Lenoir-Rhyne's Brigit Folland has been named the ITA Regional Men's Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year. Folland helped the Bears to the most wins in a single season in program history.
"Brigit has been instrumental in turning around the culture and competitiveness of Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "When she came in two years ago, the guys record was 11-10 and they were unranked and eighth in the SAC. At the conclusion of this season, the guys went 18-5 (8-2 in conference) and tied for second in the conference along with being ranked No. 21 nationally. She has endless energy, tremendous hunger to grow as a coach and cares deeply for her players."
Folland helped LR beat No. 5 Wingate and coached six players to All-Conference selections. Off the court, the Bears completed over 140 hours of community service and had a team GPA of 3.65.
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
George Frazier; West Liberty University (Atlantic)
Carlos Crisostomo; Harding University (Central)
Fabio Minami; Queens College NY (East)
Bob Jackson; Wayne State University (Midwest)
Jean-Baptiste Mateo; Lynn University (South)
Jacob Carey; Cameron University (South Central)
Brigit Folland; Lenoir-Rhyne University (Southeast)
Kirby Ronning; Azusa Pacific University (West)
The Catawba Valley Community College softball program announces the signing of West Lincoln standout Kinsley Gilmore on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to be signing a player like Kinsley,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “The mixture of speed and power she brings to the table will really be beneficial for our program.”
The senior outfielder for the Rebels just completed her senior season where she tallied a .328 batting average, 13 runs scored and a team-high 18 RBI.
She finished her four-year West Lincoln softball career with 94 games played, 82 hits (21 doubles, six triples, five home runs), 75 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 68 RBI.
A two-sport athlete who also played basketball at WLHS, Gilmore helped lead the Rebels to 65 wins on the softball diamond, including 38 in conference play, and a 2A state runner up finish during her freshman season in 2016.
Defensively, Gilmore recorded a .982 fielding percentage with just two errors in 112 total chances.
Gilmore joins a CVCC softball program that officially starts this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program announces the signing of Eagle’s Landing High School (Ga.) standout Jailen Cummings.
“We are excited to bring Jailen Cummings aboard to Red Hawk Nation,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “She’s a 5-10 power forward that’s strong on the boards. I’m looking forward to working with her and expanding her game. She’s a good addition to the Lady Red Hawks.”
A four-year varsity athlete on the court, Cummings finished her prep basketball career at Eagle’s Landing with 82 games played, 299 points scored, 200 rebounds and 47 steals.
Behind Cummings, the Eagles went 23-6 overall and 16-1 in AAAAA Region 4 standings this past, advancing to the third round of the state tournament. They also won region regular-season and tournament championships.
In her four years, Cummings helped lead the program to 87 wins, and the Eagles lost only 27 games. Eagle’s Landing was also 58-9 in conference play.
Cummings joins a Red Hawks women's basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school's second-ever regular season conference title.
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their 2019 All-Region Teams on Tuesday afternoon and it was nine men in 13 events and nine women in 14 events that were named to the Southeast Team from Lenoir-Rhyne.
On the women's side it was Autumn Drayton who made the team in the Discus, Hammer Throw and Shotput while NCAA International Woman of the Year finalist, Haylea Salamon, made the cut in the Discus and Javelin throws as well. Senior Savannah Drummonds made her way onto the team with her performance in the Pole Vault to round of that trio of Bears.
On the track, it was Paiton Fair and Saidah Hardwick who made the list in multiple events. Both are teammates on the same 4x400-meter relay team while Fair made her mark in the 800-meters and Hardwick did the same in 400. Kylie Dahlberg excelled in the 800-meters while her teammate Jada Harrison is part of the team in the 400-meter hurdles. Finally, the women's 4x400-meter relay that made the cut was made up of Fair, Hardwick, Taylor Meadows and Tyra Poole.
On the men's side, Anthony Brown was the only Bear to make the team in the multi-event, Decathlon. His name also was given as a member based on his performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Other field athletes with multiple event appearances on the all-region team were Cole Henderson in the Hammer Throw and Shotput and Jaquay Mitchell, who leapt his way to both a Long Jump and Triple Jump selection. Chris Reichenbach in his freshman campaign was recognized for his height cleared in the Pole Vault and Demarius Hampton was added for his performance in the Triple Jump as well.
