The Hickory Crawdads utilized a 9th inning rally for the second straight night Saturday, as the 'Dads broke up a 2-2 tie with a 3-run surge in the final frame for a 5-2 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.
One night after the Crawdads scored a run in the 9th and two in the 10th for a come from behind 8-6 win, the 'Dads broke up a 2-2, 9th frame deadlock with three runs on three hits for a 5-2 victory. The win is the 14th in the last 15 games for Hickory, giving them 40 wins in the first half of the season for the third time since becoming a Texas Rangers affiliate in 2009.
The 'Dads and 'Claws played to a 2-2 deadlock over the first five innings, with Lakewood scoring once in the 1st and 5th while Hickory put up a pair of tallies in the 4th. The 1st inning BlueClaws run came across without the benefit of a hit, as Lakewood put together two walks, a double steal, and a RBI groundout to bring across the game's first run against Crawdads starter Ryne Slack.
Hickory responding with a two runs in the 4th thanks to a leadoff walk by Michael De Leon, a RBI triple off the wall in right from Ryan Cordell, and a wild pitch that allowed Cordell to score and give the Crawdads a 2-1 advantage. The lead held until the bottom of the 5th, when rehabbing Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche lined a 2-out, RBI double to right to tie the score at 2-2.
The tie game would last all the way until the top of the 9th, when the 'Dads pushed across three runs against Lakewood reliever Chris O'Hare for the 5-2 lead they would go on to win by. Cordell kick started the frame with a double to right, followed by an infield single from Nomar Mazara, a wild pitch to move both runners up, and an intentional walk to Ronald Guzman to load the bases with nobody out. That brought in Janluis Castro, who was hit by a pitch in the legs to force home the go ahead run.
Kellin Deglan plated another tally with a RBI single to right before Castro came in to score on a passed ball for the final run of the inning. Crawdads All-Star closer Cody Kendall set the BlueClaws down in order in the bottom of the 9th to earn his fourth save and give the 'Dads the 5-2 win.
Cordel paced the Hickory offense with a 2-3 night, including a triple, double, RBI, and two runs scored. Deglan also finished with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a RBI.
Crawdads right-handed reliever Josh McElwee (1-0) earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings out of the pen, giving up just one hit and no walks while striking out five. O'Hare (0-2) took the loss after allowing all three runs in the 9th.
The Crawdads (40-28) and BlueClaws (27-41) will wrap up their series and the first half of the South Atlantic League season Sunday afternoon, with a 1:05 pm scheduled first pitch.
Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 6/14/2014
Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC
3 74 Bob Park ,
4 48 Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
5 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
6 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
7 98 Charles Thorne Kannapolis, NC DNS
8 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC DNS
Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
4 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
5 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
7 45 Dalton Sargeant Winston-Salem, NC
8 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
9 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
10 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
11 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
12 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
13 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
14 15 Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
15 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
16 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
17 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
18 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
19 8G David Garbo, Jr. Storington, CT
20 58 Tyler Ankrum San Bernardno, CA
21 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC DNS
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
4 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
5 5G Kevin Gilardoni Mooresville,
6 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
7 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
10 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
11 37 Chris Phipps Newton, NC
12 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
13 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
14 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
15 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
16 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
4 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
5 85 Dustin Walker Granite Falls, NC
6 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
7 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
8 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
11 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
12 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC DQ
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
4 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
5 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
6 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
7 17C Hugh Compton Mooresville, NC
8 74S Steven Smith Lincolnton, NC
9 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
10 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
11 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC DQ
12 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC DNS
Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09B Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
2 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
3 9Q Lee Queen Catawba, NC
4 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
5 15D Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
6 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
7 2 Josh Ramsey Hickory, NC
One night after having their franchise record 12 game winning streak snapped, the Hickory Crawdads bounced right back in the win column Friday evening with an 8-6, 10-inning victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.
Following a 1:32 rain delay and more than three hours of game time, the winning runs came around on a two-run home run in the 10th by Crawdads catcher Kellin Deglan off of Lakewood All-Star closer Cody Forsythe. The come-from-behind victory is the 'Dads 13th over the last 14 games, and pushes their record over their past 34 games to 25-9.
