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The Hickory Crawdads entered the 8th inning Saturday night in a favorable position with a one-run lead and a shutdown bullpen to finish out the game, but the normally dominant Hickory pen was not able to hold on to the lead as the visiting Lakewood BlueClaws scored four runs over the final two frames to hand the 'Dads a 6-3 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The turning point in the game came in the top of the 8th, when the 'Claws put runners at second and third base with only one out. Clinging to a one-run lead, Crawdads reliever Joe Filomeno struck out Lakewood leadoff hitter Drew Stankiewicz to move one out away from escaping the frame with the lead intact, but the BlueClaws came through with back-to-back doubles by Scott Kingery and Herlis Rodriguez to drive in three runs and give the 'Claws a 5-3 lead they would not let go of.

Prior to the 8th, the 'Dads built a 3-2 advantage thanks to some early runs with clutch 2-out hits against Lakewood starter Chris Oliver. The first big knock came right away in the 1st, when Eduard Pinto singled to left with two outs, Jose Trevino doubled to left, and Jonathan Meyer brought them both in with a 2-RBI single for a 2-0 Hickory lead.

The BlueClaws got on the board against Crawdads starter Brett Martin in the 3rd with a solo home run by 9th place hitter Emmanuel Merrero to cut the score to 2-1, but the 'Dads answered right back in the 4th when Carlos Arroyo drove home Jairo Beras with a 2-out, RBI triple to once again put Hickory up by a pair with a 3-1 advantage.

The 'Claws picked up one last run against Martin in the 5th to end the hurler's night with two runs allowed on four hits and four strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. The 'Dads turned the 3-2 lead over to the pen in the 6th, with reliever Chris Dula delivering two scoreless frames before Lakewood rallied for three runs in the 8th and one in the 9th for the final 6-3 score.

BlueClaws reliever Manny Martinez (2-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings while Filomeno (0-1) took the loss for Hickory with a season-high 3 runs allowed on four hits and 2 Ks in his one frame on the mound. Lakewood closer Matt Hockenberry (7) picked up the save with a perfect 9th.

Jose Cardona was the only 'Dad to finish with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with a double, while Meyer ended the night 1-4 with 2 RBI and Arroyo went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI.

The Crawdads (45-26/1-2) will take on the BlueClaws (35-36/2-1) again Sunday evening at 5:00 pm in game three of the five-game series.

Burke: 8
Asheville: 7

Caldwell County: 9
Kings Mountain: 4

Hickory: 18
Henderson County: 7

Rutherford County: 10
Taylorsville: 0

Shelby: 10, 18
Maiden: 0, 5

Monday, 29 June 2015 06:45

Grand Slam Proves Costly in Crawdads Loss

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One swing of the bat proved to be the difference in an otherwise low-scoring game for the Hickory Crawdads Friday night, as Lakewood BlueClaws left fielder Cord Sandberg lined a grand slam just inside the right field foul poll in the 3rd to send the 'Dads to a 6-3 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 3rd inning already trailing the 'Claws 1-0, before Hickory starting pitcher Cody Buckel loaded the bases on two hit batsmen and a walk to bring up Sandberg with one out. The Lakewood slugger followed with a line drive down the right field line that just cleared the top of the fence and snuck inside the foul pole for a grand slam. The ensuing 5-0 BlueClaws lead would ultimately hold up, as the 'Dads rallied for one run in the 3rd and two in the 5th before falling by the final score of 6-3.

The Crawdads were able to work their way back into the contest thanks to 4.1 nearly perfect innings of relief by Hickory right-hander Kelvin Vasquez. The 6'4" Dominican Republic native recorded the final out of the top of the 3rd in relief of Buckel and allowed only one base runner on an error as he sat the 'Claws down through the 7th.

The standout bullpen outing allowed the 'Dads offense to pick away at the deficit, beginning in the home half of the 3rd when Ricky Valencia walked to start the inning before ultimately scoring on an RBI sacrifice fly from Michael De Leon to make the score 5-1. The Crawdads made the game even tighter with a pair of runs in the 5th, this time with Jairo Beras coming through with a 2-out, 2-RBI single up the middle to bring the 'Dads within two at 5-3.

