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Appalachian State University women’s soccer played its final game of the preseason on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers tied the Panthers of High Point, 1-1. The Apps and Panthers played three, 30 minute periods on Saturday.

“I thought High Point was extremely organized and they were high pressuring,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “I thought they did a great job at unbalancing our team and created problems that we had to solve. It was nice to get out and have to do that on the fly and under pressure.”

App State would strike first in the contest with a Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) penalty kick goal halfway through the second 30 minute period.

“Jane Cline was outstanding up top,” said coach Strickland. “Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) had a great game again coming out of the back and Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) did a great job coming off the bench and impacting the game.”

“We were really excited about playing at home,” said Cline. “We were pretty hyped in the locker room before the game and come out on our own turf and play High Point. We brought a lot of intensity and came out strong.”

Just 12 minutes into the third period, High Point’s Becca Rolfe struck a blast from 30 yards out to tie the game for the Panthers.

The Mountaineers created lots of chances and outshot the Panthers six to five with five of those shots coming on goal.

The shots from Appalachian were spread throughout the team with six different players recording one. Cline, Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Leah Drawdy (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md./Middletown) all recorded shots on goal, while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was the other Mountaineer to record a shot.

App State will now have close to a week of practice before its first game of the regular season at Elon on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:17

Hickory Crawdads Snap Losing Streak

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A scuffling Hickory Crawdads offense broke out Saturday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds, with the 'Dads pounding out 15 hits, including two home runs, en route to snapping their 6-game losing streak with a 6-2 win in front of a season-best crowd of 5,263 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Five different Crawdad batters finished with a multi-hit game, led by Ronald Guzman who went 4-5 with his sixth home run of the year, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Kevin Torres (3-4, 2B, R) and Nick Urbanus (3-4) each posted three-hit games, while Jairo Beras (2-4, HR, RBI, R), and Michael De Leon (2-5, R) collected two hits apiece. All the offense backed up the best start of the season by 'Dads pitcher Tyler Smith, who tossed seven shutout innings on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.

In lieu of one big inning, the Hickory hitters spread their six runs out over five different frames, with the Crawdads scoring one run in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, and one in the 5th, 6th, and 7th. The first 'Dads tally came with a little help from the Shorebirds, as consecutive singles from Torres and Urbanus were followed by a fielding error by Delmarva All-Star third baseman Drew Dosch to allow Torres to score for a 1-0 Crawdads lead.

The 'Dads posted their lone multi-run inning in the 3rd, with a RBI sacrifice fly by Joe Jackson and a RBI single from Beras pushing the Hickory advantage to 3-0. The lead swelled to 5-0 after solo homers by Beras and Guzman in the 5th and 6th respectively, before Guzman came through again in the 8th with a RBI base knock to left for a 8-0 Crawdads advantage.

The Shorebirds got on the board in the top of the 9th with two runs on three hits against Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo, but Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina was able to close the door with a game-ending double play to give the 'Dads the 6-2 victory.

Smith (7-4) earned the win for his shutout performance, while Delmarva starter Bennett Parry (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over four innings pitched. Valdespina picked up his 5th save of the season after closing out the game.

The Crawdads (30-26) will try to earn a four-game split against the Shorebirds (24-32) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:16

Crawdads Fall Friday Night

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The Hickory Crawdads offense woke up late and attempted a last minute comeback Friday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds, but the bats provided too little too late as the 'Dads fell to the 'Birds 5-2 in front of 3,153 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 7th inning without having scored a run in 18 straight innings before Jairo Beras lined a 2-RBI double inside the bag at third to cut the 'Dads deficit in half with a 4-2 score. The Shorebirds picked up an extra run in the top of the 8th to stretch their advantage to 5-2, but Hickory battled in the 9th to load the bases with two outs for catcher Kevin Torres. Representing the potential winning run, Torres lined a ball to right only to have Delmarva right fielder Anthony Vega run it down to seal the Crawdads 5-2 loss.

