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Blaine Prescott hit a walk-off solo homer in the 10th inning, as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-3 on Sunday.

The Crawdads scored two runs in the eighth before Delmarva answered in the next half-inning when Jake Ring hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Alejandro Juvier to tie the game 3-3.

Hickory starter Kyle Cody struck out five and walked two while allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings. Joseph Kuzia (1-0) got the win in relief while Jake Bray (2-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Shorebirds, Milton Ramos doubled and singled twice.

Shelby: 3
Taylorsville: 1
Shelby wins the series 3-1.

Collin Woody hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Delmarva Shorebirds to a 5-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday.

The double by Woody came in the midst of a five-run inning and tied the game 3-3. Later in the inning, Delmarva took the lead when Frank Crinella hit a sacrifice fly and then added to it when Ryan McKenna hit an RBI single.

Hickory went up by three after Leody Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Alex Kowalczyk scored on a single in the first inning and Blaine Prescott hit a sacrifice fly in the second.

Delmarva starter Matthias Dietz (1-7) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Sal Mendez (4-6) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up four runs and five hits over five innings. Steven Klimek pitched two scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.

Charles Leblanc doubled and singled twice for the Crawdads.

Taylorsville: 5
Shelby: 3
Shelby leads the best of five series 2-1. Game four of the series is Sunday at Shelby.

Blaine Prescott homered and doubled, scoring two runs as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-2 on Friday.

Ricardo Valencia doubled and singled with a couple of runs and two RBIs for Hickory.

Delmarva took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Collin Woody hit a two-run home run.

After tying the game in the fourth, the Crawdads took the lead for good with six runs in the seventh inning. The Crawdads sent 10 men to the plate as Valencia hit a two-run single en route to the six-run lead.

Kaleb Fontenot (4-2) got the win with four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Francisco Jimenez (4-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Hickory improves to 10-6 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads face Delmarva at home through Monday.

Shelby: 9
Taylorsville: 4
Shelby leads the best of five series 2-0.

Highlighted by nine home matches, four contests against NCAA Tournament teams and two ACC opponents, Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe announced the 2017 schedule on Thursday.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 6-9-5 season but were involved in some close affairs as 12 matches were decided by one goal or less. App will return six starters including Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy), who registered three shutouts and an impressive 0.98 GAA.


“We are excited to have a balanced schedule between home and road matches this season,” stated the second-year head coach. “It will give our athletes a chance to showcase their talents to the fanbase and an opportunity to build on an already good relationship with the community. “


Appalachian will test itself before the regular season with a string of three-straight exhibition matches starting on Sunday, Aug. 13th against NC State in Raleigh. App State will play in its annual Black vs. Gold contest on Aug. 16th at 7 p.m., while ending the preseason against Radford three days later at 7 p.m. in Boone.


The Mountaineers will open up the regular season with a pair of road matches in Virginia during the first three days of the regular season. App makes the trek to Norfolk, Va. on Friday, Aug. 25th against Old Dominion before heading to Richmond, Va. to face VCU at 7 p.m. on the 27th.


Five days later, App starts a daunting four-match stretch highlighted by a three-match homestand. During that stretch, App will face two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, while all four teams combined to go 48-21-11 (.688) in 2016. App will kick-off the regular season home slate against Central Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. home contest on Sunday against Long Island Brooklyn to finish the weekend.


App concludes the homestand against a strong ETSU squad on Sept. 9th, as the Buccaneers finished the season at 12-5-3 en route to an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers will play their second-straight NCAA Tournament team from 2016 against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. WF boasted a 19-3-3 mark and advanced all the way to the National Championship game before falling to Stanford in penalty kicks.


The Black and Gold will host Longwood (Sept. 16th - 7 pm) before hitting the road against a pair of in-state foes in UNC Greensboro (Sept. 23 - 7 p.m.) and the second ACC team of the season at Duke (Sept. 26th - 7 p.m.).


“Each match will present a great challenge for our team,“ mentioned O’Keefe. “Scheduling four NCAA Tournament teams will certainly test our players and prepare us for a competitive Sun Belt Conference.”


