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The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears had two graduates selected for the MLL Player Pool and both were signed on Wednesday, as reported by Major League Lacrosse. Collin Lett, a Greensboro, N.C. native, signed with the nearby Charlotte Hounds while former teammate and fellow LR graduate Ben Corrigan, from Alpharetta, GA, signed on the dotted line with the Atlanta Blaze.

Lett was the 2018 SAC Player of the Year after racking up 13 career goals, 12 assists, 25 points, including one game-winner and 192 groundballs after a decorated career as a LSM at Lenoir-Rhyne. Lett earned All-American honors each of the past two seasons and led the Bears to their first-ever Final Four appearance in the program’s eight-year history.

“I am really looking forward to this next step in my lacrosse career,” Lett said. “I can’t thank my coaches, teammates, and the LR community enough for helping me get this far.”

Corrigan will be returning to his home state in order to continue his lacrosse career. He led the Bears in assists with 36 and finished second on the team in goals scored (45) and total points (81) this season. Corrigan, a three-time all-SAC honoree (2016-18), was especially impressive in this year’s two playoff games as he totaled six goals and eight assists.

“Growing up right outside of Atlanta, it’s pretty surreal to have this opportunity with the hometown team. I’m extremely excited to get started and am honored to represent LR in the process.”

The Head Coach of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team, Greg Paradine, went on to say, “I am extremely proud of both Collin and Ben being signed into the MLL. The Hounds and the Blaze are getting two of the best that have ever put on an LR uniform. I know they will give everything they have to be successful at the next level.”

Appalachian State’s Sept. 8 football road game at Charlotte has been set for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+, it was announced by the Conference USA office Thursday.

It will be the first matchup on the gridiron between the Mountaineers and 49ers, who began playing football in 2013. It will also mark App State’s shortest 2018 road trip, as the two campuses are separated by only 107 miles.

Kickoff times have now been set for each of App’s first three games of the 2018 season. The Sept. 1 season opener at Penn State will kick off at 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network), and the Sept. 15 home opener versus Southern Miss will start at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+).

Launched this spring, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service that offers thousands of additional live events and costs just $4.99 a month.

Under the direction of head coach Scott Satterfield, App State has won a share of the Sun Belt Conference Championship each of the last two seasons and are the first program in FBS history to win a bowl game in each of the first three years eligible after making the jump from the FCS ranks.

Maiden: 8
Belmont: 2, game one

Maiden: 9
Belmont: 2, game two

Four area athletes with ties to the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program were selected during the third and final day of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Prior to Wednesday, only once had a Red Hawk baseball player been drafted — All-American outfielder Bryson Bowman, who went on to play at Western Carolina University, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

“Wednesday was just a great day for our program,” said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “I’m proud of these young men, but also happy for the guys who laid the foundation for this day. Even though others may not have heard their name called, they allowed these guys to have that opportunity. I’m so happy for (former CVCC head baseball) coach (Frank) Pait and (CVCC President) Dr. (Garrett) Hinshaw as their vision is starting to become a reality.”

Left-handed pitcher Julian Smith became the first Red Hawk baseball player to be drafted directly from CVCC. The N.C. State signee was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round with the 464th overall selection.

Surrounded by friends and family, Smith found out about his selection at 1:06 p.m. at his home in Concord, N.C.

“It’s just a great feeling,” Smith said of being drafted. “This is something I’ve dreamt about since I was a little kid. All of the hard work that I’ve put into this is finally showing and the results are bearing their fruits.”

The 6-foot-4, 192-pound left-handed pitcher rewrote the Catawba Valley record books during his final season in a Red Hawk uniform. He set the CVCC single-season and career records for strikeouts (130 and 181, respectively).

Smith also tied Cole Whitney’s single-season record for wins on the mound (eight), and he led all CVCC pitchers this spring in innings pitched (79.0) and ERA (2.51).

During the season, Smith was also named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Pitcher of the Week, and at season’s end, he was tabbed the first-ever Region X Pitcher of the Year.

“I’m just so very proud of Julian and what he’s accomplished with the guidance of (CVCC pitching) coach (Kris) Harvey,” said Red Hawks head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “He’s had to battle, but always had a goal and now the next chapter begins. It’s a great day for him and our program.”

CVCC signee Zach Hammer — an Alexander Central product — heard his name called next in the 21st round with the 620th pick by the New York Mets.

