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One night after the Hickory Crawdads and Delmarva Shorebirds matched up in a slugfest featuring 23 runs on 29 hits, the 'Dads and 'Birds faced off in a pitcher's duel Monday night with Hickory utilizing a solo home run by Nomar Mazara in the 8th for a 3-2 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The go-ahead blast by Mazara was his fourth homer in the last five games and gave him 19 total long balls on the year, just one behind teammate Travis Demeritte for the South Atlantic League lead. Mazara has been on a tear over the last two months, with the 19-year-old posting a slash line of .304/.404/.588 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 14 homers and 51 RBI in 51 games played since June 1st.

For the seventh consecutive game the 'Dads initially fell behind, as the Shorebirds scored two runs on three hits in the 2nd inning for a 2-0 score. The first four 'Birds of the frame reached safely against Hickory starting pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez, with right fielder Conor Bierfeldt driving in the first run on a RBI double before DH Chance Sisco came in to score on a wild pitch.

The score would remain the same all the way until the bottom of the 6th, when Kellin Deglan roped a RBI double off of Delmarva starter Steven Brault to cut the deficit to 2-1. The 'Dads plated another single run in the 7th, this time with Travis Demeritte leading off the frame with a double before scoring two batters later on a RBI single by Marte off of Shorebirds reliever Dylan Rheault to tie the game at 2-2.

That set the stage for Mazara, who crushed a 1-0 pitch off the scoreboard in right-center field in the 8th to give Hickory their first lead of the night at 3-2. Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina shut the door from there, tossing a perfect 9th to complete the win and record his third save of the season.

'Dads pitcher Cole Wiper (7-8) earned the win in his first relief outing of the year, as the right-hander tossed two shutout innings on two hits and a strikeout. Rheault (8-3) took the loss for the 'Birds with two runs allowed on three hits and two strikeouts over his 2.1 frames on the mound.

Two other 'Dads joined Mazara with a multi-hit game, with Deglan finishing 2-4 with a double and a RBI while Demeritte went 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The Crawdads (22-16) have now won six of their last seven games and remain perfect against the Shorebirds (17-21) this season with a 6-0 record. The 'Dads will go for the four game sweep over the 'Birds in the final game of the home stand Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads and Delmarva Shorebirds both brought their big bats to the ballpark on Sunday for a slugfest contest, with the 'Dads offense utilizing 12 hits and four home runs to power the club to a 13-10 win over the 'Birds at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The two teams combined to score 23 runs on 29 total hits, including nine combined long balls. 17 of the 18 batters to play in the game recorded at least one hit, while 12 players scored at least one run. Catcher Joe Jackson led the Hickory attack with a 4-5 game including a triple, double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Delmarva third baseman Drew Dosch paced the Shorebirds offense, going 4-5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Four separate players went deep to give the Crawdads their four homers on the night, including Evan Van Hoosier (2-5, HR, RBI, 3 R), Nomar Mazara (1-3, HR, 3 R, 2 BB), Zach Cone (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, HBP), and Travis Demeritte (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP). Demeritte's big fly pushed his South Atlantic League leading total to 20 for the year, while Mazara kept pace in 2nd place with his 18th dinger for the season.

The offense started right from the beginning, as the 'Birds got a home run from Dosch in the top of the 1st before Jackson came through with a bases loaded, 2-RBI single in the bottom of the opening frame for an early 2-1 Hickory lead. Delmarva came right back against Crawdads starting pitcher David Ledbetter, scoring three runs in the 2nd and two more tallies in the top of the 3rd to jump ahead 6-2. The 'Dads responded with their biggest outburst of the night in the home half of the 3rd, scoring six runs on four hits, including Cone's 3-run long ball, to re-take the advantage at 8-6.

Keeping up with the back-and-forth blows, the Shorebirds once again tied the game with two runs in the top of the 4th only to have the Crawdads jump right back on top with Demeritte's 2-run blast in the bottom of the 4th for a 10-8 score. The 'Birds narrowed the deficit to 10-9 in the following inning, when Conor Bierfeldt lined a solo shot to left off of Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska.

