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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:32

Hickory Crawdads Announce Opening Day Roster

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The Texas Rangers, parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have released the Opening Day rosters for their minor league affiliates, including the 28 total players who will begin the season with the 'Dads.

The Crawdads boast 11 returning players from their 2015 South Atlantic League Championship squad, including SAL All-Star LHP Brett Martin and 1st round draft pick RHP Dillon Tate. Other returning alumni include LHP Joe Palumbo, RHP Pedro Payano, LHP Jeffry Springs, RHP Eric Swanson, catchers Chuck Moorman & Ricardo Valencia, infielder Dylan Moore, and outfielders Eric Jenkins & Eduard Pinto.

There are also eight total players who are ranked among the Rangers top prospects by either Baseball Americaand/or MLB.com, including three in the Top 10 in Tate (Baseball America #5/MLB.com #4), Jenkins (6/7), and infielder Andy Ibanez (8/16). Joining them on the Rangers top prospects lists is Martin (18/11), infielder Yeyson Yrizarri (27/12), RHP Jonathan Hernandez (20/28), infielder Ti'Quan Forbes (NA/30), and outfielder LeDarious Clark (31/NA).

Also of note is a pair of North Carolina natives in Jenkins and Springs. Jenkins was selected by the Rangers in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft out of West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo, NC. Born in Chadbourne, NC, Jenkins had committed to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington before signing with Texas. Springs meanwhile was a star pitcher at Appalachian State, where the Belmont, NC native finished his Mountaineers career in the top 10 in school history in starts (T3 - 43), innings pitched (7th - 243.1), and strikeouts (4th - 215).

The Crawdads open the season with a friendly exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday, April 4th, before starting their SAL schedule on the road on Thursday, April 7th in Kannapolis. The 'Dads Home Opener is set for Thursday, April 14th against the Intimidators at 6pm. Tickets for all 70 home games are on sale now.

For more information regarding the Crawdads Opening Day roster, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

You may download the opening day roster by downloading the attachment below.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Will Remsen was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for games played March 21-27, the League announced today.

Remsen, a junior Haymarket, Va., scored nine goals and dished out three assists to lead the Bears to a pair of South Atlantic Conference wins last week. The attacker got his week started with three goals, one helper and four ground balls as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard 22-13 on March 23. Three days later against Mars Hill, he notched six tallies, two assists and two ground balls as the Bears picked up a 12-4 win over the Lions. Remsen scored on 60 percent of his shots and put 80 percent of his shots on target.

The award is his first Offensive Player of the Week nod this season. Last week, the Bears swept both the offensive and defensive Player of the Week awards, and it is the third straight overall offensive player of the week award for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Madison Cater was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played March 21-27, the League announced today.

Carter, a sophomore from Bessmer City, N.C., pounded out nine hits and five RBI to lead the Bears to three SAC series wins last week. She posted a hit in all six games played and recorded multiple hits in a pair of contests. Carter finished the week with a double and a home run to slug .650 in the six-game span. She scored five runs on the week and produced an on-base percentage of .500. The award is her second Player of the Week selection this season.

Nick Jodway of Draughn High School has been named as one of two recipients of the North Carolian High School Athletic Associaton Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Jersey Mike’s Subs®. Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

Jodway, a Wildcats junior pitcher/centerfielder baseball player, struck out 19 in a no-hitter last Tuesday against Burns. Draughn won the game 1-0. Jodway pitched around six walks and an error to keep the host Bulldogs off the board throughout.

Then on Thursday at home, Draughn beat Shelby 11-1 in a run-rule shortened game and the three-year starter walked twice, stole a base, scored and drove in a run.

Jodway is the second striaght recipient of the weekly award from the Hickory Metro. Alexander Central softball's Taylor Payne won the award last week.

Catawba County Easter Classic:
Bunker Hill: 2
Newton-Conover: 0

Fred T. Foard: 2
Maiden: 1

Hickory: 16
West Caldwell: 6

St. Stephens: 6
Hibriten: 5

Pitt County Classic:
Alexander Central: 5
Greenville Chirstian Academy: 2

DH Conley: 8
Alexander Central: 2

Non-conference:
Lincoln Charter: 14
Bandys: 8

McDowell: 6
Freedom: 3

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-5, 4-0) stayed unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 19-7 win over Brevard (5-4, 1-3) Monday afternoon at Tornados Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with six goals and four assists while sophomore attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored five times as the Bears moved to the top of the league standings with the victory.

Brevard’s Caitlyn Nemeth (Old Bridge, N.J.) scored four goals while Shelby Klotz (Farmington, Minn.) added three scores in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Christine Faircloth (Winter Park, Fla.) scored the first two goals of the game and the Bears never looked back as they took a 9-4 lead into halftime.

