The Hickory Crawdads rode a superb pitching performance to victory Friday night, as Dillon Tate, Brett Martin, and Scott Williams paved the way for the 'Dads 3-1 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.
The 3-headed pitching display saw the Crawdads hold the Grasshoppers to one run on four hits, one walk, and 10 total strikeouts. Tate, the Texas Rangers 1st round pick in the 2015 Draft, began the night with two perfect innings before handing the ball over to the All-Star left-hander Martin, who struck out a career-high 8 batters while giving up one run on four hits over 6 innings pitched. Williams finished it from there by converting his 8th save in as many opportunities with a perfect 9th inning to finish off the 3-1 Hickory victory.
The offense supported the premium pitching effort with three runs on 8 hits, with two runs and four hits coming over the last two innings to carry the Crawdads to the win. The 'Dads took the game's initial lead in the top of the 4th, when Luke Tendler reached on a fielding error by Greensboro starter Enderson Franco that also allowed Tendler to move to second base. Following a groundout by Jairo Beras that moved Tendler to third, Eduard Pinto delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to left to give Hickory a 1-0 advantage.
The Grasshoppers responded in the bottom of the inning, when Brian Schales lined a double inside the third base bag and came in one out later on an RBI single by Arturo Rodriguez to tie the score at 1-1. The game would remain tied until the 8th, when the Crawdads were able to break through against Greensboro reliever Jeff Kinley. Michael De Leon started the frame with a double to left, and came in one out later on an RBI single to right by Carlos Arroyo to put Hickory ahead 2-1. The 'Dads doubled their advantage to 3-1 in the top of the 9th, when Beras lined a solo home run to right for his 6th long ball of the year.
Williams finished the game off from there with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th to complete the Crawdads 3-1 win.
Martin (5-6) earned the win for the 'Dads, while Kinley (0-1) took the loss for the 'Hoppers with two runs given up on four hits and two strikeouts over three innings pitched.
Beras finished the night 2-4 with a solo homer, while De Leon went 1-2 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, and Edwin Garcia ended the game 2-4 with two doubles.
The Crawdads (74-48/30-24) will try to make it back-to-back wins over the Grasshoppers (45-78/16-38) when they meet up in game three of the 4-game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
West Lincoln: 6
East Burke: 32
Fred T. Foard: 7
Highland Tech: 0
North Stanly: 34
Bunker Hill: 19
South Caldwell: 31
St. Stephens: 32
West Iredell: 7
Alexander Central: 20
West Caldwell: 50
North Wilkes: 14
In front of a packed Appalachian State Soccer Stadium, Appalachian State University women’s soccer scored three unanswered second half goals to defeat UNCW, 3-2, Friday evening.
The Mountaineers got in to an early deficit when Wilmington’s Maddie McCormick gathered the ball after a deflection in the App State eighteen-yard box and slotted it into the lower right corner of the net.
The Seahawks added another in the 72nd minute when Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) committed a foul inside the penalty box and the official pointed at the spot. Katrina Guillou converted the penalty to give her team a 2-0 lead.
“Wilmington is an unbelievable team. They’re organized and their runs off the ball are so creative. If there was a gap in the back line they were going to find it,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Credit to them they made us work for every ounce of what we got today”
Momentum began to swing when Kate Ward (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) threaded a pass to Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W. A. Hough) making a run towards the Seahawk goal. Cowie calmly finished the chance to the left of the keeper.
Less than five minutes later, Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) whipped a ball from the right side across the six yard box that senior forward Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to head past the keeper for the equalizing goal.
Just as it looked like the game may be headed to overtime, UNCW committed a foul inside its own penalty box. Beckwith stepped up to the penalty spot with a chance to take the lead and buried it in left side of the net.
“With the energy level our team had at that point in the game, I was confident and ready to put the ball in the back of the net”, said Beckwith. “You have to step up, take a chance, and go for it.”
The Mountaineers three goal rally gave them the first win of their 2015 season. The Apps are back in action at home next Friday against Radford. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads have released their schedule for the 2016 season, with the 'Dads 24th year in Hickory scheduled to start on the road on Thursday, April 7th with the home opener set for Thursday, April 14th.
The Crawdads will begin the 2016 season with a 7-game road tip to Kannapolis and Greensboro starting on April 7th. The 'Dads will kick off the home portion of their schedule with four games against Kannapolis beginning on April 14th, followed by three games vs. Greenville to complete the week-long home stand. The Crawdads will also be home over Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in addition to playing 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 9 Fireworks Fridays. The 'Dads will also host two additional fireworks shows on July 3rd following the night's game, and on the 4th of July with the team on the road.