The 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher was 5-2 on the mound for the Cougars this past spring. He allowed 19 hits, 18 runs (16 earned), 27 walks and struck out 67 batters in 40.2 innings pitched.

Former Catawba Valley baseball standout Bryce Hensley, who recently finished his collegiate career at UNC Greensboro, was selected shortly after Hammer with the 662nd pick in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals.

“As cliche as it sounds, it’s surreal,” Hensley said of being drafted. “I sat through this process last year, but to see your name pop up on that board — it’s just an unbelievable feeling just to know that I have a chance to chase my dreams. It’s the best feeling i could ever ask for.”

Hensley finished his four-year career with the Spartans with an 18-13 record in 50 appearances. He allowed 268 hits, 157 runs (131 earned), 80 walks and struck out 206 batters in 237.2 innings pitched.

The 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher, who was a part of CVCC’s last NJCAA DII World Series run in 2015, ranks sixth all-time in games started in a career at UNCG and is tied for the sixth most wins in a career.

Rozzelle said Hensley being drafted is special to him.

“I had just started my real journey as a collegiate coach when I became the recruiting coordinator here at CVCC in 2014, and (Hensley) was really one of the first guys I locked in on,” Rozzelle said. “He was this big, goofy-looking lefty lobbing baseballs up there at 80 (miles per hour), but I just fell in love with him. I believed in him, and he believed in me. He turned down a few DI schools to come to Catawba Valley, and he was a huge part of the 2015 World Series team. For him, I will forever be grateful and will be his biggest fan wherever he goes.”

Current Red Hawks shortstop Garrison Burress rounded out the 2018 MLB Draft picks for Catawba Valley. He was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 1,209th pick in the 40th and final round.

“Man, it’s unreal,” Burress said of being drafted. “I would’ve never expected this — not only after my two years at CVCC, but also after two more at a four-year university. I graduated high school just ready for CVCC and never once did getting drafted come across my mind. It’s really a dream come true.”

A Granite Falls, N.C. native, Burress exploded on to the scene as a freshman this past season for CVCC, finishing first in triples (3), second in RBIs (45), extra-base hits (25) and doubles (15), third in hits (64) and stolen bases (13) and fourth in runs scored (50) and home runs (7).

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound shorstop’s .346 batting average and .573 slugging percentage were also among the team leaders.

“I’m so proud of Garrison,” Rozzelle said. “Some would say he was overlooked in high school, but he has a definite set of skills that will play at the pro level. Watching him be the starting shortstop and hit in the three-hole all year for a team that won 42 games hopefully will give him the confidence he deserves going forward. He will get bigger and stronger, and I am excited to watch him progress through his career.”

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball had two players taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Dean was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round, 502nd overall, and Landon Whitson was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in round 25 with the 759th overall selection.

Dean had a very accomplished career in the cardinal and black, improving at the plate each year and ending his career with a .367 batting average, 202 hits, 34 doubles, 12 triples, 11 homers, 88 runs driven in, and a .532 slugging percentage in 141 games played. Dean also reached base an impressive 46.7 percent of the time he stepped to the plate. His defense was nothing to shrug at either, as he only committed 15 errors through three seasons on the diamond.

"JD getting drafted is proof that good things happen as a result of relentless work," said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball Coach Tom Fleenor. "He only had one opportunity to play at the college level and he more than made the most of it.”

Whitson’s career also proved to be a fruitful one for the Bears. The First Team All-SAC and Academic All-District selection was dominant on the mound, accumulating 50 appearances, 98.2 innings pitched, 12 starts, a 4.65 ERA, nine victories, and nine saves.

"Landon is a true testament to our process here at LR," said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball Coach Tom Fleenor. "He was an 82-84 mph pitcher in High School that transformed into 90-96 mph pitcher in college, but more importantly, he is a 1st round human being.”

With the selections of Dean and Whitson, the Bears baseball program now touts six draft picks in the past four years, and this marks the third time in program history that multiple players have been chosen in the same year (2018, 2017 and 1991). This also marks the second year a Bear has been drafted by the Braves’ organization.

The list of all-time Bears MLB draft picks is as follows: Thomas St. Clair (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Curtis (Atlanta Braves) in 2017, Matthew De La Rosa (Baltimore Orioles) in 2016, Ivan Vieitez (Los Angeles Dodgers) in 2015, Steve Davis and Michael Tidwell (Chicago Cubs) in 1991 and Lenoir-Rhyne Hall-Of-Famer Craig Corbett (Montreal Expos) in 1981.

