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Caldwell County: 4
Queen City: 3
This best of five series is tied 1-1.

Gastonia: 7
Taylorsville: 3, 11 innings
Gastonia leads the best of five series 2-0.

Hickory: 11
Gaston Braves: 8
This best of five series is tied 1-1.

The Hickory Crawdads kept their hot bats rolling Saturday night with 6 more runs on 10 hits, but the offensive production wasn't enough as the Rome Braves scored 6 unanswered runs including the winning run on a wild pitch in the 9th for a 7-6 Hickory loss at State Mutual Stadium.

The 'Dads bats carried the load for a fourth straight night, as Hickory jumped out to a 6-1 lead through the first 4 innings. The Braves began chipping away at the Crawdads lead from there however, with single runs in the 5th and 6th followed by 2 tallies in the 7th to make the score 6-5. Rome then completed the comeback in the 9th when they tied the game on a bases loaded, RBI walk before the winning run came home on a wild pitch for the 7-6 final score.

Hickory took their initial lead of the night in the 2nd, when Josh Altmann led off the frame with a bunt single before eventually scoring two outs later on an RBI single from Ti'Quan Forbes for a 1-0 score. The 'Dads extended the advantage to 3-0 the next inning, when Sherman Lacrus singled, Dylan Moore reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Eduard Pinto came through with a 2-RBI double down the right field line.

Rome got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd with a single by Darien McLemore and an eventual RBI sacrifice fly from Alejandro Salazar to cut the score to 3-1. The Crawdads quickly responded in the top of the 4th however, when both Yeyson Yrizarri and Forbes singled before Ricky Valencia lofted a 3-run home run to left for a 6-1 'Dads lead.

The Braves then began their comeback in the 5th, when Carlos Castro connected on a solo home run off of Hickory reliever Jonathan Hernandez to make the score 6-2. Rome picked up another single tally in the 6th on a double by Tyler Neslony and an RBI base knock from Castro for a 6-3 score. The Braves then narrowed their deficit to a single run in the 7th, with RBI singles by Salazar and Neslony cutting the Crawdads advantage to 6-5.

The 'Dads entered the 9th still holding on to their one-run lead, with reliever Emerson Martinez on the mound to close out the game. Rome quickly started another rally though with a leadoff single from Ray-Patrick Didder to put the tying run on base and bring the winning run for the Braves to the plate. Salazar followed with a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over but Altmann dropped Martinez's throw to first, which resulted in two runners on with nobody out. Following a strikeout of Neslony, Martinez intentionally walked Justin Ellison to load the bases for Jonathan Morales. The plan backfired though when Morales drew a walk to force in a run and tie the score at 6-6. Two pitches into the next at-bat against Leudys Baez, Martinez fired a wild pitch that brought Salazar home to score the final run resulting in the 7-6 'Dads defeat.

Martinez (0-1) took the loss for the Crawdads with 2 runs allowed, 1 earned, on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout while recording 1 out in the 9th. Rome reliever Corbin Clouse (1-0) earned the win after tossing 2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Valencia finished 1-4 with his first homer of the season and 3 RBI to pace the hot-hitting Hickory hitters. Forbes finished the game 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Moore went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, and Yrizarri ended the night 2-4 with a run scored. Pinto's 1-4 game with a double and 2 RBI stretched his current hit streak to 7 games.

The Crawdads (8-9/46-41) will still go for the series win over the Braves (9-8/36-50) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 7/9/2016

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
3 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
4 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
5 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC
6 82F Rusty Fann Newton, NC
7 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 4G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
4 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
5 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 22H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
4 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
5 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
6 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
7 15O Omar Jurado Huntersville, NC
8 55B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
9 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
10 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
11 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
12 8R Trevor Rizzo Bluffton, SC
13 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
14 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
15 6E Enrique Baca , NC
16 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 22H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
4 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
5 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
6 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
7 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
8 55B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
9 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
10 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
11 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
12 8R Trevor Rizzo Bluffton, SC
13 15O Omar Jurado Huntersville, NC
14 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
15 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
16 6E Enrique Baca , NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
3 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
4 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
5 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 16 Rodney Howard Simpsonville, SC
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
10 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
11 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
12 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
13 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
14 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
15 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
16 19H Blake Humphrey Cornelius, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 00S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
8 5D Dennis Werner ,
9 9T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC

Gaston Braves: 12
Hickory: 6
Gaston leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Gastonia: 6
Taylorsville: 3
Gastonia leads the best of fiver series, 1-0.

