The Crawdads returned home to the friendly confines last night to do battle with the Kannapolis Intimidators, and they were not, well, intimidated.
Four ‘Dads pitchers led by Akeem Bostic, shutdown and shutout the Intimidators by the score of 2-0, to record their 6th shutout of the year and their 8th win in a row, there 5-0 to start the second half of the season.
‘Dad’s second baseman Evan Van Hoosier was involved in the ‘Dad’s two runs, with a solo home run in the first than scoring on a groundout after he had doubled in the third.
The ‘Dads are home for 7 more games during this home stand. Three more with Kannapolis then the Greenville Drive arrive.
For the majority of the Hickory Crawdads Sunday afternoon contest against the Rome Braves it looked like the 'Dads perfect second half record would come to an end, but after trailing for seven frames the Hickory bats rallied for four runs in the 8th to lead the team to a 4-3 win over the Braves at State Mutual Stadium.
After being shutout on seven hits over the first seven innings, the Crawdads erupted for four runs on five hits in the 8th to take their first lead of the game. Nomar Mazara delivered the decisive blow in the frame, lining a 2-RBI triple over the head of Braves right fielder Connor Lien to put the 'Dads ahead. Ryan Cordell followed with a RBI single to score Mazara before later scoring on a RBI double by Kellin Deglan to complete the come-from-behind inning.
The win gives the Crawdads a 4-game series sweep over the Braves and improves the 'Dads second half record to a perfect 4-0. The red-hot Crawdads have now won seven straight games and 19 of their last 20 contests.
Prior to the 8th inning the Braves held on to a 1-0 lead that came on a solo homer from first baseman Jake Schrader in the 2nd.
Starting pitchers Cole Wiper of the Crawdads and Daniel Watts of the Braves battled over the first five frames, with Wiper ending with one run allowed on six hits while Watts shutout the 'Dads on five hits over five innings. The bullpens took over starting in the 6th, as Felix Carvallo followed Wiper with two scoreless innings of relief and Andy Otero replaced Watts with a pair of scoreless frames.
Everything changed in the 8th however, when Hickory got to Rome reliever Pete Perez for four runs before the Braves rallied for two tallies off of Crawdads reliever Josh McElwee to send the game to the 9th with the 'Dads on top 4-3. McElwee settled down in his second frame however, as the right-hander sat the Braves down in order to record the save and give Hickory the 4-3 victory.
Carvallo (2-2) earned the win for the Crawdads, while Perez (0-2) took the loss for the Braves.
Mazara ended the game 2-4 with a triple, double, two RBIs and a run scored. Joe Jackson had a perfect night at the plate going 3-3 with a walk and a run, while both Janluis Castro and Luis Marte finished the day 2-4.
The Crawdads (4-0) will now head home for their first home stand of the second half. The 'Dads will host the Kannapolis Intimidators for a 4-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium starting on Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
On a night where the Hickory Crawdads potent offense was held to only one run on five hits the 'Dads pitching staff proved up to the challenge, as the Crawdads shutout the Rome Braves Saturday night in a 1-0 win at State Mutual Stadium.
Hurlers Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin Pucetas, and Cody Kendall combined to throw the 5th shutout of the year for the 'Dads. Hickory now boasts a perfect 3-0 record in the second half of the season while also riding a six game winning streak. The Crawdads have also won 18 of their last 19 games, dating back to May 31st.
The lone run of the ballgame came in the 4th, when left fielder Ryan Cordell singled to start the frame, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error by Rome catcher Victor Caratini. Two batters later, Cordell scored the deciding run on a RBI sacrifice fly by Travis Demeritte for the 'Dads 1-0 lead.
Both teams had multiple opportunities to score throughout the game, with the Crawdads stranding seven men on base while the Braves left nine. Rome actually placed the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 9th, before Kendall forced Blake Brown into a game-ending double play for the 'Dads 1-0 victory.
Rodriguez (5-1) earned the win with five shutout innings pitched, allowing only three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Rome starter Steve Janas (2-1) took the loss after giving up one run on four hits, three walks, and two Ks over 4 frames on the mound. Kendall (6) earned the save for the second straight night with the scoreless 9th.
Demeritte finished the game 0-2 with a walk and a RBI, while Cordell ended the night 1-4 with a stolen base and the night's lone run.
