The Hickory Crawdads entered Friday night's game with a perfect 9-0 record against the West Virginia Power in 2014, but in the 10th and final matchup of the year the 'Dads lost out on the season sweep as they fell to the Power 6-1 in front of 3,703 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads were only out-hit 7-6 despite losing by five, with Michael De Leon (2-3, BB), Nomar Mazara (2-4, HR), Jairo Beras (0-2, BB, HBP) and Janluis Castro (1-2, 2 BB) all reaching base safely at least twice. The difference in the game came down to men left on base, as the 'Dads stranded seven total base runners (four in scoring position) while the Power ended the night with only two runners left stranded.
For the third time in the series it was West Virginia who jumped out to the initial lead, as the Power parlayed a pair of two out walks, a balk, and a 2-RBI single off of Hickory starting pitcher Frank Lopez into a 2-0 lead in the 1st. The Crawdads turned to Akeem Bostick out of the bullpen in the 3rd but the normal starting pitcher was touched up by the Power as well, with West Virginia scoring a run on a RBI sacrifice fly in the 3rd and another tally on a solo home run by Edwin Espinal in the 4th to take a 4-0 advantage.
West Virginia stretched their lead to its largest margin at 6-0 with two more runs against Bostick in the top of the 6th, before the Crawdads picked up their only run of the night in the bottom of the frame on a solo homer to right-center field by Nomar Mazara for the final 6-1 score. The long ball was the 17th of the season for the 19-year-old, moving him into second place in the South Atlantic League behind only teammate Travis Demeritte (19).
Power starting pitcher Devydas Neverauskas (5-9) earned the win with one of his best outings of the season, as the Lithuanian right-hander held the 'Dads to one run on four hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Lopez (3-3) took the loss for Hickory after allowing two runs on one hit, two walks, and three strikeouts in his first game pitched for the 'Dads since May 16th.
Despite the loss, the Crawdads (19-16) still won the series over the Power (16-19) 2-1. The 'Dads will now host the Delmarva Shorebirds for a four-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium, with first pitch Saturday night scheduled for 7:00 pm.
For the second straight night the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff delivered a standout performance, this time with the bullpen emerging as the star with relievers Scott Williams, Felix Carvallo, and Ryne Slack combining for six shutout frames to lead the 'Dads to a 4-1 win over the West Virginia Power at L.P. Frans Stadium.
One night after holding the Power to two runs on four hits, the 'Dads allowed nine hits but only one run as West Virginia stranded 10 men on base. The Crawdads offense meanwhile stranded only four base runners, as they collected five of their six total hits in their two run-scoring innings. The win is the third straight for Hickory, and improves the 'Dads season record against the Power to 9-0.
West Virginia took the initial lead for the second consecutive game, as the Power plated a run on a RBI sacrifice fly from Reese McGuire in the 3rd for a 1-0 advantage. The score held until the bottom of the 5th, when the Crawdads scored two runs on three hits to take a 2-1 lead. Luis Marte and Michael De Leon drove in the two tallies in the frame on back-to-back 2-out, RBI singles.
The Hickory bullpen maintained the lead until the 8th, when Nomar Mazara crushed a 2-run home run to right to give the Crawdads their final 4-1 lead. The homer was the 16th of the season for Mazara, tying him with West Virginia shortstop JaCoby Jones for second in the South Atlantic League. De Leon also led the 'Dads bats with a 3-4 night including a RBI and run scored.
Williams (1-0) earned his first professional win with two, shutout innings pitched on two hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Slack (4) picked up the save with 1.2 scoreless innings to end the game. Power starting pitcher Buddy Borden (5-7) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts during his five innings on the mound.
The Crawdads (19-15) will go for the series sweep over the Power (15-19) in the third and final game of the series Friday night at 7:00 pm.
The Texas Rangers announced today that Hickory Crawdads RHP Jose Monegro has been promoted to the AA Frisco RoughRiders, becoming the eighth 'Dad this season to move up in the Rangers organization.
With two open roster spots following Monegro's departure, the Crawdads added both OF Zach Cone and LHP Frank Lopez to the active roster. Cone, 24, re-joins the 'Dads after playing in Hickory in 2012, where he hit .262 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs in 112 games. A first round pick by the Rangers in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Georgia, Cone began 2014 with 43 games played in Myrtle Beach before playing his last 36 contests with the short-season Spokane Indians. Cone is batting an accumulative .204 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 79 total games this year.
