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The Hickory Crawdads completed their three-game series sweep against the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds in dramatic fashion Wednesday afternoon, as Yeyson Yrizarri clubbed a walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the 'Dads a 4-3 win.

The Crawdads entered the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead before Shorebirds leftfielder Randolph Gassaway tied the game on a one-out, solo shot to left off of 'Dads reliever Omarlin Lopez. Yrizarri came to his teammate's rescue in the home half of the frame however, as he led off the inning with a line drive that just stayed fair inside the left field foul pole for the walk-off Hickory victory.

Prior to the late heroics, Delmarva jumped out to the initial lead with a run in the first on a single by Ryan Mountcastle and an RBI base knock from Austin Anderson for a 1-0 'Birds advantage. The Crawdads came right back with two tallies of their own in the bottom of the first, as Frandy De La Rosa and LeDarious Clark both singled with one out before Ricky Valencia drove in a run on a ground out and Yrizarri picked up an RBI on a single to center to give Hickory a 2-1 lead.

The 'Dads added to their advantage in the bottom of the third, when Valencia came through again with a two-out, RBI base knock to left that plated Clark for a 3-1 Crawdads advantage. The Shorebirds tightened the score to 3-2 in the fifth, when Gassaway singled, was sacrificed to second, advanced to third on a groundout, and finally scored on a wild pitch by Hickory starting pitcher Emerson Martinez.

The score remained the same until the ninth, as the 'Dads turned the ball over to Lopez to finish off the game. The right-handed reliever got a quick out to start the inning, before Gassaway clubbed the game-tying solo homer to left to deadlock the score at 3-3. Lopez was able to escape the frame without further damage, which set the stage for Yrizarri's game-ending long ball for a 4-3 Crawdads win.

Lopez (7-5) earned the win despite blowing the save, with one run allowed on one hit over his one inning pitched. 'Birds reliever Christian Turnipseed (1-3) took the loss after giving one run on two hits while pitching the eighth and ninth innings.

Martinez was given a no decision with two runs allowed on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over six innings pitched in his first start of the season.

Yrizarri finished the game 2-4 with his seventh homer of the season and two RBI, while Valencia went 2-4 with two RBI as well. De La Rosa also had a good day at the dish, going 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.

The Crawdads (21-17/59-49) will now head to Lexington, KY to start a four-game series against the Legends, with first pitch Thursday night scheduled for 7:05 pm.

With the new partnership announced on Wednesday between American Sports Network and the Sun Belt, Appalachian State University Football’s Sept. 10 whiteout against Old Dominion will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. inside Kidd Brewer Stadium on ASN.

The game against ODU will be the first whiteout in school history, as the team unveiled its new white jerseys last week for the contest. Fans are highly encouraged to wear white to “whiteout” the stadium.

In addition, the 2016 Hall of Fame class of Kerry Brown (2004-07), Julian Rauch (2004-07), baseball star Randy Ingram (1975-78), wrestling letterwinner and head coach Paul Mance (student-athlete - 1966-69; head coach - 1976-2009), cheerleader Lori Ransome Harper (1985-89) and longtime “Voice of the Mountaineers” David Jackson will be on hand for the 42nd Hall of Fame induction.

While games on ASN will be broadcasts on “over-the- air” and cable affiliates, they will also be available without blackout restrictions on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.The partnership, made possible through a sublicense agreement with ESPN, allows for a minimum of eight football games and a minimum of 10 basketball games from the Sun Belt to be aired through ASN.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 23:02

Hickory Crawdads Win Over Delmarva in Slugfest

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The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in a virtual home run derby Tuesday night against the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds, as the 'Dads slammed three homers only to see the 'Birds launch four balls over the wall. Hickory emerged with the better overall offense on the night however, as the Crawdads defeated the 'Birds 9-6 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The 'Dads set a new season-high with all three of their homers coming in just one inning, while the seven total big flies between the two teams also marked a new season-high for a Hickory game. The home run barrage was at the forefront of a nine run, 12 hit performance by the Hickory hitters, who have now scored a combined 23 runs while winning the past three games.

