Gaston Braves: 7
Rutherford County: 3
Burke County: 1
The Hickory Crawdads pitching staff flirted with a no hitter on Thursday night in a 2-1 walkoff win over Kannapolis. The Crawdads were seven outs away from completing a no-hitter before the Intimidators singled to right.
The victory gave the Crawdads a series victory over the first-place Intimidators. The 'Dads took the first game of the series 11-10 on a walkoff double by Sam Huff but lost yesterday afternoon.
Center fielder Pedro Gonzalez got the 'Dads off to an early led with a homerun to left to lead off the bottom of the first.
Crawdads starting pitcher AJ Alexy, completed six innings without yielding a hit and struck out seven.
The Intimidators tied the game up in the eighth with a run off righty Jean Casanova. Casanova went three innings, only giving up the one run.
The game stayed tied into the tenth inning. Kole Enright bunted Huff to third. Huff started the inning on second, a new rule this season across minor league baseball. Tyler Ratliff singled down the left field line and brought Huff in to score the winning run. The walkoff hit is Ratliff's second of the season and the 'Dads sixth.
The homestand will continue tomorrow night with Disney Night and a doubleheader against the West Virginia Power. The first game will begin at 5pm and the second will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games will be 7 innings. The Enchanted Elegance Princesses will be at the Frans for a Meet and Greet starting at 5:30. Fans who would like to meet the princesses and enjoy cookies and lemonade with them can reserve a spot for $5. Limited space is available so call (828) 322-3000 to reserve your space. Fans who dress up as their favorite Disney character will receive a free ticket to the game.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears had two graduates selected for the MLL Player Pool and both were signed on Wednesday, as reported by Major League Lacrosse. Collin Lett, a Greensboro, N.C. native, signed with the nearby Charlotte Hounds while former teammate and fellow LR graduate Ben Corrigan, from Alpharetta, GA, signed on the dotted line with the Atlanta Blaze.
Lett was the 2018 SAC Player of the Year after racking up 13 career goals, 12 assists, 25 points, including one game-winner and 192 groundballs after a decorated career as a LSM at Lenoir-Rhyne. Lett earned All-American honors each of the past two seasons and led the Bears to their first-ever Final Four appearance in the program’s eight-year history.
“I am really looking forward to this next step in my lacrosse career,” Lett said. “I can’t thank my coaches, teammates, and the LR community enough for helping me get this far.”
Corrigan will be returning to his home state in order to continue his lacrosse career. He led the Bears in assists with 36 and finished second on the team in goals scored (45) and total points (81) this season. Corrigan, a three-time all-SAC honoree (2016-18), was especially impressive in this year’s two playoff games as he totaled six goals and eight assists.
“Growing up right outside of Atlanta, it’s pretty surreal to have this opportunity with the hometown team. I’m extremely excited to get started and am honored to represent LR in the process.”
The Head Coach of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team, Greg Paradine, went on to say, “I am extremely proud of both Collin and Ben being signed into the MLL. The Hounds and the Blaze are getting two of the best that have ever put on an LR uniform. I know they will give everything they have to be successful at the next level.”
Appalachian State’s Sept. 8 football road game at Charlotte has been set for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+, it was announced by the Conference USA office Thursday.
It will be the first matchup on the gridiron between the Mountaineers and 49ers, who began playing football in 2013. It will also mark App State’s shortest 2018 road trip, as the two campuses are separated by only 107 miles.
Kickoff times have now been set for each of App’s first three games of the 2018 season. The Sept. 1 season opener at Penn State will kick off at 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network), and the Sept. 15 home opener versus Southern Miss will start at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+).
Launched this spring, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service that offers thousands of additional live events and costs just $4.99 a month.
Under the direction of head coach Scott Satterfield, App State has won a share of the Sun Belt Conference Championship each of the last two seasons and are the first program in FBS history to win a bowl game in each of the first three years eligible after making the jump from the FCS ranks.
Belmont: 2, game one
Belmont: 2, game two
Four area athletes with ties to the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program were selected during the third and final day of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Prior to Wednesday, only once had a Red Hawk baseball player been drafted — All-American outfielder Bryson Bowman, who went on to play at Western Carolina University, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
“Wednesday was just a great day for our program,” said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “I’m proud of these young men, but also happy for the guys who laid the foundation for this day. Even though others may not have heard their name called, they allowed these guys to have that opportunity. I’m so happy for (former CVCC head baseball) coach (Frank) Pait and (CVCC President) Dr. (Garrett) Hinshaw as their vision is starting to become a reality.”
Left-handed pitcher Julian Smith became the first Red Hawk baseball player to be drafted directly from CVCC. The N.C. State signee was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round with the 464th overall selection.
Surrounded by friends and family, Smith found out about his selection at 1:06 p.m. at his home in Concord, N.C.
“It’s just a great feeling,” Smith said of being drafted. “This is something I’ve dreamt about since I was a little kid. All of the hard work that I’ve put into this is finally showing and the results are bearing their fruits.”
The 6-foot-4, 192-pound left-handed pitcher rewrote the Catawba Valley record books during his final season in a Red Hawk uniform. He set the CVCC single-season and career records for strikeouts (130 and 181, respectively).
Smith also tied Cole Whitney’s single-season record for wins on the mound (eight), and he led all CVCC pitchers this spring in innings pitched (79.0) and ERA (2.51).
During the season, Smith was also named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Pitcher of the Week, and at season’s end, he was tabbed the first-ever Region X Pitcher of the Year.
“I’m just so very proud of Julian and what he’s accomplished with the guidance of (CVCC pitching) coach (Kris) Harvey,” said Red Hawks head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “He’s had to battle, but always had a goal and now the next chapter begins. It’s a great day for him and our program.”