On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team, which is good for fourteenth in the country and will be competing in the NCAA National Championships later in May, consists of P.J. Lotharp, JaTay Culliver, Kaynmon Maddox and Lucas Besong. Lotharp, who will advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual as well in the 200-meters adds that to his list of accolades on the Southeast All-Region Team.
On the women's side, Lenoir-Rhyne leads the South Atlantic Conference in number of athletes selected with nine. The men are second in the conference behind Queens with nine.
Alexander Central: 5
Cox Mill: 1
Cougars advance to the quarterfinals hosting Marvin Ridge on Friday.
South Caldwell: 5
Davie County: 2
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Reagan on Friday.
Wildcats season ends at 17-6.
North Davidson: 4
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 12-9.
South Caldwell: 10
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Providence
The Greenville Drive and the Hickory Crawdads were scoreless after nine innings at Fluor Field on Tuesday night, but it was the Crawdads that came out on top, 4-3, after 12 in the series opener.
Pitching was the story through regulation, as neither team managed to get on the board through the first nine frames. Drive starter Thad Ward worked 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts against a lone walk. The righty retired the final 14 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
On the other side, Hickory starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Scott Engler combined to allow just three hits with eight strikeouts against one walk through the first eight innings of the contest.
Hickory broke through in the 10th with a pair of runs. With a runner starting the inning on second, Jose Almonte laced a one-out triple to center to score the first run of the game. Miguel Aparicio followed with a sac fly to left to plate Almonte and give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead.
Greenville answered in the bottom of the 10th. With a runner starting at second, Triston Casas doubled to center to bring in the first Drive run. After Casas moved to third on a wild pitch, Tyler Esplin singled to right to score him and tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless 11th for both sides, Hickory added two more in the 12th. With runners on the corners, Sherten Apostel hit a sac fly to right to bring in one. Two batters later, a fielder's choice by Aparicio brought in a second run, making it a 4-2 lead.
The Drive attempted a rally in the bottom half. With position player Tyler Depreta-Johnson pitching for Hickory, Devlin Granberg singled to right on the first pitch he saw, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Esplin singled to right, scoring Jordan Wren from third, to cut the lead to 4-3 with two on and one out. Back-to-back flyouts ended the inning and preserved the 4-3 win for the Crawdads.
Nick Starr (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 3.0 innings of work. Logan Browning (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.
Esplin paced the Drive on the night with three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Casas doubled with a run and an RBI, while Wren and Granberg accounted for the remaining two Drive runs. Rio Gomez threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just a pair of hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.
The series continues on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Drive right-hander Yasel Santana (0-3, 6.05 ERA) goes to the mound for the Drive against Hickory right-hander Ronny Henriquez (0-1, 3.21 ERA).
Appalachian State scored several times in unorthodox fashion, but UNC Asheville used a six-run third to take control in a 13-7 victory Tuesday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
It was the home finale for the Mountaineers (21-28) before they close the regular season with a series at Coastal Carolina from Thursday through Sunday.
The Sun Belt Conference Championships, which will also be held in Conway, S.C., begin Tuesday. With a 12-14 league record, App State is currently in ninth place in the 12-team conference, and 10 teams make the tournament.
In the last non-conference game of 2019, Luke Drumheller hit a first-inning double down the right-field line and came all the way around to score thanks to a throwing error after he had stopped at second.
UNC Asheville (15-33) loaded the bases with nobody out in the third against starter Will Sprinkle before scoring on an infield single, three straight walks and two straight sacrifice flies.
The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 6-3 thanks to an inside-the-park home run off the left-center wall from Kendall McGowan, who homered for the seventh time in the last 11 games, and Tyler Leek’s RBI triple in which Riley Smith scored as a collision with the fence caused the center fielder to lose control of the hard-hit ball.
The Bulldogs responded with a three-run sixth and fourth-run sixth to move ahead 13-3.
