North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 1
Alexander Central: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 0
South Caldwell: 4
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Rutherford: 2
East Burke: 0
R-S Central: 10
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 1
West Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Erin Boone has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today. Boone wins the award for the second time this year.
Boone, a sophomore outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., batted .500 (eight-for-16) with two home runs and eight runs batted in to lead the Bears to three victories last week. Boone had two hits in all four games last week in addition to a .938 slugging percentage.
Boone, the 2016 SAC Freshman Of The Year and a first-team all-league and all-region honoree, leads the conference in several categories including batting average (.507), hits (73), runs scored (53), triples (five) and total bases (106). In addition, Boone has four home runs and 38 runs batted in.
Carson-Newman’s Lacie Rinus has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (35-8, 9-3), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II this week, hosts Anderson in a league doubleheader Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (35-8, 9-3), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Catawba (10-31, 3-9), 7-0 and 11-0, Tuesday afternoon at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears ran their winning streak to five games.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Catawba 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a grand slam and freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) threw a three-hitter in the victory.
Cates’ home run rounded out the scoring for the Bears in the fifth inning while junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in for the Bears. Catawba’s Brooke Walser (Thomasville, N.C.) fell to 7-12 after suffering the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Catawba 0 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne hit two home runs and put the game away with a seven-run third inning in sweeping Catawba and run-ruling the Indians in the second contest.
The Bears’ home runs came courtesy of Cates and sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.). Boone’s round-tripper, a three-run shot, rounded out the scoring for the Bears. Boone, the league’s leader in batting average (.507), finished with three hits and two runs scored.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) (9-2) threw a one-hitter while Catawba’s Kaylee Cook (Kannapolis, N.C.) fell to 2-13 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Appalachian State made a late charge behind two eagles from Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) and a strong stretch from Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.), but Radford was able to hold off the Mountaineers to win the 11-team Wofford Invitational on Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Spartanburg.
The event was shortened to 36 holes after torrential rains halted Monday’s action after around 15 holes. App State finished at 9-under as a team after closing out the opening round strong this morning with a 282, tied for the seventh lowest round in program history. The Mountaineers shot 285 (-3) in the afternoon’s final round.
Radford’s Myles Creighton won the event at 7-under par behind a 5-under 67 in the final round. He birdied three of his final six holes, including no. 18, to help hold off App. He sparked Radford to a 277 (-11) in the final round as the Highlanders held off App State by three strokes. George Mason (-7) was third.
App’s Burris was the team’s top finisher, tying for second. He had five eagles over his two rounds including two on his final four holes of the day. Burris finished at 6-under (70, 68) and also had six birdies over the 36 holes.
Fellow-senior Moriatry struggled to 6-over on the day through 14 holes before rattling off an eagle on No. 15 and back-to-back birdies on No. 16 and 17 to finish sixth overall and give App a shot on No. 18. He opened the event with a scorching 66 (-6) with an eagle for the low round of the tournament and fired a 74 (+2) in the final round.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) also helped the charge on the back nine, shooting 33 (-4) on the back nine to shoot his second 72 of the week and finish at even-par, tied for 19th.
Freshman Noah Schneider tied for 36th after shooting 74-74 (+4), piling up seven birdies over his 36 holes.
Freshman Walker Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) tied for 48th, but bounced back from an opening round 79 (+7) with a 71 (-1) on Tuesday afternoon and had seven birdies in his two rounds.
App State returns to action this weekend at the Irish Creek Invitational, played at the Irish Creek Club in Kannapolis, N.C. The 54-hole event runs Saturday-Sunday.
Due to severe weather concerns in the Cullowhee, N.C. area this week, Appalachian State University softball’s scheduled midweek doubleheader with Western Carolina has been canceled. A possible makeup date has yet to be determined.
The Mountaineers will return to action this weekend for a conference three-game series with ULM April 8-9 at the ULM Softball Complex in Monroe, La.
To help kick off the baseball season, the Hickory Crawdads will host their annual Open House on Saturday, April 8th. The free event will feature games and special ticket deals from 10:00 am -1:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The 'Dads are offering yet another 25th anniversary-themed ticket deal with a "Buy One, Get One for 25 cents" special. Fans who purchase any ticket at regular price can get an Opening Weekend ticket for just 25 cents, with a limit of eight per person.