That would be as close as Hickory would get however, as the BlueClaws picked up an unearned insurance run in the top of the 9th on a passed ball before working around a leadoff double by Eduard Pinto in the 9th to close out the game.

Lakewood starter Ranfi Casimiro (3-5) earned the win with three runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over his five innings pitched. Buckel (0-2) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up five runs on four hits, two walks, and three hit batters over 2.2 IP.

Beras ended the game 1-4 with 2 RBI, while Josh Morgan extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a 2-4 night.

The Crawdads (45-25/1-1) will host the BlueClaws (34-36/1-1) again on Saturday night, with first pitch for game three of the five-game series scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads began the second half of the South Atlantic League season in much the same fashion as they spent the first half, as the 'Dads carried over their winning ways Thursday night in the form of a walk-off 8-7 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads ended the season's first half with an SAL-best record of 44-24 and a Northern Division Championship. It took two separate ties, five lead changes, and all nine innings, but the 'Dads were able to add to that win total when All-Star Jose Trevino tripled off the right field wall with one out in the 9th before coming home to score the winning run on a walk-off RBI single from fellow All-Star Luke Tendler for an 8-7 Hickory victory.

The back-and-forth contest began with a big opening frame from Lakewood, as the visiting BlueClaws jumped on Crawdads starting pitcher Nick Gardewine for three runs on four hits in the 1st for a 3-0 score. The 'Dads took a bite out of their deficit in the 2nd, when Rock Shoulders crushed a 2-run home run to right to make the score 3-2. Hickory then took their first lead of the night in the home half of the next inning, as Tendler delivered on a 2-RBI double to right-center for a 4-3 Crawdads advantage.

Lakewood responded in the top of the 5th with a 2-run homer by Herlis Rodriguez for a 5-4 lead, but the 'Dads came right back with the game-tying run in the bottom of the frame when Trevino scored from third on a ball thrown off his back to deadlock the game at 5-5.

The 'Claws made one final offensive push in the top of the 7th, when they plated two runs on three hits off of Hickory reliever Austin Pettibone to re-take the lead at 7-5. The Crawdads once again rallied to tie the score in the 8th however, as Jairo Beras led off the frame with a double to center before Jose Cardona drove him in two outs later on an RBI double then scored himself on an RBI base knock from Michael De Leon to knot the contest once more at 7-7.

That set the stage for the 'Dads heroics in the 9th and the team's 7th walk-off win of the season.

Tendler finished the game 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI, while Trevino went 2-5 with a triple and three runs scored. Cardona (3-5, 2B, RBI, R) and Eduard Pinto (2-4) both finished with multi-hit games as well, while Shoulders ended the night 1-4 with his 4th homer of the year and 2 RBI.

Hickory reliever Scott Williams (2-0) earned the win with two perfect innings out of the bullpen. Lakewood reliever Matt Hockenberry (1-2) took the loss after allowing the game-winning run in the 9th.

The Crawdads (45-24/1-0) and BlueClaws (33-36/0-1) will match up again Friday night for game two of the five-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Caldwell County: 9
Rutherford County: 8

Taylorsville: 6
Asheville: 4

The Texas Rangers announced today the promotion of five members of the 1st Half Northern Division Champion Hickory Crawdads, with RH PJohn Fasola, RHP Adam Parks, RHP David Perez, INF Tripp Martin, and INF Isiah Kiner-Falefa all joining the High Desert Mavericks (Class A - Advanced).

Joining the 'Dads roster will be INF Juremi Profar and RHP Shane McCain from High Desert, while RHP Scott Williams rejoins the Crawdads from the AZL. The 'Dads will also gain RHP Cody Buckel from the DL, while RHP Luis Ortiz has been placed on the 7-day DL. Rounding out the Hickory roster is INF Jonathan Meyer, who was signed by the Rangers as a minor league free agent.

Fasola, 23, was a member of the 2015 South Atlantic League Northern Division All-Star team after a dominating first half as the Crawdads closer. The 6'2" Ohio native led the league with 13 saves while posting a 1.71 ERA (5 ER/26.1 IP), a 34/4 K/BB ratio, a .181 average against, and a 0.80 WHIP. A 31st round selection by the Rangers in the 2014 Draft out of Kent State, Fasola recorded his final save in the 'Dads division clinching win on June 15th.