CVCC signee Zach Hammer — an Alexander Central product — heard his name called next in the 21st round with the 620th pick by the New York Mets.
The 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher was 5-2 on the mound for the Cougars this past spring. He allowed 19 hits, 18 runs (16 earned), 27 walks and struck out 67 batters in 40.2 innings pitched.
Former Catawba Valley baseball standout Bryce Hensley, who recently finished his collegiate career at UNC Greensboro, was selected shortly after Hammer with the 662nd pick in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals.
“As cliche as it sounds, it’s surreal,” Hensley said of being drafted. “I sat through this process last year, but to see your name pop up on that board — it’s just an unbelievable feeling just to know that I have a chance to chase my dreams. It’s the best feeling i could ever ask for.”
Hensley finished his four-year career with the Spartans with an 18-13 record in 50 appearances. He allowed 268 hits, 157 runs (131 earned), 80 walks and struck out 206 batters in 237.2 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher, who was a part of CVCC’s last NJCAA DII World Series run in 2015, ranks sixth all-time in games started in a career at UNCG and is tied for the sixth most wins in a career.
Rozzelle said Hensley being drafted is special to him.
“I had just started my real journey as a collegiate coach when I became the recruiting coordinator here at CVCC in 2014, and (Hensley) was really one of the first guys I locked in on,” Rozzelle said. “He was this big, goofy-looking lefty lobbing baseballs up there at 80 (miles per hour), but I just fell in love with him. I believed in him, and he believed in me. He turned down a few DI schools to come to Catawba Valley, and he was a huge part of the 2015 World Series team. For him, I will forever be grateful and will be his biggest fan wherever he goes.”
Current Red Hawks shortstop Garrison Burress rounded out the 2018 MLB Draft picks for Catawba Valley. He was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 1,209th pick in the 40th and final round.
“Man, it’s unreal,” Burress said of being drafted. “I would’ve never expected this — not only after my two years at CVCC, but also after two more at a four-year university. I graduated high school just ready for CVCC and never once did getting drafted come across my mind. It’s really a dream come true.”
A Granite Falls, N.C. native, Burress exploded on to the scene as a freshman this past season for CVCC, finishing first in triples (3), second in RBIs (45), extra-base hits (25) and doubles (15), third in hits (64) and stolen bases (13) and fourth in runs scored (50) and home runs (7).
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound shorstop’s .346 batting average and .573 slugging percentage were also among the team leaders.
“I’m so proud of Garrison,” Rozzelle said. “Some would say he was overlooked in high school, but he has a definite set of skills that will play at the pro level. Watching him be the starting shortstop and hit in the three-hole all year for a team that won 42 games hopefully will give him the confidence he deserves going forward. He will get bigger and stronger, and I am excited to watch him progress through his career.”
Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball had two players taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Dean was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round, 502nd overall, and Landon Whitson was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in round 25 with the 759th overall selection.
Dean had a very accomplished career in the cardinal and black, improving at the plate each year and ending his career with a .367 batting average, 202 hits, 34 doubles, 12 triples, 11 homers, 88 runs driven in, and a .532 slugging percentage in 141 games played. Dean also reached base an impressive 46.7 percent of the time he stepped to the plate. His defense was nothing to shrug at either, as he only committed 15 errors through three seasons on the diamond.
"JD getting drafted is proof that good things happen as a result of relentless work," said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball Coach Tom Fleenor. "He only had one opportunity to play at the college level and he more than made the most of it.”
Whitson’s career also proved to be a fruitful one for the Bears. The First Team All-SAC and Academic All-District selection was dominant on the mound, accumulating 50 appearances, 98.2 innings pitched, 12 starts, a 4.65 ERA, nine victories, and nine saves.
"Landon is a true testament to our process here at LR," said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball Coach Tom Fleenor. "He was an 82-84 mph pitcher in High School that transformed into 90-96 mph pitcher in college, but more importantly, he is a 1st round human being.”
With the selections of Dean and Whitson, the Bears baseball program now touts six draft picks in the past four years, and this marks the third time in program history that multiple players have been chosen in the same year (2018, 2017 and 1991). This also marks the second year a Bear has been drafted by the Braves’ organization.
The list of all-time Bears MLB draft picks is as follows: Thomas St. Clair (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Curtis (Atlanta Braves) in 2017, Matthew De La Rosa (Baltimore Orioles) in 2016, Ivan Vieitez (Los Angeles Dodgers) in 2015, Steve Davis and Michael Tidwell (Chicago Cubs) in 1991 and Lenoir-Rhyne Hall-Of-Famer Craig Corbett (Montreal Expos) in 1981.
The Appalachian State women's cross country and track & field program has announced the addition of 16 athletes to the program for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
The Black and Gold welcome Daryn Armstrong, Baylee Bilyeu, Hassani Burris, Kathleen Burroughs, Kayla Carson, Izzy Evely, Katherine Fearn, Kylee Frady, Lia Greengrass, Caroline Grier, Bridget Kunkel, Araybian Lilly, Jenna Lineberry, Madison McCoy, Jorja Medders and Jelonnie Smith.
Daryn Armstrong | Cary, N.C. | Panther Creek High School
Armstrong will compete for the Mountaineers primarily in the triple jump. She qualified for the NCHSAA 4A State Championship in 2017 and 2018, finishing ninth and fourth, respectively. This season, Armstrong posted a PR mark of 39-4.00 at the NCHSAA 4A Mideast Regional, which was second and qualified her for the state meet. She will also play volleyball at Appalachian State.