Classroom Connections will be collecting school supplies in exchange for a free ticket to Opening Weekend. Those who donate at least a $5 value of the school supplies requested will receive a voucher good for any of the three games. Requested items include: art supplies, calculators, colored pencils, children's books, construction paper, erasers, index cards, pencils, rulers, and scissors.
Fans will also be able to purchase a 2017 Ticket Book that includes two free Opening Weekend tickets and three free parking vouchers in addition to the regular 10 undated ticket vouchers included in the $70 package.
This will be the last chance to purchase a discounted $45 sweetFrog Claw Club membership (regular price $49). Those who have previously purchased a membership may pick up their packets at the event. Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Silver Sluggers memberships will also be available for purchase and pickup.
Other attractions at the Open House will include the inflatable bounce house, speed pitch, an arts & crafts table, and several on-field activities. Discounted concessions will also be sold at the event.
For more information about the Open House, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Baseball America Editor-in-Chief John C. Manuel will deliver the keynote address for The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s 2017 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. The expert in college baseball, minor league prospects and the Major League Baseball draft is part of a May 15 ceremony when the Hall of Fame inducts six new members and its first Exceptional Team of Excellence.
A contributor to Baseball America and its online platform BaseballAmerica.com for more than 20 years, Manuel’s early sports-writing career stops include Hickory Daily Record, Greensboro News and Record and High Point Enterprise. He’s contributed research and analysis to TV broadcasts for ESPN, MLB Network and Durham Bulls. Most recently, Manuel delivered play-by-play coverage this season for N.C. State and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame has established a well-earned reputation for attracting some of the top names in sports broadcasting and media as its featured speaker,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair JuJu Phillips. “John has been one of the best at what he does with Baseball America. We are honored to have him return to his sports writing roots to share his memories and stories covering and following so many current Hall of Famers. It will be apropos considering over half of this year’s Hall of Fame class made their mark while playing baseball.”
Manuel is a Fayetteville native who graduated from Asheville High School and UNC-Chapel Hill before beginning his professional career. He’s been with Baseball America since 1996. He was named co-editor in 2005.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County. The 2017 class will be inducted at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at City of Hickory Highland Recreation Center, the permanent home of the Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet go on sale April 10 for $25 each. The banquet includes a meal. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County and Highland Recreation Center.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Track and Field Team broke a pair of school records this past weekend at the VertKlasse Meeting at Dick Vert Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) finished second in her group in the hammer throw (155'9"), breaking her own school record, while sophomore Raven Miller (Freeport, BAHAMAS) won her flight in the triple jump with a program-best 37'3". Miller finished 10th overall in the event.
Another top-ten finisher for the Bears was sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.), who placed 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.10 seconds. In addition, the Bears' 400-meter relay team finished eighth overall (49.30).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team took part in the VertKlasse Meeting this past weekend at Dick Vert Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jaquay Mitchell (Middlesex, N.C.) finished fifth overall in the triple jump (47'7") while senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) took ninth in the men's shot put (48'7").
Junior Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) was 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:00.46) while sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed 10th in the 200-meter dash as well with a time of 21.92 for the Bears.
Both teams return to action on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State (+38) finished with a two-day total of 614 to take fifth in an 11-team field at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, which wrapped up on Monday at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
The Mountaineers shot a team-308 to finish five shots behind Elon (+33), which took fourth. Gardner-Webb’s team-295 helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs claim the team title by two strokes over Bethune-Cookman (+25). USC Upstate (+32), which tied G-W for the lowest round of the day, jumped to third.
Gardner-Webb’s Taylor Dodson claimed medalist honors with a tournament-low 69 (-3) in the final round to finish at 1-under, one shot ahead of Western Carolina’s Natalia Villavicencio. Elon’s Kelsey Badmaev (+1) took third.
Senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) closed with a second consecutive 75 (+3) to notch a Top 10 by tying for eighth at +6. Stinson was third in the field in par-5 scoring playing them collectively at 3-under.
Fellow seniors Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tied for 14th following a final-round 78 (+6). She finished the week at 8-over.
Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) finished strongly with a 76 (+4) on Tuesday and tied for 28th.
