks this fall.
Madison Steed was a 2 year starter for volleyball powerhouse Audrey Kell High School, who finished 1st in the 4A State Championships Madison’s junior year. Madison’s primary contribution to the 2014 Red Hawks will be in the blocking game.
Kristen Moore of East Burke High School made All-Conference her junior and senior years, was voted Best All Around for volleyball her senior year and graduated with Academic Honors. Kristen is being utilized as a setter and defensive specialist for the Red Hawks this fall.
As defending Conference and District Champions, the Catawba Valley Red Hawks look to dominate Region X again this fall. NJCAA Pre-Season Polls have the Red Hawks ranked at 18th in the nation and the team is determined to soar up the polls with opened talons. With a National Title in sight, the 2014 Lady Red Hawks are ready to begin the new journey.
For more information and game dates, visit gocvcc.com.
North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0
West Lincoln: 0
East Burke: 3
North Gaston: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
St. Stephens: 3
Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 2
Fred T. Foard: 3
TC Roberson: 2
West Caldwell: 0
The Hickory Crawdads rallied late and moved the tying run to third base three separate times in the later innings Thursday night, but the go-ahead hit never came for the 'Dads as they fell to the Augusta GreenJackets 4-3 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 6th inning down 4-0 to the GreenJackets before rallying for three runs on four hits and an error to cut the deficit to 4-3. The 'Dads would eventually load the bases in the frame, but would leave the bases full before also leaving runners at the corners in the 7th and two men in scoring position in the 9th to fall just short in their 4-3 loss. The defeat snaps a four-game win streak for Hickory while also denying the 'Dads a series sweep over the 'Jackets.
Augusta built their lead with one big inning, as the GreenJackets got to Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith for four runs on five hits in the 3rd inning to take a 4-0 advantage. Smith settled down after the 3rd and finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts over five innings pitched. The Hickory bullpen followed suit beginning in the 6th, with Felix Carvallo and Patrick Kaminska combining to toss three shutout innings of relief to keep the 'Dads in the game.
The Crawdads responded with their 3-run rally in the 6th to make the score 4-3. Nick Urbanus kick started the rally with a leadoff single to left before Luis Marte reached on a fielding error by Augusta shortstop Rando Moreno and Michael De Leon got aboard with a base knock to right to load the bases with nobody out. Even Van Hoosier got the 'Dads on the board with a RBI fielder's choice groundout prior to Ronald Guzman coming through with a 2-RBI double inside the first base line.
Joe Jackson followed with a bloop double to left that put runners on the corners with one away. One out later, Travis Demeritte drew a walk to re-load the bases with two outs, but the 'Jackets were able to escape the inning when Marcus Greene ground out to third. The Crawdads threatened again in the 7th and 9th, but would never score again as the team left eight men on base, six in scoring position.
Augusta starting pitcher Robert Ramer (3-4) earned the win after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings pitched. Smith (7-5) took the loss for the 'Dads with four runs given up on seven hits, two walks, and 10 Ks. 'Jackets reliever Raymundo Montero picked up his fifth save of the year with a scoreless 9th.
Guzman finished the game 1-4 with a double and two RBI, while De Leon went 1-3 with two walks. Urbanus also reached base safely multiple times, going 1-2 with a walk.
The Crawdads (33-27) will now return to L.P. Frans Stadium for their final home stand of the regular season. First pitch on Friday against the Hagerstown Suns is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's and Men's Cross Country Teams were picked to finish fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Coaches Preseason Poll.
On the men's side, Mars Hill was picked to win their 18th consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship while the Wingate Women's Cross Country Team was voted on to win its second straight title. The Bulldogs also captured the 2013 Southeast Regional Championship.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by juniors Kyle Barry (Gilbertsville, Ky.) and Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) on the men's side.
Meanwhile, the Bears' women's team, the three-time South Atlantic Conference Champions (2008, 2009 and 2012), is paced by junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams open the 2014 season on Saturday, September 13, at the Elon Invitational beginning at 9:00 a.m.
2014 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Mars Hill 120
2. Queens 112
3. Anderson 95
4t. Lincoln Memorial 80
4t. Brevard 80
6. Wingate 78
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 68
8. Carson-Newman 42
9. Tusculum 38
10. Coker 28
11. Catawba 27
12. Newberry 24
2014 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate 121
2. Queens 110
3. Mars Hill 97
4. Anderson 91
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 86
6. Brevard 69
7. Lincoln Memorial 59
8. Catawba 44
9. Carson-Newman 39
10. Tusculum 32
11. Coker 23
12. Newberry 21
Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced his team’s schedule for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, highlighted by seven home meets and an intense non-conference schedule.
“I am looking forward to the number of great home meets we have in Boone this year. It will be a great opportunity for us to build on our fanbase and get the student body involved,” Bentley said.. “We are wrestling a great in-state schedule with the addition of 3 Atlantic Coast Conference schools.”
Appalachian’s non-conference opponents feature two top-20 teams from the final Intermat polls from last season. The Mountaineers will face No. 13 Illinois on Nov. 14 and No. 19 North Carolina State on Dec. 17. In addition to the Illini and Wolfpack, the Mountaineers will face nine teams that finished ranked ahead of Appalachian in the final polls.
“The 2014-2015 schedule will be a tremendous test, and I believe our wrestlers are up for the challenge,” Bentley said. “Our schedule will definitely prepare our athletes for success at the NCAA’s in March!”
The NCAA tournament is set for March 19-21 but the Mountaineers will have to get through their challenging schedule first.
The fall season begins with the Mountaineer Duals, where the squad will face Cumberland University and Buffalo before traveling cross-country to take on Cal State Bakersfield. Staying on the west side of the country, the Mountaineers will participate in the Roadrunner Open, a tournament in which they finished sixth of 27 schools last year. A week later, Appalachian will compete in the Keystone Classic, a tournament that sophomore Dylan Cottrell claimed third place at last year in the 149-pound weight class.
In addition to facing NC State, the Mountaineers will also face ACC foes North Carolina on Nov. 30 in Boone and Duke on Jan. 31.
Appalachian’s conference schedule begins Jan. 7 against SIUE and will end Feb. 22 against Davidson. The 78th annual Southern Conference Wrestling Championships will start March 7 at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C. The Mountaineers finished fourth at the league championships a year ago.
2014-15 Appalachian State Wrestling Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 2 Cumberland University Boone, N.C. 11 a.m.
Nov. 2 Buffalo Boone, N.C. 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Cal State Bakersfield Gilroy, Calif. 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Illinois Gilroy, Calif. 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 Roadrunner Open Fresno, Calif. All Day
Nov. 23 Keystone Classic Philadelphia, Pa. All Day
Nov. 30 North Carolina Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Dec. 5 Ohio University Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 N.C. State Raleigh, N.C. 7 p.m.
Jan 1-2 Southern Scuffle Chattanooga, Tenn. All Day
Jan. 7 SIUE * Edwardsville, Ill. 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Campbell * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 11 Binghamton Boone, N.C. 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 The Citadel * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 24 Appalachian Open Boone, N.C. All Day
Jan. 30 Gardner-Webb * Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Duke Durham, N.C. 5 p.m.
Feb. 8 UTC * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Feb. 16 VMI * Lexington, Va. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Davidson * Davidson, N.C. 2 p.m.
March 7 SoCon Championships Asheville, N.C. All Day
March 19-21 NCAA Championships St. Louis, Miss. All Day
South Caldwell: 0
East Burke: 3
East Rutherford: 2
St. Stephens: 3
North Gaston: 1
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0
Bunker Hill: 9
East Burke: 2
North Iredell: 0
St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 1