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Caldwell County: 19
Rutherford County: 7
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Hickory: 18
Maiden: 8
Hickory leads the best of five series, 2-0

Shelby: 10
Taylorsville: 0
Shelby leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of assistant coach Brittany Bolick on Thursday. Bolick served as a volunteer assistant coach on Strickland’s staff last season – the program’s first in the Sun Belt Conference.

Strickland noted, “I am thrilled to welcome Brittany to our staff on a full-time basis. Brittany has worked hard to develop relationships with the girls, learn about our values, our system of play and is truly invested in who we are and what we do. She is going to add excitement and energy to our program and is a wonderful mentor for the girls. She is the piece we have been looking for to balance the staff and we are so blessed to have her join our program.”

Before coming to Appalachian in 2014, Bolick served as the varsity head coach of the girls soccer program at Watauga High School. She compiled a record of 47-28-8 as the Pioneers head coach and finished 14-6-3 in her last season in 2013.

A Watauga graduate, Bolick played collegiately at Charleston Southern and was a two-time all-Big South player and was named team Most Valuable Player her junior and senior seasons.

Prior to her collegiate career, Bolick played locally at Watauga High School where she was named all-Northwestern Conference for three seasons and and NWC Player of the Year in 2005.

There will be fireworks in the sky after the race but some of the rivalries could create on track sparks as well as the entry list continues to grow for the 2nd annual “Firecracker 125” presented by KOMA Unwind at Hickory Motor Speedway this Friday, July 3rd.

Heading the list of drivers is last year’s winner, Zack Brewer from Winston-Salem, NC. Brewer pilots the Scott Rigney owned #31. Brewer’s timely pit strategy gave him the advantage he needed to edge runner-up Burt Myers last July. Burt Myers, the current series point leader, will return to try to improve his finish by one spot and try to complete the sweep of the Hickory races this year. Brewer hopes to stand in his way.

Also on the entry list are KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series regulars Jason Myers, Dan Speeney, Mike Norman, Tom Buzze, Spencer Davis, Jeremy Mayfield and Danny Propst.

Several new faces to the series will dot the lineup this week with Brandon Ward making his first series start along with Kyle Bonsignore, fresh off a solid third place finish in May at Concord Speedway. Darren Shaw will fill the seat of the P.S Racing #17 and Jason Tutterow returns to the seat in the #33. Bowman Gray regulars John Smith, the “Mayberry Bullet”, and Jonathan “Bo Bo” Brown make their first 2015 series starts along with Richmond, VA’s A. J. Winstead. Will Smith and Brown continue their skirmish from last week at BG.

Mod Light division regulars include the current leader of the Mod Lights, Jimmy Wallace along with the March Hickory Mod Light winner, Drew Moffitt and newcomer “Ridge” Klimarchhk.

Qualifying for this special Friday night event at Hickory Motor Speedway gets under way at 6:00 PM followed by a big autograph session for all divisions at 6:45 PM. The green flag falls at 8:00 PM with features for the East Coast Flathead Fords, the Vintage Sportsman Series and the Allison Legacy Series and the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness, Firecracker 125”. followed by a spectacular fireworks show presented by Hickory Motor Speedway wrap up the night.

For more information go to www.hickorymotorspeedway.com or call 828-434-3655.

(List is Tentative and Could Change)

J2 Jeremy Mayfield Sherrills Ford, NC
08 Dan Speeney King, NC
1 Burt Myers Kernersville, NC
2 Jonathan Brown Winston-Salem, NC
3 Danny Propst Wingate, NC
4 Jason Myers Walnut Cove, NC
5 Tom Buzze Statesville, NC
12 Mike Norman Lewisville, NC
16 Don Johnson Columbus, OH
17 Darren Shaw Concord, NC
19 Brandon Ward Winston-Salem, NC
22 Kyle Bonsignore Mooresville, NC
22 L Jimmy Wallace Lexington, NC
23 Brian Loftin Winston-Salem, NC
24 Buddy Ellis Mooresville, NC
25 John Smith Mt. Airy, NC
31 Zack Brewer Winston-Salem, NC
33 Jason Tutterow Advance, NC
69 Drew Moffitt Winston-Salem, NC
74 “Ridge” Klimarchuk Wilkesboro, NC
79 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA
99 A. J. Winstead Richmond, VA

HIckory: 11
Maiden: 1

Hickory Post 48 leads the best of five series 1-0.