The Appalachian State women's cross country and track & field program has announced the addition of 16 athletes to the program for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The Black and Gold welcome Daryn Armstrong, Baylee Bilyeu, Hassani Burris, Kathleen Burroughs, Kayla Carson, Izzy Evely, Katherine Fearn, Kylee Frady, Lia Greengrass, Caroline Grier, Bridget Kunkel, Araybian Lilly, Jenna Lineberry, Madison McCoy, Jorja Medders and Jelonnie Smith.

Daryn Armstrong | Cary, N.C. | Panther Creek High School
Armstrong will compete for the Mountaineers primarily in the triple jump. She qualified for the NCHSAA 4A State Championship in 2017 and 2018, finishing ninth and fourth, respectively. This season, Armstrong posted a PR mark of 39-4.00 at the NCHSAA 4A Mideast Regional, which was second and qualified her for the state meet. She will also play volleyball at Appalachian State.
High School PR's
Outdoor: Triple Jump – 39-4.00

Baylee Bilyeu | Salem, Mo. | Salem High School
Bilyeau will compete in field events for the Black and Gold, focusing on discus and shot put. She won her first five meets of the 2018 season in the discus and finished third at the MSHSAA State Track & Field Championships in Class 3, 4 and 5 with a PR toss of 129-3.00. She also finished second at the state meet in the discus last season with a mark of 128-2. In the shot put, Bilyeu posted back-to-back fourth place finishes at the state championship meet, with tosses of 40-6.25 in 2017 and 40-6.00 in 2018.
High School PR's
Outdoor: Discus – 129-3.00…Shotput – 41-2.50

Hassani Burris | Gastonia, N.C. | Ashbrook High School
Burris will look to make an impact for the Mountaineers in the jumps department. She was a three-time qualifier for the NCHSSA 3A Indoor State Championships, capturing the triple jump title in 2018 with a PR leap of 38-2.75. Burris also qualified for the NCHSAA 3A State Indoor Championships three times in the long jump, finishing second in 2017 with a mark of 17-5.50. In outdoor jumping events, Burris participated in the NCHSAA 3A State Championship in the long jump in 2017, finishing seventh with a mark of 16-4.75, and in the triple jump in 2017, finishing 13th.
High School PR's
Indoor: Long Jump – 17-10.00…Triple Jump – 38-2.75
Outdoor: Long Jump – 18-2.50…Triple Jump – 39-4.00

Kathleen Burroughs | Oxford, N.C. | Granville Central High School
Burroughs enjoyed a standout cross country career at Granville Central High School, qualifying for the NCHSAA State Championship meet in all four years. She posted a sixth-place finish at the 2017 state championship meet, crossing in 20:24.27. Burroughs also placed 11th at the meet in 2017 and 10th in 2016. Burroughs won the Northern Carolina Conference Meet in 2017 in a PR time of 19:10.00 and won the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference individual title in 2016 in 19:41.00.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 5k – 19:10.00

Kayla Carson | Chapel Hill, N.C. | East Chapel Hill
Carson will compete in the high jump for App State. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native qualified for the NCHSAA 3A Indoor State Championship Meet for three straight seasons, capturing the title in 2018 with a mark of 5-4.00. She placed second in the high jump in 2016 with a mark of 5-4.00 and was third in 2017 with a mark of 5-4.00. Carson was also a two-time outdoor state qualifier in the high jump, finishing third in 2018, clearing 5-2.00, and finishing eighth in 2017, also clearing 5-2.00.
High School PR's
Indoor: High Jump – 5-5.00
Outdoor: High Jump – 5-4.00

Izzy Evely | Cornelius, N.C. | Lake Norman Charter School
Evely will compete in both cross country and distance events for the Black and Gold. In the 2017 cross country season, she captured the South Fork Conference title in 18:18.18 and led her Lake Norman Charter School to the team state title with a second-place finish in the 5k race in a PR time of 18:07.57. Evely also had had success in the outdoor track season. She is a two-time outdoor state qualifier in the 800-meter run in 2016 and 2017, registering a third-place finish in 2016 in 2:17.98. She participated in the NCHSAA 2A Outdoor State Championship in 2018, placing second in both the 1,600-meter run (5:12.04) and 3,200-meter run (11:14.78).
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3200m – 10:54.60…5k – 18:07.57
Outdoor: 800m – 2:17.98…1600m – 4:59.50…3200m – 10:57.22

