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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 22:47

East-West All Star Soccer Game Results

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East-West All Star Girls Soccer Game:
West: 4
East: 1
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:
East: 5
West: 2
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.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:50

Crawdads Snap Losing Streak at Greensboro

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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.

East-West All-Star Girls Basketball
West: 82
East: 68
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
West: 98
East: 86
Hickory's Devonte Fuller did not score in the game. He went 0-5 from the field.

The Hickory Crawdads looked good early in Sunday evening's game in Greensboro with the 'Dads jumping out to a 4-0 lead through three innings, but the red-hot Grasshoppers stormed back with six unanswered tallies to hand Hickory a 6-5 loss at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads took advantage of three early Greensboro errors and jumped on former major league pitcher Dustin Moseley for a pair of runs in the 1st and two more in the 3rd to take their first lead of the series. The Grasshoppers responded however with one run in the 3rd, two in the 4th, one more in the 5th, and two final tallies in the 6th to erase the deficit and take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The loss is the fourth straight for the 'Dads and drops the team five games back of the Grasshoppers in the tightly contested South Atlantic League Northern Division.

A Hickory offense that had been held to three total runs while dropping the first two games against Greensboro looked revitalized in the 1st, as leadoff hitter Michael De Leon lined the first pitch of the ballgame into center field for a single. Following a fielder's choice groundout that retired De Leon and placed Evan Van Hoosier at first, Nomar Mazara ground a double inside the first base bag to score Van Hoosier all the way from first. Mazara would also take third base on the play thanks to a throwing error by Grasshoppers right fielder Coco Johnson before scoring on a RBI groundout by Joe Jackson for a 2-0 Crawdads lead.

The advantage doubled to 4-0 in the 3rd when the 'Dads used two hits and two more 'Hoppers errors to score two more runs. Luis Marte started the frame with an infield single, followed by a throwing error by Greensboro shortstop TJ Riddle to put De Leon aboard. Van Hoosier once again reached on a fielder's choice to retire De Leon at second and move Marte to third, before Mazara came through again with a RBI single to plate Marte. The play also included another error by Johnson in right who overran the ball and allowed Van Hoosier to score from first for the frame's second run.

The Grasshoppers began to chip away at the Hickory lead with a RBI sacrifice fly from Brian Anderson in the bottom of the 3rd and a 2-out, 2-RBI single by Carlos Lopez in the 4th to cut the score to 4-3. The 'Hoppers completed the comeback in the 5th when a throwing error by Crawdads reliever Ryne Slack allowed Juan Avila to score the tying run.

Greensboro finally overtook Hickory in the 6th, when Lopez came through again with a 2-run home run to right off of Slack that gave the 'Hoppers their first lead of the night at 6-4. The Crawdads were able to narrow the deficit to 6-5 with another Grasshoppers error and a RBI single from De Leon in the 7th, but the Greensboro bullpen held the line from there to end the game with a 6-5 'Dads loss.

Mazara finished the night 2-4 with a double, two RBIs, and an intentional walk, while De Leon went 2-5 with a RBI. Lopez paced the Grasshoppers attack with a 3-5 game including his 8th homer of the season and four total RBIs.

Slack (6-2) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits over 2.1 innings pitched. 'Hoppers reliever Ramon Del Orbe (2-1) earned the win after holding Hickory to one unearned run on two hits during his three frames on the mound, while fellow bullpen arm Miguel Del Pozo pitched a perfect 9th with two strikeouts for his second save of the year.

The Crawdads (16-15) will try to avoid the sweep and salvage the fourth and final game against the Grasshoppers (21-10) Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads offense continued its recent troubles Saturday night, as the 'Dads were held without an extra-base hit en route to a 6-1 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads nine total hits were only one off the 10-hit pace of the Grasshoppers, but Greensboro mixed in a pair of big home runs with their eight singles to provide the difference in the contest. The 'Dads have now dropped three straight games and back-to-back contests against the 'Hoppers to fall four games back in the South Atlantic League Northern Division race.

In almost a mirror image to the start of Friday's game, the Grasshoppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st thanks to a 3-run homer, this time by All-Star first baseman Felix Munoz off of Hickory starting pitcher Akeem Bostick. The Crawdads responded with a run in the top of the 2nd, with Ronald Guzman driving in Nomar Mazara with a RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Bostick settled down following the homer in the 1st and kept the score at 3-1 until the 5th, when Greensboro once again utilized the long ball with a solo shot to right by J.T. Riddle for a 4-1 'Hoppers advantage. The Grasshoppers plated the night's final tallies in the bottom of the 7th, when All-Star Austin Dean lined a 2-RBI single to center off of 'Dads reliever Jose Monegro to push the score to 6-1.

Seven of the Crawdads nine hits came from three batters in the lineup, with Evan Van Hooiser going 3-4 with a stolen base, Mazara finishing 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Joe Jackson ending the game 2-4.

Greensboro starting pitcher Jose Adames (1-0) earned the win while making his SAL debut, after holding the Crawdads to one run on eight hits, one walk, and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings pitched. Bostick (5-6) took the loss for the 'Dads with four runs given up on five hits, one walk, and two Ks during his five frames on the mound.

Hickory (16-14) will try to bounce back in game three of their four game series in Greensboro (20-10) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 pm.