Parks, 22, leaves the Crawdads after spending the first half of the 2015 season as one of the most dominant relievers in the SAL. The 6'3" right-hander led the league with a K/9 IP ratio of 13.05, while his 59 strikeouts led the 'Dads despite only pitching 40 innings. A 33rd round selection by the Rangers in the 2014 Draft out of Liberty University, Parks went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a .272 average against over 16 total appearances.

Perez, 22, was another member of the Crawdads dominant pitching staff that led the SAL with a 2.73 team ERA in the first half. The Dominican Republic native appeared in 16 games out of the bullpen for the 'Dads, going 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA (3 ER/29 IP), 37 Ks and a .196 average against. Perez was signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2009.

Martin, 23, was one of the league' best sluggers in the first half, ranking 5th in home runs (8) and 10th in slugging percentage (.455). The 6'2" Alabama native was named the SAL Player of the Week for April 20th - 26th while hitting .346/.452/.923 with 4 HR, 3 2B, and 8 RBI over the 8-game stretch. A 22nd round selection by the Rangers in the 2014 Draft out of Samford University, Martin played in 50 games with the 'Dads hitting .233 with 13 doubles and 18 total RBI.

Kiner-Falefa, 20, leaves Hickory after playing 38 total games with the Crawdads split between third base, second base, shortstop, and left field. The Hawaii native ranked 3rd on the team in both OBP (.354) and stolen bases (7), while hitting .272 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 13 RBI. A 4th round selection by the Rangers in the 2013 Draft out of the Mid-Pacific Institute (HI), Kiner-Falefa also played 19 games in Hickory in 2014.

The Rangers have now moved up 10 total players from the Crawdads this season, with Fasola, Parks, Perez, Martin, and Kiner-Falefa joining fellow 2015 Crawdads Kevin Torres, Reed Garrett, Trey Lambert, Ronald Guzman, and Jefri Hernandez on the Mavericks roster.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:14

L-R Men's Basketball Rounds Out Coaching Staff

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Odom has announced his staff for the 2015-16 season. Nate Dixon has been named Associate Head Coach, Bryce Crawford takes over as Assistant Coach and Blake Simmons has been chosen as the team’s Graduate Assistant.

“I’m extremely excited about our staff at Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Odom. “It’s a great mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm. I’m confident our players will benefit. The staff will be great mentors and coaches for our players and represent the school in a positive manner.”

Dixon comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after four years as the Men’s Basketball Technology and Scouting Assistant for Charlotte (2011-15).

Dixon’s previous coaching stints at NCAA Division I schools included stops at Wyoming (2010-11), Louisiana-Lafayette (2009-10), New Orleans (2007-09), Louisiana-Monroe (2005-07), Florida (2003-05) and Stetson (2001-03).

Some of Dixon’s highlights as an assistant included a Sun Belt West Division Championship (2006-07) with Louisiana-Monroe and the 2005 SEC Tournament Championship with Florida. In addition, Dixon was part of a Gators’ team which included NBA players such as David Lee, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah.

Dixon was also an Assistant Coach at Belmont Abbey (1997-98) and Queens (1998-00) and guided the Royals to appearances in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Dixon, a 1994 graduate of UNC Wilmington, played one year at LaGrange (Ga.) and two seasons at Gardner-Webb University.

Crawford comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the past two years as Assistant Video Coordinator and Technical Assistant at the University of Texas (2013-15). Crawford was part of a Longhorns squad which earned consecutive berths to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Crawford was also a graduate manager at Charlotte (2011-13), where he earned his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Crawford earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State in 2011 as well and spent four years as the Buckeyes’ student manager when Evan Turner was named the National Player Of The Year (2010).

Simmons has been the head student assistant coach for the 49ers staff the past four years (2011-15) and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Charlotte.

Odom became the 18th Head Men’s Basketball Coach in Lenoir-Rhyne history with his hiring on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Appalachian State University wrestling announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches on Wednesday.

Head coach JohnMark Bentley added Todd Schavrien and Josh Roosa to his staff ahead of the 2015-16 season.

“I am extremely excited to add Todd and Josh to our staff!” said Bentely. “They bring a lot of experience and motivation that will benefit our wrestling program!”

