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Jarett Rindfleisch hit a run-scoring double in the second inning, leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers to an 8-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.

The double by Rindfleisch, part of a two-run inning, gave the Grasshoppers a 1-0 lead before Corey Bird hit an RBI single later in the inning.

The Grasshoppers later added three runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, and two in the eighth to secure the victory.

Greensboro southpaw Braxton Garrett (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on just two hits over five innings. Opposing starter Tyler Phillips (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and four hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Greensboro improved to 5-1 against Hickory this season.

The Crawdads drop to 13-23 on the season. Hickory will host Greensboro again on Monday and Tuesday.

Elliot Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) snatched the 400-meter hurdles crown as Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished ninth with 44 team points at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas. UTA won the team title with 151 points, in second place was Texas State (116 points) and third place went to Louisiana and Arkansas State (98 points).

App State participated in six finals on the track and three field events on Sunday. Graves highlighted the championship finale grabbing the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles shaving .19 seconds off his former personal best to run the fourth-best time in school history of 51.29. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) narrowly missed first place finishing in second by .02 second with a time of 1:48.74.

For the long distances races, Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) landed in tenth in the 1,500-meter race and Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (UNC-Charlotte)) cruised through the line in 15:37.71 for 11th in the 5,000m.

In the relays, the 4x100-meter quartet ran a season’s best of 40.45 for the bronze medal, and the 4x400-meter team clocked a season’s best time of 3:13.15 for fourth.

In the field events, Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) vaulted a personal best of 15-11.75 (4.87m), the tenth best jump in outdoor school history, to place eighth. In the discus throw, Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) tossed the plate-like implement 142-11 (43.57m) for 11th place. Lastly, in the high jump, four Mountaineers competed in the event and collected three points with Cole Finch (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) in seventh and Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./ Lincoln-Way West (Carthage))tying for eighth all clearing 6-06.25 (1.99m).

Up next, those who qualify will compete at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky. May 25-27.

5/14 SBC Outdoor Championships Results: Day Three

400H (finals): 1. Elliott Graves, 51.29 4th all-time & pr
800m (finals): 2. Ryan Hastings, 1:48.74
1500m: 10. Evan Georges, 3:56.94; Jacob Sears, DNS
5,000m: 11. Chris Anderson, 15:37.71
4x100 R: 3. Marcano Jr., Buckley, Ja. Johnson, Graves, 40.45
4x400 R: 4. Hanna, Ja. Johnson, Smith, Hastings, 3:13.15 sb
High Jump: 7. Cole Finch, 6-06.25 (1.99m); T-8. Jordan Dale, & Nick Hinton, 6-06.25 (1.99m); 15. Daniel Lauffenburger, 6-02.25 (1.89m)
Pole Vault: 8. Michael Utecht, 15-11.75 (4.87m) 10th all-time & pr; 9. Phillip Thomas, 15-05.75 (4.72m) ; T-10. Jackson Widener, 15-0 (4.57m) ; Tristian Shaver, NH
Discus: 11. Peter Kenn,142-11 (43.57m) ; Ellsworth Parham, FOUL

Final Team Results
1) UT-Arlington - 151 points
2) Texas State - 116 points
3) UL-Lafayette - 98 points
3) Arkansas State - 98 points
5) South Alabama - 90 points
6) Coastal Carolina - 80 points
7) Troy - 63 points
8) Arkansas-Little Rock - 55 points
9) Appalachian State - 44 points
10) UL-Monroe - 23 points


WTRK Finishes 4th at the SBC Championships

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) snatched her third-consecutive 5,000-meter championship and Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (NCCU)) medaled in two events on Sunday as Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished in fourth with 94 team points at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Arlington, Texas. Texas State was crowned team champion with 154.50 points and rounding out the top three was Arkansas State in second (118 points) and UTA in third (103 points).

The Mountaineers competed in eight finals on the track and one field event on Saturday for 54 team points. In the short sprints, Girardeau and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had a phenomenal day turning in four all-time top-ten performances. In the 100 meters, Girardeau fired out of the blocks and clocked a personal best of 11.52, the third-fastest time in school history, for the bronze, and King blazed to seventh place with a lifetime best of 11.83, the eighth fastest time in school history. In the 200-meter dash, Girardeau ran another personal best of 23.53, the third-fastest time at App State, for the silver medal, and King finished in sixth with the eighth-fastest time by a Mountaineers of 24.18 (pr).

Rounding out the last individual short-sprint final was Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) in the 100-meter hurdles who cleared all barriers in 14.17 for eighth place.

In the relays, the 4x100-meter team successfully passed the baton around the track in 45.99 for the silver medal, and the mile relay produced a season’s best effort of 3:56.58 for 12th place.

For the long-distance finals, Van Ord snatched her third-straight 5,000-meter championship with a time of 16:55.29 and eclipsed her former championship record by five seconds. In the 1,500m, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) clocked a time of 4:41.68 for fourth and two spots later, Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./West Albemarle (HPU)) crossed the line in sixth with a time of 4:43.80. In the 800m, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) hustled to sixth place in 2:15.09.

