South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Shelby: 0

 

Kings Mountain: 3
Draughn: 0

 

Non-conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
South Caldwell: 0

 

Maiden: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1

 

Mooresville: 3
St. Stephens: 1

 

West Iredell: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 5
Draughn: 2

 

Shelby: 8

East Burke: 0

 

Non-conference:
Fred T. Foard: 7
Bunker Hill: 3

 

Freedom: 4
Avery County: 2

 

Hibriten: 4
Bandys: 3

 

Patton: 2
Lincolnton: 2

 

St. Stephens: 2
South Iredell: 2

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:04

Hickory Crawdads Fall Despite A 13 Hit Night

The Hickory Crawdads offense was active all game long Wednesday night with 13 hits against the visiting Asheville Tourists, but 12 of the 'Dads hits were singles which limited Hickory to three runs in a 6-3 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

10 different batters picked up at least one hit for the Crawdads, including a 3-4 game from Yeyson Yrizarri. Yrizarri's sixth inning double proved to be the 'Dads only extra-base hit of the night however, as Hickory left seven runners on base. The Tourists were similarly limited with 10 of their 11 hits resulting in singles, but the visiting club was able to take advantage of three Crawdads errors and four walks to score three more runs for the 6-3 final.

Asheville jumped on Hickory starting pitcher Luke Lanphere in the first, with the Tourists scoring three runs, two earned, on four hits and an error by Lanphere to take a 3-0 lead. The 'Dads responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, as Eric Jenkins singled, stole his league-leading 50th base of the season, then scored on a two-out RBI single from Tyler Sanchez to cut the score to 3-1.

The Crawdads then took their singles-happy offense to the extreme in the fourth, as the team lined six straight base knocks to score two runs to tie the game at 3-3. LeDarious Clark singled to center to open the frame, but the speedster was thrown out trying to steal second base for the first out. Chuck Moorman, Josh Altmann, and Yrizarri all followed with singles to load the bases for Ti'Quan Forbes, who delivered a 2-RBI base knock to right. Ricky Valencia came through with yet another single to left after that, but Yrizarri was thrown out at the plate to prevent the 'Dads from taking the lead.

The Tourists slowly pulled away from there, with the visiting team plating single runs in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings for the final 6-3 score.

Lanphere (1-2) took the loss for Hickory with four runs allowed, two earned, on six hits one walk and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Asheville starter Devin Burke (4-6) earned the win after giving up three runs on nine hits and four strikeouts during his five frames on the mound, while reliever Alexander Guillen (15) collected the save after tossing a scoreless ninth.

The Crawdads (30-29/68-61) and Tourists (28-30/62-65) will play the rubber match of their three game series Thursday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Davie County: 3
Alexander Central: 0

 

Maiden: 3
St. Stephens: 0

 

North Iredell: 3
Hickory: 0

 

West Caldwell: 3
Hibriten: 2

Hickory: 3
Alexander Central: 1

 

Newton-Conover: 5
Southlake Chirstian Academy: 0

 

West Caldwell: 6
South Caldwell: 2

The Hickory Crawdads broke open a tight pitchers' duel against the visiting Asheville Tourists with a big fifth inning Tuesday night, as the 'Dads plated four runs in the frame to power them to a 5-3 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

 

The Crawdads entered the fifth inning holding on to a slim 1-0 lead over the Tourists in a game that featured only five combined hits between the two clubs. Asheville starter Trey Killian looked solid over the first few frames, but the 'Dads used an RBI double by Eric Jenkins, a two-run home run from Frandy De La Rosa, and an error by Tourists' third baseman Scotty Burcham to break open the contest and take a five run lead that they would hold on to for the 5-3 victory.

 

The middle-inning surge backed arguably the best start of the season by Hickory hurler Joe Palumbo, who tied a season high with six innings pitched while allowing only two unearned runs on four hits and four strikeouts. 