The game began with three straight scoreless innings from both Hickory starter Anyelo Leclerc and Delmarva ace Steven Brault. Leclerc retired the first eight Shorebirds in a row before giving up a run in his fourth and final inning to give Delmarva a 1-0 lead. Crawdads reliever Cole Wiper entered the game in the 5th and allowed a solo home run to 'Birds leadoff hitter Josh Hart, his first of the year, to double the Delmarva advantage to 2-0. The 'Dads deficit swelled to 4-0 in the next frame, when the Shorebirds utilized two hits and an error to plate a pair of unearned runs.

Following six shutout frames from Brault, Delmarva turned to reliever Derrik Bleaker for his South Atlantic League debut in the 7th. The 6'5" right-hander began his outing with a strikeout of Ronald Guzman before giving consecutive singles to Evan Van Hoosier and Zach Cone prior to Beras' 2-RBI double to make the score 4-2.

The Shorebirds plated the game's final tally in the top of the 8th on three hits off of Crawdads reliever Luis Pollorena to put the 'Dads behind 5-2. 'Birds bullpen arm Garrett Cortright was then able to survive the Hickory comeback attempt in the 9th to end the game.

Brault (9-8) earned the win with six scoreless frames on three hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Leclerc (2-4) took the loss with only one run given up on four hits, no walks, and 3 Ks during his four innings pitched. Cortright picked up his first save of the season with the bend-but-don't-break 9th.

Cone finished with his first multi-hit game of the season with the 'Dads in going 3-4 with a run scored. Beras went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk, while Van Hoosier ended the game 2-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (29-26) have now dropped their last six games, including back-to-back contests against the Shorebirds (24-31). The 'Dads will look to snap the skid in game three of the four game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 23:14

Hickory Crawdads Lose On Play at the Plate

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The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in another pitchers' duel Thursday night, with a bang-bang play at the plate scoring the night's only run in the Crawdads 1-0 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds in front of 3,343 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The 'Dads and 'Birds entered the 7th inning in a scoreless tie, with Hickory hurlers Frank Lopez and Jose Monegro putting up dueling zeros with Delmarva starter Janser Severino. The top of the frame started with an error however, as Monegro misplayed a ground ball to the mound to allow Conor Bierfeldt to reach safely. One out later, a hit-and-run double to left field by Austin Wynns sent Bierfeldt around the bases and sliding in to home just ahead of the relay throw to Crawdads catcher Joe Jackson.

The lone run would be all the Shorebirds would need, as the 'Dads fell 1-0 for their 7th shutout of the season. The Crawdads have now dropped five straight after winning five in a row during their last home stand. The loss is also the first of the season for the 'Dads against the 'Birds, with Hickory now 7-1 on the year against Delmarva.

The Crawdads pitching staff of Lopez, Monegro, and Ryne Slack combined to hold the Shorebirds to one unearned run on six hits, two walks, and 10 combined strikeouts. Lopez took a no-decision after tossing five shutout frames on three hits, two walks, and seven Ks. Monegro (0-1) was the hard luck loser after allowing the unearned run on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts during his two innings of relief. Delmarva reliever Williams Louico (2-1) earned the win with two scoreless frames out of the pen, while teammate Donnie Hart (4) picked up the save with a perfect 9th inning.

Evan Van Hoosier (1-4), Ronald Guzman (1-4, 2B), and Luis Marte (1-3) recorded Hickory's three hits on the night, while both Ryan Cordell (0-2, 2BB) and Joe Jackson (0-3, BB) had hit streaks of seven and eight games respectively snapped.

The Crawdads (29-25) will look to bounce back in game two of their four game series against the Shorebirds (23-31) on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Charlie Cobb, who served as Appalachian State University’s director of athletics since 2005, resigned on Thursday to accept the same position at Georgia State University.

“It is with mixed emotions that I accept the resignation of athletic director Charlie Cobb who has accepted the position of director of athletics for Georgia State University beginning this fall,” Appalachian State Chancellor Dr. Sheri N. Everts said. “While I wish Charlie the best in his new endeavor, his leadership and collegiality will be missed at Appalachian.”