Queen City: 4
Caldwell County: 0
Queen City leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:41

Crawdads Beat Rome and Rain on the Road

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The hot-hitting Hickory Crawdads jumped ahead early and pulled away late following a lengthy rain delay Friday night, as the 'Dads took a 6-3 lead into the locker room before returning for 5 more runs in an 11-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the game having scored 17 runs on 16 hits while winning their last two contests. The 'Dads kept the momentum going in their second game in Rome with a season-high 11 runs scored on 13 hits, with the final 5 runs and 5 hits coming after a one hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning. The pivotal frame on the night came early in the 3rd when Hickory broke up a 3-3 tie with 5 runs on 5 hits, including 3 runs coming on a bases-loaded, 3 RBI double by Ti'Quan Forbes to give the Crawdads a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish.

The night started with the 'Dads on the wrong end of some early offense from the Braves, as the home team used singles by Alejandro Salazar, Carlos Castro, and Jonathan Morales to plate 2, 1st inning tallies off of Hickory starting pitcher Erik Swanson for a 2-0 score. The Crawdads responded with a run in the top of the 2nd, when Josh Altmann was hit by a pitch prior to an RBI base knock to right from Tyler Sanchez that cut the score to 2-1. Rome came right back with a tally of their own in the home half of the 2nd however, with a double by Bradley Keller and an RBI single from Yeudi Grullon putting the Braves ahead 3-1.

The 'Dads bats then took charge of the game in the 3rd, with the visiting club scoring 5 runs on 5 hits to take a 6-3 advantage. Sherman Lacrus started the rally with a leadoff single to left, followed by a base knock to right by Frandy De La Rosa that also saw Rome right fielder Bradley Keller overrun the ball and allow both runners to move into scoring position. Yeyson Yrizarri took advantage of the error with an RBI groundout to get the Crawdads on the board. Dylan Moore followed with a fielder's choice groundout for the second out of the frame before Altmann tied the score on an RBI single to left. Eduard Pinto and Sanchez kept the inning going with a single and a hit-by-pitch respectively to load the bases for Forbes, who delivered a bases clearing, 3 RBI double off the base of the center field wall to put Hickory up 6-3.

The score remained the same through the 6th inning, when the rain arrived and forced both teams off the field. When play resumed the Crawdads picked up right where they left off with some help from the Rome defense, as the 'Dads scored 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and 4 Braves errors to push their lead to 9-3. De La Rosa was the first man up and reached on a fielding error by Rome shortstop Alejandro Salazar. Yrizarri followed with a single to right to put runners on first and third base before Braves reliever Dalton Geekie threw wildly to first on a pickoff which allowed De La Rosa to score and Yrizarri to reach second. One out later, Altmann lofted a fly ball to left field that Braves left fielder Leudys Baez dropped, with the ensuing error allowing Yrizarri to score and Altmann to reach second. Pinto then capped the inning with an RBI single to center to put Hickory up by 6.

The Crawdads' lead swelled to 11-3 in the next inning, this time with singles by Chuck Moorman and Lacrus preceding a 2-RBI double from Yrizarri. Rome picked up one last run in the bottom of the 8th on a solo home run off the bat of Lucas Herbert before 'Dads reliever John Werner closed the door in the 9th for the 11-4 Hickory victory.

Eight of the nine Crawdads batters finished the night with a hit, led by Pinto who posted his fourth consecutive multi-hit night after going 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Lacrus also had a 3-hit game after going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, while Yrizarri finished 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Swanson (5-3) earned the win for Hickory after fighting through 5 innings with 3 runs allowed on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Rome starter Mike Soroka (2-8) took the loss after giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 1 strikeout, while Werner picked up his team-leading 8th save with 1 run allowed over the final 3 innings of the game.