Appalachian opens Sun Belt play in the nation’s capital against Howard on Oct. 7th at 7 p.m. A second three-match homestand will ensue with App hosting UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. on the 10th. Hartwick (Oct. 14th - 7 p.m.) and Campbell (Oct. 17th - 7 p.m.) both visit the High Country prior to the Mountaineers hitting the road for three matches.


The Mountaineers finish the season playing three league contests in the final four matches, beginning with Sun Belt Tournament runner-up Georgia State in Atlanta on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Appalachian then will travel to Clinton, S.C. for a 7 p.m. match against Presbyterian for the final non-conference contest of the year.


App faces the top two teams in the conference from last season including the defending Sun Belt Regular Season and Tournament champions in Coastal Carolina (Oct. 28 - 1 p.m.) and closing the slate against archrival Georgia Southern at home on Nov. 4.

Coastal Carolina will host the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament from Nov. 7-11 in Conway, S.C.

The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up their series against the Kannapolis Intimidators with a 7-5 loss at home at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.

Hickory scored first in the third inning. Crawdads newcomer Charles Leblanc singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error. He'd moved to third on a Blaine Prescott fielders choice and would score on an Eric Jenkins single.

The 'Dads would tack on another run in the fifth. Anderson Tejeda singled to start the fifth and advance on a passed ball to second. Elio Castillo would single moving Tejeday to third and would score on a wild pitch.

Hickory starter Reid Anderon went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits but three runs that came on a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Anderson struck out six and walked only one. Kannapolis would tack on four more runs in the seventh inning.

Hickory would respond with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh, and a run in the eighth, but the rally would end there.

Tejeda was two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Crawdads saw their winning streak snapped at three as they fall to 9-6 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts the Delmarva Shorebirds at L.P. Frans Stadium Friday through Monday.

Shelby: 8
Taylorsville: 5, 11 innings
Shelby leads the best of five series 1-0

Friday, 07 July 2017 07:01

Edwards Named PEF/Bears Club President

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Ryan Edwards has been elevated to Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club President for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. The Bears Club is the official fundraising arm of Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics. Edwards has served as vice president for the organization the past two years.

“I’m honored and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as President of the PEF/Bears Club,” said Edwards. “We have much to be excited about going forward and a wonderful staff to help us achieve our goals including (Special Events Coordinator) Martha Wrike and (Managing Director) Terri Livingston. We are thankful for the support of the PEF/Bears Club Board, the membership, (Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director) Kim Pate and (Lenoir-Rhyne President) Dr. Fred K. Whitt.”

Edwards is currently a Partner and Financial Advisor with Southeast Retirement Planners, Inc., in Hickory, N.C.

A native of Lincolnton, N.C., Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lenoir-Rhyne before earning his master’s degree at Appalachian State University while being an Assistant Coach on the Mountaineers’ Men’s Basketball Staff. Edwards was later part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff.

Edwards began his career in the financial services industry with AG Edwards and Sons, Inc., in 2002. Five years later, Edwards made the decision to leave and begin his own independent firm jointly with fellow Lenoir-Rhyne graduate Les Stewart. On a daily basis, Edwards uses the knowledge and skills learned through his time associated with college athletics.

“During my 11 years of involvement with the Bears Club Board, I have been impressed with our membership’s passion for our athletic programs’ successes on and off the field,” added Edwards.

Edwards also spoke directly to the Bears Club and all the supporters of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics:

“As we look ahead, I challenge you to expand your thinking. I’m convinced that our future is bright and we are only limited by our own thoughts. I am conscious of and will work diligently to uphold the strong history and success of the Piedmont Educational Foundation. I ask you to join me in elevating our support of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics and Student-Athletes to greater heights.”

Edwards and his family – wife (Amanda) and sons (Grant and Carter) – reside in Hickory, N.C. Edwards is an active member in the community, serving currently and in the past, on various committees and boards including the University City Commission and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1946, the foundation’s primary purpose is to support the scholarship and program costs for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams at Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears Club coordinates the annual athletic fundraising program as well as capital and endowment gifts for Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Athletics.

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