The Shorebirds kicked off the big fly parade with a solo shot from Ryan Mountcastle in the first inning, followed by a 2-run blast by Ademar Rifaela in the second to take a 3-0 lead.

The Crawdads responded in a big way, with a five-run third inning containing all three of the Hickory homers. The rally started with a two-out single by Frandy De La Rosa, before LeDarious Clark lined a 2-run long ball to right-center field to get the 'Dads on the board. Following a walk by Tyler Sanchez, Yeyson Yrizarri also went yard with a 2-run bomb to left. Ti'Quan Forbes then capped off the big inning with a solo shot to left for a 5-3 Crawdads advantage.

The 'Dads lead grew to 7-3 with two more runs in the fourth. Ninth place batter Sherman Lacrus kicked the surge off with a base knock to right. Eric Jenkins followed with a walk, before De La Rosa delivered an RBI single to center. Clark then drove in the second run on an RBI, fielder's choice groundout to put Hickory ahead by four.

Delmarva got back in the ballgame in the fifth, once again with the long ball leading the way, as Cedric Mullins lined a solo homer to left before Austin Anderson crushed a 2-run blast to right that cut the Crawdads lead down to 7-6. The 'Dads were able to stretch the advantage back out with a pair of runs in the sixth, as both Clark and Yrizarri collected RBI singles to give Hickory the 9-6 lead they would go on to win by.

Clark finished with a home run for the second straight night while going 2-5 with a season-high four RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Yrizarri went 2-4 with a homer, three RBI, and a run scored, while Forbes ended the game 2-4 with a home run, double, RBI, and a run scored.

'Dads starting pitcher Wes Benjamin (5-4) was the benefactor of all the offense, as the lefthander earned the win after allowing six runs on nine hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Reliever John Werner tossed a scoreless frame in the sixth, while Jason Richman (2) picked up the save with three shutout frames to end the game. Delmarva starter Jhon Peluffo (0-1) took the loss while making his South Atlantic League debut, after giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks over 3.2 IP.

The Crawdads (20-17/58-49) have now won three straight games, and will go for the three-game series sweep over the Shorebirds (16-22/58-49) Wednesday afternoon at 12:00 pm.

Six members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team earned 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason accolades, league officials announced this morning.

Three Bears – junior offensive lineman Jaleel Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) and junior punter Michael DeStephens (Gainesville, Fla.) – were named to the All-SAC Preseason First Team.

Roberts was part of a unit which helped pave the way for the Bears to lead NCAA Division II in rushing offense last year at 384.7 yards per outing.

Dugger was the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Freshman Of The Year after putting together a season which included 43 tackles, a team-high four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. Dugger also scored three touchdowns: one on a blocked punt, one on a blocked field and one on a fumble return.

DeStephens led the league in punting average (43.3 yards per punt) last year which also ranked fourth-best in the nation. DeStephens has earned all-conference accolades in both 2014 and 2015.

Senior defensive lineman Chris Green (Albany, Ga.), senior linebacker Jordan Forney (Belmont, N.C.) and senior defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) were all named to the preseason all-league second team for the Bears.

Green was a 2014 All-SAC selection and looks to return to form two years ago after injury sidelined him for part of the season last year. Green still totaled 29 tackles and a quarterback sack last fall.

Forney led the squad in tackles last year (80) with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery and was named to the 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team while Kincaid was third on the team in takedowns with 72 to go along with two interceptions in 2015. Kincaid, like Green, was an all-conference selection two years ago.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 season on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium against Virginia State. Lenoir-Rhyne will also have “Meet The Bears” Day on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m., as part of a scrimmage.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Football Preseason Teams

Quarterback – Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry
Running Back – Isaac Robinson, Tusculum
Running Back – Romelo Doctor, Newberry
Running Back – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Gilbert Johnson, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Jordan Berry, Wingate
Tight End – Jake Jenson, Wingate
Offensive Line – Austin Lewis, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Dan Gallman, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
Offensive Line – Jaleel Roberts, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Line – Bryce King, Mars Hill
Return Specialist – Lonnie Williams, Carson-Newman
Long Snapper – Ian O’Grady, Tusculum
Placekicker – Will Tommie, Tusculum