The Crawdads (8-8/46-40) will try to clinch a series win over the Braves (8-8/35-50) Saturday night in the third game of their 4-game set, with first pitch set for 6:00 pm.

As excitement continues to build for the much anticipated 2016 Appalachian State University football season, single-game tickets will go on sale on August 2, beginning at 9 a.m. A special pre-sale for Yosef Club members and season ticket holders will take place in advance of the general public and will be offered the week of July 25-29.

Single-game tickets for select, anticipated games such as Miami (Fla.) may or may not be available at the time of purchase. The only way to guarantee your seats for the 2016 season is to purchase season tickets.

INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Date Opponent Adult Youth (3-12) Miller Hill
Sept. 10 Old Dominion $40 $30 $30
Sept. 17 Miami (Fla.) $60 $50 $35
Oct. 1 Georgia State $40 $30 $30
Oct. 22 Idaho $40 $30 $30
Nov. 5 UL Monroe $40 $30 $30
Nov. 19 Texas State $40 $30 $30

Fans are encouraged to join the Yosef Club (minimum $100 membership level) to participate in the pre-sale opportunity. The individual ordering the tickets during the pre-sale must be the account holder of record with an account in good standing. All pre-sales are in person at the Athletics Ticket Office, located inside the Holmes Center, or by calling (828) 262-2079.

Purchases during the pre-sale may not be made before the allotted time, but eligible individuals may purchase at any time after their allotted time has passed. Individuals not able to purchase their desired number of tickets in the pre-sale can purchase additional tickets on August 2 - should they be available.

DONOR/SEASON TICKET HOLDER WINDOWS FOR PURCHASE
Monday, July 25
$5,000 and above Yosef Club members along with Club and Suite holders
Limit 8 reserved and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Tuesday, July 26
$1,500-$4,999 Yosef Club members
Limit 6 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Wednesday, July 27
$500-$1,499 Yosef Club members
Limit 4 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Thursday, July 28
$100-$499 Yosef Club members, along with non-Yosef section season ticket holders
Limit 2 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Friday, July 29
All of the above

Tuesday, August 2
Individual tickets go on sale to general public

Appalachian State University baseball alum Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) has been called up to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A) after spending just 12 games with the Elizabethton Twins, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday.

The outfielder had seven home runs in those 12 games and was recently named the Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Week after he crossed the plate eight times, hit five home runs for nine RBI and stole a base in his first seven games. His best game for Rookie-level Elizabethton came against Pulaski on July 1 when the Greensboro-native blasted two over the fence for a career-high five RBI on his 22nd birthday.

After leading for a time, Davis was second in the Appalachian League in slugging percentage (.745) and OPS (1.091) before being promoted. He also left leading the league in home runs and was fourth in RBI.

The right-hander was selected in the 34th round by the Twins in the 2015 MLB Draft despite being limited to just 18 games in his junior season due to a season-ending arm injury sustained while making a diving catch. With the selection, Davis became the first Mountaineer to be drafted as an outfielder since Rand Smith in 2009.

During his career at App State, he was named a freshman all-American in 2012, set a school record with seven triples as a sophomore in 2013 and, in just 126 career games, is tied for third in program history with 11 career triples.

Appalachian State University football senior offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists.

Collins is one of 70 student-athletes from across the country to be named to the prestigious list, while the lineman is only one of two student-athletes representing the Sun Belt (Antonio Garcia - Troy). Collins is on a list that features 22 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 17 defensive tackles and 11 centers.

During the 2015 season, Collins was an intricate part at center where he started all 13 games and helped anchor an offensive line that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and second in the Sun Belt at a whopping 271.5 yards per game. The Mountaineers rushed for at least 300 yards in six games last season as well. For his performance, Collins was named second team all-Sun Belt.