The 'Dads finally gained some breathing room with a 3-run 6th inning for a 13-9 lead. Van Hoosier and Mazara led off the frame with back-to-back solo shots, before Jackson came through again with a RBI double to score Cone. Delmarva made one last rally attempt in the 8th with a single run off of Crawdads left-hander Ryne Slack, but the All-Star southpaw would shut the door from there with a perfect 9th inning for a 13-10 Hickory victory.

Kaminska (2-0) earned the win for the 'Dads after giving up three runs on five hits, no walks, and a strikeout during his three innings of relief. 'Birds bullpen arm Dariel Delgado (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits over 2.1 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (21-16) have now won the first two games of their series against the Shorebirds (17-20) and five of their last six contests overall. The 'Dads will look to ensure a series win in game three of the four-game matchup Monday night at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, 27 July 2014 21:28

Crawdads Edge out Delmarva

The Hickory Crawdads combined a 10-hit night at the plate with stellar pitching out of the bullpen to come away with a 5-3 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday night in front of 2,913 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The 'Dads have now won four of their last five games and improve their prefect record against the 'Birds to 4-0 on the year. Four different Hickory hitters finished the night with a multi-hit game, including Michael De Leon (2-4, RBI, R, BB), Evan Van Hoosier (2-4, 2B, RBI), Kellin Deglan (2-4, RBI), and Travis Demeritte (2-4, 2B, 2 R). That provided enough offensive support for the Crawdads relief tandem of Anyelo Leclerc and Jose Valdespina, who combined to throw four shutout innings.

For the fifth straight game the 'Dads fell behind initially, as Delmarva used two hits and two Hickory errors to score a run off of Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith and take a 1-0 lead. The Shorebirds advantage grew to 3-0 in the top of the 3rd, when Smith gave up a 2-out, 2-RBI single to 'Birds DH Connor Bierfeldt.

The 'Dads bats responded in the bottom of the frame however, as the club sent eight men to the plate while scoring three runs on four hits and a walk to tie the game at 3-3. Demeritte and Janluis Castro kick started the inning with back-to-back doubles to plate the first tally, before Castro eventually came in to score the second run on a wild pitch. Nomar Mazara came home for the game-tying run after drawing a two-out walk and scoring on consecutive singles from Jairo Beras and Deglan.

Smith settled into the game after his early troubles and finished the night with scoreless frames in the 4th and 5th. That gave the Crawdads offense enough time to rally in the 6th, plating two runs on three hits to take a 5-3 lead. Once again it was Demeritte who ignited the rally with a one-out single, followed two batters later by a RBI base knock from De Leon and a RBI double by Van Hoosier.

That was more than enough cushion for Leclerc and Valdespina, who held the Shorebirds at bay over the final four innings for the 'Dads 5-3 win. Leclerc (2-2) earned the win for Hickory with three scoreless frames on three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts, while Valdespina (2) picked up the save after a scoreless 9th. Delmarva starter Mitch Horacek (5-9) took the loss after allowing all five 'Dads runs on eight hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (20-16) will take on the Shorebirds (17-19) again on Sunday in game two of the four game series, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 21:40

Crawdads Fall to West Virginia

The Hickory Crawdads entered Friday night's game with a perfect 9-0 record against the West Virginia Power in 2014, but in the 10th and final matchup of the year the 'Dads lost out on the season sweep as they fell to the Power 6-1 in front of 3,703 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads were only out-hit 7-6 despite losing by five, with Michael De Leon (2-3, BB), Nomar Mazara (2-4, HR), Jairo Beras (0-2, BB, HBP) and Janluis Castro (1-2, 2 BB) all reaching base safely at least twice. The difference in the game came down to men left on base, as the 'Dads stranded seven total base runners (four in scoring position) while the Power ended the night with only two runners left stranded.

For the third time in the series it was West Virginia who jumped out to the initial lead, as the Power parlayed a pair of two out walks, a balk, and a 2-RBI single off of Hickory starting pitcher Frank Lopez into a 2-0 lead in the 1st. The Crawdads turned to Akeem Bostick out of the bullpen in the 3rd but the normal starting pitcher was touched up by the Power as well, with West Virginia scoring a run on a RBI sacrifice fly in the 3rd and another tally on a solo home run by Edwin Espinal in the 4th to take a 4-0 advantage.