 

The 'Dads scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the third, when Josh Altmann lined a double to left before De La Rosa crushed an RBI double off the left field fence for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The Crawdads then pulled away for a 5-0 advantage by scoring four runs, three earned, in the big fifth frame. The inning started with two quick outs before Altmann reached on a walk and Jenkins lined an RBI double to right-center field. De La Rosa followed with a 2-run big fly to right for his seventh homer of the season. LeDarious Clark kept the rally going with a single to center then advanced to second base on a throwing error from Killian on the mound. Tyler Sanchez followed with a ground ball to third that Burcham couldn't handle, with the resulting fielding error allowing Clark to score for the five run Crawdads lead.

 

Asheville finally got on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth, as Terry McClure reached on an infield single and Brendan Rogers got on base on a fielding error from Ti'Quan Forbes at third base before Brian Mundell lined a 2-RBI single to left to cut the score to 5-2. The Tourists then pulled to within a pair of runs by scoring another unearned tally in the eighth, this time with Carlos Herrera reaching on an infield hit, advancing to second on a throwing error from reliever Omarlin Lopez, and ultimately scoring on a wild pitch to shrink the 'Dads lead to 5-3.

 

That would be as close as the visiting team would get though, as reliever Matt Ball tossed a scoreless ninth to finish off the 5-3 Hickory victory. Ball (2) earned the save for closing out the game, while Palumbo (7-5) picked up the win for his solid start. Killian (10-6) took the loss for the Tourists after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, one walk, and five strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched.

 

De La Rosa led the 'Dads bats with a 2-4 game including a home run, a double, and three RBI, while Altmann finished 1-1 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored.

 

The Crawdads (30-28/68-60) will take on the Tourists (27-30/61-65) again on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads broke open a tight pitchers' duel against the visiting Asheville Tourists with a big fifth inning Tuesday night, as the 'Dads plated four runs in the frame to power them to a 5-3 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.
 
The Crawdads entered the fifth inning holding on to a slim 1-0 lead over the Tourists in a game that featured only five combined hits between the two clubs. Asheville starter Trey Killian looked solid over the first few frames, but the 'Dads used an RBI double by Eric Jenkins, a two-run home run from Frandy De La Rosa, and an error by Tourists' third baseman Scotty Burcham to break open the contest and take a five run lead that they would hold on to for the 5-3 victory.
 
The middle-inning surge backed arguably the best start of the season by Hickory hurler Joe Palumbo, who tied a season high with six innings pitched while allowing only two unearned runs on four hits and four strikeouts.
 
The 'Dads scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the third, when Josh Altmann lined a double to left before De La Rosa crushed an RBI double off the left field fence for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The Crawdads then pulled away for a 5-0 advantage by scoring four runs, three earned, in the big fifth frame. The inning started with two quick outs before Altmann reached on a walk and Jenkins lined an RBI double to right-center field. De La Rosa followed with a 2-run big fly to right for his seventh homer of the season. LeDarious Clark kept the rally going with a single to center then advanced to second base on a throwing error from Killian on the mound. Tyler Sanchez followed with a ground ball to third that Burcham couldn't handle, with the resulting fielding error allowing Clark to score for the five run Crawdads lead.
 
Asheville finally got on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the sixth, as Terry McClure reached on an infield single and Brendan Rogers got on base on a fielding error from Ti'Quan Forbes at third base before Brian Mundell lined a 2-RBI single to left to cut the score to 5-2. The Tourists then pulled to within a pair of runs by scoring another unearned tally in the eighth, this time with Carlos Herrera reaching on an infield hit, advancing to second on a throwing error from reliever Omarlin Lopez, and ultimately scoring on a wild pitch to shrink the 'Dads lead to 5-3.
 
That would be as close as the visiting team would get though, as reliever Matt Ball tossed a scoreless ninth to finish off the 5-3 Hickory victory. Ball (2) earned the save for closing out the game, while Palumbo (7-5) picked up the win for his solid start. Killian (10-6) took the loss for the Tourists after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, one walk, and five strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched.
 
De La Rosa led the 'Dads bats with a 2-4 game including a home run, a double, and three RBI, while Altmann finished 1-1 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored.
 
The Crawdads (30-28/68-60) will take on the Tourists (27-30/61-65) again on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Forward Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was named the Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the Appalachian State University women’s soccer wins over Northern Kentucky and Davidson, the league announced Tuesday.