High School PR's
Outdoor: Triple Jump – 39-4.00
Baylee Bilyeu | Salem, Mo. | Salem High School
Bilyeau will compete in field events for the Black and Gold, focusing on discus and shot put. She won her first five meets of the 2018 season in the discus and finished third at the MSHSAA State Track & Field Championships in Class 3, 4 and 5 with a PR toss of 129-3.00. She also finished second at the state meet in the discus last season with a mark of 128-2. In the shot put, Bilyeu posted back-to-back fourth place finishes at the state championship meet, with tosses of 40-6.25 in 2017 and 40-6.00 in 2018.
High School PR's
Outdoor: Discus – 129-3.00…Shotput – 41-2.50
Hassani Burris | Gastonia, N.C. | Ashbrook High School
Burris will look to make an impact for the Mountaineers in the jumps department. She was a three-time qualifier for the NCHSSA 3A Indoor State Championships, capturing the triple jump title in 2018 with a PR leap of 38-2.75. Burris also qualified for the NCHSAA 3A State Indoor Championships three times in the long jump, finishing second in 2017 with a mark of 17-5.50. In outdoor jumping events, Burris participated in the NCHSAA 3A State Championship in the long jump in 2017, finishing seventh with a mark of 16-4.75, and in the triple jump in 2017, finishing 13th.
High School PR's
Indoor: Long Jump – 17-10.00…Triple Jump – 38-2.75
Outdoor: Long Jump – 18-2.50…Triple Jump – 39-4.00
Kathleen Burroughs | Oxford, N.C. | Granville Central High School
Burroughs enjoyed a standout cross country career at Granville Central High School, qualifying for the NCHSAA State Championship meet in all four years. She posted a sixth-place finish at the 2017 state championship meet, crossing in 20:24.27. Burroughs also placed 11th at the meet in 2017 and 10th in 2016. Burroughs won the Northern Carolina Conference Meet in 2017 in a PR time of 19:10.00 and won the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference individual title in 2016 in 19:41.00.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 5k – 19:10.00
Kayla Carson | Chapel Hill, N.C. | East Chapel Hill
Carson will compete in the high jump for App State. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native qualified for the NCHSAA 3A Indoor State Championship Meet for three straight seasons, capturing the title in 2018 with a mark of 5-4.00. She placed second in the high jump in 2016 with a mark of 5-4.00 and was third in 2017 with a mark of 5-4.00. Carson was also a two-time outdoor state qualifier in the high jump, finishing third in 2018, clearing 5-2.00, and finishing eighth in 2017, also clearing 5-2.00.
High School PR's
Indoor: High Jump – 5-5.00
Outdoor: High Jump – 5-4.00
Izzy Evely | Cornelius, N.C. | Lake Norman Charter School
Evely will compete in both cross country and distance events for the Black and Gold. In the 2017 cross country season, she captured the South Fork Conference title in 18:18.18 and led her Lake Norman Charter School to the team state title with a second-place finish in the 5k race in a PR time of 18:07.57. Evely also had had success in the outdoor track season. She is a two-time outdoor state qualifier in the 800-meter run in 2016 and 2017, registering a third-place finish in 2016 in 2:17.98. She participated in the NCHSAA 2A Outdoor State Championship in 2018, placing second in both the 1,600-meter run (5:12.04) and 3,200-meter run (11:14.78).
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3200m – 10:54.60…5k – 18:07.57
Outdoor: 800m – 2:17.98…1600m – 4:59.50…3200m – 10:57.22
Katherine Fearn | Raleigh, N.C. | Leesville Road High School
Fearn will run in cross country for the Mountaineers. In 2017, she placed 90th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Race, crossing in a new PR time of 21:31.90. She recorded two top-20 finishes at the CAP 7 Conference Championship, finishing 18th in 22:52.75 in 2015 and sixth in 23:08.00 in 2016.
High School PR's
Cross Country: - 3k – 13:07.73…5k – 21:31.90
Kylee Frady | Mooresville, N.C. | Lake Norman High School
Frady placed in the top-10 in three 5k cross country races in 2016, including a ninth-place finish at the Wendy's Invitational in a PR time of 19:45.51. In the 2016 outdoor track season, she captured the North Piedmont Conference title in the 800-meter run in 2:22.25 and went on to finish 11th at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship in the event with a time of 2:20.48. She will join the program as a transfer from East Carolina.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 2-Mile – 12:41.18…5k – 19:45.51
Indoor: 800m – 2:29.90…1000m – 3:13.66
Outdoor: 800m – 2:16.72…1600m – 5:43.00
Lia Greengrass | Cary, N.C. | Panther Creek High School
The Cary, N.C. native will run in cross country events for the Mountaineers. She is a two-time NCHSAA state qualifier in cross country, posting her best finish of 59th in 2016. Greengrass ran her 5k PR time at the NCHSAA 4A Mideast Regional in 2016, crossing 17th overall with a time of 19:53.23.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3k – 12:07.43…5k – 19:53.23
Caroline Grier | Charlotte, N.C. | Myers Park High School
Grier recorded a solid senior cross country season at Myers Park High School. She competed at the NCHSAA State Championship Meet, finishing 104th in a 5k PR time of 21:00.10. She also finished 10th at the Southwestern Conference Championship this past season in 21:41.30 and in 2015 in 24:24.93.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3-Mile – 20:06.55…5k – 21:00.10
Bridget Kunkel | Lemont, Ill. | Lemont High School
Kunkel will join the Mountaineers as a transfer from Indiana. In high school, she participated in the IHSA Cross Country State Championship for three straight seasons from 2014-16. At the 2014 state meet, Kunkel was 56th with a time of 18:34.00, while she notched an 83rd place finish in 2016 in 18:57.00. Her top performance came at the 2015 IHSA Cross Country State Championship, where she posted a 28th place finish in a 3-mile PR time of 18:06.20.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 3-Mile: 18:06.20
Araybian Lilly | Mt. Gilead, N.C. | West Montgomery High School
Lilly, a native of Mt. Gilead, N.C., will compete in sprints for App State. In outdoor competition, Lilly qualified for the NCHSAA 1A State Indoor Championship three straight seasons in the 200-meter dash, capturing the state title in 2017 in 25.36 seconds and in 2018 in 25.73 seconds. She also captured the outdoor state title in back-to-back seasons in the 400-meter dash, crossing first in 58.33 seconds in 2017 and in a PR time of 57.06 seconds in 2018.