West Virginia stretched their lead to its largest margin at 6-0 with two more runs against Bostick in the top of the 6th, before the Crawdads picked up their only run of the night in the bottom of the frame on a solo homer to right-center field by Nomar Mazara for the final 6-1 score. The long ball was the 17th of the season for the 19-year-old, moving him into second place in the South Atlantic League behind only teammate Travis Demeritte (19).

Power starting pitcher Devydas Neverauskas (5-9) earned the win with one of his best outings of the season, as the Lithuanian right-hander held the 'Dads to one run on four hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Lopez (3-3) took the loss for Hickory after allowing two runs on one hit, two walks, and three strikeouts in his first game pitched for the 'Dads since May 16th.

Despite the loss, the Crawdads (19-16) still won the series over the Power (16-19) 2-1. The 'Dads will now host the Delmarva Shorebirds for a four-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium, with first pitch Saturday night scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Friday, 25 July 2014 08:11

Hickory Crawdads Defeat West Virginia

For the second straight night the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff delivered a standout performance, this time with the bullpen emerging as the star with relievers Scott Williams, Felix Carvallo, and Ryne Slack combining for six shutout frames to lead the 'Dads to a 4-1 win over the West Virginia Power at L.P. Frans Stadium.

One night after holding the Power to two runs on four hits, the 'Dads allowed nine hits but only one run as West Virginia stranded 10 men on base. The Crawdads offense meanwhile stranded only four base runners, as they collected five of their six total hits in their two run-scoring innings. The win is the third straight for Hickory, and improves the 'Dads season record against the Power to 9-0.

West Virginia took the initial lead for the second consecutive game, as the Power plated a run on a RBI sacrifice fly from Reese McGuire in the 3rd for a 1-0 advantage. The score held until the bottom of the 5th, when the Crawdads scored two runs on three hits to take a 2-1 lead. Luis Marte and Michael De Leon drove in the two tallies in the frame on back-to-back 2-out, RBI singles.

The Hickory bullpen maintained the lead until the 8th, when Nomar Mazara crushed a 2-run home run to right to give the Crawdads their final 4-1 lead. The homer was the 16th of the season for Mazara, tying him with West Virginia shortstop JaCoby Jones for second in the South Atlantic League. De Leon also led the 'Dads bats with a 3-4 night including a RBI and run scored.

Williams (1-0) earned his first professional win with two, shutout innings pitched on two hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Slack (4) picked up the save with 1.2 scoreless innings to end the game. Power starting pitcher Buddy Borden (5-7) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts during his five innings on the mound.

The Crawdads (19-15) will go for the series sweep over the Power (15-19) in the third and final game of the series Friday night at 7:00 pm.

The Texas Rangers announced today that Hickory Crawdads RHP Jose Monegro has been promoted to the AA Frisco RoughRiders, becoming the eighth 'Dad this season to move up in the Rangers organization.

With two open roster spots following Monegro's departure, the Crawdads added both OF Zach Cone and LHP Frank Lopez to the active roster. Cone, 24, re-joins the 'Dads after playing in Hickory in 2012, where he hit .262 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs in 112 games. A first round pick by the Rangers in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Georgia, Cone began 2014 with 43 games played in Myrtle Beach before playing his last 36 contests with the short-season Spokane Indians. Cone is batting an accumulative .204 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 79 total games this year.

Lopez, 20, comes back to Hickory after allowing one run and striking out seven over six innings pitched in four rehab appearances with the AZL Rangers. The 6'1" southpaw posted a 2.09 ERA, a .241 average against, and 42 strikeouts over 38.2 innings pitched with the Crawdads earlier this year. Lopez was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week on May 12th, shortly before going on the disabled list on May 22nd.

Monegro, 24, leaves Hickory to re-join the RoughRiders, marking the fifth time this season the right-hander has changed teams. The Dominican Republic native had a 6.11 ERA with the 'Dads, while posting a 22/2 K/BB ratio over 17.2 innings pitched. Monegro has already pitched for all four of the Rangers full-season affiliates this year, including a brief stint in Frisco that included one scoreless outing with 1.1 innings pitched. 2014 marked the fourth year that Monegro has spent time in Hickory.