A national search for a new director of athletics will begin immediately. An interim A.D. has not been appointed at this time.

Cobb, 46, took the reins at Appalachian State on July 1, 2005. Of the many achievements in his nine years at Appalachian State, the most notable came in March 2013 when Appalachian accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference. For many of the University’s most ardent supporters, when Appalachian State officially joined the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014, it capped a years- and even decades-long quest for all 450-plus Mountaineer student-athletes to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

However, the Sun Belt invitation is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to Cobb’s many accomplishments at Appalachian State. The achievements enjoyed by Appalachian athletics during Cobb’s tenure also included:

• three NCAA Division I football national championships — marking the first time that any program has ever won three-consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS — formerly Division I-AA) titles and the first NCAA football championships ever won by a team from the state of North Carolina at any level.

• shattering football attendance records at Kidd Brewer Stadium with crowds surpassing “The Rock’s” permanent seating capacity for 51-of-52 regular-season home games.

• a 298-percent increase in football season-ticket sales.

• nine-consecutive Commissioner’s Cup championships — recognizing the top overall men’s sports program in the Southern Conference.

• four Germann Cup championships — recognizing the top overall women’s sports program in the SoCon.

• sweeping the Commissioner’s and Germann Cups in the same academic year four times — a feat never achieved by any other SoCon school.

• thirty-five percent of the athletics department’s students making the Academic Honor Roll (minimum GPA of 3.25).

• student-athletes achieving a combined 3.0 grade point average for each of the last four semesters.

• seven of 20 varsity programs (football, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field) earning public recognition awards, based on ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

• the Yosef Club, which provides scholarship and facility support for student-athletes, setting fundraising records each of the past eight years. Annual Yosef Club donations, which never topped $700,000 prior to Cobb’s arrival, climbed steadily during Cobb’s tenure and surpassed $3 million each of the last two years.

Besides the move to the Sun Belt Conference and FBS, the most visible of Cobb’s many achievements at Appalachian State was the addition of first-class facilities that give the Mountaineers the opportunity to be successful across the athletics spectrum for years to come.

Under Cobb’s leadership, App State underwent a wave of facility enhancements totaling $50 million, headlined by the 120,000-square-foot Appalachian Athletics Center, which was completed in 2009. The seven-story complex, located behind Kidd Brewer Stadium’s west stands, includes new football offices and locker room, a strength and conditioning center, training facilities, academic study space and computer lab for all student-athletes, as well as revenue-generating premium seating in the form of 600 club-level seats and 18 luxury suites.

The facility enhancements also included other significant renovations to Kidd Brewer Stadium, most notably the addition of nearly 7,000 seats, the bulk of which are located in an upper deck that was erected on the stadium’s east side in 2008. Other renovations at The Rock included a widescreen videoboard that doubled the size of the old video display on the scoreboard in the south end zone, substantial upgrades to the public-address system and concourses around the stadium, a new ticket plaza, which serves as a grand entrance to the stadium at the corner of Stadium Drive and Jack Branch Drive, and ornamental fencing that replaced the chain-link barriers that used to surround the stadium.

In addition to the renovations at Kidd Brewer Stadium, the unprecedented surge of facility enhancements has also produced new homes for Mountaineer baseball, softball, soccer and field hockey, as well as Appalachian State’s first-ever indoor practice facility and renovations to Varsity Gym that have upgraded the facility to a premier practice and competition venue for Appalachian basketball, golf, indoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

With the $50 million in facilities enhancements, all 20 of Appalachian’s intercollegiate sports teams practice and compete in facilities that have either been built or renovated since the turn of the millennium.

Cobb’s peers recognized him for his efforts when the National Collegiate Athletics Directors Association (NACDA) named him the NCAA Division I FCS Southeast Region Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in 2011.

Cobb came to Appalachian State from his alma mater, NC State, where he served as senior associate athletics director for external operations for seven years.