The Crawdads will go for the 4-game series sweep over the Braves (0-3) I the series finale Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
Alexander County: 3, 4
Mint Hill: 2, 3
Caldwell County: 14
Kings Mountain: 8
The Hickory Crawdads put together another winning combination Friday night, as outfielder Nomar Mazara provided the offense while pitchers Anyelo Leclerc, Ryne Slack, and Cody Kendall kept the Rome Braves bats at bay in the 'Dads 4-2 win over the Braves at State Mutual Stadium.
Mazara drove in three of the four Hickory runs in the win, going 3-5 with home run and a run scored. Mazara now boasts 10 homers and 48 RBIs on the season, ranking the slugger in the top five of the South Atlantic League in both categories. The offensive support was enough for the pitching trio of Leclerc, Slack, and Kendall, who held the Braves to a pair of runs while striking out 10 total batters.
Both the Crawdads and Braves struck for a run in the 1st, with Mazara plating the Hickory tally with a RBI single to right before Rome shortstop Johan Camargo doubled and scored on an error to tie the score at 1-1. The tie would last all the way until the 5th, when Mazara mashed a 2-run blast to right to give the 'Dads a 3-1 lead. The advantage grew to 4-1 the next frame, as Luis Marte singled home Travis Demeritte.
The Braves picked up their final run in the bottom of the 6th, when Carlos Franco drove in Ross Wilson with an RBI base knock to right for the final 4-2 score. The Hickory pen would shut the door from there, with Slack holding Rome scoreless over the next two innings before Kendall struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save of the year.
Leclerc (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one run on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Rome starter Matt Marksberry (0-4) took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.
Joe Jackson joined Mazara with a multi-hit night, going 2-5, while Marte ended the game 1-3 with a RBI, walk and stolen base.
The Crawdads (2-0) have now won five straight games and 17 of their last 18 contests. The 'Dads and Braves (0-2) will play each other again on Saturday at 7:00 pm in game three of the four game series.
The Hickory Crawdads began the 2nd half of their South Atlantic League season in much the same way that they ended the first half, as the 'Dads bats carried the team to an 8-3 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.
The Crawdads didn't miss a beat coming off the three-day All-Star break, as the team recorded it's 16th win in their last 17 games while scoring at least five runs for the seventh time in their last eight contests. Second baseman Travis Demeritte led the attack, finishing with a 2-3 game that included his league-leading 16th home run of the year and four runs scored.
It was Demeritte's long ball in the 2nd that gave the 'Dads a lead they would never lose, as the Hickory second baseman launched a 2-run homer over the left field wall for a 2-0 score. The advantage doubled to 4-0 with another pair of runs in the 4th, as Kellin Deglan drove in Demeritte with a RBI double before scoring himself on a throwing error. Hickory's lead grew to 6-0 in the 6th, when Deglan and Jairo Beras lined back-to-back RBI doubles.
The Braves finally got on the scoreboard with an unearned tally in the bottom of the 6th, but the Crawdads responded with a run in the 7th on a walk and eventual run scoring balk to Demeritte before Luis Marte singled and scored on an error in the 8th for a 8-1 'Dads lead. Rome pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 9th, but reliever Jose Valdespina eventually retired the side to end the game with an 8-3 Hickory win.
Deglan joined Demeritte with a good night at the plate, finishing 3-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Beras also had a three hit night, going 3-4 with a double and a RBI.
Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith (4-1) earned the win with five shutout innings on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Braves starter Tyler Brosius (1-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.
The Crawdads (1-0) and Braves (0-1) will face off again Friday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their four-game series.
Appalachian State University had 227 student-athletes named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Football paced the Mountaineers with 39 honorees, followed by women's soccer, who placed 28 on the list.
Of the 227 Appalachian student-athletes recognized, 11 of them boasted a 4.0 GPA for the 2013-14 year, including Logan Hallock and Cody McKinney (football), Walker White (men's soccer), Amy Kolowsky and Nicole Steyl (women's soccer), Whitney Johnson and Kristen Terry (softball), Olivia Isbey (women's tennis), Debra Domermuth and Makayla Roten (women's track and field) and Kaleb Forrest (wrestling).
Elon had the league-best, landing 230 student-athletes on the list, while Appalachian closely followed and tied Chattanooga with 227. A total of 1, 915 student-athletes from the 11 member insitutions recieved the honor.
The SoCon Academic Honor Roll consists of varsity student-athletes who post a 3.0 grade-point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters.