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Sunday, 02 June 2019 22:59

South Caldwell Evens Up Championship Series

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South Caldwell managed a come-from-behind win in Game 2 to force a decisive Game 3 tomorrow, thanks to a walk-off single by Addison Blair in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead.

South Caldwell opened the scoring with a single tally in the third when Jasmine Hall homered to left with one out in the fourth to put them up 1-0. Hoggard responded immediately in the top of the fourth with Isabella Colbert leading the inning off with an infield single, moving to second on a two-out single by Kira Soodek. Then Icess Tresvik doubled to left to plate both runners and put the Vikings in front 2-1.

The Spartans got even in the bottom of the fourth when Kenley Jackson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She was sacrificed to second and then scored on an error by the center fielder which tied the game at two.

The two teams held each other scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when Ciara Hanson singled to right to open the frame for South Caldwell. Katie Wright successfully sacrificed her to second, and she took third on a wild pitch, setting the table for Blair’s walk-off single.

The Kannapolis Intimidators (24-31) struggled at the plate all Saturday Night against the Hickory Crawdads (35-20) but got a hit when it mattered most in the ninth inning to walk things off 3-2 at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health.

Davis Martin took the mound to start the night and Hickory jumped on him early. They used a couple of hits, walks, and a sac fly to get Frainyer Chavez and Curtis Terry across home plate to take an early 2-0 lead after the top of the first.

It didn't take long for Kannapolis to reply. In the bottom of the first, Ian Dawkins led off the game by extending a couple of his own records. He not only recorded a hit in his fifteenth game in a row (also has a hit in 27 of his last 30), but also hit his team-high 21st double.

A few pitches into Alex Destino's at-bat, a passed ball allowed Dawkins to advance to third. Destino then did his job by hitting a groundball up the middle to second base, allowing Dawkins to come in to score, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

After the rough first inning where he threw 32 pitches, Martin settled in and pitched well. From the second to sixth inning, Martin gave up just one hit and zero runs as he kept Kannapolis within one run of Hickory.

J.B. Olson and Bennett Sousa (W, 1-3) continued the strong pitching through the ninth by pitching a combined three scoreless innings out of the Kannapolis bullpen.

The Intimidators' bats stranded runners in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth frames, but in the ninth, they finally broke through.

It started with Ramon Beltre and Michael Hickman getting hits on back-to-back at bats at the start of the frame. Amado Nunez then grounded into a force out to leave runners at the corners with one out. Jhoandro Alfaro then reached on an error by Hickory's Chavez at shorstop, which allowed Beltre to score and tie things up at 2-2. Up next, Travis Moniot who, on an 0-2 count, crushed a pitch over the right fielder's head to give Kannapolis the 3-2 walk-off win by scoring Nunez.

Jaclyn Jordan reached on a bases loaded error with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, pushing Skyler Walker across the plate to give Hoggard a 3-2 extra innings victory over South Caldwell in the first game of the 4A Softball State Championship series.

After a leadoff double by Hall to open the game, South Caldwell jumped out to an early lead as Regan Weisner singled her home to put the Spartans up 1-0. Hoggard’s Anna Taylor helped the Vikings with some timely hitting, singling to right in the bottom of the second to drive home two with two down, giving Hoggard a 2-1 lead. South Caldwell knotted the score at two in the top of the seventh as Weisner blasted a homer to left for her second RBI of the game.

The Spartans held the Vikings off the board in the bottom half of the inning, sending the game to extra innings. In the extra frames, South Caldwell managed to load the bases with nobody out, but Mathis got a strikeout, infield fly and weak ground ball to wriggle out of the jam. Hoggard got a one out double by Walker, followed by a pair of walks to set up the winning run that scored on an error by the Spartans’ third baseman.

Jesse Mathis was the winning pitcher for the Vikings, throwing eight innings while allowing two runs, both earned, with nine hits while striking out 10 with just three walks. Anna King was tagged with the tough-luck loss for South Caldwell, pitching 7.1 innings while allowing three runs, none earned. She allowed just five hits and struck out six, while walking seven. King was removed from the game with the bases loaded in the eighth in favor of Jenna Pittman, who only threw 11 pitches before the game-ending error.