McGowan sped around the bases in 16.23 seconds on a ball that was hit with a 98 mph exit velocity, according to the @AppStSportsData account, and he was responsible for one of App State’s eight hits.
App State seniors Joel McDaniel, Drew Beck (double) and CJ Brown had hits in their home finales, and freshman Hayden Cross picked up two RBIs on an eighth-inning single that scored McDaniel and Brown. Another senior, Bobby Hampton, recorded one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Bulldogs faced seven App State pitchers, posted 14 hits and capitalized on eight walks.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Track and Field Team will have representation for two events in the 2019 NCAA National Championships – the 4x100 meter relay and the men's 200-meter race. The Championships are set for May 23 – 25 in Kingsville, Texas.
The Men's 4x100-meter relay team is comprised of Kaynmon Maddox, Ja'Tay Culliver, P.J. Lotharp and Lucas Besong. This team heads into the competition tied for sixth nationally.
Lotharp also ran his way to a spot in the 200-meter race and ranks fourteenth in the country heading into the championships.
Several other student-athletes were considered based on NCAA provisional marks and a program record number of 11 made a list of candidates, which are as follows:
P.J. Lotharp – 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m Relay
Kaynmon Maddox – 4 x 100m Relay
Ja'Tay Culliver – 4 x 100m Relay
Lucas Besong – 4 x 100m Relay
Demarius Hampton – Triple Jump
Jaquay Mitchell – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Saidah Hardwick – 400m, 4 x 400m Relay
Paiton Fair – 4 x 400m Relay
Tyra Poole – 4 x 400m Relay
Taylor Meadows – 4 x 400m Relay
Autumn Drayton – Discus
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program announces this signing of former Mountain Island Charter standout Allana Stewart.
“Signing a good character kid is always a plus, but to have a kid to sit out a year just to be a part of your program speaks volume,” said CVCC women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “Allana is going to add experience and rebounding along with hustle to our team. We welcome her to the Lady Red Hawk Family.”
The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals, 2.0 assists and 0.5 blocks for the Raptors during her senior season in 2016-17.
Behind Stewart, Mountain Island Charter won 19 games, including 14 in Southern Piedmont 1A conference play.
Following her time at Mountain Island Charter, Stewart signed with Belmont Abbey College and spent the 2017-18 season with the Crusaders before sitting out this past season.
Stewart joins a Red Hawks women's basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school's second-ever regular season conference title.
Appalachian State held its 2019 spring commencement ceremonies May 10-11, and 61 current and former Mountaineer student-athletes received a bachelor's or master's degree from the university.
Every App State sport boasted a graduate over the weekend, including the Sun Belt champion football and women's cross country teams, as well as the Sun Belt regular-season champion women's tennis team and the Southern Conference regular-season champion wrestling team.
Many graduates were recognized for their hard work and dedication at the annual Senior Dinner on Thursday night, where they celebrated with their coaches, academic advisors, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin and other members of the App State athletics administration.
Women's cross country, winner of the 2019 APPSY for Team Academic Excellence, graduates six seniors, Katelyn Butler, Emily Fedders, Phylissa Greeley, Sarah Hoffert, Erin Jameson, and Elisa Sargent.
The App State softball and track & field teams, who were both out of town last weekend at their respective Sun Belt Championships, held their own graduation ceremonies. The five graduating seniors of the Mountaineer baseball team were recognized prior to their series finale against South Alabama on Sunday.
Since its 2014-15 transition to the Sun Belt Conference for all but two sports (wrestling and field hockey), App State has paced the league in academic performance among its student-athletes. In the 2016-17 academic year, App State won the Sun Belt Institutional Graduation Rate Award for the second time in three years. The Mountaineers totaled 95 student-athletes on the Commissioner's List (3.5+ GPA) and 115 on the Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA) after the 2017-18 academic year. This month, App State led all Sun Belt schools with a school record 14 teams that achieved a perfect 1,000 single-year APR score.
