A three run rally in the eighth inning wasn't enough for the Hickory Crawdads as they fell to the Lexington Legends 4-3 on Thursday night.

The Legends got on the board early, scoring a run in the first inning. They added two more runs off Crawdads starting pitcher Tyree Thompson. Thompson finished the afternoon with three earned runs allowed in 4.1 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Abdiel Mendoza came into the game in relief of Thompson. The Legends scored a run in the seventh to push the score to 4-0. Mendoza struck out 5, walked none and gave up just 2 hits in his 3.2 innings of work.

The 'Dads mounted a two-out rally in the eighth. Frainyer Chavez walked and Miguel Aparicio was hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Sherten Apostel. Apostel delivered an RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to the three. Melvin Novoa followed up with hit up the middle that the second baseman struggled to field, allowing Aparicio to score. Pedro Gonzalez hit a bloop single to shallow center, bringing Apostel around to score and make the score 4-3.

The four-game series against Lexington wraps up tomorrow night as the 'Dads throw it back to the British Invasion. The evening will feature music from the era and themed on-field contests
such as the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Contest where teams have to pass a hula hoop down a line without letting go of their partners hands and the "Twist and Shout" dance-off. Following the game, the 'Dads will shoot off fireworks thanks to Eyemart Express and WHKY 1290AM and 102.3FM.

For the second straight year, Elliott Graves advanced to the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Graves, who is a three-time Sun Belt champion in the event, posted a season-best time of 51.38 seconds. The top three finishers from each of the six heats, plus the next six fastest times advance to the quarterfinals. Graves placed fifth in his heat, but posted the fifth fastest time of the rest of the finishers to punch his ticket to the next round.

He will race again on Friday at 7:15 p.m. with a chance to advance the NCAA Championships in Austin, Tex. With 24 competitors remaining, Graves must finish in the top three of his heat or have one of the three remaining fastest times.

Tristian Shaver also represented App State in the pole vault. Shaver finished in a tie for 28th place with a mark of 16-3.75 (4.96m).

Shaver concludes his career as a two-time qualifier for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round. In addition, he earned All-Sun Belt honors during the 2018 Sun Belt Championships and ranks second in school history in the pole vault, with a mark of 17-1.50 (5.22m), set earlier this season at the Pepsi Florida Relays.

Day one of the 2019 Outdoor NCAA National Championships wrapped up Thursday and the first group of Bears performers have competed in their preliminary.

The 4x100-meter team consisting of All-American P.J. Lotharp as well as Kaynmon Maddox, Lucas Besong and Ja'Tay Culliver finished fifth in heat two and eleventh overall but failed to qualify with a time of 41.27.

This marks the first time under Head Coach Danny Williamson that the Bears took multiple athletes to the National Championship meet. The team holds the top time for the 4x100-meter relay in program history.

4A:
South Caldwell: 6
Mooresville: 3
The best of three series is tied 1-1. Game three is Friday night at Mooresville

Hickory: 14
Gastonia: 1

Rutherford County: 5
Caldwell County: 1

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Lexington Legends 8-3 on Wednesday night. With the Crawdads' extra-inning win last night, the series is now tied at one game each.

For the second day in a row, the 'Dads put up two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Ornelas started the inning off with a single. Miguel Aparicio followed up with a triple to give the 'Dads their first run. Aparicio was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Terry.

The Legends responded with four runs in the top of the second to pull ahead 4-2. 'Dads starting pitcher Cole Winn, who was a first round draft pick last season, finished his night after getting just four outs, all strikeouts. He allowed one hit and walked three and was charged with all four runs.

Another pair of runs by the Legends in the third inning put the 'Dads behind 6-2.

The Crawdads got a run back in the sixth inning but still trailed the Legends. Terry and Sherten Apostel singled to get things going. Both advanced on a wild pitch before Gonzalez delivered an RBI single.

Lexington added two more runs in the eighth to take an 8-3 lead.

On the bases Matt Whatley swiped his thirteenth base of the season and Gonzalez stole his fourth. Whatley's thirteen steals are tied for sixth most in the South Atlantic League.

The series continues Thursday at 7pm with Thirsty Thursday. Discounted Pepsi products and draft beer will be available thanks to Sheetz and Focus News. It is also Thanksgiving in May and the evening will feature food themed on-fields and other salutes to the holiday.

