The game between the Lexington Legends and the Hickory Crawdads at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Tuesday night was suspended due to inclement weather and field conditions.

The Legends were leading 1-0 after two innings. A home run by Emmanuel Rivera in the bottom of the second accounted for the only run.

The game will be resumed at the start of the third inning at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, and will be completed as a nine-inning game. Then after a 30-minute break, there will be a seven-inning game.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jackson Bailey has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league's championship sports and is voted on by the SAC's Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.

Bailey, a junior from Matthews, N.C., has been one of the Bears’ top golfers the past three seasons and led the squad at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships in April and had a pair of top-10 finishes this year.

Bailey earned All-Tournament honors at the State Farm Intercollegiate on October 10-11 in Tazewell, Tenn., where he tied for fourth with a three-under 213.

Bailey is also a two-time Team Captain (2016-17) who won the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Bob Dibble Spirit Of The Game Award.

"I am extremely proud of Jackson (Bailey) for being selected as the SAC Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men's Golf Coach Elliot Gealy. "He has worked extremely hard on and off the golf course and done an excellent job representing Lenoir-Rhyne University."

Bailey, a finance major with a 3.68 grade point average, is a five-time Lenoir-Rhyne Dean’s List honoree and a two-time member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Bailey has served on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has served as a Resident Assistant in Morgan Dormitory. In addition, Bailey is the men’s golf representative for the Rotary Club and serves as a tennis instructor and maintenance assistant at the Weddington Swim and Racquet Club.

Manny Olloque had two hits and two RBI as the Lexington Legends defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-1 on Monday.

Lexington started the scoring with a big second inning, when it scored four runs, including a two-run triple by Olloque.

Following the big inning, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Ti'Quan Forbes hit an RBI single, scoring Anderson Tejeda.

The Legends later added two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh. In the fourth, Joe Dudek hit a two-run home run, while Olloque scored on a forceout in the seventh.

Lexington right-hander Travis Eckert (2-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on just four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Jonathan Hernandez (2-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing six runs and eight hits over six innings.

The Crawdads are 18-26 on the first half of the season. They play Lexington through Wednesday.

Appalachian State University volleyball’s 2017 freshmen recruiting class was named “Highest Honorable Mention” for the third consecutive season on Monday by

The website is leading up to announcing its top 30 collegiate recruiting classes of 2017 and gave Appalachian the “Highest Honorable Mention” honor along with 24 other programs. No other Sun Belt Conference program cracked the prestigious list, however, Arkansas State was slotted into the “High Honorable Mention” category with 46 other programs.

The website will later reveal its top 30 recruiting classes over the next few days.

“We worked extremely hard on this recruiting class and I think it will really pay off for us when they get in our gym,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Kara, Lexi, Emma, Jenna and Grace are exceptional additions to our roster and we can’t wait to start working with them in August.”

The Mountaineers’ 2017 recruiting class consists of Lexi Kohut (Grosse Pointe, Michigan/Grosse Pointe South), Grace Morrison (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), Jenna Pitzer (Creedmoor, N.C./South Granville), Emma Reilly (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) and Kara Spicer (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial).

The highly regarded freshmen class will join 2017 newcomer and UAB transfer Sydney Hinds (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage).

Appalachian State University baseball’s recent graduate Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) will receive one of the Sun Belt Conference’s Postgraduate Scholarships, the conference announced on Monday.

Chosen by the Sun Belt’s 12 Faculty Athletic Representatives, select student-athletes who have demonstrated fine academic achievement will receive a $3,000 scholarship to be used toward continuing his or her education.

“Sean is very deserving of this recognition,” head baseball coach Kermit Smith said. “He has dedicated a lot of time over his college career to being involved with the Sun Belt Conference while representing App State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is a very committed student and athlete and will be a great ambassador of Appalachian State.”

A four-year member of the Mountaineers pitching staff, Mason made 52 appearances and 12 starts on the mound. With two complete games and 104 innings pitched, the right-hander recorded 93 strikeouts and held opponents to a sub-.300 batting average for his career, including a career-low .263 in his senior year.

From his first season in the Black and Gold, Mason impressed on the mound. He was especially spectacular when the starter limited Clemson to two runs on four hits over eight innings before holding Wake Forest to one run on two hits while striking out a career-high eight over 6.1 innings two starts later. Then, Mason tossed a two-hit shutout gem against Virginia Tech. Over the next three years, the Austin, Texas native worked as a mainstay member of the bullpen, providing much-needed relief in key games.

Off the field and in the classroom, Mason continued to lead, being both a member of Appalachian State athletics’ academic honor roll and the Sun Belt Conference’s academic honor roll. As a senior, he was named the president of Appalachian State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was selected to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the 2017 NCAA Leadership Forum.

Mason graduated from Appalachian State in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a 3.46 GPA overall and a 3.91 GPA in his major. He plans to attend the University of Texas for a master’s degree in public affairs and will pursue a law degree.

Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez has been named the South Atlantic League's Pitcher of the Week for May 15th-21st, thanks to his dominant performance against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on May 15th.