May & August 2019 Graduates:
Luke Allison Supply Chain Management May
Kaleb Bowman Management August
CJ Brown Cell/Molecular Biology May
Bobby Hampton Exercise Science May
Riley Smith Criminal Justice August
Ronshad Shabazz Criminal Justice May
Trey Ford Psychology May
Bennett Holley Management May
Nick Hough Communication Studies May
Tyrell Johnson Sustainable Technology August
Jake Wilson Communication May
Kevin Kerley Accounting May
Madi Story Communication Disorders May
Anna Perez Gomez Political Science May
Bayley Plummer Criminal Justice August
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD
Peter Kenn Exercise Science May
Elliott Graves Construction Management May
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD
K'Lynn Beal Criminal Justice May
Katelyn Butler Exercise Science May
Hannah Emery Sustainable Development May
Emily Fedders Geology May
Phylissa Greeley Exercise Science May
Sarah Hoffert Nutrition August
Lainey Hunnicutt Exercise Science May
Erin Jameson Nutrition August
Sofia San Miguel Management May
Ila Mumford Exercise Science August
Elisa Sargent Communication May
Keighly Adams Public Health August
Sarah Heiss Biochemistry May
Mock Adams Recreation Management May
Jake Easter Management (BSBA) May
Josh Houser Marketing (BSBA) May
Jalin Moore Management May
Devin Papenheim Building Sciences August
Chance Watson Management May
Alex Burris Finance & Banking May
Joliana Elias Marketing May
Ian Bennett Exercise Science May
Felix Kollmannthaler Economics May
Alexa Asher Public Health August
Emmily Cowie Exercise Science May
Jessica Easley Social Work May
Kat Greer Exercise Science May
Sarah Murphy Exercise Science May
Sarah Moon English May
Jamie Palermo Psychology May
Maddy Bloom Electronic Media May
Jenny Dodd Health Care Management May
Megan Walker Exercise Science May
Alex Brea Finance May
Campbell Stone Sustainable Technology August
Heidi Swope Electronic Media/Broadcasting May
Jeannez Daniel Applied Data Analytics August
Sydney Hinds Criminal Justice August
Melissa McMath Graphic Arts & Imaging August
Becky Porter Cell/Molecular Biology May
Jenna Talbert Chemistry May
Irvin Enriquez Recreational Management August
Angel Najar Recreational Management August
Michael Elliott Criminal Justice Dec. 2018
Appalachian State University women's soccer is excited to welcome the 2019 signing class, as announced by head coach Sarah Strickland and the coaching staff.
The Mountaineer signing class consists of four defenders, three forwards, three midfielders and one goalkeeper, while three players are from two countries in Iceland and Sweden.
"We have been waiting a long time to welcome this class to App State," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Over the last two seasons, we have searched all over the world for young women that would be the right fit for our program to compete relentlessly both on and off the field. This class will definitely make an impact for App State women's soccer, and will complement the returning squad. I am very excited for August and can not wait to get on the field with this team."
Hulda Ágústsdóttir | 5'6 | Forward | Husavik, Iceland | Völsungur | 6-Man Wolfpack Family
Ágústsdóttir played with Völsungur throughout her youth career, totaling 26 goals. In just her first season with Völsungur, she made the first division squad. Ágústsdóttir was selected to the U16 and U17 national team camps for Iceland. In 2017, she contributed to her program being named team of the year in the second division en route to also being honored as younger player of the year. In addition, she is a board member of Völsungur.
Hayley Boyles | 5'7 | Defender/Forward | Wake Forest, N.C. | Heritage High School | Proud Family
A three-year letterwinner under Scott Sloan, Boyles came on the scene her sophomore and junior years. The future Mountaineer was named to the All-NAC teams both years, while she was named all-region. After scoring 24 goals and totaling six assists in just 19 contests, she earned honors from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as a member of the all-state team. She was recognized as the NAC 6 Co-Conference Player of the Year and made the News and Observer All-Metro Team. For her career, she amassed 34 scores and posted 20 assists. Boyles played her club ball under NCFC ECNL under Bobby Johnston. Born on Oct. 9, 2000, Hayley is the daughter of Jody and Marcia Boyles. She has two younger siblings, Jack and Landry. Her father played baseball for App State in 1991, was a recipient of the Edmonson Scholarship and was named to the All-Southern Conference freshman team.