The move to Georgia State represents a return to Atlanta for Cobb, who held positions with the Atlanta Sports Council, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Georgia Dome prior to his stint at NC State.

Cobb’s wife, Lindsay, is also an Atlanta native and the Cobbs have numerous relatives in the area, including Lindsay’s parents. The Cobbs have two children — Harrison, 16, and Branan, 13.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:23

Hickory Crawdads Are Swept by Charleston

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The Hickory Crawdads got the offensive output they'd been waiting for Wednesday afternoon but the pitching staff couldn't back it up, as the 'Dads were outslugged by the Charleston RiverDogs in a 13-9 loss at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

The Crawdads had been held to four runs despite 20 total hits over the first two games of the series before erupting for nine runs on 11 hits in the finale. Both Joe Jackson and Jairo Beras provided the pop with 3-run home runs, while Michael De Leon reached base safely four times courtesy of two singles and a pair of walks. All the offense wasn't enough to keep up with the RiverDogs though, as the 'Dogs received a 3-run homer from Yeicok Calderon and a go-ahead grand slam by Brandon Thomas to complete their sweep of the 'Dads.

Hickory fell behind early when Charleston jumped on Crawdads starting pitcher Collin Wiles for four runs on three hits in the first, including Calderon's 3-run blast to right for a 4-0 RiverDogs Lead. Wiles settled down following the 1st and retired the next nine consecutive 'Dogs to keep the 'Dads in the game. The Crawdads offense came through in the top of the 4th, when both Jackson and Beras launched 3-run long balls to propel the Crawdads to a 6-4 lead.

Charleston responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 6-6, but the 'Dads bats came back with two more tallies in the 5th and one in the 6th to re-take the lead at 9-6. Ronald Guzman plated both the runs in the 5th with a 2-RBI single, while Ryan Cordell's RBI groundout brought home the run in the 6th.

The RiverDogs began chipping away at the deficit in the bottom of the 6th with two runs on three walks and a double off of Hickory reliever Scott Williams to cut the score to 9-8. The 'Dads turned to lefty reliever Felix Carvallo to escape the frame, but the Venezuela native loaded the bases with only one out in the 7th before giving way to fellow southpaw Luis Pollorena. Making his Crawdads debut, Pollorena's first batter, Thomas, hit a grand slam to propel Charleston back on top with a 12-9 score. The RiverDogs picked up one last run off of Pollorena in the 8th to end the scoring at 13-9.

Carvallo (4-4) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks during his one inning pitched. 'Dogs reliever Evan Rutckyj (4-2) earned the win with one run allowed on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts during his three innings on the mound.

The Crawdads (29-24) will now return home to start a four-game home stand against the Delmarva Shorebirds. Game one on Thursday is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:05

Hickory Crawdads Doomed by Double Plays

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The Hickory Crawdads offense produced double digit hits and got men into scoring position in five separate innings Tuesday night, but the 'Dads bats were undone by the Charleston RiverDogs gloves as the Crawdads hit into three double plays in a 3-2 loss to the 'Dogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

For the second straight night the Crawdads bats had little trouble collecting hits against the RiverDogs, with the 'Dads finishing with 11 total base knocks to the 'Dogs nine. Three different frames were undone on double plays however, with Charleston turning two in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th innings to keep Hickory at bay. The RiverDogs suffered a similar fate as the Crawdads, as the 'Dogs hit into three double plays as well to keep the game close.

The 'Dogs offense jumped on 'Dads starting pitcher David Ledbetter early, with Charleston scoring one run in the 1st and two in the 2nd for a 3-0 lead. The Crawdads had opportunities in each of the first two frames as well with two runners on and only one out each time, but in both innings a double play ended the opportunity before any runs could score.

Hickory got on the board on the 5th when Jairo Beras doubled, moved to third one out later on a single by Nick Urbanus, and finally scored on a RBI base knock from Luis Marte to make the score 3-1. Michael De Leon followed with yet another single to load the bases with only one out, but Evan Van Hoosier ground into the Crawdads third inning-ending double play of the night to cut the rally short.