The Hickory Crawdads completed an improbable comeback for an unlikely win Wednesday night, as the 'Dads scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to force extras before Rock Shoulders delivered a 2-out, 2-RBI single in the 10th for a walk-off 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 8th inning facing a shutout and trailing the Drive 2-0. The 'Dads rallied for one run in the 8th on an RBI single by Josh Morgan and tied the game in the 9th with an RBI fielder's choice from Shoulders to deadlock the score at 2-2 and send it to extra innings. Greenville jumped ahead in the top of the frame with a leadoff solo home run by All-Star Rafael Devers to re-take the lead at 3-2, but Shoulders came through for Hickory again in the bottom of the 10th with a bloop single that dropped in-between three defenders in shallow left field to score two runs and give the Crawdads the 4-3 victory.

The victory was the third straight for the 'Dads and improved the team's record to a perfect 7-0 in extra inning games in 2015. The walk-off win also marked the 8th such victory for Hickory this season.

Both teams were kept off the scoreboard over the first three innings before the Drive broke through against Crawdads starter Nick Gardewine in the 4th with back-to-back 2-out, RBI doubles by Javier Guerra and Joseph Monge to put Greenville on top 2-0. The score would hold until the 8th, with Drive starter Reed Reilly tossing 6.2 shutout innings while Hickory reliever Kelvin Vasquez kept his club in the game by throwing 3.2 scoreless frames with four strikeouts.

The 'Dads finally broke through in the 8th, when Jose Cardona led off the inning with a walk, advanced on a single from Carlos Arroyo, and came home with an RBI base knock by Morgan to cut the deficit to 2-1. After a scoreless top of the 9th courtesy of Hickory reliever Scott Williams, the Crawdads completed the comeback in the home half of the frame when Luke Tendler tripled to right and came home on Shoulder's RBI groundout to tie the score at 2-2.

Devers' solo shot off of Williams sent the 'Dads back to the plate trailing 3-2 in the 10th. Morgan started the rally with a leadoff single, but one out later the game appeared to be over when Jose Trevino hit a hard ground ball to short for a potential double play. Greenville shortstop Deiner Lopez bobbled the ball however, and was only able to record the out and first. With Morgan at second and two outs, the Drive intentionally walked Tendler before issuing a regular walk to pinch hitter Michael De Leon to load the bases with 2 outs. Shoulder followed by looping a 2-2 pitch into shallow left field, with the ball nicking off of Devers' glove and falling to the grass for the game ending, 2-RBI hit.

Williams (3-0) earned the win with one run allowed on one hit and 5 strikeouts over 2 innings pitched. Greenville closer Ryan Harris (0-1) took the loss after allowing the two 10th inning runs on two his and two walks.

Shoulders finished the night 1-4 with 3 RBI and a walk to lead the club. Morgan ended the game 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored, Arroyo went 2-5, and Juremi Profar finished 2-4.

The Crawdads (48-27/4-3) and Drive (41-36/3-4) will battle again on Thursday night at 7:00 pm for game three of the four-game series.

1 West) Caldwell County
9 West) Rutherford County
Series starts Thursday

2 West) Hickory
7 East) Maiden
Series starts Wednesday

4 East) Shelby
5 West) Taylorsville
Series starts Thursday

First round is a best of five series

The Hickory Crawdads used a combination of shutdown pitching and powerful hitting to come away with a win Tuesday night, as the 'Dads offense belted a pair of big home runs to back a stingy performance by the Hickory hurlers in an 8-1 win over the Greenville Drive at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Six of the Crawdads 8 runs came in the 2nd inning, when the club sent all nine batters to the plate and used home runs by Jose Cardona and Josh Morgan to build a 6-1 lead. The 'Dads pitching trio of Austin Pettibone, Chris Dula, and Joe Filomeno, made the early offense hold up as they combined to hold Greenville to one run on three hits, including no runs and just one hit after the 1st.