 

“We are very excited and are so grateful for the many people involved in the recovery and rehab of Erin,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “It took so many individuals to get her healthy and back on the field. It is a true testament to Dr. Ekman, our former athletic trainer Eric Bengtson and her teammates that helped her along this journey, not to mention her strong faith and determination to return to competition.”

 

The Mountaineers started off the 2016 season with two wins this past week and Settle was a breakout part of them. Returning from an ACL tear that forced her out for all of last season, the redshirt sophomore scored a goal in each of the two opening weekend matchups, including the game-winning goal against Davidson on Sunday. All three of her shots were on goal to make her shot-on-goal percentage 100.

 

Her goal against Northern Kentucky put the match away 3-1 as Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) fed her the ball from the right side to find Settle with an open lane to the net. The game-winner against Davidson came off a strong shot by Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) that their goalkeeper couldn’t contain, rebounding out loose to Settle who blasted it home.

 

Although it’s early in the season, Settle currently ranks tied for first in goals (two) and goals per game (one) and game-winning goals (one) in the league. She’s also tied for fourth in points (four), tied for fourth in points per game (2.00).

 

The Mountaineers will be on the road for week two of the regular season, this time starting off against High Point on Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. Then the team moves to take on Radford on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Appalachian State’s next home match is against Maryland on Sept. 4 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the 2016 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced on Tuesday. Appalachian State men’s soccer also finished fifth in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll.

 

“We’re obviously thrilled that Stephen was recognized by the conference,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Last season, he really showed the conference that he was one of its top offensive threats and we’re excited to see where he takes it again this season.”

 

Chapman was a main part of the attacking force and the most prolific goal-scorer for the Mountaineers last season, finishing the year leading the league in shots (63), shots per game (3.47) and tied for first in game-winning goals (three). The forward was named first-team all-Sun Belt at the end of last season after being named the league’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week twice. He was also named to the NSCAA All-Southeast first team.

 

The senior started 16 of his 18 appearances and led the team in goals (seven), points (15), shots, shots on goal (23) and game-winning goals while also finishing second in the Sun Belt in goals, goals per game (0.41) and finished third in points and points per game (1.24). His season-best effort came against ETSU (Sept. 9) when the Greensboro-native scored two goals off three shots to help Appalachian win.

 

Last season, the Mountaineers went 8-10-0 (2-3-0 Sun Belt) and made their way into the Sun Belt Tournament as the fourth seed. App State won its first conference tournament match against NJIT in the quarterfinals when the team scored two goals in the second half to win 2-1. In the semifinals, the Mountaineers had to face off against No. 1-ranked Hartwick. In a knockdown-drag out fight from start to finish, Appalachian held its own for 67 minutes before eventually falling on the one goal allowed by one of this year’s conference preseason co-offensive players of the year.

 

The Mountaineers begin the 2016 regular season Friday, Aug. 26 when they travel to play Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Appalachian then moves on to play at Bowling Green on Sunday, Aug. 28 for a noon kickoff.

 

2016 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team
Stephen Chapman (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Rashid Alarape (Georgia State, Junior, Forward)
Louis Dargent (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Midfielder)
Thor Sveinbjornsson (Georgia Southern, Junior, Midfielder)
Jack Donaldson (Hartwick, Senior, Midfielder)
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Senior, Midfielder)
Elis Bjornsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Senior, Defender)
Lenny Wilson (Hartwick, Sophomore, Goalkeeper)

 

2016 Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Senior, Midfielder)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)

2016 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Senior, Defender)

 

2016 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Coastal Carolina – 35 points (5)
2. Hartwick – 31 points (1)
3. Georgia State – 23 points
4. Georgia Southern – 17 points
5. Appalachian State – 14 points
6. Howard – 6 points

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Burns: 0

 

Non-conference:
Draughn: 3
Chase: 0

 

Fred T. Foard: 3
Alexander Central: 0

 

Maiden: 3
North Gaston: 0

 

Mt. Tabor: 3
St. Stephens: 1

 

North Buncombe: 3
Patton: 0

 

South Caldwell: 3
Bandys: 2

 

West Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
Alexander Central: 2

 

Freedom: 6
Draughn: 0

 

Hibriten: 5
Avery County: 0

 

Maiden: 8
North Lincoln: 0

 

Patton: 5
A.C. Reynolds: 2

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