High School PR's
Indoor: 400m – 57.41
Outdoor: 100m – 12.48…200m – 24.97…400m – 57.06
Jenna Lineberry | Winston-Salem, N.C. | Mt. Tabor High School
Lineberry is a three-time qualifier for the NCHSAA Cross Country State Championships, finishing 26th in 2016 (19:29.89) and 2017 (19:36.14). She clocked a PR in the 5K at the NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional, crossing eighth overall in 19:25.05. In track events, she finished second at the Piedmont Triad 3A Conference Championship in the 1,600-meter run this season in 5:34.26, while also qualifying for the NCHSAA 3A State Outdoor Championship in the 800-meter run, where she placed fifth in 2:21.54.
High School PR's
Cross Country: 2-Mile – 12:34.26…5k – 19:25.05
Indoor: 1000m – 3:09.20…1600m – 5:26.59…3200m – 11:44.64
Outdoor: 800m – 2:20.89… 1600m – 5:29.32
Madison McCoy | Andersonville, Tenn. | Andersonville
McCoy will join the Mountaineers as a transfer from Charleston Southern. This past season, she placed fifth at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the discus, with a toss of 137-11. She also was 10th overall in the hammer, covering 152-1 with her toss. At the Big South Track & Field Indoor Championships, she placed 14th in the shot put with a mark of 34-9.00 and 17th In the weight throw with a mark of 37-7.25.
Indoor: Shot Put – 37-3.75…Weight Throw – 48-6.75
Outdoor: Shot Put – 39-11.50…Discus – 143-2…Hammer Throw – 154-2
Jorja Medders | Waxhaw, N.C. | Marvin Ridge High School
Medders will compete in hurdles and long sprints for the Apps. She qualified for the NCHSAA 3A Outdoor State Championship three times in the 300-meter hurdles, winning the title in 2017 with a PR time of 44.36 seconds and finishing second in 2016 in 44.95 seconds. Medders captured the outdoor 400-meter run at the Marvin Ridge Home Meet this past season in 1:00.91 and recorded a PR time of 58.69 seconds in 2016.
High School PR's
Outdoor: 300mH – 44.36…400m – 58.69
Jelonnie Smith | Southport, N.C. | South Brunswick
Smith comes to the High Country from Southport, N.C. and will run sprints for the Black and Gold. In outdoor competition this season, she finished fifth at the NCHSAA 3A State Championships in the 200-meter dash in 25.17 seconds, while finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash in a PR time of 57.56 seconds. Smith also qualified for the outdoor state meet in the 400-meter dash in 2017, finishing eighth in 59.64 seconds, and in 2016, finishing ninth with a time of 1:00.54.
High School PR's
Outdoor: 100m – 12.34…200m – 24.84…400m – 57.56
Appalachian State junior pitcher Colin Schmid was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Schmid, a left-handed starter from New Bern, N.C., went No. 393 overall in the draft. In just three seasons, he's third in App State baseball history with 224 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 248.1 career innings and alone in sixth with 41 career starts.
Joining the Cardinals' organization is the next step in his progression as a pitcher.
"They called me a round or two before, and as soon as it popped up on the draft tracker, it was a crazy moment," Schmid said. "I've been wanting to be a big leaguer for as long as I can remember. Now that I've got a chance to move up the ranks and get there, it's kind of surreal."
It's the Mountaineers' second straight year with a pick in the top 13 rounds, as relief pitcher Matt Brill was taken in the 12th round of the 2017 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pitching coach Justin Aspegren worked with Schmid during all three of his college seasons, and Kermit Smith became App State's head coach following Schmid's freshman year.
After six difficult starts to begin his college career, Schmid changed his delivery at the urging of Aspegren, and Schmid had a 3.95 ERA with 12 victories over his final 36 appearances (35 starts) for the Mountaineers.
He pitched at least six innings and gave up two earned runs or less in six of his last eight starts as a freshman, posted a 3.61 ERA as a sophomore and allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 14 starts as a junior. Adding in the Louisiana start in which he allowed three earned runs after taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, he had a 1.99 ERA with 13 earned runs in 58.2 innings over those nine quality starts in 2018.
"We are extremely excited for Colin!" Smith said. "This is a day that every kid dreams about growing up, and he has worked incredibly hard to fulfill this goal. We are blessed to have been a part of his journey and will follow his career closely."
Schmid and Ryan Arrowood are the only App State pitchers with two entries among the top 10 single-season strikeout totals in school history. Schmid tied for third place with a team-high 83 strikeouts in 85.0 innings this year after recording a team-best 79 strikeouts (tied for eighth place) in 2017 and leading the team with 62 strikeouts as a freshman.
Schmid went 4-7 with a 4.66 ERA as the Friday starter in 2018 after moving forward from a sophomore season in which his ERA ranked fourth among returning full-time starters in the Sun Belt Conference. His 6-7 season in 2017 included a career-high 13 strikeouts as he allowed one earned run in seven innings of a victory at Georgia Southern, and Schmid struck out 11 batters this year while giving up two runs over seven innings of a win against NCAA Regional qualifier UNCW.