Katherine Fearn | Raleigh, N.C. | Leesville Road High School
Fearn will run in cross country for the Mountaineers. In 2017, she placed 90th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Race, crossing in a new PR time of 21:31.90. She recorded two top-20 finishes at the CAP 7 Conference Championship, finishing 18th in 22:52.75 in 2015 and sixth in 23:08.00 in 2016.
High School PR's
Cross Country: - 3k – 13:07.73…5k – 21:31.90

Kylee Frady | Mooresville, N.C. | Lake Norman High School
Frady placed in the top-10 in three 5k cross country races in 2016, including a ninth-place finish at the Wendy's Invitational in a PR time of 19:45.51. In the 2016 outdoor track season, she captured the North Piedmont Conference title in the 800-meter run in 2:22.25 and went on to finish 11th at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship in the event with a time of 2:20.48. She will join the program as a transfer from East Carolina.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 2-Mile – 12:41.18…5k – 19:45.51
Indoor: 800m – 2:29.90…1000m – 3:13.66
Outdoor: 800m – 2:16.72…1600m – 5:43.00

Lia Greengrass | Cary, N.C. | Panther Creek High School
The Cary, N.C. native will run in cross country events for the Mountaineers. She is a two-time NCHSAA state qualifier in cross country, posting her best finish of 59th in 2016. Greengrass ran her 5k PR time at the NCHSAA 4A Mideast Regional in 2016, crossing 17th overall with a time of 19:53.23.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3k – 12:07.43…5k – 19:53.23

Caroline Grier | Charlotte, N.C. | Myers Park High School
Grier recorded a solid senior cross country season at Myers Park High School. She competed at the NCHSAA State Championship Meet, finishing 104th in a 5k PR time of 21:00.10. She also finished 10th at the Southwestern Conference Championship this past season in 21:41.30 and in 2015 in 24:24.93.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3-Mile – 20:06.55…5k – 21:00.10

Bridget Kunkel | Lemont, Ill. | Lemont High School
Kunkel will join the Mountaineers as a transfer from Indiana. In high school, she participated in the IHSA Cross Country State Championship for three straight seasons from 2014-16. At the 2014 state meet, Kunkel was 56th with a time of 18:34.00, while she notched an 83rd place finish in 2016 in 18:57.00. Her top performance came at the 2015 IHSA Cross Country State Championship, where she posted a 28th place finish in a 3-mile PR time of 18:06.20.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3-Mile: 18:06.20

Araybian Lilly | Mt. Gilead, N.C. | West Montgomery High School
Lilly, a native of Mt. Gilead, N.C., will compete in sprints for App State. In outdoor competition, Lilly qualified for the NCHSAA 1A State Indoor Championship three straight seasons in the 200-meter dash, capturing the state title in 2017 in 25.36 seconds and in 2018 in 25.73 seconds. She also captured the outdoor state title in back-to-back seasons in the 400-meter dash, crossing first in 58.33 seconds in 2017 and in a PR time of 57.06 seconds in 2018.
High School PR's
Indoor: 400m – 57.41
Outdoor: 100m – 12.48…200m – 24.97…400m – 57.06

Jenna Lineberry | Winston-Salem, N.C. | Mt. Tabor High School
Lineberry is a three-time qualifier for the NCHSAA Cross Country State Championships, finishing 26th in 2016 (19:29.89) and 2017 (19:36.14). She clocked a PR in the 5K at the NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional, crossing eighth overall in 19:25.05. In track events, she finished second at the Piedmont Triad 3A Conference Championship in the 1,600-meter run this season in 5:34.26, while also qualifying for the NCHSAA 3A State Outdoor Championship in the 800-meter run, where she placed fifth in 2:21.54.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 2-Mile – 12:34.26…5k – 19:25.05
Indoor: 1000m – 3:09.20…1600m – 5:26.59…3200m – 11:44.64
Outdoor: 800m – 2:20.89… 1600m – 5:29.32