Defensive Line – C.J. Barksdale, Catawba
Defensive Line – Phalen Booker, Carson-Newman
Defensive Line – Andre Foulks, Wingate
Defensive Line – Brian Bembry, Carson-Newman
Linebacker – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
Linebacker – Brandyn Bartlett, Tusculum
Linebacker – Jamal Lacky, Catawba
Linebacker – Sha’heem Stupart, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Case Woodard, Catawba
Defensive Back – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Cameron Thomas, Tusculum
Defensive Back – Jerry Miclisse, Carson-Newman
Punter – Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne

Quarterback – Mike Sheehan, Catawba
Running Back – Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Montavious Taylor, Carson-Newman
Running Back – David Burgees, Catawba
Wide Receiver – Cole Watson, Newberry
Wide Receiver – Keyon West, Catawba
Wide Receiver - Evan Altizer, Tusculum
Tight End – Grant Janeway, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Daniel Owens, Wingate
Offensive Line – Bobby McNeil, Newberry
Offensive Line – Tyler Stasky, Newberry
Offensive Line – Branden Dagley, Brevard
Offensive Line – Patrick Benson, Tusculum
Return Specialist – Cole Watson, Newberry
Long Snapper – Steven Bartlett, Catawba
Placekicker – Carson Wise, Carson-Newman

Defensive Line – Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry
Defensive Line – Ray Edwards, Wingate
Defensive Line – Josh Parker, Newberry
Defensive Line – Chris Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – L'Keith Brown, Tusculum
Linebacker – Jamal Lackey, Catawba
Linebacker – Jordan Forney, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Carl Mattox, Mars Hill
Defensive Back – Chris Carpenter, Catawba
Defensive Back – Marcus Kincaid, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Jason Williams, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Kameron Johnson, Wingate
Punter – Kevin Weber, Brevard

With kickoff in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers and the beginning of the 2016 Appalachian State University football season less than a month away, the Appalachian Alumni Association invites you to enjoy pre-game festivities at the University of Tennessee on September 1.

The Alumni Association will do all of the tailgate. They have a prime on-campus tailgate spot at Tennessee Park, which is located in the McClung Plaza and just several blocks from Neyland Stadium. The Mountaineers and Volunteers will battle before a nationally televised audience on the SEC Network with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.


• The tailgate is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on campus at Tennessee Park, which is located in the McClung Plaza and just several blocks from Neyland Stadium.

• The menu includes smoke BBQ and BBQ roasted chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cream corn, cookies and brownies and beverages, including tea, lemonade, water, and two beer and wine tickets.

• The price is $30 for adults and $20 for children (4-12) and FREE for children under the age of three.

• Event guests will also have the option to purchase a limited inventory of on-campus parking passes while supplies last. The price is $45 and the pass will be mailed to you the week before the game. Please note that we do not control the parking lot assignment, however, all locations being offered are on campus and convenient to game day activities.

• A valid photo ID is required to be served alcohol.

• Outside food and drink are not permitted as the tailgate.

• For tailgate package offered above, guests must pre-register for the tailgate by August 18, by visiting or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving at (866) 756-2586.

• A limited number of on-site tailgate tickets may be available for purchase on September 1. If available, the tickets will be $45 for adults and $35 for children, however, we encourage you to register in advance to take advantage of the discounted tailgate ticket price and guarantee your admission to the event.

• Game tickets can be purchased from the athletics ticket office by visiting, visiting the ticket office, which is located inside the Holmes Center or by calling (828) 262-2079.

The Hickory Crawdads jumped out to a big early lead against the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds Monday night and rode it to a series opening win, as the 'Dads used six runs over the first two innings to back a shutout performance from the pitching staff in a 7-0 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads lineup sent 16 men to the plate while scoring six runs on six hits over the first two innings against Shorebirds starting pitcher Ofelky Peralta. That early surge would be more than enough support for Christian Torres, Adam Choplick, and Blake Bass, who combined to throw the 'Dads eighth shutout of the season after holding Delmarva off the board on seven hits. The victory also marks the fourth straight win for Hickory over their Northern Division rival, with three of those wins being shutouts.