Lopez, 20, comes back to Hickory after allowing one run and striking out seven over six innings pitched in four rehab appearances with the AZL Rangers. The 6'1" southpaw posted a 2.09 ERA, a .241 average against, and 42 strikeouts over 38.2 innings pitched with the Crawdads earlier this year. Lopez was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week on May 12th, shortly before going on the disabled list on May 22nd.
Monegro, 24, leaves Hickory to re-join the RoughRiders, marking the fifth time this season the right-hander has changed teams. The Dominican Republic native had a 6.11 ERA with the 'Dads, while posting a 22/2 K/BB ratio over 17.2 innings pitched. Monegro has already pitched for all four of the Rangers full-season affiliates this year, including a brief stint in Frisco that included one scoreless outing with 1.1 innings pitched. 2014 marked the fourth year that Monegro has spent time in Hickory.
Monegro joins fellow 2014 Crawdads Josh McElwee, Cody Kendall, Kevin Pucetas, Lewis Brinson, Nick Vickerson, Abel De Los Santos, and Kevin Torres as players who have moved up in the Rangers organization this season.
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Game ended in a tie. Two players from the Hickory Metro, running back Tanner Starnes from Alexander Central and offensive lineman Jonathan Minton from Hibriten were starters. Starnes did not have a carry in the game.
In a game dominated by pitching it was a pair of late home runs that provided the drama Wednesday night, as the Hickory Crawdads shook off a game-tying homer in the top of the 8th with a go-ahead dinger by Kellin Deglan in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 win over the West Virginia Power at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The 'Dads entered the 8th carrying a 2-1 lead they had established in the 4th, but Power third baseman Erich Weiss led off the frame with an opposite field, game-tying solo homer to left to deadlock the score at 2-2. Undeterred, Crawdads catcher Kellin Deglan came through with a go-ahead, solo blast to right to push Hickory back ahead 3-2. With the win, Hickory maintains its perfect record against West Virginia this season, which now stands at 8-0.
Offense was at a premium for most of the night, with the Power's lone tally prior to the 8th coming in the 2nd on a single from Reese McGuire, a throwing error by 'Dads pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez, and a sacrifice fly from Kawika Emsley-Pai for an unearned run and a 1-0 lead.
The Crawdads responded with a pair of runs on four hits in the 4th to take a 2-1 advantage. Deglan, Jairo Beras, and Joe Jackson all led off the frame with singles to load the bases, before Travis Demeritte drew a RBI walk for the first tally. Ronald Guzman followed next with a RBI single to right that plated Beras for a 2-1 lead, but also saw Jackson thrown out at home trying to score.
The pitching took over again from there, keeping the score at 2-1 until the 8th inning homers. Deglan finished the game 2-4 with his game-winning big fly, while Demeriite went 1-2 with a pair of walks and a RBI.
No Power player reached base safely more than once on the night, as Rodriguez, Patrick Kaminska, and Jose Valdespina held West Virginia to just two runs, one earned, on four hits. Rodriguez finished with a no-decision after allowing only an unearned run on two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Kaminska (1-0) earned his first win of the year with one run allowed on one hit, no walks, and 3 Ks over three innings on the mound, while Valdepsina picked up his first save with a scoreless 9th. Power reliever Brett McKinney (2-3) took the loss after giving up Deglan's game-winning blast in the 8th.
The Crawdads (18-15) will battle the Power (15-18) again on Thursday in game two of the three game series at 7:00 pm.
Appalachian State University women’s golf will play in five tournaments this fall, head coach Heather Brown announced on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers begin fall play at the William and Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. from Sept. 14-16 before returning back to North Carolina to participate in the Proehlific Fall Classic in Greensboro on Sept. 19-20.
A trip to Greenville, N.C. and the Lady Pirate Invitational at East Carolina takes place from Oct. 13-14. Appalachian played in the same event last season, with Haley Zagoria finishing as the Mountaineers’ top player.
App State head to the Terrier Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. from Oct. 20-21. Last fall, Zagoria finished seventh in the annual event hosted by Wofford College.
The fall season comes to a close with a trip to the Winthrop Invitational from Nov. 1-2. Appalachian will appear in the event for the fourth-straight season. The Mountaineers picked up a tournament win at the 2012 version of the event, sweeping the top three spots.