Madison McCoy | Andersonville, Tenn. | Andersonville
McCoy will join the Mountaineers as a transfer from Charleston Southern. This past season, she placed fifth at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the discus, with a toss of 137-11. She also was 10th overall in the hammer, covering 152-1 with her toss. At the Big South Track & Field Indoor Championships, she placed 14th in the shot put with a mark of 34-9.00 and 17th In the weight throw with a mark of 37-7.25.
Collegiate PR's
Indoor: Shot Put – 37-3.75…Weight Throw – 48-6.75
Outdoor: Shot Put – 39-11.50…Discus – 143-2…Hammer Throw – 154-2

Jorja Medders | Waxhaw, N.C. | Marvin Ridge High School
Medders will compete in hurdles and long sprints for the Apps. She qualified for the NCHSAA 3A Outdoor State Championship three times in the 300-meter hurdles, winning the title in 2017 with a PR time of 44.36 seconds and finishing second in 2016 in 44.95 seconds. Medders captured the outdoor 400-meter run at the Marvin Ridge Home Meet this past season in 1:00.91 and recorded a PR time of 58.69 seconds in 2016.
High School PR's
Outdoor: 300mH – 44.36…400m – 58.69

Jelonnie Smith | Southport, N.C. | South Brunswick
Smith comes to the High Country from Southport, N.C. and will run sprints for the Black and Gold. In outdoor competition this season, she finished fifth at the NCHSAA 3A State Championships in the 200-meter dash in 25.17 seconds, while finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash in a PR time of 57.56 seconds. Smith also qualified for the outdoor state meet in the 400-meter dash in 2017, finishing eighth in 59.64 seconds, and in 2016, finishing ninth with a time of 1:00.54.
High School PR's
Outdoor: 100m – 12.34…200m – 24.84…400m – 57.56

Appalachian State junior pitcher Colin Schmid was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Schmid, a left-handed starter from New Bern, N.C., went No. 393 overall in the draft. In just three seasons, he's third in App State baseball history with 224 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 248.1 career innings and alone in sixth with 41 career starts.

Joining the Cardinals' organization is the next step in his progression as a pitcher.

"They called me a round or two before, and as soon as it popped up on the draft tracker, it was a crazy moment," Schmid said. "I've been wanting to be a big leaguer for as long as I can remember. Now that I've got a chance to move up the ranks and get there, it's kind of surreal."

It's the Mountaineers' second straight year with a pick in the top 13 rounds, as relief pitcher Matt Brill was taken in the 12th round of the 2017 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pitching coach Justin Aspegren worked with Schmid during all three of his college seasons, and Kermit Smith became App State's head coach following Schmid's freshman year. 

After six difficult starts to begin his college career, Schmid changed his delivery at the urging of Aspegren, and Schmid had a 3.95 ERA with 12 victories over his final 36 appearances (35 starts) for the Mountaineers.

He pitched at least six innings and gave up two earned runs or less in six of his last eight starts as a freshman, posted a 3.61 ERA as a sophomore and allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 14 starts as a junior. Adding in the Louisiana start in which he allowed three earned runs after taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, he had a 1.99 ERA with 13 earned runs in 58.2 innings over those nine quality starts in 2018.

"We are extremely excited for Colin!" Smith said. "This is a day that every kid dreams about growing up, and he has worked incredibly hard to fulfill this goal. We are blessed to have been a part of his journey and will follow his career closely."

Schmid and Ryan Arrowood are the only App State pitchers with two entries among the top 10 single-season strikeout totals in school history. Schmid tied for third place with a team-high 83 strikeouts in 85.0 innings this year after recording a team-best 79 strikeouts (tied for eighth place) in 2017 and leading the team with 62 strikeouts as a freshman.

Schmid went 4-7 with a 4.66 ERA as the Friday starter in 2018 after moving forward from a sophomore season in which his ERA ranked fourth among returning full-time starters in the Sun Belt Conference. His 6-7 season in 2017 included a career-high 13 strikeouts as he allowed one earned run in seven innings of a victory at Georgia Southern, and Schmid struck out 11 batters this year while giving up two runs over seven innings of a win against NCAA Regional qualifier UNCW.

Schmid also earned the victory when the Mountaineers won 5-2 against NCAA Regional qualifier Troy to give Smith his 500th win as a college head coach. Schmid later propelled the Mountaineers to back-to-back road series wins against Sun Belt foes ULM and UTA (three-game sweep) by giving up no earned runs over a combined 13.2 innings in his series-opening victories.