The first inning explosion saw the Crawdads plate four runs on four hits to take a quick 4-0 lead. Eric Jenkins started the frame with a single and a stolen base, before Eduard Pinto followed one out later with a 2-run home run to right to get the 'Dads on the board. One batter later, Tyler Sanchez drew a walk and came home on an RBI double from Yeyson Yrizarri before LeDarious Clark looped an RBI single to center to cap the inning.

Hickory stretched the advantage to 6-0 in the second, with a single and stolen base from Connor McKay and an RBI base knock by Frandy De La Rosa plating the first tally. Both Pinto and Sanchez followed with walks to load the bases for Yrizarri, who drove in a run on a hit-by-pitch to put the Crawdads up by half a dozen.

The 'Dads picked up their last run of the night in the fifth, when Clark lined a solo home run just above the fence in the right field corner for a 7-0 Hickory lead. The 'Dads pitching staff rolled from there, with Delmarva getting only one baserunner over the final four frames of the Crawdads win.

Torres (1-1) earned the win for the 'Dads with five scoreless innings on six hits and six strikeouts. Choplick followed with three perfect innings of relief, while Bass put up a shutout ninth to finish the game. Peralta (6-5) took the loss for Delmarva after allowing six runs on six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over two innings pitched.

Pinto led the Hickory hitters with a 2-3 game including his fifth homer of the year, two RBI, and a walk. Clark also had a multi-hit night going 2-4 with a long ball and two RBI, while Yrizarri finished 1-3 with a double, two RBI, and a hit-by-pitch.

The Crawdads (19-17/57-49) and Shorebirds (16-21/58-48) will play again on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in game two of the three game series.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team was voted on to finish sixth in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, league officials announced today.

Catawba edged Carson-Newman by a 45-43 total in points and is favored to repeat as league champions. Both the Indians (9-3, 6-1) and the Eagles (9-3, 5-2) received three first-place votes and both squads are coming off berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2015.

Lenoir-Rhyne (5-5, 3-4), which won the South Atlantic Conference Championship for four straight years from 2011 to 2014, looks to bounce back this season under first-year Head Coach Mike Kellar.

The Bears return 16 starters from the offense, defense and special teams from a squad which led the nation in rushing for the third consecutive season last fall at 384.7 yards per game.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 campaign at home on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m., against Virginia State at Moretz Stadium. The Bears will play their first four contests at home after opening on the road four straight times last year.

2016 South Atlantic Conference Football Preseason Poll

1. Catawba (3) 45
2. Carson-Newman (3) 43
3. Newberry (2) 36
4. Mars Hill 30
5. Wingate 27
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 22
7. Tusculum 14
8. Brevard 7

The Texas Rangers, MLB parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced that the club has acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran and cash considerations in a trade with the New York Yankees in exchange for Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitchers Dillon Tate and Erik Swanson, as well as Spokane Indians hurler Nick Green.

Tate, 22, is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA (37 ER/65 IP) over 18 appearances with the Crawdads this season. The 4th overall selection in the 2015 June Draft by the Rangers out of UC Santa Barbara, Tate was also a member of the 2015 South Atlantic League Champion Crawdads where he allowed just one run over seven innings pitched in the regular season before starring for the 'Dads in the postseason. Tate was rated as the #6 prospect in the Rangers system by

Swanson, 22, posted a 6-4 record along with a 3.43 ERA (31 ER/81.1 IP) with Hickory this season. An 8th round selection by the Rangers in the 2014 June Draft out of Iowa Western Community College, Swanson was named a Mid-Season SAL All-Star for the Crawdads this season after posting a 2.85 ERA (17 ER/53.2 IP), a 52/14 K/BB ratio, and a .220 BAA in the first half of the season. Swanson played for the 'Dads in 2015 as well, going 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA (3 ER/12.1 IP) over seven relief outings before helping the Crawdads to the SAL Championship.