Hernandez, 20, was nearly unhittable allowing just one hit and striking out six batters over seven shutout innings. Signed by the Rangers as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Hernandez leads all Crawdads starting pitchers in strikeouts (37), ERA (2.80) and innings pitched (35.1) to go along with a 37/11 K/BB ratio.

Hernandez joins teammate Yanio Perez as winners of SAL Weekly Awards in 2017, with Perez winning Player of the Week in week 3 of the season.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of transfer guard Joseph Battle (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville/Tulsa) to the program on Monday.

Battle, a 6-foot, three-inch guard was a heralded player coming out of the state of South Carolina as a 2015-16 Gatorade Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, as well as, Mr. Basketball for the state of South Carolina.

He appeared in 14 games for the Golden Hurricane last season, totaling 13 points and nine rebounds in 52 total minutes played. Battle made his debut off the bench against Wichita State on Nov. 16 and a season-high four points in five minutes off the bench in a win against UCF on Jan. 28.

As a senior at Abbeville High School, Battle averaged 31.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals, earning Class 2A Player of the Year honors and leading the Panthers to the Class 2A state championship. In that title game, Battle scored 32 points.

He averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior and shot better than 50.0 percent from the field in each of his last two seasons - finishing his career with a scoring average of 23.0 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest.

Battle set a school record by scoring more than 1,800 points and became the state’s leading scorer as a senior en route to Class 2A Region 2 Player of the Year.

While in high school, along with playing basketball, Battle was a prolific dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron. Battle led Abbeville to the 2015 Class 2A football state title, accounting for six total touchdowns in the title game en route to South Carolina High School Football Offensive Player of the Year.

“We are excited to add someone of Joseph’s caliber to our program. Even though he will sit out next season from competition, Joseph will make an immediate impact to our team with his competitive nature and desire to improve himself and others around him. His contagious attitude will be infectious for our team beginning this summer when he steps on campus."

Grant Massey hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 9-8 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.

The single by Massey scored Brandon Dulin and Zach Remillard and was the game's last scoring play.

The Crawdads took an 8-7 lead when Ti'Quan Forbes scored on a forceout in the fifth.

Danny Dopico (1-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Kaleb Fontenot (1-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Ben Wright retired the side in order for his first save of the season.

Based on leadership, sportsmanship, community service, citizenship, academic excellence and the core values at Appalachian State University, men’s tennis student-athlete Scott Webster was named to the Sun Belt Conference Leadership Team on Sunday, the league office announced.

The Australia native represents App State as one of 12 student-athletes from each Sun Belt member that was named to the leadership team, while the rising senior is the lone men’s tennis athlete to be recognized for the prestigious honor.

“Scott has certainly excelled on and off the court,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “He is a leader that has been heavily involved on campus and in the community throughout his time here. To be honored by the Sun Belt for this accolade is a great achievement, and we couldn’t be more proud of Scott.”

Over three years at App State, Webster is 45-12 in singles play and 37-19 in doubles competition while earning Sun Belt postseason recognition all three seasons including Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2015 and earning First-Team All-Sun Belt Honors in singles and doubles this past season.

When Webster isn’t leading the Apps to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011-12, he’s earning a 3.20 GPA while being named to the Dean’s List for his excellent work in the classroom. Webster helped App win the inaugural Mountaineer Cup, exemplifying on-court success, succeeding in the classroom and going above and beyond in the community.

On campus, Webster has taken on a leadership role where he is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President and is a part of the BB&T Emerging Leaders. Also, Webster has volunteered for numerous community events, including the Autism Speaks 4v4 Soccer Festival and at the local tennis club in Boone. He is an advisor and mentor for junior athletes as well.

“Scott has been a great leader not for only the men’s tennis program, but also for all of our student-athletes, the University, and the Boone community,” mentioned Brittney Whiteside, senior women’s administrator. “He embodies what being a Mountaineer is all about and is a great representative for App State on the Sun Belt Leadership Team. We couldn’t be more proud of Scott in what he has accomplished in his first three years on and off the court.”

Sun Belt Student Leadership Team

Scott Webster
Men’s Tennis
Appalachian State University

Alexis Philippe
Women’s Soccer
Arkansas State University

Nicholas Clark
Coastal Carolina University

Taylor Thompson
Women’s Golf
Georgia Southern University

Jad Elkhalil
Men’s Soccer
Georgia State University

Grant Horst
University of Louisiana Lafayette

Quin Wilkes
Women’s Soccer
University of Arkansas Little Rock

John Johnson

Kassi Hormuth
Women’s Soccer
Texas State University

Nicholas Coppola
Men’s Basketball
University of Louisiana Monroe

Kristian Foster
University of South Alabama

Rebekah VanDijk
Women’s Basketball
University of Texas Arlington

Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:02

Hickory Crawdads Shutout Kannapolis

Demarcus Evans struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 4-0 win on Saturday.

Evans (2-4) allowed four hits to get the win.

In the fifth inning, Hickory went up 1-0 on a single by Carlos Garay that scored Ti'Quan Forbes. The Crawdads scored again in the seventh when Franklin Rollin hit a two-run single and then scored on a single by Yeyson Yrizarri.

Jimmy Lambert (4-2) went seven innings, allowing four runs and nine hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one.

The Intimidators were held scoreless for the third time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their second shutout of the year.

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