Sophomore Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) followed her opening round 78 with a 79 on Tuesday to finish 33rd.
Freshman Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) carded an 85 on Tuesday and finished tied for 49th.
Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C.) played solidly in her closing round with a 79 (+7), while junior Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C.) closed with an 88.
App State’s attention now turns to the 2017 Sun Belt Championships, played April 17-19 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Hickory Motor Speedway played host to the 6th Annual Finish Line Heating & Air Spring Classic with beautiful weather and a great slate of racing on Saturday night.
Leading off the night would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen Racing Association with Eddie Gilbert in the # 95 leading the field to the green flag after pole sitter Bill Lett in the #4 would start in the rear as the feature winner in the last event. Gilbert would jump out to the early lead with Daniel Werner in the #19 giving chase. Gilbert would hold on for the win by a car length over the hard charging Werner, who would finish 2nd. Bill Webb in the #16 would finish 3rd with William Powell in the #71 and Robert Webb in the #6 rounding out the top 5.
Next up would see the One Design Super Trucks hit the track with fast timer Tyler Dayton in the #36 pacing the field with Joey Shuryan in the #30 to his outside. Shuryan would use the outside groove to move to the point and lead the first 10 laps with the top 5 all running nose to tail. Dayton would move under Shuryan at lap 10 and bring Sheflon Clay in the #15 with him for 2nd. Contact among the top 5 would send Charlie Neill in the #26 spinning and the caution would fly at lap 12. On the restart Dayton would move around Shuryan and pull out to the lead. Another caution would fly on lap 18 as Shuryan would spin after contact in turn 2. The restart would once again see Dayton resume the lead, this time pulling around Clay. Dayton would go on to take the victory with Clay finishing 2nd. Neill would battle back to finish 3rd after his early spin, Shuryan would also battle back after his spin and finish 4th, and Allen Huffman in the #51 would work his way back through the field after having to pit to secure a fender that had been knocked loose during the close racing.
The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks would be the next to hit the track with Kevin Eby in the #03 on the pole. Eby would lead much of the race but the #18 of Cody DeMarmels would stay in his tire tracks and eventually make his move late in the race. The pair would battle side by side for several laps until DeMarmels would finally work his way around and to the point. DeMarmels would drive on to the win with Eby finishing 2nd and Mark Whitten in the #77 coming home in 3rd. The battle for 4th and 5th was a good one as Marshall Sutton in the #64, Eric Evans in the #07, and Chris Werner in the #22 would have a spirited battle for the final top 5 slots. Evans would finally get around for 4th and bring Werner with him for 5th.
The 6th annual running of the Finish Line Heating & Air Spring Classic for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and Round #3 of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge would roar to life next with an additional $500.00 added to the purse for any of the Hickory Motor Speedway Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models that could take the checkered flag. Dexter Canipe Jr in the #23 would grab the pole, Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would start from the 2nd spot, Shane Lee in the #00 and Ryan Vasconcellos in the #10 would make up row 2. As the green flag would fall Canipe and Pelfrey would battle side by side for the top spot. Canipe would use the preferred inside line to move to the point after several laps. The top 10 cars would get nose to tail and just inches apart for the next 40 laps or so with the occasional pass for position but no one checking out from the field and everyone staying within striking distance. One of those making the occasional pass would be the #9 of Charlie Watson. Watson would methodically work his way through the pack and just before the halfway point he would work his way around Canipe and to the point. A caution on lap 53 would see the field reset with a few coming to pit road to make adjustments but the duo of Watson and Canipe were pleased with their rides and stayed out on the track. When they went back to green Watson would move back to the top spot with Canipe hugging his rear bumper. The pair would continue like this for the balance of the event to take the checkered flag. Canipe would make a look to the inside but Watson would prove too strong and hold him off for the win. Canipe would finish 2nd with Monty Cox in the #21 having a strong run to finish 3rd. Ryan Vasconcellos in his first appearance this season in the #10 would work his way back from the back of the pack after a pit stop at lap 53 to finish 4th. Lee would hold off the hard charging Alex Reece in the #18 and Pat Rachels in the #34 to finish 5th.