Lastly, in the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) bounded to fourth place with a mark of 41-07 (12.67m), and K’Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) soared 38-07.75 (11.47m) to finish 13th in the triple jump.

Up next, those who qualify will compete at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky. May 25-27.

5/14 SBC Outdoor Championships Results: Day Three

100m (finals): 3. Darlene Girardeau,11.52 3rd all-time & pr ; 7. LaBria King, 11.83 9th all-time & pr
100H (finals): 8. Imani Chapman, 14.17
200m (prelim): 2. Darlene Girardeau, 23.53 3rd all-time & pr; 6. LaBria King, 24.18 9th all-time & pr
800m (finals): 6. Phylissa Greeley, 2:15.09
1500m: 4. Torre Moser, 4:41.68; 6. Katie Farina, 4:43.80; 11. Elisa Sargent, 4:50.80; 16. Hana Ratcliffe,4:58.58; Molly Pusateri, DNF
5000m: 1. Tristin Van Ord, 16:55.29C; 16. Kate Bulter, 19:13.84; 20. Emily Fedders, 19:29.45; 23. Kerry Leonard, 19:43.37; 25. Natalie Kile, 19:51.29; Katie Farina DNF
4x100 R: 2. Girardeau, Hargrave, King, Crawford, 45.99
4x400 R: 12. Crawford, Brekke, Chapman, & Greeley, 3:56.58 sb
Triple Jump: 4. Chelsey Hargrave,41-07 (12.67m); 13. K’Lynn Beal, 38-07.75 (11.47m)

Final Team Results
1) Texas State - 154.50 points
2) Arkansas State - 118 points
3) UT-Arlington - 103 points
4) Appalachian State - 94 points
5) South Alabama - 93.50 points
6) Coastal Carolina - 71 points
7) Georgia State - 65 points
8) Troy - 44 points
9) Arkansas-Little Rock - 26 points
10) UL-Monroe - 23 points
11) UL-Lafayette - 21 points

12) Georgia Southern - 6 points

Despite six runs on seven hits, Appalachian State University baseball dropped an 11-6 decision on Sunday in the series finale against South Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (19-32, 8-19 Sun Belt) were led by home runs from Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) while the Jaguars (34-18, 20-7) finished with 12 hits on the day.

Vernon finished with a 3-for-4 day, having two RBI in the process, while Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) had another strong day from the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs – extending his reached base streak to an impressive 16.

On the other side, Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had a day protecting the bases, catching two would-be base stealers in the game.

All seniors academically pitched on the mound for Appalachian on Sunday. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) got his first start of the season, going 3.2 innings and striking out three before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went the next three, getting four strikeouts and allowing just two hits.

Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) and Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) finished off the final 2.1 innings, striking out three between them and allowing just two hits total.

Appalachian actually took a 1-0 lead in the first, after Curtis and Vernon hit back-to-back singles and a passed ball moved them to second and third. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then walked to give Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) the chance to get a sacrifice fly.

The Jaguars then went up 2-1 before the Black and Gold were able to once again score off a sacrifice fly, this time by Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury).

A five-spot in the fourth by South Alabama made things more difficult but the Mountaineers didn’t give up as Vernon and Leonard hit their two-RBI home runs to give them six runs.

Appalachian State will conclude its regular season next week, first with a midweek game in Shelby, N.C. against No. 16 Wake Forest at Keeter Stadium (6 p.m. start). Then, App will conclude its Sun Belt schedule with a three-game series against the defending World Series Champions, Coastal Carolina, that begins Thursday at 2 p.m.

Aaron Knapp was a triple short of the cycle, driving home five runs as the Greensboro Grasshoppers defeated the Hickory Crawdads 14-2 on Saturday.

Corey Bird singled four times with three RBIs and a pair of runs for Greensboro.

Greensboro had a pair of big innings in the blowout victory, scoring four runs in the second inning and six in the third.

In the second, Bird hit a two-run single, while Knapp hit a three-run home run in the third.

Greensboro starter Dylan Lee (2-3) picked up the win after scattering seven hits over seven scoreless innings. Opposing starter Demarcus Evans (1-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up three runs over 1 1/3 innings.

Yeyson Yrizarri doubled and singled three times for the Crawdads. Yanio Perez doubled and singled twice.

With the win, Greensboro improved to 4-1 against Hickory this season.

Forbush: 1
Draughn: 0
Wildcats season ends at 14-9.

Franklin: 4
Bunker Hill: 1
Bears season ends at 18-9.

Fred T. Foard: 5
Forbush: 2
Tigers advance to the third round going to Marvin Ridge on Tuesday.

South Caldwell: 8
East Forsyth: 7
Spartans advance to the third round going to Southeast Guilford on Tuesday.

TC Roberson: 7
Alexander Central: 1
Cougars season ends at 19-10.

Draughn: 4
Forbush: 3
Wildcats advance to the third round hosting South Stokes on Tuesday.

R-S Central: 8
Maiden: 0
Blue Devils season ends at 13-8.