Sunday, 02 June 2019 22:50

Hickory Doubles Up Kannapolis On the Road

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The Hickory Crawdads, on Friday evening, defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators (23-31), doubling as the Piedmont Boll Weevils for the game, 10-5 on a rain-delayed night.

After a scoreless first inning for both sides, Kannapolis got on the board in the bottom of the second.

The lead didn't last long as Hickory put up a six-spot in the next frame. Hickory used a Curtis Terry three-run home run (14), and a combination of more hits and walks.

In the top of the sixth, Kole Enright doubled to score Jax Biggers, then a Miguel Aparicio force out scored Jonathan Ornelas, extending the Hickory lead to seven, up 9-2.

Still unable to get anything going offensively, Kannapolis headed into the top of the seventh with Wilber Perez coming onto the bump. After tallying his sixth walk in 1.2 IP, Lane Ramsey finished shutting things down in the top of the eighth.

Athlon Sports’ preseason All-Sun Belt football teams include a league-leading eight first-team selections from Appalachian State, which has 15 total selections.

A winner of three straight Sun Belt championships, App State will be led in 2019 by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. The Mountaineers’ first-team preseason selections are junior quarterback Zac Thomas, junior running back Darrynton Evans, junior receiver Corey Sutton, senior offensive tackle Victor Johnson and junior center Noah Hannon from the offense and senior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, senior safety Josh Thomas and senior safety Desmond Franklin from the defense.

The second-team choices include senior tight end Collin Reed and senior linebacker Jordan Fehr. Evans (kick returner) and junior Thomas Hennigan (punt returner) are listed as third-team specialists, while the fourth team includes junior offensive guard Ryan Neuzil, junior running back Marcus Williams Jr. and junior defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor.

Zac Thomas is the reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, Evans was the Sun Belt rushing champion during a 2018 season in which he was named MVP of the league’s inaugural championship game and Sutton is one of only three returning FBS receivers who had at least 10 touchdown receptions while averaging 17.5 yards per catch in 2018.

Johnson, Hannon and Neuzil were part of an offensive line that ranked in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game (No. 14 at 240.4) and fewest sacks allowed (No. 20 at 18) for the fifth straight year in 2018. Reed, meanwhile, enters his senior year with nine career touchdown catches.

As linebackers, Davis-Gaither and Fehr were the No. 1 and No. 3 tacklers for a group that ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring defense and set a Sun Belt record by allowing only 20 defensive touchdowns. Josh Thomas and Franklin combined for eight interceptions last season while helping the Mountaineers tie for first place nationally by allowing just eight passing touchdowns as a team.

Evans and Hennigan both scored touchdowns as returners in 2018, and Williams has rushed for 1,061 yards in two seasons. In 25 career games, Taylor has amassed 6.5 sacks among his 9.5 tackles for loss.

Sunday, 02 June 2019 22:44

CVCC Volleyball Announces 2019 Fall Schedule

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Following one of its most successful seasons in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program released its 2019 schedule on Friday.

The Red Hawks’ fall slate features 38 regular-season matches, including 14 home matches. CVCC also plays in four road tournaments in four different states.

“We are excited to release our 2019 schedule and are looking forward to another great year of competition,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We always love hosting some of our local NCAA schools for our preseason scrimmage in the Tarlton Complex. We are also looking forward to our annual tournaments with Owens, Pasco and Wallace State. We missed out on our New York City tournament at Monroe College last year because of an incoming hurricane, so it is nice to have that invitational back on the schedule this fall.”

Catawba Valley kicks off its 2019 volleyball season on Saturday, Aug. 24 at home with a quad preseason scrimmage, which will feature matches against Lenoir-Rhyne University (8 a.m.), Catawba College (9:30 a.m.), Lees-McRae College (1 p.m.) and Belmont Abbey College (2:30 p.m.).