43 of the Crawdads games will be against fellow North Carolina teams, including 21 vs. Greensboro, 16 against Kannapolis, and 6 versus Asheville. The Rome Braves will also be a frequent opponent, with the 'Dads taking on the Atlanta Braves affiliate in 18 games, 11 at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Crawdads will host the brand-new Columbia Fireflies as well on June 27th - 29th.
The schedule will once again feature the Crawdads in the South Atlantic League Northern Division and will be comprised of 140 games, 70 per half. The two halves will be split by the All-Star break from June 20th - 23rd, with the 57th annual SAL All-Star Game taking place in Lexington, KY.
A breakdown of all the Crawdads opponents in 2016 includes:
vs. Northern Division - 79 (36H, 43A)
vs. Greensboro - 21 (10H, 11A)
vs. Kannapolis - 16 (8H, 8A)
vs. Lakewood - 13 (3H, 10A)
vs. Delmarva - 13 (7H, 6A)
vs. Hagerstown - 8 (4H, 4A)
vs. West Virginia - 8 (4H, 4A)
vs. Southern Division - 61 (34H, 27A)
vs. Rome - 18 (11H, 7A)
vs. Lexington - 15 (8H, 7A)
vs. Charleston - 7 (3H, 4A)
vs Asheville - 6 (3H, 3A)
vs. Greenville - 6 (3H, 3A)
vs. Augusta - 6 (3H, 3A)
vs. Columbia - 3 (3H, 0A)
Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the hiring of Amber Miehlke as an assistant coach on Friday.
“I’m excited to add Amber to our coaching staff. She came highly recommended and knocked it out of the park during her interview,” said Ginipro. “Her playing and coaching experiences at Oakland were exactly what I was looking for and her personality is a perfect fit with our team. She immediately connected with our players and I know she will help us achieve our goal of a Sun Belt championship.”
“I would like to thank Matt, Chad and Efrain for this opportunity to become a part of the Appalachian State family,” said Miehlke. I also want to thank the players who met with me as they have painted a really good picture of what their program values, the things they consider important and the goals they want to achieve. I am excited to not only work with everyone, but to make an impact thta will help us achieve those goals.”
Before coming to the High Country, Miehlke spent one year as a volunteer at Oakland University in 2014 and was also a four-year player for the Golden Grizzlies (2009-12).
In 2014, Miehlke helped the Golden Grizzlies to a 22-10 overall record, including a 12-2 mark in the Horizon League. With Oakland only joining the Division I ranks prior to the 2013 season, Miehlke was a member of many program firsts, including the program’s first 20-win season, Horizon League regular season and tournament championships and first NCAA Championships appearance.
As a student-athlete for the Golden Grizzlies, Miehlke was an outside hitter that saw action in 87 matches and 200 sets throughout her career. She never appeared in less than 18 matches in a season, while playing in a career-high 25 contests as a freshman in 2009.
After her career was over, Miehlke was a part of the winningest senior class in program history with 68 total victories. Miehlke not only saw success on the court, but in the classroom as well. She was named Academic all-Summit League twice in her career in 2010 and 2011. She graduated with a B.S.W. in social work and a minor in sociology.
Miehlke attended Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Ill., where she played on the conference championship team in 2007 and earned all-conference and all-region recognition during her career.
Alexander Central: 3
Ashe County: 0
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 3
The Hickory Crawdads did their best to overcome a large, early deficit against the Greensboro Grasshoppers Thursday night, but the 'Dads rally from a 6-run hole came up two tallies short as they fell to the 'Hoppers 8-6 at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Crawdads were their own worst enemy early on, with three Hickory errors leading to 4 unearned runs for the Grasshoppers over the first two innings. Greensboro stretched their advantage to 7-1 after the 4th before the 'Dads began chipping away with single runs in the 5th & 6th, two runs in the 7th, and one in the 8th to make the score 8-6. Hickory had one last chance to tie the game in the 9th when Jose Trevino stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter representing the tying run, but the All-Star grounded out to third to end the game with an 8-6 defeat.
The 'Dads jumped out to the initial advantage in the 1st, when Carlos Arroyo singled, Luke Tendler and Jairo Beras walked, and Eduard Pinto drew a bases-loaded, RBI walk off of 'Hoppers starting pitcher Gabriel Castellanos for a 1-0 lead. The Grasshoppers quickly responded in the bottom of the inning however, when a fielding error by Arroyo opened the door for KJ Woods to line a 2-RBI single to center to put Greensboro on top 2-1.
The 'Hoppers doubled their advantage in the 2nd, when Hickory third baseman Juremi Profar committed two errors to allow both John Norwood and Felix Castillo to come home for a 4-1 score. The Grasshoppers stretched the lead to it's largest with three more tallies in the 4th, as an RBI single by Brian Schales and a 2-RBI double from Arturo Rodriguez pushed the score to 7-1.