Faircloth and junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) both finished with three goals for Lenoir-Rhyne as Schwitkis increased her team-leading total on the year to 32 scores.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (36-14) and ground balls (32-19) while sophomore Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the victory in goal after making three saves in the first half. Brevard’s goalkeeper, Shelby Arsenault (Shallow Lake, Ontario, CANADA), made 10 saves but suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (27-7, 6-0) made it eight straight victories with a doubleheader sweep of Tusculum (15-19, 1-5), 6-3 and 2-1, Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Red Edmonds Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Tusculum 3
Lenoir-Rhyne broke a three-all tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning highlighted by a game-winning, two-run single from senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) in the victory.

Both teams scored three runs in the fourth inning – including a two-run single by the Bears’ sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) – and Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 14 hits in the contest including three hits and a run scored from both freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 8-0 on the year after earning the win in middle relief while senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) notched her second save of the year.

For Tusculum, Emily Hester (Kings Mountain, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and a run batted in while Eliza Davis (Lexington, N.C.) (10-8) suffered the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Tusculum 1
Trailing by a 1-0 score, the Bears scored seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete the sweep of the Pioneers.

A sacrifice fly by Phillips – scoring freshman second baseman Cassie Healy (Cary, N.C.) – proved to be the game-winner for Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Bears’ Hoskins (8-4) earned the complete game victory while striking out 10 batters and allowing one unearned run. Tusculum’s Cayla Cecil (High Point, N.C.) fell to 5-4 after taking the loss. Taylor Battle (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished with two hits and a run scored for the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (7-4, 5-0) won its sixth straight game with a 12-4 victory over Mars Hill (0-8, 0-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) led all scorers with six goals while freshman attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored twice as the Bears remained unbeaten in league play.

Mars Hill’s Nathan Stewart (New Westminster, British Columbia) finished with two goals and an assist but the Lions remained winless on the year.

The Bears outscored the Lions by an 8-1 margin in the second half – spearheaded by Remsen with five goals – to break the game open. Lenoir-Rhyne scored six goals within a span of 4:12 over the third and fourth periods.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (49-15) and ground balls (31-17) while sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) added a goal and two assists and the Bears remained a half-game ahead of the Royals for first place in the conference.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after making five saves while Ryan Kearney (Tallahassee, Fla.) suffered the loss despite totaling 18 stops.

Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Saturday, April 9, against Queens in a South Atlantic Conference showdown in Charlotte, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up day two of the Raleigh Relays on Saturday.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) finished in eighth place with a time of 9:17.19. In the field, App State’s Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) took sixth with a height of 10-5.00, while Audrey Diener (Apex, N.C./Apex) finished tied for sixth with Hunnicutt. Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) placed eighth with a height of 10-5.00.

In the hammer throw, India McWhorter (Stony Point, N.C./Alexander Central) placed 11th with a distance of 171-8.00. Sheala Wheeler placed 10th in the javelin with a throw of 101-3.00.

The 4x100-meter team of Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View/N.C. Central), Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) took 12th with a combined time of 47.19.

Appalachian State will be back in action next weekend at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished day two at the Raleigh Relays on Saturday.

In the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Andrew Harris (Lexington, N.C./Lexington/Winthrop), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Will Henderson (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) took first-place with a time of 7:36.80.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) got the Mountaineers contributed two strong finishes in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. Broaden took 13th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.45 and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.38.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Antonio Marcano, Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid), Trey Edgerton (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Russell Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) and Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) came in 13th-place with a time of 1:28.00.

Appalachian State will be back in action next weekend at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

Lenoir-Rhyne (24-10, 6-6) and Tusculum (22-8, 8-4) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. Lenoir-Rhyne won the first contest by a 6-4 score while Tusculum took the nightcap, 7-4.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Tusculum 4
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) had a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning and finished with four hits to lead the Bears to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) earned the win and improved to 5-0 on the year. Hancock allowed just two runs while pitching into the sixth inning and striking out six batters.

Tusculum lost despite a pair of solo home run from Kevin Victoriano (Bronx, N.Y.) while Christian Raasch (Norcross, Ga.) fell to 5-2 after suffering the loss.

Senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) drove in his league-leading 49th run of the season for the Bears as well.

Game Two – Tusculum 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Victoriano hit his third home run of the day while Nick Lacina (St. Paul, Minn.) added a solo shot – both came in the seventh inning – as the Pioneers salvaged the split with the Bears.

Tusculum look control with a four-run second inning to open the scoring. However, all four runs were unearned while Creighton Wilke (Lincoln, Neb.) highlighted the frame with a two-run single.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) with two hits and three runs batted in but sophomore Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) fell to 2-2 after taking the loss.

For Tusculum, Ethan Carpenter (Polkville, N.C.) improved to 4-2 on the year after earning the victory while McKenly Berry (Elizabethton, Tenn.) notched his second save of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Winston-Salem State in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.