The first regular-season match for the Red Hawks takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 27 against conference newcomer Southwest Virginia Community College at 6:30 p.m.

Following that initial home contest, CVCC will be on the road for 13 consecutive matches, including playing in three traditional road tournaments — the Owens Express Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio on Aug. 30-31, the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational in New Port Richey, Fla. on Sept. 6-7 and the Monroe College Invitational in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Sept. 13-14.

Also returning to the Red Hawks’ schedule this year will be two home staple events — the sixth annual Region X-Travaganza on Sept. 20-21 and sixth annual Valley Invitational on Oct. 4-5. Both events will be held at the Tarlton Complex.

“It’s always nice to play in front of our Red Hawks family at our Regional X-travaganza, which will be held in September, and we will also host our 6th annual Catawba Valley Invitational at the beginning of October,” Hudson said.

Catawba Valley wraps up its regular season with a road volleyball match against Walters State on Oct. 29 before starting Region 10 tournament play on Friday, Nov. 1 at Surry Community College.

This year’s Region 10 champion will face the Region 7 champion in the District O championship match, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Tarlton Complex.

The winner of that match will represent District O in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII national tournament in Charleston, W.Va.

“As usual, we’ve got a busy and competitive schedule, but I know our girls are excited for the challenge,” Hudson said.

The Red Hawks are coming off a 2018 season in which they won 36 matches, including three for the first time ever at the NJCAA DII national tournament in Charleston, W.Va.

CVCC also claimed its 11th region title (seventh in a row) and eighth district championship in volleyball last fall.

The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader with the Kannapolis Intimidators Thursday night on the road. Hickory won the first game, 5-3, but fell in the second contest 2-1.

In the game one win, the 'Dads were led by Miguel Aparicio who went three-for-four with two runs scored a home run and two RBI. Tyree Thompson picked up the win for Hickory, throwing six innings, allowing only two hits, two runs and striking out four while only walking one.

The second game of the doubleheader was a makeup game from a contest that was rained out in Hickory on April 14.. Pedro Gonzales was the bright spot offensively for Hickory. He went three-for-three with a home run. He had the only run for Hickory and half of their hits.

Hickory is 34-19 on the first half of the season. They will continue to play Kannapolis through the weekend. The Crawdads are back at home on Monday.

Having fished ever since he could hold a rod and reel, Jeremy Dellinger has hooked his opportunity to better himself both educationally and through the sport he loves.

The North Lincoln High School senior signed Thursday morning to compete for Catawba Valley Community College’s new bass fishing team, which is starting this fall.

“I immediately thought it was a great opportunity as kind of a gateway into the collegiate field,” Dellinger said of signing with the Red Hawks. “It’s really, really cool. It’s something that is unique. There’s no way to describe. Just being able to study on one side and at the same point in time you are bettering your skills to fish against some of the best college fisherman on the planet. It’s very special and unique, and it’s a great opportunity.”

A decorated high school fisherman, Dellinger and teammate Joshua Lackey recently finished the 2018-19 BASS North Carolina Western Series tournament trail — a series of tournaments during the 2018-19 school year — with the most points of any duo (740).

Dellinger, who qualified nationally this school year for both the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) national high school tournaments, also finished third as a sophomore in 2017 at the FLW North Carolina state tournament held on Lake Kerry.

Dellinger has also competed in and won multiple times on the Big Bass Tour.

Off the water, Dellinger is a standout in the classroom, having been a member of North Lincoln High School’s National Honor Society and BETA clubs, working with Habitat for Humanity and also serving in the Guiding Knights Mentorship program.

Dellinger said the jump from high school fishing at North Lincoln to collegiate fishing at CVCC will be a challenge, but he’s more than ready for it.

“It’s going to be a learning curve for me, but it’s going to be very enjoyable,” he said. “Obviously, I’ve fished in high school. It’s been really fun to compete in the local tournaments with the high school guys as well as finishing my education here at North Lincoln. I look forward to it. I think it’s going to be a very, very fun journey.”

Dellinger plans to study math at CVCC with plans to transfer to one of five four-year engineering schools in North Carolina.