Schmid also earned the victory when the Mountaineers won 5-2 against NCAA Regional qualifier Troy to give Smith his 500th win as a college head coach. Schmid later propelled the Mountaineers to back-to-back road series wins against Sun Belt foes ULM and UTA (three-game sweep) by giving up no earned runs over a combined 13.2 innings in his series-opening victories.
Schmid is the 44th player from App State to be drafted since 1969, the 15th player from App State to be picked in the last seven seasons and the third player selected in Smith's two seasons as head coach of the Mountaineers. Last year, fellow New Bern High School and App State batterymate Chandler Seagle was drafted as a catcher by the San Diego Padres.
"I just want to thank everybody at App State, especially Coach Smith and Coach Aspo for doing what they do," Schmid said. "They're doing great things with the ballclub."
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4 in a Wednesday matinee. After the Crawdads picked up a win last night, the series is tied at a game each.
Kannapolis got on the board with a run in the second. They added on to their lead with four more runs off 'Dads righty Noah Bremer in the fourth inning. Bremer finished the morning with four innings, eight hits, five runs (four of them earned) allowed, and five strikeouts.
Center fielder Bubba Thompson led off the 'Dads half of the sixth inning with a single. He got himself in scoring position with his sixth stolen base of the season. Yohel Pozo brought Thompson around to score with a single to center.
The 'Dads cut Kannapolis' deficit again in the seventh. Tyreque Reed hit a double down the left field line to start the inning. Sam Huff crushed a homerun to left field that brought the score to 5-3. The homerun was Huff's sixth of the season, which ties him for the team lead.
Kannapolis added a run back in the top of the eight but the 'Dads responded with a homerun by Pozo that brought the score to 6-4.
The series will wrap up on Thursday at 7pm with a 40th Anniversary of the movie Grease celebration. Fans who dress up as their favorite character will get a free ticket to the game. It is also Teacher Appreciation Night so teachers who show their school ID can get a free ticket. Drinks will be discounted throughout the night as part of Thirsty Thursday. DJ Curtis Brown will be taking the stage for the post-game Thirsty Thursday concert presented by Cody Law Firm.
Caldwell County: 7
Burke County: 1
The Hickory Crawdads picked up a pair of victories over the first-place Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday. The Crawdads defeated Kannapolis 8-6 in a resumed game late this afternoon and won the regularly scheduled game on a walkoff double by Sam Huff.
The 'Dads and Intimidators kicked off the homestand Tuesday afternoon by continuing a postponed game from May 20th. The game was delayed with two outs in the sixth due to weather with the score tied at 5. The game was started in Kannapolis as part of a doubleheader so it was scheduled as a seven-inning game. With the score tied after seven, it went into extra innings with a runner starting for each team at second base.
The Crawdads scored three runs in the top of the ninth to give them an 8-5 lead. The scoring started with a ground-rule double by 'Dads All-Star Yohel Pozo. Ryan Dorow and Yonny Hernandez followed up with doubles of their own that each added a run. The Intimidators added a run in the bottom half of the inning but the Crawdads held on for an 8-6 victory.
In the second game, the 'Dads got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly by Dorow that brought in a run.
Kannapolis struck back in the top of the second with four runs off Crawdads starter Alex Eubanks.
The Crawdads rallied in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homerun by Pedro Gonzalez that tied the game at 4.
Kannapolis retook the lead in the top of the fourth with another run off Eubanks.
The 'Dads bats surged back in the bottom half of the inning as Pedro Gonzalez drove in two more runs with a double down the left field line. Pozo hit a single to right that brought in Gonzalez and gave the 'Dads a 7-5 lead.
The Crawdads increased their lead with a solo homerun by Tyreque Reed, his 5
thof the season, in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Preston Scott doubled in another run that pushed the lead to four.
In the top of the eighth, Kannapolis picked up a run to set the stage for a two-out rally in the ninth that gave them a 10-9 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dorow sparked the 'Dads offense with a single to left. Reed reached on a fielding error that put two runners on. Reed was lifted for pinch runner Yonny Hernandez. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Sam Huff batting. Huff, named an all-star this morning, doubled to center to bring around Dorow and Hernandez and give the 'Dads a walkoff win
The 'Dads will take on the Intimidators again tomorrow morning with a 10:30am start. The series will wrap up on Thursday with a 40thAnniversary of the movie Grease celebration. Fans who dress up as their favorite character will get a free ticket to the game. It is also Teacher Appreciation Night so teachers who show their school ID can get a free ticket. Drinks will be discounted throughout the night as part of Thirsty Thursday. DJ Curtis Brown will be taking the stage for the post-game Thirsty Thursday concert presented by Cody Law Firm.
Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin has announced a two-year contract extension for men's basketball head coach Jim Fox that will be effective through the 2020-21 season. The extension was approved Tuesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.
"Our men's basketball program has made progress under Coach Fox's leadership as they earned the fifth seed in the Sun Belt and won their first tournament game last season," Gillin said. "The quality of student-athletes Coach Fox has brought to Appalachian – in the classroom, in the community and on the court – is encouraging. We all have high expectations for our program, and I'm excited to see what's in store for the future."
Fox enters his fifth season at the helm of the Mountaineers' program in 2018-19. His first four seasons in the High Country have seen progress both on the court and in the classroom.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the Mountaineers (15-18, 9-9 Sun Belt) improve their win total by six games from the previous season. Picked to finish 11th in the Sun Belt in the preseason poll, Fox led the Mountaineers to nine conference victories, which was tied for the most since they entered the Sun Belt in 2014-15. In addition, the Black and Gold posted a 93-64 victory over Little Rock in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament, marking App's first win in the Sun Belt Tournament.