East-West All Star Girls Soccer Game:
Hickory's Jessie Herfurth and St. Stephens Alexandra Roarke played in the contest. Freedom's Quay Mills was the West goalie and had six saves.
East-West All Star Boys Soccer Game:
Freedom's Christian Patton played for the West in this contest and was credited with an assist on the second West goal of the night on a flipped throw-in.
Due to the inclement weather on Saturday Night July 19th, the following changes have been made Hickory Motor Speedway's 2014 schedule.
Round eight of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship will be August 9th and will feature 100 Laps-NWAAS Bojangles Late Model Stocks / Gold King Limiteds / Street Stocks / and Wrench Rags Renegades
Round nine of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship will be August 16th and will feature 100 Laps-NWAAS Bojangles Late Model Stocks / Gold King Limiteds / Street Stocks / Super Trucks / and 4 Cylinders
Twin events will be added for Sept. 6th to make up for the July 19th event that was postponed, featuring the NWAAS Bojangles Late Model Stocks / Gold King Limiteds / Street Stocks / 4 Cylinders
Wrench Rags Renegades and BenchBuilt Sportsman Racing Classics have been added to the August 2nd date.
The Hickory Crawdads offense woke up just in time to salvage the final game of their series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, as the 'Dads erupted for seven runs in the 6th en route to a come-from-behind 10-4 victory over the 'Hoppers Monday night at NewBridge Bank Park.
The 'Dads bats had been held to eight total runs while dropping their first three games in Greensboro, but the lineup came alive for seven runs on seven hits in the 6th to erase a three-run deficit and come away with a much needed win over the first place Grasshoppers. The Crawdads sent 10 batters to the plate in the decisive frame, with Joe Jackson providing the pivotal blow with a 3-RBI triple to put Hickory ahead.
Prior to the offensive revival, the Grasshoppers looked to be in control as they jumped out to a 1st inning lead for the third time in the series. For the second time in four games it was Greensboro second baseman Brian Anderson who came through with the early go-ahead hit, as the 2014 draft pick lined a 2-out, 2-RBI double off of Hickory starter David Ledbetter for an early 2-0 score. The 'Hoppers advantage grew to 3-0 with another two out hit in the 2nd, this time with JT Riddle delivering a RBI double for a 3-0 lead.
Ledbetter settled down after his rocky start, with the right-hander retiring nine-consecutive batters through the 5th to keep the Crawdads in the game. The 'Dads finally broke through against the Greensboro bullpen in the big 6th inning, as 'Hoppers sidearm right-hander CJ Robinson recorded only two outs while giving up all seven Hickory runs.
The first five Crawdads reached safely to begin the frame, as Janluis Castro singled, Michael De Leon walked, Evan Van Hoosier and Nomar Mazara each recorded RBI singles, and Kellin Deglan picked up a base knock to load the bases with the 'Dads down 3-2. Following a strikeout from Jairo Beras for the first out of the inning, Jackson lined a bases clearing, 3-RBI triple into the left-center field gap and also came around to score as well on a throwing error to third to put Hickory ahead 6-3. The Crawdads picked up one final tally in the inning when Castro delivered his second hit of the frame, a RBI double to right to score Ronald Guzman for a 7-3 advantage.
The 'Dads added another run to the lead with a RBI single from Deglan in the 7th, while Greensboro scored their final run on a RBI single by Munoz in the 8th. Hickory finished the scoring in the top of the 9th, when Beras crushed an opposite field, 2-run home run to right for the final 10-4 score.
Six total Crawdads had a multi-hit game, led by Jackson who went 2-5 with a triple, 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Castro put together a perfect night at the plate going 3-3 with a double, RBI, run scored and walk, while Beras finished with a 2-5 evening including his fifth home run of the year, a double, and two RBIs.
Ledbetter (4-4) earned the win for his resilient performance, as the righty allowed three runs on six hits, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings pitched. Robinson (5-2) took the loss with seven runs allowed on six hits, one walk, and two strikeouts while recording only two outs.
The Crawdads (17-15) pull to within four games of the Grasshoppers (21-11) in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with the win. The 'Dads have an off-day on Tuesday before beginning a seven game home stand Wednesday night, with first pitch against the West Virginia Power scheduled for 7:00 pm.
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Bandys Madison Story scored 4 points in the win, on one of four shooting and two of four at the free-throw line.
East-West All-Star Boys Basketball
Hickory's Devonte Fuller did not score in the game. He went 0-5 from the field.