Philippa Maria Borjesson | 5'8 | Defender | Sweden | Gothenburg, Sweden | Cheetah Girls Family
Borjesson played under Stefan Skarland for Gothenburg and for Onsala BK in club ball. She made 40 appearances in the Swedish Division I League for Hans Palmqvist. Born on May 15, 1999, Borjesson is the daughter of Anders and Maria Borjesson. She has four younger siblings, Fabian, Nicole, Jaqueline, and Jouline.
Liney Brantley | 5'6 | Forward | Tallahassee, Fla. | Leon High School | Bad Girls Family
Under Tony Kidd, Brantley made the Big Bend All-Conference team three straight years, including back-to-back seasons on the all-first team her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned the Rookie of the Year award her freshman season and was tabbed the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year award her junior campaign. She totaled 38 goals and 36 assists for her career. Brantley played for ASG 99 Girls Elite under Alex Morris and Aaron Murphy. Born on Dec. 17, 2000, Liney is the daughter of Brett & Natalie Brantley. She has three siblings, Molly, Anna, and Izzy.
Olivia Cohen | 5'4 | Midfielder | Atlanta, Ga. | Lakeside High School | 6-Man Wolfpack Family
Was an all-around athlete at Lakeside, where she earned four letters in soccer, basketball and one varsity letter in track and field. Cohen was named to the all-region second team as a sophomore after scoring 14 goals and followed that year up with 24 goals her junior campaign en route to being named first-team all-region. She landed on the Dekalb County All-Star Team both years. In basketball, she was a Scholar-Athlete her junior year. The future member of the Wolfpack family, Cohen was named her team's Most Valuable Player overall and on offense, while she earned the Most Improved Player award in hoops. She played under Dom Martelli for the Atlanta Fire United U18 squad. The ECNL named her the Southeast Player to Watch in 2018. Born on March 14, 2001, Cohen is the daughter of Kevin Cohen and Maria Brigiotta. She has one younger sister, Emma. Her hobbies include playing basketball, snowboarding, traveling, hiking and camping.
Kyndall Edwards | 5'6 | Midfielder | Monroe, N.C. | Sun Valley High School | 6-Man Wolfpack
Edwards was a three-year letterwinner at Sun Valley. She earned all-conference and all-region for all three years. Was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Played her travel ball under Phillip Poole for the Charlotte Soccer Academy. She played in the ECNLleague (U14, U15, U17) and the Development Academy (U18, U19). Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Edwards is the daughter of Jon and Suzanne Edwards. She has one younger brother, Jackson. Her uncle, Christopher Williams, played baseball at Charlotte, starting his freshman season at second base. Her aunt, Christian Barnhardt, was a cheerleader at App State.
Kerry Eagleston | 5'8 | Goalkeeper | Winston-Salem, N.C. | West Forsyth High School | Strickland Family
Was a premier goalkeeper in high school for West Forsyth, where she recorded four varsity letters under Scott Bilton. She was named all-conference and all-region all four years while helping her team capture the 2017 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State championship. Through her career, she registered a more than impressive 77-6-5 at West Forsyth and registered 184 saves with just 29 goals allowed. She helped her team with three conference titles as well. Played for North Carolina Fusion under Andrew Flemming, where she was labeled as an ECNL Player to Watch in 2017. Born on April 3, 2001, Eagleston is the daughter of Randy and Karen Eagleston. She has one older (Ian) and one younger brother, Kyle.
Drew Hallum | 5'7 | Defender | Bakersfield, Calif. | Bakersfield College | Centennial High School | Bad Girls Club
In two seasons at Bakersfield College under the direction of Scott Dameron, Hallum started and played in all 35 matches, scoring three goals with two assists for eight points. She helped the Renegades to a 19-12-7 record over two seasons, highlighted by an 11-5-4 mark last season. In 2017, Hallum was named to the Western State Conference All-First Team because of her solid season. She followed that season up with more accolades in 2018, as she was named to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) All-State Team in addition to earning an all-region and all-conference nod. Because of her work in the classroom, she was also named to the Scholar-Athlete team and the Dean's List. Born on June 10, 1998, Hallum is the daughter of Rob and Robyn Hallum. She has two older brothers, Cole and Brock. Her father played football at Baylor, while both of her brothers were successful collegiate baseball players. Cole was an All-American and All-Conference at Campbell with Brock playing baseball at Long Island.
