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Monday, 09 March 2015 21:44

App State Softball Game Reschedule

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Wednesday’s softball doubleheader between Appalachian State and Radford, slated to be the first home games of the season for the Mountaineers, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 15 beginning at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State (8-10, 0-3 Sun Belt) is scheduled to continue Sun Belt Conference play this weekend when it travels to Troy (13-11, 0-3 Sun Belt). The Apps will play a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 14. The single-game series finale on Sunday is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

The first home game of the season for the Mountaineers is set for Wednesday, March 18 when they host Charlotte from Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. First pitch against the 49ers is set for 5 p.m.

Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:50

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Sweeps Converse

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NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Converse 0
March 8, 2015
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric (LR) def. Alex Schlessener (CONVERSE), 6-1, 6-0
2. Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Kaitlin Knight (CONVERSE), 6-1, 6-3
3. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Margaret Pridmore (CONVERSE), 7-6, 6-3
4. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE), 6-2, 6-3
5. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. T. Littlejohn-Barr (CONVERSE), 6-2, 6-0
6. Maggie Brown (LR) def. Klaire Rouse (CONVERSE), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce/Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Alex Schlessener/Kaitlin Knight (CONVERSE), 8-3
2. Zorica Djuric/Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Margaret Pridmore/Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE), 8-3
3. Jessica Rumple/Amanda Bryan (LR) def. Liz Graham/Mary Kaitlyn Flynn (CONVERSE), 8-1

Records: Converse (0-5), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2)

Appalachian State University baseball erased a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the eighth and ninth innings but Georgia Southern’s Hunter Thomas collected his second walk-off hit of the weekend in the 10th to defeat the Mountaineers, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Appalachian State (5-9, 0-3 Sun Belt) scored two runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth — all with two outs — to send the game to extra innings but Thomas doubled off the wall with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lift Georgia Southern (11-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) to the win and a three-game series sweep.

Freshman Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe), who entered the game when Appalachian removed four starters in the top of the fifth inning, went 3-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth that knotted the score at 5-5. Making his first-career start, sophomore Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) also had three hits for the Mountaineers.

Things looked bleak for App State when Jones came to the plate with two outs in the eighth and the Mountaineers trailing 5-0. However, the freshman kickstarted the big rally with an RBI single to center field. Four pitches later, Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) doubled to deep left-center and the Apps cut the deficit to 5-2.

After Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth, Appalachian was down to its final out with only a runner on first base in the top of the ninth.

Back-to-back singles by Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) put the tying run on base and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) pulled the Mountaineers within two runs when he drew a bases-loaded walk.

With the bases still loaded, Jones delivered again with a single back up the middle that drove in Holmes and Zupcic and tied the score at 5-5.

Morton struck out to end the top of the ninth but Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) kept the Eagles off the board in the bottom of the frame to send the game to extra innings. Coincidentally, the extra-inning affair was Appalachian State’s first since a 3-2, 11-inning win over Georgia Southern in the opening game of the 2014 Southern Conference Tournament last May 21 in Charleston, S.C.

Jackson collected his third hit of the day and moved into scoring position with a stolen base in the top of the 10th but the Mountaineers could not produce a big two-out hit for the third-straight inning and the game went to the bottom of the 10th still knotted at 5-5.

Speedy Georgia Southern second baseman Jordan Howard bunted the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th and was called safe by umpire Travis Hargroder on a bang-bang play at first base. That chased Thurber from the game and brought on southpaw Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline), who saw GS’s Logan Baldwin sacrifice Howard to second to put the winning run in scoring position with one out.

That set it up for Thomas who drilled the first pitch that he saw from DeVrieze well over Morton’s head in center field and Howard easily came home from second with the winning run. Sunday’s game-winning double was in stark contrast to Thomas’ feeble infield bouncer that became an unlikely two-run walkoff single in Friday night’s 4-3 Georgia Southern win.

Appalachian State’s second walkoff loss of the weekend completed a disheartening three-game sweep in its inaugural Sun Belt Conference series. Sunday’s defeat was particularly painful, as the Mountaineers outhit Georgia Southern (11-5, 3-0 Sun Belt), 14-10, and committed just one error to the Eagles’ three. With the loss, Appalachian fell to 1-7 this season in games decided by two runs or less.