The 4-Cylinders would be next to hit the track with Curtis Pardue in the #17 leading the field to green. Pardue would have a strong hotrod on the night and would drive on to the win with the #6 of Brian Mundy finishing 2nd. Robbie Lewis in the #98 and Robert Trivette in the #11 would finish 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Covington Dental Smash and Crash division would be the last to hit the track but their reputation had preceded them and the vast majority of fans waited to see the sedan slugfest, as did the competitors from the other divisions as they lined pit road to watch as well. From the standing start green flag to the checkers, and even including a rare red flag to remove a couple of damaged cars in unsafe positions, semi-controlled chaos would be the order of the day. Spinning Limos, bump drafting on a 3/8 mile bull ring, and a field of damaged cars that even the best of body men couldn’t help would keep the crowd happy and cheering for more as the checkered flag would fall on Matt Fox in the #3.
Next week the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will return to action with Advance Auto Parts Night at the Races with Twin 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models. Also in action are the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, One Design Super Trucks, and the Renegades.
Gates will open at 5pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.
Tickets only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Seniors/Youth(11-19), and Children 10 & under FREE!
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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/1/2017
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 6M Brian Mundy
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
2 19 Dennis Werner
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
6 28 Danny Toney
7 4L Bill Lett Statesville, NC
8 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC DNS
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 23C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
3 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
4 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
5 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
7 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
8 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
9 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
11 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
12 51C Chris Chapman Stony Point, NC
13 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
4 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
5 22W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
6 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
7 10 Terrence Tucker
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
4 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
5 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
6 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC
7 91 Keith Norville Forest City, NC
8 3 Colby White Maiden, NC
9 82 Chase Campbell Old Fort, NC
Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) blasted out her first home run of the season as Appalachian State University softball fell to South Alabama in Game Three of the weekend conference series on Sunday at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone.
Appalachian State (12-21, 0-9 SBC) got hot late scoring three runs in the latter half of the game, but South Alabama’s (23-12, 6-7 SBC) five runs held steady as the Jaguars snatched the three-game sweep.
The Mountaineers crashed out five hits on Sunday, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) highlighted the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a RBI double. Also, Mathewson whaled out her seventh career home run and pounded in two RBI.
In the circle, Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus)(1-1) pitched 2.2 innings and registered a game-high of four strikeouts. In relief were Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna)and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) who pitched a combined 4.1 innings and struck out two Jaguars.
Game Three: South Alabama 5, App State 3
After holding each other scoreless in the opening inning, the Jags scored the first run of the ballgame at the top of the second on a RBI single and followed by loading the bases, but Williford left three stranded after striking out her third batter of the game.
In the following two innings, South Alabama stretched their lead to 5-0 after smacking a home run in the third and adding three more in the fourth.
Then in the bottom of the inning, Mathewson broke through blasting a two-run jack over the left field fence to cut South Alabama’s lead to 5-2.
In the top of the fifth, Longanecker entered the game and kept the conference showdown close putting the Jaguars off guard with her tough pitching to counter Appalachian’s limited offensive output.
Then at the bottom of the seventh, Stewart cut USA’s lead to two after smacking a RBI double to left field, but South Alabama held off the Appalachian’s last batter to grab the conference sweep.
App State softball will travel down to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on Western Carolina for a midweek doubleheader at 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (11-7) fell to a tough Georgia Southern team in a valiant 4-1 setback on Sunday afternoon at Stadium Courts.
Despite the score, the Mountaineers hung tough with a Georgia Southern squad that has 17 wins this season. GASO captured the doubles point, and three of the four finished singles matches.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) cruised to their eighth win of the season as a tandem with a 6-1 victory over Dani Casablancas and Christian Kerrigan, 6-1, which would get the Apps off to a fast start. However, the Eagles claimed the next two matches to pick up the doubles point.
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell as the No. 3 tandem to Artemie Amari and Stefano Di Aloy, 6-1. In a hard-fought match, the duo of Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) fell by a slight margin, 6-4, to Diego Finkelstein and Eddie Landin.
The Eagles stretched the lead to 2-0 after Pavkovich suffered a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Artemie Amari as the No. 5 in the lineup. Webster brought the Apps to within one point, 2-1, after his team-leading 12th win of the season over JC Alcala, 6-2, 6-1. Morris was toppled by his opponent as the No. 3 in the lineup to Di Aloy 6-1, 6-4.