The 'Dads entered the 8th inning of the game with a 5-4 lead, before the 'Claws rallied for two runs, one earned, in the bottom of the frame to take their first lead of the night at 6-5. Down, but not out, Crawdads shortstop Michael De Leon responded with a triple off of Forsythe to start the 9th inning before Nomar Mazara brought him in on a RBI groundout to tie the game at 6-6. Fast forward to the 10th, and Deglan followed up a leadoff single by Travis Demeritte with his 2-run blast to right for the Crawdads 8-6 lead.
Prior to the late heroics, Hickory built a 5-4 advantage with two runs in the 1st and three in the 5th. The 1st inning tallies came around on a 2-out, 2-RBI double off the left field wall by Ryan Cordell to give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead. The advantage held until the 3rd when rehabbing Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche roped a 2-run homer to right to tie the score at 2-2.
The 'Dads retook the lead with a big fly of their own in the top of the 5th, when Mazara clubbed a 3-run shot to center field for his 9th homer of the year and a 5-2 Hickory advantage. The BlueClaws responded in kind in the bottom of the frame, as Asche came through with another 2-run blast to right to cut the score to 5-4.
The 5-4 score stayed the same until the 8th, when Lakewood rallied for their two runs to start the late-inning drama.
Deglan finished the game 2-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk, while Mazara went 1-3 with a home run, 4 RBI, two walks and two runs scored.
Hickory reliever Jose Valdespina (1-0) earned the win with one unearned run allowed over two innings pitched. Forsythe (3-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits over two frames. Crawdads All-Star closer Cody Kendall (3) earned the save with a perfect 10th inning including two strikeouts.
The Crawdads (39-28) and BlueClaws (27-40) will match up again Saturday night at 7:05 pm for game three of their four-game series to end the first half of the season.
The Hickory Crawdads came up with the big hit, escaped the dangerous inning, pulled a few rabbits out of the hat, and in the end found a way to win each of their last 12-straight games, but the franchise record winning streak came to an end Thursday night as the 'Dads fell to the Lakewood BlueClaws 3-1 at FirstEnergy Park.
The 'Dads bats battled the drizzling rain all night while being held to one run on six hits, marking the first time the club was held under four runs since scoring three in a win over Charleston on June 4th. The lack of offense squandered a complete game outing by Crawdads starter Kevin Pucetas, who held the BlueClaws to three runs on 10 hits over 8 innings.
The 'Claws jumped on Pucetas and the 'Dads early, with two runs on three hits in the 1st for a 2-0 lead. The Crawdads responded with a run in the 2nd, as Ronald Guzman led off the frame with a single before coming in two batters later on a RBI base knock by Jairo Beras to make the score 2-1.
That would be the last run of the game for Hickory, as the 'Dads got doubles in each of the 5th, 6th, and 8th frames but were unable to bring in the runner. Lakewood capped the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the 5th for the final 3-1 score.
Ryan Cordell, Nomar Mazara, and Janluis Castro all ended the night 1-4 with a double, while Beras went 1-4 with a RBI.
Pucetas (0-1) was the hard-luck loser for the 'Dads, while Lakewood starter Jon Prosinski (2-0) earned the win after holding Hickory to one run on five hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over six innings pitched. BlueClaws reliever Ulises Joaquin (5) earned the save with two scoreless innings out of the pen.
The Crawdads (38-28) will look to start a new winning streak in game two against the BlueClaws (27-39) Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Appalachian State University athletics announced on Thursday that a flex package has been added to the list of options for fans wishing to purchase football tickets for the Mountaineers’ inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference and NCAA Division I FBS in 2014.
Flex packages allow fans to purchase tickets for two or more home games of their choice. It is the perfect solution for Appalachian State faithful that aren’t able to commit to a full-season or fixed-date half-season ticket package but still want to secure their seats at The Rock before single-game tickets go on sale on Aug. 5.
Prices range from $27-42 per seat, per game, based on the games and section of the stadium chosen.
All 2014 season-ticket packages (full, half and flex) are on sale now and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets or by phone at (828) 262-2079.
The Hickory Crawdads stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games Wednesday night, as 'Dads pitchers Tyler Smith, Anyelo Leclerc, and Josh McElwee led the team to a 5-3 win and a series sweep over the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
The Hickory hurlers bent but didn't break in the victory, as Smith, Leclerc and McElwee held the Shorebirds to three runs on 10 hits, striking out six combined batters while issuing no walks. That gave the 'Dads bats room to work, combining eight hits with five walks to score five runs.