The Crawdads began their comeback in the 5th, when Michael De Leon walked, took 2nd base on a balk, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and finally came home on an RBI groundout by Jose Cardona for a 7-2 score. The 'Dads tacked on another run in the 6th when Cardona drew a bases-loaded, RBI walk to bring in Pinto and cut the deficit to 7-3, but Greensboro answered with a solo home run from Schales in the home half of the frame to make the score 8-3.
Tendler responded with a 2-run homer for Hickory in the 7th, while an RBI base knock by Arroyo in the 8th brought the Crawdads to within a pair of runs with an 8-6 score. The 'Dads gave themselves one last shot in the 9th when Pinto reached on a 2-out, single to center before Trevino grounded out to end the game.
Tendler finished the game 1-4 with his 12th home run of the season, two RBI, and a walk, while Arroyo went 2-4 with an RBI and a run and Pinto ended the night 2-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a run. De Leon reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, going 1-1 with three walks and two runs scored.
Castellanos (1-0) earned the win for Greensboro with two runs allowed on two hits, five walks, and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Hickory starting pitcher Austin Pettibone (3-5) took the loss with seven runs allowed, three earned, on 8 hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. 'Hoppers reliever Kyle Fischer (9) picked up the save with 1.1 scoreless innings to end the game.
The Crawdads (73-48/29-24) and Grasshoppers (45-77/16-37) will play again Friday night in game two of the four-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Returning first baseman Mykel Davis (Gastonia, NC/South Point HS) accepted his award for being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Rawlings Gold Glove DII Team an honor going to the nation’s top defensive position players.
Davis posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while being first on the Red Hawks and 30th in the nation with 324 total fielding chances. Davis also led the Red Hawks and was 24th in the nation with 313 putouts. Davis recorded 11 assists and was a part of 14 double plays.
"What a great accomplishment. To think that you could put anybody in a situation 324 times and not make a mistake is just mind blowing,” stated Head Coach, Paul Rozzelle on Mykel Davis receiving the Gold Glove. “It is not just the errors that he did not make but the throwing errors that he saved. What a great accomplishment and I am so happy for him and his position coach Marshall McDonald."
Davis was one of the seven freshman players who participated on the 3rd place World Series team and has returned to CVCC this fall to play in his sophomore season.
Hickory Crawdads manager Corey Ragsdale became the winningest skipper in franchise history Wednesday night, as Ragsdale and the 'Dads made three early runs hold up for a 3-2 win over the Hagerstown Suns at Municipal Stadium.
The victory marked the 229th win for Ragsdale in less than three seasons at the helm in Hickory, breaking a tie with former Crawdads manager Bill Richardson (2010 - 2012) for the team record.
The record-breaking victory came in what has become a familiar script for the 'Dads, as the club received an early burst of offense and rode the pitching staff to the team's 73rd win of the year. The Crawdads jumped on Hagerstown starting pitcher Justin Amlung for two runs in the 1st and one more tally in the 2nd for a quick 3-0 lead. All three runs came on 2-out hits from the Hickory hitters, including an RBI single by Jose Trevino and an RBI double from Luke Tendler in the 1st, followed by an RBI base knock by Carlos Arroyo in the 2nd.
Crawdads starting pitcher Collin Wiles kept a Suns lineup that included rehabbing major leaguers Denard Span and Dan Uggla off the board over the first three innings before allowing two runs in the 4th on an RBI double from Raudy Read and an infield, RBI single by Bryan Mejia to cut the 'Dads lead to 3-2. The All-Star hurler would shut down the Suns from there however, as he escaped a bases loaded jam in the 5th and tossed a 1-2-3 6th to keep the score at 3-2.
Following a leadoff double by Hagerstown catcher Matt Reistetter in the 7th, Ragsdale brought in left-handed reliever Shane McCain who proceeded to escape the 7th and allow just one base runner on a walk over three shutout innings to close out the Crawdads 3-2 win.
Wiles (11-3) earned the win with two runs allowed on 8 hits, three walks, and two strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Amlung (3-2) took the loss for the Suns after allowing three runs on 7 hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over his 7 innings on the mound. McCain picked up his first save of the year after throwing three scoreless frames with one walk and 5 Ks.
Tendler helped lead the 'Dads offensive attack with a 1-4 game including a double and an RBI, while Trevino and Arroyo both finished 1-4 with an RBI as well. Eduard Pinto was the only batter with a multi-hit game after going 2-4.
The victory gives the Crawdads (73-47/29-23) the series win over the Suns, two games to one. The Dads will now continue their road trip with a 4-game series in Greensboro, with game one against the Grasshoppers Thursday night scheduled for 7:00 pm.