Following a one hour and 15 minute rain delay to begin the game, the Drive jumped on Pettibone in the 1st inning when leadoff hitter Mike Meyers triple to right-center and scored on an ensuing wild pitch to quickly put Greenville ahead 1-0. Second place hitter Michael Chavis followed with a single to left before Pettibone settled in and retired the next three batters to end the frame.

The Crawdads offense came to their pitcher's aid in the home half of the 2nd, scoring 6 runs on five hits and a walk to take a 6-1 lead they would never let go of. The big inning started with back-to-back one out singles from Luke Tendler and Carlos Arroyo before Rock Shoulders brought in the inning's first tally on a 2-out, RBI single to right. One batter later, Cardona launched a 3-run homer to left to put Hickory ahead 4-1. Michael De Leon kept the rally going with a walk, while Morgan followed with a 2-run big fly to left to push the 'Dads advantage to 6-1.

The score would remain the same throughout the next five innings as Pettibone sat down 17 of his final 18 batters faced, including 9 straight to end his night after six innings pitched. He turned the ball over to Dula in the 7th, who worked himself into and out of trouble with a pair of walks and a hit batter to load the bases followed by three consecutive strikeouts to escape the frame.

The Crawdads capped off the scoring with two more runs in the 8th on a 2-out, RBI triple by Juremi Profar and an RBI base knock from Shoulders while Filomeno finished off the game with three total strikeouts over a scoreless 8th and 9th to give the 'Dads the 8-1 victory.

Both Cardona and Morgan finished 1-4 with their home runs, along with three and two RBI respectively. Shoulders ended the night 2-3 with 2 RBI while Arroyo went 3-4 with a run scored.

Pettibone (1-1) earned the win for Hickory after allowing just one run on two hits and three strikeouts over a season-high 6 innings pitched. Greenville starter Jeffry Fernandez (2-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks, and 2 Ks during his five frames on the mound.

The Crawdads (47-27/3-3) and Drive (41-35/3-3) will play again Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their 4-game series.

The Hickory Crawdads erupted for a 5-run 1st inning Monday night and made the lead hold up for the rest of the night, as the 'Dads held on for a 5-4 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The opening inning outburst was powered by a pair of home runs, as Carlos Arroyo went deep for the first time this year with a 2-run shot to right before All-Star Luke Tendler clubbed his 6th big fly for a 3-run long ball later in the frame to give the 'Dads a 5-0 lead. Lakewood clawed their way back into the game with single runs in the 3rd and 4th followed by 2 runs in the 6th to cut the score to 5-4, but the 'Dads bullpen duo of Shane McCain and Erik Swanson combined to toss 3.2 shutout innings to finish off the Crawdads win.

The big 1st inning for the 'Dads began with the first five batters reaching safely against BlueClaws starter Yoel Mecias, including a leadoff double from Michael De Leon, the 2-run homer by Arroyo, consecutive walks to Eduard Pinto and Jose Trevino, and finally the 3-run blast by Tendler. Following a fly out by Jairo Beras, Rock Shoulders would draw a walk and Juremi Profar singled to left before Lakewood brought in reliever Austin Davis who induced an inning ending double play to finally end the inning.

Hickory starting pitcher Collin Wiles (8-3) was the benefactor of all the early support, as the All-Star hurler went 5.1 innings while allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. McCain took the game over in the 6th and tossed 1.2 scoreless innings before Swanson (1) earned his first save of the year with two shutout frames. Mecias (0-2) took the loss for the 'Claws after allowing all five Hickory runs on four hits and three walks while recording only one out.

Arroyo was the only 'Dad to finish the night with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with his 2-run homer, while Tendler went 1-3 with his 3-run home run. Trevino reached base twice in the contest, going 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

The Crawdads (46-27/2-3) will now welcome in the Greenville Drive for a 4-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium. Game one of the series is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

Taylorsville: 3
Henderson County: 2

Caldwell County: 15
Rutherford County: 2

Gaston Braves: 5
Maiden: 3

Henderson County: 8
Burke County: 4

Hickory: 7
Kings Mountain: 4