Fox has coached a player to All-Sun Belt honors in each of his first four seasons. Frank Eaves was named All-Sun Belt in Fox's first two seasons, and Ronshad Shabazz garnered in All-Sun Belt accolades in the past two seasons, including a second-team selection in 2017-18. Shabazz led the Mountaineers and ranked fifth in the league in scoring in 2017-18, averaging 18.5 points. A rising senior, Shabazz has tallied 1,481 points in his first three years, which ranks 11th all-time in App State history.
Fox has also seen the Mountaineers improve in the classroom. Since his arrival in Boone, the Mountaineers' APR score has steadily climbed, including back-to-back seasons with a score of 980.
"I appreciate the continued support of Chancellor Everts, Doug Gillin and the rest of the administration here at Appalachian State," Fox said. "We are pleased with the progress we have made and continue to strive to get better. Our players are fully invested in what we are doing here and the future is very bright."
App State welcomes back 13 players from last season's squad, including four starters. The Mountaineers' 2018-19 season will tip in November.
Craig Schwartz has been named the next head coach of Appalachian State University men's tennis. Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced the hire after it was approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Craig back to Boone as the new head coach for our men's tennis program," Gillin said. "With his years of experience as a head coach at two other Division I schools, combined with his familiarity with our program and university, he is a great fit to lead our student-athletes to reach their highest potential, on and off the tennis courts."
As a head coach, Schwartz brings 12 years of expertise and knowledge with a career mark of 157-90 (.636) with four programs - Dowling College (26-18), Queens College (86-28), Bucknell (31-38) and St. John's (14-6).
Schwartz becomes the eighth head coach in program history and will look to continue the consistent success the Mountaineers have built the last three seasons with a 38-27 mark and a pair of Sun Belt Tournament victories.
"First off I would like to thank director of athletics Doug Gillin, Brittney Whiteside and the entire search committee for believing in me and giving me this great opportunity to become the next head men's tennis coach," Schwartz said. "App State is a special place, and I couldn't be more excited to begin the journey of building a culture through hard work, discipline and respect, which will culminate into building champions both on and off the court. It's a great day to be a Mountaineer!"
Schwartz arrives in Boone after a successful one-year stint as the head men's tennis coach at St. John's, helping the Red Storm to a 14-6 mark highlighted by a stellar 10-1 record at home.
SJ posted its first winning season since the 2015-16 campaign while earning a Big East Tournament victory for the first time since 2014-15. Schwartz helped develop three All-Big East selections including Co-Big East Player of the Year, Alan Nunez Aguilera.
The newly hired head coach is no stranger to Boone, as he was a volunteer assistant coach with both men's and women's squad during the 2016-17 season. He contributed to the men registering a second straight winning campaign and three Mountaineers in Scott Webster, Milo Bargeron and Jack Maddocks earning postseason Sun Belt honors. With the help of Schwartz' development, Webster was the first student-athlete to land on the All-Sun Belt first team since the Mountaineers joined the conference, while he was the first athlete to garner first-team league honors since Alex Markov in 2011 when App was in the Southern Conference. Bargeron saw a successful season in his debut campaign, as he was a first-team doubles pick, and Maddocks tied a career best with 13 wins and was named all-conference for a fourth consecutive season.
With the women, Schwartz assisted head coach Blake Mosley's debut campaign in which Taylor Bygrave, Megan Mullen, Heidi Swope and Rebecca Morse all turned in their best seasons with then-career highs in singles victories. Bygrave's nine wins were the most by a student-athlete since the 2015 campaign while the tandems of Gabrielle Wreder/Mullen and McKayla Zupan/Swope were the first duos to turn in at least eight wins since the 2012 season at the time.
Before his first season in Boone, Schwartz was the interim head coach and later was promoted to head coach at Bucknell. In his three years with the Bison, Schwartz turned them from a three-win squad to a 14-win team that reached the Patriot League semifinals in his final season.
At the helm, Schwartz guided BU's Nick Bybel to Patriot League Player of the Year honors. Bybel also won Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Bryan Adams.
Before heading into the Division I ranks, Schwartz spent five years as the tennis coach and coordinator at Queens College in Flushing, New York. He led the Knights to an 86-28 mark while earning NCAA Tournament berths all five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in four straight campaigns.
Schwartz was named the ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and the ECC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He coached two ITA All-Americans, three ECC Players of the Year and 23 ECC All-Conference selections during his five years with the program.
Schwartz began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, embracing two stints as the head coach at Dowling College during which time he compiled a 26-18 record. He guided the team to an NCAA Tournament berth and the NYCAC championship during the 2003-04 season, earning NYCAC Coach of the Year honors. He then returned to the program from 2005-07, leading the Golden Lions to two more NCAA Tournament appearances.
Schwartz is married to App State women's field hockey head coach Meghan Dawson. The couple has a son, Caden.
Three Crawdads were named to the 2018 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, League President Eric Krupa announced Tuesday morning. Sam Huff, Yohel Pozo, and Tyler Phillips were all named to the SAL's Northern Division All-Star team, which will take on the Southern Division on June 19thin Greensboro.
The 'Dads had a pair of catchers, Sam Huff and Yohel Pozo, voted onto the team as the reserve catchers. Huff and Pozo have split time at catcher this season but have also gotten chances at first base and designated hitter. At catcher Huff and Pozo have each caught 20 games and have posted a .984 fielding percentage.
Huff paces the 'Dads with a team leading 18 runs scored. He is also second on the team in homeruns with 5. Huff has thrown out 27% of would be base stealers this season, which leads the three active catchers on the roster.