The 'Dads scored one last run in the top of the 8th on a RBI single by Joe Jackson to cut the deficit to 3-2 just before the rain began to fall and the tarp was pulled. Following a more than hour-long rain delay, the game finally ended when Charleston reliever Eric Ruth shutout the Crawdads in the 9th for the final 3-2 score.

De Leon led the Hickory offense, finishing 3-4 with a run scored. Nick Urbanus also ended with a multi-hit game going 2-3 with a triple, while both Ronald Guzman and Beras went 1-4 with a double.

Ledbetter (5-6) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up three runs on six hits, four walks, and six strikeouts over five innings pitched. 'Dogs starter Luis Niebla (2-1) earned the win after allowing one run on seven hits, one walk, and one strikeout during his five frames. Ruth (5) picked up the save with 1.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Crawdads (29-23) will try to avoid the sweep against the RiverDogs (27-25) in the third and final game of their series Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 pm.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:28

Crawdads Outhit RiverDogs, But Fall 5-2

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The Hickory Crawdads didn't lack for hits in their opening game against the Charleston RiverDogs Monday night, but despite outhitting the 'Dogs 9-8 the 'Dads couldn't come through with men in scoring position in their 5-2 loss at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

The Crawdads left 11 total men on the base paths, seven of them in scoring position. The RiverDogs struggled to bring in base runners as well, as the 'Dogs left 8 men on base with seven stranded in scoring position. The difference in the game came in the form of a three-run home run from an unlikely source, as Charleston shortstop Abiatal Avelino lined a 3-run homer to left in the 2nd for his first big fly of the year and just the second of his career.

Hickory took the initial advantage in the 1st, when leadoff hitter Michael De Leon singled to center before coming home two outs later on a RBI single by Ronald Guzman for a 1-0 Crawdads lead. The RiverDogs responded with Avelino's 3-run homer off of 'Dads starting pitcher Tyler Smith in the 2nd and added another tally in the 4th on a two-out, RBI double from Tyler Wade to make the score 4-1 'Dogs.

The 'Dads cut the deficit to 4-2 with back-to-back doubles from Ryan Cordell and Joe Jackson in the top of the 5th, but Charleston answered with a RBI single by Yeicok Calderon in the bottom of the frame to push the lead back to three runs with a 5-2 score. The Crawdads attempted one last rally in the 9th when De Leon and Cordell reached to bring Jackson to the plate as the tying run, but RiverDogs closer Stefan Lopez entered the game and struck out Jackson looking to end the contest with a 5-2 Hickory loss.

Jackson ended the game 2-3 with a double, RBI, and two walks, while Cordell went 3-5 with two doubles and a run scored.

Smith (6-4) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts over four innings pitched. Charleston reliever Chaz Hebert (2-3) earned the win with one run given up on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts during 4.2 frames on the mound. Lopez (4) earned the save for striking out the lone batter he faced.

The Crawdads (29-21) will take on the RiverDogs (26-25) again in game two of their three-game series on Tuesday, with first pitched scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Monday, 11 August 2014 07:54

Crawdads Fall in Rain Shortened Game

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The Hickory Crawdads battled both the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the weather Sunday night before the 'Dads saw their five game winning streak end with a 6-1 loss when the umpires called the game after 8½ rainy innings at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The majority of the contest played out similar to the series' previous three games, with the Crawdads and Grasshoppers locked in a pitchers' duel through the first eight innings. A 2-1 Greensboro lead ballooned to 6-1 in the top of the 9th when the 'Hoppers struck for four runs on three hits, two walks, and an error with the rain pouring down. Following the end of the half inning the umpire crew suspended the game due to unsafe playing conditions, ultimately ending the contest before the 'Dads could bat in the bottom of the 9th.