Schmid is the 44th player from App State to be drafted since 1969, the 15th player from App State to be picked in the last seven seasons and the third player selected in Smith's two seasons as head coach of the Mountaineers. Last year, fellow New Bern High School and App State batterymate Chandler Seagle was drafted as a catcher by the San Diego Padres.

"I just want to thank everybody at App State, especially Coach Smith and Coach Aspo for doing what they do," Schmid said. "They're doing great things with the ballclub."

Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:17

Hickory Crawdads Drop 6-4 Contest to Kannapolis

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The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4 in a Wednesday matinee. After the Crawdads picked up a win last night, the series is tied at a game each.

Kannapolis got on the board with a run in the second. They added on to their lead with four more runs off 'Dads righty Noah Bremer in the fourth inning. Bremer finished the morning with four innings, eight hits, five runs (four of them earned) allowed, and five strikeouts.

Center fielder Bubba Thompson led off the 'Dads half of the sixth inning with a single. He got himself in scoring position with his sixth stolen base of the season. Yohel Pozo brought Thompson around to score with a single to center.

The 'Dads cut Kannapolis' deficit again in the seventh. Tyreque Reed hit a double down the left field line to start the inning. Sam Huff crushed a homerun to left field that brought the score to 5-3. The homerun was Huff's sixth of the season, which ties him for the team lead.

Kannapolis added a run back in the top of the eight but the 'Dads responded with a homerun by Pozo that brought the score to 6-4.

The series will wrap up on Thursday at 7pm with a 40th Anniversary of the movie Grease celebration. Fans who dress up as their favorite character will get a free ticket to the game. It is also Teacher Appreciation Night so teachers who show their school ID can get a free ticket. Drinks will be discounted throughout the night as part of Thirsty Thursday. DJ Curtis Brown will be taking the stage for the post-game Thirsty Thursday concert presented by Cody Law Firm.

Caldwell County: 7
Burke County: 1

The Hickory Crawdads picked up a pair of victories over the first-place Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday. The Crawdads defeated Kannapolis 8-6 in a resumed game late this afternoon and won the regularly scheduled game on a walkoff double by Sam Huff.

The 'Dads and Intimidators kicked off the homestand Tuesday afternoon by continuing a postponed game from May 20th. The game was delayed with two outs in the sixth due to weather with the score tied at 5. The game was started in Kannapolis as part of a doubleheader so it was scheduled as a seven-inning game. With the score tied after seven, it went into extra innings with a runner starting for each team at second base.

The Crawdads scored three runs in the top of the ninth to give them an 8-5 lead. The scoring started with a ground-rule double by 'Dads All-Star Yohel Pozo. Ryan Dorow and Yonny Hernandez followed up with doubles of their own that each added a run. The Intimidators added a run in the bottom half of the inning but the Crawdads held on for an 8-6 victory.

In the second game, the 'Dads got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly by Dorow that brought in a run.

Kannapolis struck back in the top of the second with four runs off Crawdads starter Alex Eubanks.

The Crawdads rallied in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homerun by Pedro Gonzalez that tied the game at 4.

Kannapolis retook the lead in the top of the fourth with another run off Eubanks.

The 'Dads bats surged back in the bottom half of the inning as Pedro Gonzalez drove in two more runs with a double down the left field line. Pozo hit a single to right that brought in Gonzalez and gave the 'Dads a 7-5 lead.

The Crawdads increased their lead with a solo homerun by Tyreque Reed, his 5
thof the season, in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Preston Scott doubled in another run that pushed the lead to four.

In the top of the eighth, Kannapolis picked up a run to set the stage for a two-out rally in the ninth that gave them a 10-9 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Dorow sparked the 'Dads offense with a single to left. Reed reached on a fielding error that put two runners on. Reed was lifted for pinch runner Yonny Hernandez. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Sam Huff batting. Huff, named an all-star this morning, doubled to center to bring around Dorow and Hernandez and give the 'Dads a walkoff win

The 'Dads will take on the Intimidators again tomorrow morning with a 10:30am start. The series will wrap up on Thursday with a 40thAnniversary of the movie Grease celebration. Fans who dress up as their favorite character will get a free ticket to the game. It is also Teacher Appreciation Night so teachers who show their school ID can get a free ticket. Drinks will be discounted throughout the night as part of Thirsty Thursday. DJ Curtis Brown will be taking the stage for the post-game Thirsty Thursday concert presented by Cody Law Firm.

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