In its inaugural Sun Belt Conference and NCAA Division I FBS campaign, Appalachian State University football has been picked to finish seventh in the 2014 Sun Belt preseason coaches’ poll, the league announced on Saturday.

Appalachian State placed seventh in the preseason balloting with 47 points, edging fellow Sun Belt newcomer Georgia Southern, which was picked to finish eighth with 44 points.

Louisiana-Lafayette was the unanimous choice among the Sun Belt’s coaches to win the 2014 conference championship, followed by Arkansas State, South Alabama, Troy, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State. After App State and Georgia Southern, Idaho, Georgia State and New Mexico State rounded out the preseason poll.

Appalachian State opens the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 at Michigan (noon — ESPN2) and plays its first-ever Sun Belt game on Sept. 25 with another nationally televised contest at Georgia Southern (7:30 p.m. — ESPNU).

1. Louisiana-Lafayette — 121 pts. (11 first-place votes)
2. Arkansas State — 102
3. South Alabama — 98
4. Troy — 84
5. Louisiana-Monroe — 78
6. Texas State — 70
7. Appalachian State — 47
8. Georgia Southern — 44
9. Idaho — 29
10. Georgia State — 27
11. New Mexico State — 26

Saturday, 19 July 2014 22:12

Crawdads Fall at Greensboro

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It was a tough night at the plate for the Hickory Crawdads on Friday, as the 'Dads bats continued their recent struggles with a two-run, five-hit performance that resulted in a 6-2 loss to the first place Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Hickory lineup was held hitless through the game's first four innings by Greensboro starting pitcher Cody Crabaugh, who would go on to toss a season-high seven innings while holding the Crawdads to one run on three hits and six strikeouts. Nomar Mazara ended the night as the lone 'Dad with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored.

The contest quickly got off on the wrong foot for the Crawdads, with Grasshoppers second baseman Brian Anderson taking 'Dads pitcher Cole Wiper deep for a 3-run home run in the 1st inning. Wiper settled down after giving up the long ball, as the right-hander kept the score at 3-0 with four scoreless frames following the 1st.

The 'Hoppers added to their lead in the 6th when the 'Dads turned to the bullpen, with right-handed reliever Scott Williams giving up a run on two singles and a wild pitch for a 4-0 Crawdads deficit. The Crawdads got on the scoreboard for the first time in the top of the 7th, when Joe Jackson led off the frame with a double before coming in two batters later on a RBI single by Mazara to cut the score to 4-1.

Greensboro responded in the bottom of the 7th with two more tallies on a 2-RBI double from Felix Munoz to stretch their advantage to 6-1. The 'Dads had one last gasp in the 9th when back-to-back doubles by Mazara and Kellin Deglan brought in the last Hickory run for the final 6-2 score.

Crabaugh (3-1) earned the win for the Hoppers for his standout outing, while Wiper (6-8) took the loss for the 'Dads with three runs allowed on five hits, one walk, and one strikeout over five innings pitched.

The Crawdads (16-13) are now three games behind the Grasshoppers (19-10) in the South Atlantic League Northern Division race. The 'Dads will look to bounce back in game two of the four game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 19 July 2014 22:09

McElwee Called Up to Myrtle Beach

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The Texas Rangers announced today that Hickory Crawdads RHP Josh McElwee has been promoted to the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, becoming the seventh 'Dad this season to move up in the Rangers organization.

McElwee, 25, leaves Hickory with 57 strikeouts in just 36 innings pitched for a K/9 IP ratio of 14.25, a number that would have led all South Atlantic League relievers if he had enough innings pitched to qualify. A 20th round pick by the Rangers out of the University of South Carolina - Sumter in 2012, McElwee went 2-0 overall with a 4.25 ERA, 6 saves, and a .246 batting average against for the Crawdads this year. McElwee also spent time with the 'Dads in 2013, going 2-1 with a 10.13 ERA and 22 Ks in 13.1 IP.

Replacing McElwee on the Crawdads active roster is RHP Collin Wiles, who began the season with the 'Dads before going on the disabled list on May 18th. Wiles, 20, went 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA over eight appearances, two starts, totaling 19.2 IP for Hickory. A 1st round selection by the Rangers out of Blue Valley West (KS) HS in 2012, Wiles rejoins the Crawdads after allowing four runs on 4.2 IP over two relief appearances in the AZL.

McElwee joins fellow 2014 Crawdads Cody Kendall, Kevin Pucetas, Lewis Brinson, Nick Vickerson, Abel De Los Santos, and Kevin Torres on the Pelicans roster.

Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 20 contest at Southern Miss will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and be televised live on the newly formed American Sports Network, Conference USA announced on Thursday.

The American Sports Network will air on a number of Sinclair Broadcasting-owned television stations across the country. Sinclair owns and operates 162 television stations in 78 U.S. markets. Specific stations that will carry the Appalachian State-Southern Miss game have yet to be determined.

The Sept. 20 matchup between Appalachian State and Southern Miss is the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools. Southern Miss makes the return trip to App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 19, 2015.

The Mountaineers and Golden Eagles are meeting on the gridiron for the first time in 77 years. In the lone previous matchup between the two schools, Southern Miss beat Appalachian, 7-0, in an unnamed bowl game in Biloxi, Miss. on Dec. 3, 1937.