However, five walks issued by starting pitcher Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moilne) in just 1.1 innings helped stake GS to an early 3-0 lead and the Eagles tacked on single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to stretch the advantage to 5-0.

Down 3-0 in after four innings, Appalachian State head coach Billy Jones benched his lineup’s No. 2-5 hitters — Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest), Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford), Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and Grayson Atwood (Mount Pleasant, N.C./Mount Pleasant). The move provided the big spark that Jones was looking for, as the foursome’s replacements — Holmes, Zupcic, Leonard and Jones — combined for five hits, four RBI and four runs scored in just 12 at-bats.

The early exit ended an abbreviated 0-for-2 day for Pierson and the nation’s longest on-base streak was snapped at 43 games.

Appalachian State looks to bounce back this week with a two-game series at Georgia, which suffered a three-game sweep at Georgia Southern last weekend. Game times are set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and both contests can be seen live on SECN+.

Despite another singles win by Clare Cox at No. 1 and a victory by Gabrielle Wreder at No. 5 singles, Appalachian State University women’s tennis was unable to overcome a strong performance by previously winless College of Charleston in a 5-2 loss on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (6-7) dropped their third match of the week while the Cougars (1-8) were finally able to get into the win column.

CofC grabbed early momentum in doubles play as it cruised to wins at the No. 1 (6-0) and No. 2 (6-1) spots to earn the first point of the match.

The Cougars were able to ride that wave into singles play, where they captured four-straight singles victories to clinch the match. Mackenzie LaSure put up the best fight in a losing effort as she battled back from a first-set loss to force a third set, but ultimately fell by a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 final.

Cox, who improved her season record to 8-4 at the No. 1 spot, came away with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win to extend her individual win streak to five matches. Wreder improved to 5-6 on the year with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 position.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they take on St. Joseph’s in a neutral-site contest in Charlotte.

College of Charleston 5, Appalachian State 2
Mar 08, 2015 at Patriots Point (CofC Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Samantha Maddox (COFC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. Mara Argyriou (COFC) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
3. Katherine Schofield (COFC) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 7-6 (7-2), 6-0
4. Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Grace Baker (COFC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
6. Sara Jane Jones (COFC) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Katherine Schofield/Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-0
2. Samantha Maddox/Brooke McAmis (COFC) def. Gabrielle Wreder/Melissa Machado (APP) 6-1
3. McKayla Zupan/Brianna Armellino (APP) vs. Mara Argyriou/Sara Jane Jones (COFC) no result

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-7
College of Charleston 1-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,6,2,5,1)

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team defeated sixth ranked Pasco Hernando State College 10-8 Sunday.

CVCC bounces back after a four game skid to beat #6 Pasco Hernando. CVCC trailed by four early but responded with a seven run 3rd inning. Pasco would tie the game in the 8th and threatened until Josh Bottenfield entered to shut the door on the Pasco Hernando rally. Skyler Strickland doubled in the bottom half of the 8th scoring Trevor Lee who would eventually score on a wild pitch. Bottenfield would come back out and pitch a scoreless 9th earning his first victory of the season.

Trevor Lee went three-for-four with three runs, two RBI and a stolen base to pace CVCC. Mykel Davis was two-for-two at the plate with a run and two walks. Danny Sullivan was one-for-three with an RBI. Skyler Strickland also was one-for-three, and had an RBI and two stolen bases.

Josh Bottenfield took the win on the mound for the Red Hawks. He allowed no hits and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched.

CVCC is 8-7 on the season. They host the Tusculum JV squad on Monday.

Lenoir-Rhyne (17-4) and Francis Marion (12-8) split a softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The Bears won the first game by a 4-0 score before the Patriots prevailed in the nightcap – 3-1 – to salvage the split.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Francis Marion 0
Junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) threw her second shutout in as many days to lead the Bears to the win. Hole (9-2) scattered six hits in addition to three str foikeoutsr her fourth shutout of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the second inning thanks to RBI singles from freshman shortstop Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) and sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).