The Crawdads took a lead in the 1st when Michael De Leon doubled down the left field line with one out, followed three batters later by a RBI single from Ryan Cordell for a 1-0 advantage. That lead held until the third, when Delmarva center fielder Gregory Lorenzo lined his first home run of the season over the left field wall to tie the score at 1-1.
The 'Dads quickly responded with a pair of tallies in the 4th, as Cordell scored on a wild pitch before Travis Demeritte brought in Ronald Guzman with a RBI infield single to put Hickory back up 3-1. The Shorebirds turned to the long ball again in the bottom of the frame, when Chance Sisco connected on a solo blast to right to narrow the score to 3-2.
That would be the last run Smith would allow, as the Crawdads starting pitcher finished with two runs allowed on six hits, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings pitched. Hickory turned to Leclerc in the 6th, with the right-hander shutting the 'Birds down over the next two frames to maintain the 'Dads one-run advantage.
The Crawdads gave themselves some breathing room in the top of the 8th, as Joe Jackson extended his hitting streak to 15-straight games when he doubled home De Leon on a ball down the right field line. Four batters later, Demeritte lined a ball off the infield umpire to plate Jackson and put the 'Dads up 5-2.
Delmarva scrapped across one last run in the 8th off of Leclerc, before McElwee shut the door with a perfect frame in the 9th to give Hickory the 5-3 win.
Smith (3-1) earned the win for his solid start, while McElwee recorded his third save of the year with two strikeouts in the final frame. Shorebirds starter Mitch Horacek (4-6) took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts over six innings pitched.
Demeritte led the Crawdads offense with a 2-4 game including two RBIs. De Leon finished 2-4 as well, scoring twice and walking once.
The Crawdads (38-27) have now swept three consecutive series and are 24-8 since losing their last series in early May. The 'Dads will look to keep the streak going Thursday when they open up a four game set in Lakewood against the BlueClaws, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Appalachian State University and the Town of Boone have teamed up to host several events in celebration of Appalachian State officially joining the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday, July 1.
A full slate of Sun Belt Day events begins at 8 a.m. when the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce holds its quartely “Wake Up Watauga” breakfast at the Appalachian Athletics Center at 8 a.m. Local businesses can participate in the event by registering at boonechamber.com.
From 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Appalachian State will hold a Coaches in the Community event. Mountaineer coaches will canvas the High Country to thank community members for their continued support as Appalachian makes the historic move to the Sun Belt. Be sure to stay tuned to appstatesports.com and follow App State athletics on Twitter (@appstate_sports) and Facebook (Appalachian State Mountaineers) to see where the coaches can be found throughout the day.
From 1-3 p.m., Appalachian State student-athletes, coaches, staff members and Yosef will take to the streets of Boone to interact with supporters of all ages and help young fans sign up for the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club on the first day of 2014 registration.
The historic day closes with an official Sun Belt Day Reception, hosted by Appalachian State and the Town of Boone at the Jones House Community Center on King Street in Boone. The reception kicks off at 5 p.m. with live music, followed by a program at 5:30 p.m.
Dignitaries scheduled to participate include Appalachian State Chancellor Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, Boone mayor Andy Ball, members of Boone Town Council and other community leaders, Sun Belt Conference associate commissioner John McElwain, Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb, football coach Scott Satterfield, men’s basketball coach Jim Fox and women’s basketball coach Darcie Vincent.
The Sun Belt Day Reception is FREE and open to the public.
In addition to the events, Appalachian State/Sun Belt Conference apparel and other merchandise will be available beginning on July 1 exclusively at all downtown Boone retailers, the University Bookstore on Appalachian State’s campus and Sports Fanatic at the Boone Mall. Be sure to make plans to be in the High Country for this historic day, as this App State/Sun Belt merchandise will not be made available to any other retailers, including the App State Sports Online Store, until July 8.
SUN BELT DAY
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
8 a.m.: Boone Area Chamber of Commerce “Wake Up Watauga Breakfast” (Appalachian Athletics Center)
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Coaches in the Community
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Youth Community Outreach
5 p.m.: Sun Belt Day Reception (Jones House Community Center) — admission is free and open to the public