GASO clinched the match after Bargeron fell in three sets to Finkelstein 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6. Bargeron fell down a set and had to force a third frame thanks to a tiebreaking win. Maddocks’ single match would be a marathon despite going unfinished. After falling in the first set to Landin 6-4, the senior came back to tie the match with a second-set win, 6-4. Trailing 5-1 in the third stanza, Maddocks came all the way back to force a tiebreaker at 6-6.
Brea was trailing to Santiago Suarez 4-6, 1-4 before the match went unfinished.
App will look to finish the four-match homestand at 3-1 with a 3 p.m. match against Gardner-Webb on Monday. Stay tuned for updates as rainy weather is expected to hit the area.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (9-3, 5-1) ran its winning streak to five games with an easy 16-4 win over Newberry (5-9, 1-4) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Setzler Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) led all scorers with five goals – giving her a team-leading 32 goals on the season – while freshman attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) added three goals as the Bears raced to an 8-1 advantage 20 minutes into the game and never looked back.
Newberry's Rachel Dillon (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) scored twice to lead the Wolves despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added two goals and a pair of assists as the Bears also finished strong by scoring the last seven goals of the match. Lenoir-Rhyne also held the advantage in both shots taken (29-13) and ground balls (27-12).
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and picked up the win after stopping two shots while Brandy Bowman (Irvine, Calif.) made nine saves but suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts eighth-ranked Queens in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to South Alabama on Saturday night in a conference doubleheader at the Swyassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
After two time changes that saw the doubleheader get pushed back from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Apps (12-20, 0-8 SBC) got shut out by the Jaguars (22-12, 5-7 SBC) 4-0 in game one and slipped to USA 5-3 after holding the lead for five innings. Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) turned in multiple-hit performances going 3-for-7 and 2-for-5 respectively. Orcutt continued her hitting streak extending it out to nine-straight ballgames, and in game two, both Walters and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) rocketed out their third home run of the season.
Three Mountaineers made appearances in the circle for 15.0 innings pitched, and App State struck out nine Jaguars and only walked three in game one.
Game One: South Alabama 4, App State 0
South Alabama’s three-run third inning and tough pitching aided in blanking the Apps 4-0 in the opening game.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) neutralized the Jaguar defense posting two scoreless frames, but USA loaded the bases at the top of the third and scored three runs on a two-run RBI double and a RBI single.
The Apps tried to strike up some momentum offensively at the bottom of the fourth with Orcutt whacking out a double to dead center and Walters reaching on a hit by pitch, but the Mountaineers couldn’t connect to bring the two home.
In the following inning, the Mountaineers threatened to score again with Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) drawing a walk and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) smacking a single to put two one, but App Sate was stopped short of scoring due to USA’s solid defense.
Then at the top of the sixth, the Jaguars extended their lead to 4-0 with a RBI single to center field which put the game out of reach.
In the circle, Ciocatto (1-6) pitched 5.0 innings and struck out two batters and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) came in relief and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out one.
Game Two: South Alabama 5, App State 3 (8 innings)
Despite a three-run deficit, the Jaguars rallied back into the game to overcome the Mountaineers 5-3 in extra innings.
App State jolted onto the board early after Walters blasted a home run that flew over the scoreboard to bring along Orcutt, who reached on a single, for the 2-0 lead.
At the bottom of the fourth, Dodd bombed a solo jack that bounced off the Sofield Indoor Facility to extend their lead to 3-0.
Then at the top of the fifth, the Jags cut Appalachian’s advantage to two runs after a RBI double and threatened to score loading the bases at the top of the sixth, but App State’s defense stopped the Jags in their tracks denying all their scoring attempts.
In the seventh, the Jags rallied back into the game opening their half of the inning with a solo home run and tied the game at three apiece with a RBI single, which pushed the game into extra innings.
At the top of the eighth, USA snatched their first lead of the game scoring two runs to take the 5-3 advantage and held off Apps’ offensive attacks to take the doubleheader sweep.
Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (8-8) pitched her fourth complete game in 8.0 innings, registered six strikeouts and fired out a game-high 189 pitches.