Walker and Landreth finished with two hits each to lead the Bears. Francis Marion’s Kaitlin Munda (Nokesville, Va.) fell to 4-5 on the year after taking the loss.

Game Two – Francis Marion 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Patriots’ Katie Carnes (Pageland, S.C.) (5-0) allowed just one unearned run to go along with seven strikeouts in the complete game victory.

Francis Marion scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Shannan Lopez (Orlando, Fla.) and Madison Lowe-Gardner (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) had run-scoring singles in the frame while Carnes capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 8-2 after taking the loss. Hoskins struck out three while Walker scored the Bears’ lone run in the top of the seventh inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Winston-Salem State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Catawba Baseball Team (15-4, 8-3) wrapped up a South Atlantic Conference series with a 13-2 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (12-9, 4-8) Sunday afternoon at Newman Park.

The Indians scored the game’s final 11 runs including Dylan Richardson’s (Randleman, N.C.) game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Richardson led Catawba on offense with three hits and two runs batted in.

Catawba broke the contest open with a four-run fifth inning and took advantage of four Lenoir-Rhyne errors in the contest. Six of the Indians’ runs were unearned.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) hit a solo home run, his first on the season, while freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added an RBI double. Both runs came in the second inning.

Catawba’s Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C.) finished with four hits, two runs scored and a run batted in as the Indians totaled 17 hits on the day and swept the three-game series from the Bears for the second straight year.

Catawba’s Avery Bowles (Thomasville, N.C.) pitched four scoreless innings while being credited with the win. Bowles improved to 2-0 on the year after scattering three hits and striking out four batters as the Indians won their fourth straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) fell to 2-3 after taking the loss. Senior third baseman Josh Murphy (Hudson, N.C.) had three hits on the afternoon as well for the Bears despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday evening when the Bears host King at 6:00 p.m. Catawba hosts Shippensburg Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:01

Appalachian State Softball Falls to UL Monroe

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Appalachian State University softball managed just four hits in a 4-0 loss in the series finale against UL Monroe on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (8-10, 0-3 Sun Belt) were shut down for most of the afternoon by the Warhawks’ starter Melanie Coyne. For the game, Coyne struck out eight Mountaineer hitters over 6.2 innings.

True freshman Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) was a bright spot on the offensive side of things for App State. The freshman managed a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a double that rocked off the wall in left center field.

Senior Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and junior Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) collected the other two hits from the Appalachian offense.

Both offenses were scoreless through the first two innings until UL Monroe plated two runs in the third off of two RBI singles.

The Warhawks (17-6, 3-0 Sun Belt) pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning. A Mountaineer error and an RBI single increased the Warhawks’ advantage to 4-0 advantage.

Sophomore Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) got the start and went four innings, allowing nine hits, four runs (3 earned) and a strikeout in the effort.

Both redshirt junior Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and senior Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) proved to be effective for the Apps out of the bullpen.

Johnson relieved Ciocatto in the fifth inning and pitched strong. Johnson pitched two innings of three-hit ball and struck out two. Schoelkopf pitched one inning and allowed one hit and fanned one batter.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Wednesday, March 11 when they host Radford at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium for a twinbill starting at 1 p.m. The games are set to be the first in Boone for App State this season.

Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:00

Hickory Motor Speedway Opening Night Results

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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/7/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
4 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 31 Dwayne Dean Thomasville, NC
8 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
2 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
4 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
5 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
6 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
7 01C Jake Crum Statesville, NC
8 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
9 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
10 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
11 59S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
12 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
13 4D Natalie Decker ,
14 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
15 67H Jacob Harrell Belmont, NC
16 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
17 16S R D Smith II Burlington, NC DQ

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
4 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
5 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
8 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
9 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
10 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
11 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
12 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
13 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
14 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
15 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC
16 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
17 99P Austin Powell Concord, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
2 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
3 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
7 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
8 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
9 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
10 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA,
4 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
5 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
8 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
9 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC
12 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
13 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC DQ

Hickory: 56
Weddington: 13
Red Tornadoes advance to the state 3A championship game, taking on Chapel Hill, Saturday at 5pm. 1290 WHKY and whky.com will have coverage beginning at 4pm.