Schavrien comes to Appalachian after spending last season as a volunteer assistant at Missouri. Before he was an assistant at Missouri he spent two years as the Tigers director of wrestling operations. In 2012, Schavrien was a part of the wrestling staff at Drexel University.

Schavrien was a three-time NCAA qualifier during his wrestling career at Mizzou after transferring from Azrizona State. He tallied an 86-44 record and finished his career with a Big 12 Championship. Schavrien went on to place sixth at the NCAA Championship at 141 pounds.

The son of Lee and Theresa Schavrien, Todd was born June 3, 1987, in San Diego, Calif. Schavrien graduated from Missouri with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

After spending one season as an assistant coach at Buffalo, Roosa will join the Mountaineer staff. Roosa enjoyed a very successful wrestling career at Bloomsburg University before jumping into coaching.

In his four years as a starter and team captain for the Huskies, Roosa had a 40-25 record and was ranked in the top-20 in all four years at 149 pounds. As a senior in 2013, Roosa finished third in the Eastern Wrestling League while leading his team to a third place finish. Roosa qualified for for the 2013 NCAA Championship along with earning All-American status at the University Nationals.

Roosa graduated from Bloomsburg with a degree in communications.

Both Mountaineers will begin their duties on July, 1st.

Burke County: 10
Taylorsville: 9

Cherryville: 8
Caldwell County: 1

Hickory: 14
Asheville: 8

Mint Hill: 11
Maiden: 0

Appalachian State University and Marshall University have agreed to a home-and-home football series, the schools announced on Wednesday. Appalachian State hosts Marshall at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 25, 2021 and travels to face the Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va. on Sept. 17, 2022.

Appalachian State and Marshall have squared off 22 times on the gridiron, with 21 of those matchups coming when the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd were both members of the Southern Conference from 1977-96. Appalachian holds a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series.

In 11 of the teams’ 13 contests from 1985-96, at least one squad was ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA top 25. Both teams were nationally ranked eight times during that 13-game stretch.

Perhaps the most memorable games in the series were played in 1994 and ‘95.

On Oct. 22, 1994, No. 24 Appalachian State upset top-ranked Marshall, 24-14, during a steady downpour at Kidd Brewer Stadium. College Football Hall-of-Famer Dexter Coakley led a dominant defensive performance with 15 tackles and current App State head coach Scott Satterfield, making only the second start of his career, threw for 113 yards and rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown to pace the offense in the Mountaineers’ first-ever win over a No. 1 team.

On Oct. 21, 1995, the teams squared off at what was then known as Marshall Stadium in Huntington and a five-yard touchdown run by Satterfield with 4:18 to go in the ballgame lifted the No. 2-ranked Mountaineers to a 10-3 triumph over the No. 3 Thundering Herd. Once again, Coakley was the game’s most dominant performer with 21 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Current App State defensive line coach Mark Ivey chipped in with five tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, three QB hurries and a pass breakup.

The teams have only met once since Marshall left the Southern Conference for NCAA Division I-A (now NCAA Division I FBS) in 1997, a 50-17 win by the 19th-ranked Herd on Aug. 31, 2002 in Huntington.

Appalachian State, which is entering its second year in FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, now has four home-and-home series scheduled versus Conference USA opponents. In addition to facing Marshall in 2021 and ‘22, the Mountaineers have series set against Old Dominion (2015-16) and Charlotte (2018-19). Southern Miss also visits Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2018 to close out a series that began in Hattiesburg, Miss. last season.

“We’re excited to renew our football series with Marshall. The Appalachian-Marshall rivalry still holds a special place in the hearts of Mountaineer fans. Many thanks to Marshall athletics director Mike Hamrick, associate A.D. David Steele and football coach Doc Holliday for working with us to make it happen.”
— Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin

“This is a great series for our program. We have a lot of respect for Marshall and the success that they have achieved at the FBS level. I have been a part of the Appalachian-Marshall rivalry as a player and coach and am excited for our fans and student-athletes that the series has been renewed.”
— Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield

“It is great to get Appalachian State back onto our schedule and that we can give our fans another drivable road game. Appalachian has a wonderful tradition and is already one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference.”
— Marshall director of athletics Mike Hamrick


Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron
Oct. 29 vs. UMASS

TBA at Georgia
Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at UMass

Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming
Sept. 25 vs. MARSHALL

Sept. 17 at Marshall