West Iredell: 6
Fred T. Foard: 4
Tigers season ends at 15-8.

Alexander Central: 5
Southeast Guilford: 3
Cougars advance to the third round hosting Southwest Guilford on Tuesday.

South Caldwell: 4
Hopewell: 0
Spartans advance to the third round going to North Davidson on Tuesday.

Newton-Conover: 1
West Davidson: 0
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Forbush on Wednesday.

Hickory Ridge: 3
Hickory: 2
Red Tornadoes season ends at 19-4.

Appalachian State University baseball’s comeback attempt in Game One fell just shy to start of the doubleheader against South Alabama on Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

On a day that saw 43 runs and 67 hits between two games, it featured wild contests from the Mountaineers (19-31, 8-18 Sun Belt) and Jaguars (33-18, 19-7 Sun Belt).

GAME ONE: South Alabama 8, App State 6

Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) helped lead a rally attempt as Appalachian fought back from a five-run deficit to tie up the game in the seventh.

Grubbs finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Vernon went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) both finished 2-for-5 with doubles, while Stroup had two RBI and Curtis had one.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) also finished with two hits while Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) hit the fifth RBI of the game.

Entering the seventh down 5-0, the Mountaineers went on a five-run rally in the inning to climb back into the game. After Bauk walked to start things off, Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) singled to right field to move him to third. Then, Jackson shot one through the left side to bring home Bauk and move Brill to second. Grubbs followed that with a single of his own, allowing Brill to cross the plate.

Curtis then reached on a fielder’s choice RBI that brought home Jackson before Vernon fired a bullet through the right side to plate Grubbs. The tying run would come on a Stroup double to left center that allowed Curtis to score.

South Alabama would be able to extend its lead in the eighth by scoring three runs, but Appalachian would score one in the ninth off a Curtis double and Stroup infield single.

The Mountaineers used five pitchers in the game with Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) on the hill for the first six innings. Schmid struck out five batters while allowing five runs. Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) went the next inning, allowing just a hit and a run between them.

Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) and Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) finished out the final two innings, striking out one.

GAME TWO: South Alabama 24, App State 5

The Mountaineers were unable to overcome three-straight four-plus innings in Game Two of the series, culminating with a 10-spot in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Matt Vernon was once again impressive at the plate, going 3-for-5 in Game Two and launching his sixth home run of the season. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) led the way with RBI, having three on a 2-for-4 day. Tyler Stroup got another double and RBI for the day, finishing 2-for-5. Brian Bauk also finished with a double.

Tristan Helms had an impressive day in relief, going 4.1 innings and allowing just six hits and three runs while striking out six batters – one shy of his career high.

A first-pitch Bauk double in the second starting things for Appalachian. Leonard then knocked him around off a single up the middle. Then in the sixth, a 1-0 hitter's count triple by Vernon and Stroup screamer through the left side put another run on the board.

App State scored two in the eighth, started by a Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) single to right center field. Avery Jackson then got a base hit to center field before capitalizing on a fielding error to advance everyone a base. Leonard then cleared the bases with a rocket down the left field line.

In the ninth inning, Vernon pulled a 1-1 pitch hard to get the home run and the final run of the game.

The Tampa Men’s Lacrosse Team (15-4), ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II, advanced to the round of four after holding off seventh-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3), 11-8, Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal game at Moretz Stadium.

The Spartans’ Andrew Kew (Oakville, Ontario, CANADA) led all scorers with four goals to add to his national-leading and record-breaking 85 scores on the season as Tampa advanced to the national semifinals for the second straight year to play top-ranked Limestone (19-1) next Sunday, May 21, in Gaffney, S.C.

The Saints defeated Wingate in their opening round playoff game today by a 14-5 score at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-seeded team in the South Region, received two goals each from junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) despite the loss. The Bears were making their first-ever trip to the playoffs in school history.

Tampa, winners of five straight games, ran off five consecutive goals to take a 7-3 lead just under two minutes into the second period and kept the advantage the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne got to within one goal on two occasions – 8-7 and 9-8 – in the fourth period but the Spartans scored twice to finish off the victory. Jake Mosher McGraw (Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA) added two goals and two assists in the win for the Spartans.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 39-30 edge in shots taken while junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) took the loss in goal despite making 11 saves. For Tampa, goalkeeper A.J. Arnold (Southborough, Mass.) made seven saves to earn the win.

In the North Carolina High School Athletic Association tennis championships, 2A Singles bracket, Newton-Conover's Brian Reid captured the school's second-ever singles championship, the first since Brian Riley's title in 1986. Reid defeated Depei Yu from North Carolina School of Science and Math 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

2017 2A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championships
May 13, 2017
#1 Brian Reid (Newton-Conover) def. #4 Daniel Crutcher (Maiden) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Depei Yu (NCSSM) def. #3 Kenji Price (Shelby) 6-1, 6-1
#1 Brian Reid (Newton-Conover) def. #1 Depei Yu (NCSSM) 6-3, 6-2

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