Pozo leads the team with 39 hits and 10 doubles. He also leads the active roster with 19 RBIs. He has excelled this season at keeping his strikeout rate low, striking out just 19 times on the season so far. He has accumulated a 9.05 total plate appearance to strikeout ratio, which is second best in the South Atlantic League and top in the Northern Division.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Phillips also earned an all-star nod, pitching to a 3.54 ERA in 10 starts. Phillips leads the pitching staff in innings pitched (56) and strikeouts (54). He also leads the starting pitchers with a 1.16 WHIP. He has allowed one run or less in half of his starts. At home, Phillips has been among the best in the league, posting a 1.16 ERA in five starts while holding opposing batters to a .221 batting average. Phillips is third in the league with a 0.96 walks to innings pitched ratio, allowing just six walks.
The 2018 South Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 19that 7:05pm at First National Bank Field, home of the Grasshoppers. All stars from the seven Northern Division teams will be taking on the best of the seven Southern Division teams in the 59thannual SAL All-Star Game.
Appalachian State announced Monday that Frank Garcia has been named assistant athletic trainer.
Garcia will work primarily with men's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis at App State.
"I'm excited to be joining the Appalachian State family," Garcia said. "I am eager to get to work and build positive relationships with a great sports medicine department and very competitive men's basketball team and tennis programs. I hope to add another level of experience and expertise to the athletics department and help our student-athletes succeed on and off the court."
Garcia comes to the High Country after serving as an assistant athletic trainer at Stetson since 2017. While working for the Hatters, he served as the athletic trainer for men's basketball and women's rowing.
Prior to Stetson, he worked for two years at Northern Illinois as the athletic trainer for women's basketball and tennis, while also serving as a preceptor for athletic training students in the undergrad program.
Garcia has also spent time at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he was the athletic trainer for women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball, and at Kansas, where he worked with softball, while assisting with football, spirit squad, women's basketball and women's soccer as a graduate assistant.
Garcia earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Park University in 2012 and received his Master of Science in Education in Sports Management from Kansas in 2014.
Garcia's hire follows last week's announcement that Jon Mitchell has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being as part of a restructure of App State's sports medicine unit to further enhance the quality of care received by all Mountaineer student-athletes.
Post 240 suffers first loss of season (5-1)
After exploring a men's basketball strategic plan since the fall of 2017, the Sun Belt Conference's Presidents and Chancellors announced on Monday a series of sweeping changes to both non-conference and conference scheduling, the postseason conference tournament format, and the location of the conference tournament.
In addition, announcements regarding the women's basketball tournament format and location were made as well.
The announcement comes at the conclusion of the Sun Belt Presidents and Chancellors meeting Monday that was held in Atlanta. League members, including athletics directors and men's basketball coaches, had previously held official meetings on the strategic plan in March and also as recently as May at the league's spring meetings.
"The Sun Belt is committed to being an elite Division I NCAA conference and to accomplish our mission we are moving beyond the status quo to become more competitive in basketball," said Sun Belt Conference and Georgia State University President Dr. Mark Becker. "The conference is positioned for and has an established history of success, and our membership recognizes that new ideas are often needed to rise to new levels of success. The initiatives passed today demonstrate the commitment we have to pushing ourselves to the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics."
The Sun Belt plan centers around improving the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship seed of the conference's automatic qualifier, improving the resume of the best conference teams in order to receive additional bids to the NCAA Tournament and additional postseason opportunities should one of those teams not receive that conference's automatic qualifier, and also improving the conference tournament format and atmosphere.
"I applaud the commitment of our president and chancellors, athletic directors, and basketball coaches for their willingness to accept the unique concepts that were approved today," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "Not only will these initiatives push our men's and women's basketball success to the next level, but our student-athlete and fan experience will be elevated with our new tournament format and host site at the Smoothie King Center."
Men's Basketball Non-Conference Scheduling Alliance
As a first step for improving non-conference scheduling, Sun Belt men's basketball teams will reserve two dates in the non-conference portion of their schedule to play against peer conference opponents. Each team will have one home opponent and one away opponent from this scheduling alliance. The scheduling alliance will fully begin with the 2019-20 season, though some games may be part of 2018-19 schedules.
Men's Basketball Conference Divisional Structure and Regular Season Schedule for 2019-20
In the next major portion of the strategic plan, the conference has adopted a scheduling format for the 2019-20 men's basketball season – dubbed the "20-game smart schedule" – that will see the conference split into two divisions (East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama and Troy; West: Little Rock, Arkansas State, Louisiana, ULM, UTA, and Texas State). Each team will play a 16-game schedule with five home and five away games played against divisional opponents and three home and three away games against non-divisional opponents. Based on the resulting standings of those 16 games, teams will then be placed in four pods - Pod A (#1, #2, #3), Pod B (#4, #5, #6), Pod C (#7, #8, #9) and Pod D (#10, #11, #12). Each team will play the other two pod members once home and once away for the final four games of the 20-game schedule. The regular season conference champion will be awarded based on the results of the full 20-game conference schedule.
Sun Belt women's basketball teams will continue to play non-divisional, 18-game conference schedules.
2020 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Seeding
At the completion of the regular season, teams will be seeded for the conference tournament based on the results within their pod range. As an example, a team in Pod A (#1, #2, #3) cannot be seeded any lower than No. 3 seed. It is possible, however, that the regular season champion – the team that earned the No. 1 position in Pod A – would not be the No. 1 seed in the tournament should that team not have the best pod record amongst the three teams in that pod.
2020 Sun Belt Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments at Smoothie King Center and Campus Sites, and "Final Four" Format
This seeding structure is just one of a number of changes for the league's postseason starting in March 2020. The New Orleans Smoothie King Center, home of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, will host games of both the men's and women's semifinal rounds as well as both championship games.