South Caldwell softball is in the state 4A championship series for the second straight season. This year, the Spartans will face the Hoggard Vikings in the best two-of-three series. Game one is set for Friday night at the Dail Softball Stadium on the campus of NC State.

After receiving a first round bye, as the number five seed, South Caldwell defeated its first three opponents by a combined 26-4 score. In the western regionals against Mooresville last week, South Caldwell lost the first game on the road 10-1, but would win at home 6-3 and wrap up the series winning 1-0 Friday. South's opponent,

Hoggard also received a first round bye in the east brackets with a number four seed. They would get a 4-3 win over Lumberton in the second round, where Hoggard had to score in the last inning to pick up the win. They would beat South View in the third round 6-4, holding off a furious rally in the top of the seventh by South View who would score three runs. However, in the fourth round, they would shut out the top seed in South Central. And in the eastern regionals, Hoggard swept Heritage, the number two seed winning the first game 5-0 and the second contest 4-3 in extra innings.

Hoggard enters with a record of 19-7. South Caldwell is 23-4. The Spartans hold an edge in many statistacal categories. The Spartans average nine runs again compated to Hoggard who averages six. South also holds a better team batting average. Game one is Friday afternoon at 5pm. Game two is Saturday at 11am with game three, if necessary, set for 5pm Saturday. Hoggard has not been in the state championship in softball since 2001. South is in it for the second straight season.

Appalachian State Football's two nationally televised midweek games now have kickoff times, and back-to-back home games to start the 2019 season will be shown on ESPN+.

ESPN on Thursday announced the times for all of its Sun Belt Conference midweek games, and App State's road game at Louisiana on Wednesday, Oct. 9, will be played at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on ESPN2. The Mountaineers' home game against Georgia Southern on Thursday, Oct. 31, will have an 8 p.m. start time on ESPNU.

ESPN also announced that App State's home opener against East Tennessee State on Aug. 31, as well as the Mountaineers' next home game against Charlotte on Sept. 7, will be shown on ESPN+. Both of those games in Kidd Brewer Stadium have 3:30 p.m. kickoff times.

All six home games on the regular-season schedule for App State have designated kickoff times, and ESPN revealed Thursday that the Sun Belt's second league championship game will begin at noon on Dec. 7. The winners of the East and West divisions will play that day on ESPN or ESPN2.

The inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game was held in Boone last year, and App State secured a third straight league title thanks to its 30-19 win against West Division champion Louisiana.

The Mountaineers return 17 of their primary 22 starters on offense and defense from an 11-2 team in 2018, and Eliah Drinkwitz is preparing for his first season as the program's head coach.

Fans interested in purchasing 2019 football season tickets and joining the Yosef Club can do so online by clicking HERE, by calling 828-262-2079 or by visiting the App State Athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

Celebrations for the 2019 Hall of Fame class and 30th anniversary of coach Jerry Moore's arrival in Boone will be held Aug. 31 to coincide with the home opener against East Tennessee State, and a White Out will be held in Kidd Brewer Stadium during the Sept. 7 home game against Charlotte.

The home game against Georgia Southern on Halloween night will be a "Black Thursday" game in the tradition of the Black Saturday contests that have been a highlight of the football schedule since the 1980s.

2019 App State Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State (Hall of Fame/Jerry Moore 30th anniversary celebration), 3:30 p.m. [ESPN+]

Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m. [ESPN+]

Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina, TBA

Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina* (Family Weekend), 3:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 9 at Louisiana*, 8 p.m. [ESPN2]

Sat., Oct. 19 vs. ULM* (Homecoming), 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 26 at South Alabama*, TBA

Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Georgia Southern*, 8 p.m. [ESPNU]

Sat., Nov. 9 at South Carolina, TBA

Sat., Nov. 16 at Georgia State*, TBA

Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Texas State* (Senior Day), 2:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 29 at Troy*, 6 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7 – Sun Belt Championship Game, Teams TBD, Noon [ESPN or ESPN2]

*Sun Belt game
Home game in bold
All times Eastern and subject to change

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