The App State offensive line did a tremendous job protecting quarterback Taylor Lamb, allowing just 11 sacks during the season, which tied the fourth fewest in the nation and second fewest in the Sun Belt. Thanks to the offensive line giving Lamb time to throw, the signal caller ranked 10th in the nation in passing efficiency and ninth in the country in passing touchdowns.

Collins is the third Mountaineer thus far to be named to a preseason award watch list, as Marcus Cox was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and Barrett Burns was selected for the John Mackey Award Watch List.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015 with a Camellia Bowl win over Ohio (31-29) and setting the record for the most wins in the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Friday, 08 July 2016 09:48

Crawdads Offense Surges in Big Win Over Rome

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The Hickory Crawdads' offense produced their second straight big game Thursday night, this time with Eduard Pinto leading the way as the 'Dads outfielder went 4-5 to pace Hickory's 14-hit attack in a 9-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads won in Augusta with 8 runs on 12 hits, the 'Dads bats put up 9 runs on 14 hits thanks to five players posting a multi-hit game. Pinto was the ringleader with a 4-5 game including a double and a run scored, while Frandy De La Rosa went 3-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Josh Altmann (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, HBP), Chuck Moorman (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), and Sherman Lacrus (2-4, RBI, R) all collected multiple hits on the night as well.

The first two innings of the game featured no runs, but did see Crawdads starting pitcher Pedro Payano leave the game in the 2nd inning after taking a line drive off of his right pitching arm.

The 'Dads got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 3rd when Moorman reached on a fielding error by Braves third baseman Austin Riley, Lacrus singled to center, Eric Jenkins drove in a run with an RBI groundout, and De La Rosa plated a tally with an RBI base knock to right for a 2-0 Hickory lead. The Braves answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, with Luke Dykstra and Justin Ellison lining RBI doubles off of Crawdads reliever Blake Bass to tie the game at 2-2.

Hickory kept their foot on the gas with three more tallies in the top of the 4th to re-take the lead at 5-2. The rally started when Altmann was hit by a pitch before Pinto doubled to right and Yeyson Yrizarri picked up an RBI on a groundout. Following a walk by Connor McKay, Moorman and Lacrus each delivered RBI singles to push the 'Dads lead to 3 runs.

Rome picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the 4th on an infield single by Carlos Castro and an eventual throwing error by De La Rosa at third base that make the score 5-3, but the Crawdads once again pulled away in the 5th when Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch and came home on a 2-run home run to left by Altmann to put Hickory ahead 7-3.

The Crawdads scored another run in the 7th on a walk by McKay and an RBI double from Moorman, before the 'Dads plated their final tally in the top of the 9th on singles by Altmann and Pinto followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from Yrizarri for a 9-3 Hickory lead. The Braves picked up one last run in the bottom of the 9th on a triple by Ray-Patrick Didder and an RBI sacrifice fly from Dykstra before Crawdads reliever Emerson Martinez closed out the game for the 9-4 final score.

Bass (3-1) earned the win for the 'Dads with 3 runs allowed, 2 earned, on 6 hits and 1 strikeout over 4 emergency innings of relief following the injury to Payano. Fellow reliever Adam Choplick also helped bridge the gap with 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Rome All-Star starter Patrick Weigel (5-4) took the loss after giving up 7 runs, 5 earned, on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout over 4 innings of work.

The Crawdads (7-9/45-40) and Braves (8-7/35-49) will match up again Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Taylorsville Post 170 is back in the North Carolina American Legion Western Division Area 4 playoffs. Huntersville Post 321, who swept Taylorsville three game to zero, did not have enough players to play in the next round of the playoffs and elected to forfeit the next round. Area 4 Commissioner Ron Swink entered Taylorsville back into the playoffs and will now be in the second round against Gastonia Post 23.

Series schedule is as follows:

Game 1- Saturday, July 9th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 2- Sunday, July 10th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central High School) 7 PM
Game 3- Monday, July 11th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM
Game 4- Tuesday, July 12th- @ Taylorsville (Alexander Central) 7 PM
Game 5- Wednesday, July 13th- @ Gastonia (Sims Legion Park) 7 PM

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