For the second consecutive season, the Indian Trail, N.C. native, P.J. Lotharp will compete in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Kingsville, Texas at Javelina Stadium, but this year in the 200-meter dash. He will also lead the men's 4x100 meter team in search of a medal and an All-American finish.

The three-day event will see Lotharp participate in the prelims of his event on Friday, scheduled for a 5:50 p.m. race time and the finals set for Saturday, May 25 at 7:55 p.m.

The 4x100-meter team is comprised of Lotharp, Kaynmon Maddox, Ja'Tay Culliver, and Lucas Besong. Their preliminary race will take place on Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. while the final is set for Saturday at 5:20 p.m.

Lotharp was the only Bear to compete in last year's championship, earning All-American status in the 60-meter dash.

Junior midfielder Eric Dickinson has been named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-American. Dickinson scored a team-high 45 goals for the Bears and tied for the team lead with 64 points.

Dickinson was also named to the First Team All-South Atlantic Conference and is just seven goals shy of breaking the program's all-time goal scoring mark. Dickinson sits with 135 career goals after his junior season and has topped 40 goals in each of his first three years. Dickinson owns 187 career points which ranks third in program history, just 23 points shy of breaking that mark.

There are currently 316 colleges and universities classified as NCAA Division II and Lenoir-Rhyne ranks 18th among all those programs in community service as announced by the NCAA. Lenoir-Rhyne is the only South Atlantic Conference institution ranked inside the top 20.

As an athletic department, Lenoir-Rhyne completed 6,029 community service hours for the 2018-19 academic year and had 100% participation over the 22 sports at LR. The student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne had 289 total opportunities, touching 82 different organizations in the Hickory community. This marks the second straight year LR volunteered over 6,000 hours.

The Softball Team led all teams with 14 average volunteer hours per student-athlete, trailed by Men's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis and Cheerleading with 13 average hours per student-athlete. The Football Team led in total hours, volunteering for 960 hours over the course of the year.

 

NCAA TOP 25 COMMUNITY SERVICE
1. Arkansas Tech
2. Georgian Court University
3. Georgia Southwestern
4. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
5. Converse
6. Daemen
7. Emporia State
8. Texas Women's
9. Davis & Elkins
10. St. Cloud State
11. Wayne State
12. New York Institute of Technology
13. St. Thomas Aquinas
14. Molloy
15. Clayton State
16. Regis
17. Fresno Pacific
18. Lenoir-Rhyne
19. Mercy
20. Northern State
21. Midwestern State
22. Dominican University of California
23. Califorina State University, Monterey Bay
24. Coker
25. Roberts Wesleyan

A strong relief effort from Kaleb Bowman kept Louisiana at bay, giving Appalachian State baseball time to tie the game with a fifth-inning rally, but a two-run, non-reviewable double ruled inside the bag at first gave Louisiana the lead for good in the sixth inning of its 6-2 victory Tuesday night in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Conway, SC.

Making their first postseason appearance since joining the Sun Belt, the ninth-seeded Mountaineers ended the year with a 22-31 overall record and a program-best 13 wins against Sun Belt competition. Eighth-seeded Louisiana (28-29) advanced to the eight-team, double-elimination portion of the tournament and will face No. 2 seed Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Louisiana led 2-0 with one earned run after two innings even though it didn't record a hit until the fourth. Replacing starter Jason Cornatzer with two on and nobody out in the second inning, Bowman officially pitched four straight scoreless innings and struck out four batters heading into the sixth.

App State tied the game with a two-run fifth, as Robbie Young and Luke Allison led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Young advanced to third on Tyler Leek's flyball to right, and Allison moved up when the throw got away from the third baseman.

A pop-out to second preceded a passed ball that allowed Young to race home, and Luke Drumheller delivered an RBI single shortly thereafter.

Bowman tied his career high of 4.2 innings pitched. A flyout started the bottom of the sixth, and the next two batters reached on a single and walk. Both runners moved up on a dribbler to Bowman, who got the out at first, and App State intentionally walked top-of-the-order standout Hayden Cantrelle to load the bases. Hunter Kasuls pulled a ball past first to bring home two runs, and the play wasn't reviewable because the ball touched the ground before reaching the bag in the air.

Andrew Papp took over on the mound and struck out the next batter before retiring the side in order in the seventh. Louisiana added a pair of two-out runs in the eighth on an RBI double and outfield error.

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