Emma McGibany | 5'4 | Midfielder | Tallahassee, Fla. | Leon High School | Cheetah Girls Family
Earned four varsity letters in soccer and one in track and field. Played under Tony Kidd with fellow future teammate Liney Brantley. Tabbed All-Big Bend Conference honors four straight seasons. She is the career-leading scorer at Leon. McGibany notched 17 goals and 16 assists last season. Born on April 27, 2000, McGibany is the daughter CJ and Amy McGibany. She has one younger sister, Anna Joy.
Anaelle Moleka | 5'10 | Forward | Atlanta, Ga. | Lanier High School | Proud Family
Moleka had a solid high school career for Lanier under Bryan Allen. She earned three varsity letters and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for two seasons in addition to a first-team all-region honor. Also, she led the team in goals scored. While playing for the United Futbol Academy (UFA) under Lizzy Shaughnessy, Moleka won the Disney championship in 2012 and earned the state title in 2016. She is the leading goal scorer in the US Development Academy as well. Born on June 20, 2001, Moleka is the daughter of Dina and Iggy Moleka. She has one younger sister (Naomi) and a younger brother (Samuel Joseph). Her father had a successful soccer career at Florida International, where he was a First-Team All-American and helped FIU reach the national championship in 1996. He signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL and became the team's all-time leading scorer.
Sunna Thorbjornsdottir | 5'6 | Defender | Reykjavik, Iceland | Haukar | Bad Girls Club
Thorbjornsdottir has played at the first team level for Haukar since she was 15. The future Mountaineer was chosen to represent her club at Laugarvatn, which is a premier soccer showcase for players around the area. She helped her team capture the Icelandic title in 2016 when her squad was promoted to the Icelandic Premier League. Thorbjornsdottir was named to the U17 and U19 national team camps. On two occasions, she named Man of the Match in the IPL in the summer of 2018 en route to being named the IPL Player of the Year in 2018.
The Hickory Crawdads bats broke out in a 7-5 win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday afternoon. The win gives them the series victory over Charleston.
Tanner Gardner started off the bottom of the second inning with a walk. Jose Almonte doubled in Gardner to put the 'Dads up 1-0. Sherten Apostel was hit by a pitch. Miguel Aparicio hit a sacrifice bunt in which all runners were safe. Tyler Depreta-Johnson hit a grounder that forced Almonte out at home. Frainyer Chavez hit a sacrifice fly to right that brought Apostel in.
The 'Dads offense erupted in the third for five more runs to take a 7-0 lead. Curtis Terry and Melvin Novoa hit back-to-back doubles for the inning's first run. Tanner Gardner followed up with a two-run shot, his second homerun of the year. Almonte hit his second double of the afternoon and Apostel drew a walk to put two runners on. Aparicio hit a groundball that got Apostel out at second but advanced Almonte to third. For the second day in a row, the Crawdads successfully executed a double steal of second and home. The steal was Almonte's first of the year and Aparicio's third. Tyler Depreta-Johnson singled to bring Aparicio around to score.
The RiverDogs got two runs across in the fourth inning. Crawdads starting pitcher Yerry Rodriguez finished the afternoon with five innings pitched, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight. He earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Nick Snyder came into the game in relief of Rodriguez but allowed three runs in the sixth inning. Grant Anderson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season.
The Crawdads return next Tuesday to kick off an eight game homestand. On Friday night, the 'Dads will pay tribute to the British Invasion and will have a post-game fireworks show. On Saturday the fan-favorite mascot group the ZOOperstars! return to the Frans. Saturday is also our Salute to Troops and active duty military and veterans will receive a free parking and special in-game recognition in addition to the usual free tickets. Birdzerk! will be making an appearance on Sunday to entertain the crowd with his pranks and hijinks.