Beltran, 39, has batted .304 with 22 home runs, 22 doubles, and 64 RBI in 99 games with the Yankees this season, his third year with New York-AL. The 2016 All-Star ranks among American League leaders in batting average (9th), slugging percentage (4th, .546), at-bats per home run (9th, 16.3) and at-bats per RBI (10th, 5.6). Since the beginning of June, the switch-hitter has compiled a .343/.389/.562/.950 slash line with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 49 games, ranking among the A.L.'s top 10 in each of the four percentage categories in that span. He has seen action in right field (58 games) and as designated hitter (34 games) with the Yankees, and is also 1-for-7 with a walk as a pinch-hitter.

Beltran has already reached his 12th career season with 20-or-more home runs, tied for 4th-most among active players. His 414 career home runs rank 6th among active players and are 4th-most all-time by a switch-hitter, trailing Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), and Chipper Jones (468). He was selected as an All-Star for a 9th time in 2016, and has won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award on 3 occasions and was twice on the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Team. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1999 with Kansas City. He is one of 5 players in major league history with at least 7 different seasons of 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases.

Over 52 career postseason games, Beltran has batted .332 (61-184) with 16 home runs and 40 RBI. He ranks 9th in major league history in postseason home runs and his 45 runs in the playoff are 11th all-time. He has played 42 games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, batting .300 (51-170) with 9 home runs, 40 RBI, and a .902 OPS figure. With the addition of Beltran, the Rangers now have 2 of the top 6 on the active home run list (Adrian Beltre is 5th with 429 HR).

Appalachian State University men’s basketball finalized its 2016-17 non-conference schedule, head coach Jim Fox announced on Monday.

The 11-game non-conference slate includes home games against Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina, Montreat College, James Madison, Hampton and road contests at Davidson, Tennessee, Hartford, Duke, Charlotte and NC State.

“We’re excited with our non-conference schedule, putting ourselves on a national stage against programs like Davidson, Duke, Tennessee and NC State,” said Fox. “We continue to maintain and develop regional rivalries that engage our fans and draw lots of interest into our program. I know our guys are up for the challenge and our fans should be excited to see our team perform on a national level come November.”

App State will host one exhibition game prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, hosting Methodist University on Nov. 8.

The Mountaineers will open their 2016-17 schedule on the road at longtime Southern Conference rival Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 12 and then travel to SEC foe Tennessee on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Appalachian will return for its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 17 when it hosts Warren Wilson College. The Apps will finish the month of November on the road at Hartford on Nov. 23, ACC foe Duke on Nov. 26 and then a Nov. 28 game at Charlotte.

The schedule features three teams that played in postseason tournaments last season, including two that earned NCAA Tournament berths – Duke and Hampton. The duo combined for two wins, highlighted by the Blue Devils advancing to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to the No. 1 seeded Oregon Ducks.

Western Carolina earned a berth in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and fell to Vermont in the first round.

The announcement of the 11-game non-conference schedule, combined with the previously announced 18-game Sun Belt Conference slate, rounds out Appalachian State’s 2016-17 schedule. To view the 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule in its entirety, visit

Tickets will go on sale beginning on Friday, August 5. You can purchase tickets by visiting, in person at the athletics ticket office located inside the Holmes Center or by calling (828) 262-2079.

As excitement continues to build for the much anticipated 2016 Appalachian State University football season, single-game tickets will go on sale on August 2, beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are available to purchase for all members of the general public and those Yosef Club members and season ticket holders who require additional tickets not obtained in the pre-sale. Accounts will be limited in the number of tickets they can purchase for the Miami game.

Single-game tickets for select anticipated games such as Miami (Fla.) may or may not be available at the time of purchase. The only way to guarantee your seats for the 2016 season is to purchase season tickets.


Date Opponent Adult Youth (3-12) Miller Hill

Sept. 10 Old Dominion $40 $30 $30

Sept. 17 Miami (Fla.) $60 $50 $35

Oct. 1 Georgia State $40 $30 $30

Oct. 22 Idaho $40 $30 $30

Nov. 5 UL Monroe $40 $30 $30

Nov. 19 Texas State $40 $30 $30

Fans can purchase single-game tickets online by visiting, visiting the athletics ticket office, which is located inside the Holmes Center or by calling (828) 262-2079.

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