Monegro joins fellow 2014 Crawdads Josh McElwee, Cody Kendall, Kevin Pucetas, Lewis Brinson, Nick Vickerson, Abel De Los Santos, and Kevin Torres as players who have moved up in the Rangers organization this season.

East-West All Star Football Game
West: 10
East: 10
Game ended in a tie. Two players from the Hickory Metro, running back Tanner Starnes from Alexander Central and offensive lineman Jonathan Minton from Hibriten were starters. Starnes did not have a carry in the game.

In a game dominated by pitching it was a pair of late home runs that provided the drama Wednesday night, as the Hickory Crawdads shook off a game-tying homer in the top of the 8th with a go-ahead dinger by Kellin Deglan in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 win over the West Virginia Power at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The 'Dads entered the 8th carrying a 2-1 lead they had established in the 4th, but Power third baseman Erich Weiss led off the frame with an opposite field, game-tying solo homer to left to deadlock the score at 2-2. Undeterred, Crawdads catcher Kellin Deglan came through with a go-ahead, solo blast to right to push Hickory back ahead 3-2. With the win, Hickory maintains its perfect record against West Virginia this season, which now stands at 8-0.

Offense was at a premium for most of the night, with the Power's lone tally prior to the 8th coming in the 2nd on a single from Reese McGuire, a throwing error by 'Dads pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez, and a sacrifice fly from Kawika Emsley-Pai for an unearned run and a 1-0 lead.

The Crawdads responded with a pair of runs on four hits in the 4th to take a 2-1 advantage. Deglan, Jairo Beras, and Joe Jackson all led off the frame with singles to load the bases, before Travis Demeritte drew a RBI walk for the first tally. Ronald Guzman followed next with a RBI single to right that plated Beras for a 2-1 lead, but also saw Jackson thrown out at home trying to score.

The pitching took over again from there, keeping the score at 2-1 until the 8th inning homers. Deglan finished the game 2-4 with his game-winning big fly, while Demeriite went 1-2 with a pair of walks and a RBI.

No Power player reached base safely more than once on the night, as Rodriguez, Patrick Kaminska, and Jose Valdespina held West Virginia to just two runs, one earned, on four hits. Rodriguez finished with a no-decision after allowing only an unearned run on two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Kaminska (1-0) earned his first win of the year with one run allowed on one hit, no walks, and 3 Ks over three innings on the mound, while Valdepsina picked up his first save with a scoreless 9th. Power reliever Brett McKinney (2-3) took the loss after giving up Deglan's game-winning blast in the 8th.

The Crawdads (18-15) will battle the Power (15-18) again on Thursday in game two of the three game series at 7:00 pm.

Appalachian State University women’s golf will play in five tournaments this fall, head coach Heather Brown announced on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers begin fall play at the William and Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. from Sept. 14-16 before returning back to North Carolina to participate in the Proehlific Fall Classic in Greensboro on Sept. 19-20.

A trip to Greenville, N.C. and the Lady Pirate Invitational at East Carolina takes place from Oct. 13-14. Appalachian played in the same event last season, with Haley Zagoria finishing as the Mountaineers’ top player.

App State head to the Terrier Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. from Oct. 20-21. Last fall, Zagoria finished seventh in the annual event hosted by Wofford College.

The fall season comes to a close with a trip to the Winthrop Invitational from Nov. 1-2. Appalachian will appear in the event for the fourth-straight season. The Mountaineers picked up a tournament win at the 2012 version of the event, sweeping the top three spots.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 22:47

East-West All Star Soccer Game Results

East-West All Star Girls Soccer Game:
West: 4
East: 1
Hickory's Jessie Herfurth and St. Stephens Alexandra Roarke played in the contest. Freedom's Quay Mills was the West goalie and had six saves.

East-West All Star Boys Soccer Game:
East: 5
West: 2
Freedom's Christian Patton played for the West in this contest and was credited with an assist on the second West goal of the night on a flipped throw-in.

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