The Grasshoppers jumped out to the initial lead in the 1st inning when leadoff hitter JT Riddle drew a four-pitch walk from 'Dads starting pitcher Akeem Bostick and eventually came around to score on a RBI sacrifice fly from Brian Anderson for a 1-0 Greensboro advantage. Bostick left the game immediately following his walk to Riddle with an apparent groin injury, forcing the 'Dads to turn to reliever Jose Monegro. Monegro responded with five shutout innings out of the bullpen to keep his team in the game.

The Crawdads offense answered Greensboro's run with one of their own in the bottom of the 2nd, when Joe Jackson lined a solo home run to right to tie the game at 1-1. The score would hold until the top of the 6th, when the Grasshoppers used consecutive walks and a RBI single off of Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo to re-take the lead at 2-1. Both teams remained scoreless over the next two innings before Greensboro broke the game open in the 9th.

Carvallo (4-3) took the loss after allowing one run on three hits, two walks, and a strikeout over 2.2 innings pitched. 'Hoppers reliever Tyler Kane (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings pitched. Fellow bullpen arm Jose Arias earned his first save after striking out all six batters he faced while making his Greensboro debut.

Jackson finished the game 1-2 with his fifth homer of the year and a walk. Ryan Cordell posted the 'Dads only multi-hit performance after going 2-3 with a double.

The Crawdads (29-21) will now head to Charleston, SC to start a three game series against the RiverDogs. First pitch Monday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Monday, 11 August 2014 07:53

Hickory Crawdads Has Walk-Off Win

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The Hickory Crawdads offense was shutout for the first eight innings of their game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday night, but down to their final three outs the dormant 'Dads bats broke out with three runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 walk-off win over the 'Hoppers at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The victory is the fifth in a row for the Crawdads and their third straight vs. the Grasshoppers, moving the 'Dads into a tie with the 'Hoppers for second place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division just two games back of first place Hagerstown. The walk-off win is the 7th such victory for Hickory this season, and their first since a 4-3, 10-inning win over Greenville on June 29th.

The 9th inning rally started with a leadoff double to right center field by Joe Jackson off of Greensboro closer Tyler Kinley. Zach Cone followed with a walk before Jairo Beras lined out to right field for the first out of the inning. Travis Demeritte then drove in the first run with a RBI single up the middle to score Jackson and cut the score to 2-1. Cone and Demeritte both were able to take an extra base on the play as well, with Cone going first to third on the single and Demeritte taking second base when the Grasshoppers threw the ball in to third.

With runners at second and third and one out, Marcus Greene came through with his first hit as a Crawdad and tied the game at 2-2 when he tapped an infield, RBI single that snuck past Kinley and allowed Cone to score and Demeritte to move to third. The next batter up was ninth place hitter Luis Marte, who hit a ground ball to Grasshoppers shortstop Rehiner Cordova that saw Demeritte break for the plate on contact. Cordova threw the ball home, but Demeritte slid around the tag of 'Hoppers catcher Brad Haynal to score and give the 'Dads the 3-2, walk-off win.

The Crawdads and Grasshoppers began the game playing to a scoreless tie through the first four frames, with Hickory hurler Frank Lopez and Greensboro starter Jarlin Garcia both allowing just one hit over four shutout innings. The 'Hoppers finally broke through in the 5th, plating two runs on four hits off of Lopez to take a 2-0 lead.

The 'Dads remained off the board over the next four frames, as Garcia finished with five scoreless innings pitched before relievers Kyle Fischer and Miguel Del Pozo combined to toss three shutout frames prior to the Crawdads 9th inning comeback. Lopez ended the night with two runs allowed on five hits and a season high 10 strikeouts over five innings pitched. Hickory relievers Anyelo Leclerc and Ryne Slack took over from there, with the duo throwing a combined four shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Slack (7-2) earned the win for the 'Dads after tossing a scoreless 9th, while Kinley (3-1) took the loss for the 'Hoppers after blowing the save.

The Crawdads (29-20) will go for the four-game sweep of the Grasshoppers (29-20) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.