Both the men's and women's tournament will see 10 total teams selected for the tournament with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving byes directly to the semifinal rounds at the Smoothie King Center. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will host quarterfinal games at home against winners of games from the first and second rounds. The quarterfinal winners will join the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in New Orleans for a "Final Four" experience.
2020 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament Formats
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Game 1 - No. 10 Seed at No. 7 Seed (Campus Site)
Game 2 - No. 9 Seed at No. 8 Seed (Campus Site)
Monday, March 9, 2020
Game 3 – Game 1 Winner at No. 6 Seed (Campus Site)
Game 4 – Game 2 Winner at No. 5 Seed (Campus Site)
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Game 5 – Game 3 Winner at No. 3 Seed (Campus Site)
Game 6 – Game 4 Winner at No. 4 Seed (Campus Site)
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Game 7 – Game 5 Winner vs. No. 2 Seed (Smoothie King Center)
Game 8 – Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1 Seed (Smoothie King Center)
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Championship Game (Smoothie King Center)
Updates for the 2019 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament Schedules
The 2019 Sun Belt Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will see 10 teams in each bracket, but with only eight making it to New Orleans' Lakefront Arena (the 2018 tournaments were contested with all 12 teams present at Lakefront Arena). For both the men's and women's tournaments, two opening round games will be played on campus with the No. 7 seed hosting the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed hosting the No. 9 seed. The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed will receive byes to semifinals and the No. 3 seed and No. 4 seed to receive byes to quarterfinals.
2018-19 Men's and Women's Basketball Conference Schedules
The 2018-19 Sun Belt men's and women's basketball schedules will soon be released. The Sun Belt announced previously that those schedules will follow an 18-game mirror format. Both genders of a program will face both genders of another program on the same date – but at opposite venues.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program has announced the signings of six athletes to its 2018-19 recruiting class, including Jaquan Thurman, Sal-Bey Young, Malik Leach, Justus Day, Jonathan McFall and Brandon Reeves.
Thurman, a product of nearby Hickory High School, averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during his Red Tornado career.
A two-time all-conference selection, Thurman helped lead Hickory to 51 wins in 61 games in two seasons, and he also scored 1,000 points on the court during his HHS career.
This past December, Thurman guided Hickory to a record 20th Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic tournament championship on CVCC’s home court at the Tarlton Complex, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the process.
“Jaquan is a strong, very active athlete,” said CVCC head men’s basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. “Jaquan’s ability to play hard, run the floor, compete and finish plays will make him a very valuable player for us. He brings a tremendous amount of energy to the court.”
Young is a 6-foot-5 post player from Garner High School in Raleigh, N.C. He helped lead the Trojans to a 26-2 overall record on the court this past winter, including a 10-0 record in South Wake 4A conference play. His play also helped propel Garner to the third round of the 4A state playoffs.
“He is long and very active,” Garmroth said of Young. “He has a real ability to defend, rebound and plays hard. He brings a lot of energy. He will also show an ability to score.”
Leach, a 5-foot-11 guard, helped guide Perquimans High School in Hertford, N.C. to 11 wins and a 1A playoff appearance.
“Malik is a very quick and strong point guard,” Garmroth said. “He handles the ball and sees the floor very well. He also proved to be a very good scorer in high school. I feel he will be able to bring this ability to the next level as well.”
A 6-2 senior guard from Cherokee High School, Day averaged 14.0 points per game for the Braves this past winter, leading them to a 16-6 overall record and 10-2 mark in Smoky Mountain Big 1A conference games.
“Justus is a strong very athletic guard who has a tremendous ability to score from behind the 3-point line as well as driving the ball to the basket,” Garmroth said. “His size and athleticism should also make him an excellent defender.”
A 6-foot-4 forward, McFall comes to Catawba Valley from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia.
“Jonathan is a long wing,” Garmroth said. “He is very athletic and has a very good ability to score the ball. His length and athleticism should also make him a very good defender.”
A former Gaston Day School standout from Belmont, N.C., Reeves comes to CVCC after transferring from Mars Hill University. In 25 games with this Lions this past winter, the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.
“Brandon is a strong wing who can also play the four or five (position),” Garmroth said. “He is a good athlete who can make plays. He will also bring some experience to our team.”
Thurman, Young, Leach, Day, McFall and Reeves join a 2018-19 Red Hawk recruiting class that already includes Ashbrook’s Byron Sanders, Combine Academy's Jeremiah Keith, Greenville’s (S.C.) Quade Parks, Hunter Huss' Jahleer Black, Franklin's Zach De La Cruz, Harding's George Paul, Knightdale's Cole Johnson and Stuart Cramer’s Dezure Moulden.
Cary Miller won five matches, Laken Cook posted four victories and Matt Zovistoski matched Cook by winning his first three matches as 15 wrestlers representing the App State Regional Training Center (RTC) competed at the U23 World Team Trials over the weekend.
The top finishers in Akron advanced to the U23 World Championships that will take place in Romania in November. The 3-0 starts in the 70 kg class put both Cook and Zovistoski in the round of 16.
Miller (125 kg), Cook, Zovistoski, Irvin Enriquez (65 kg), Thomas Flitz (79 kg), Randall Diabe (92 kg), Alan Clothier (86 kg), De'Andre Swinson-Barr (57 kg), Michael Elliott (74 kg), Jonathan Millner (70 kg), Anthony Brito (65 kg), Joe Accousti (79 kg) and Codi Russell (61 kg) all recorded at least one win.
Miller's 5-2 record included a 10-0 win in his first match and three straight victories following his first loss. Cook, who went 4-2, won his first three matches before suffering his first loss to eventual champion Tyler Berger of Nebraska. Zovistoski started 3-0 before suffering an 8-5 loss to Josh Reyes.
Enriquez, Zovistoski and Flitz both went 3-2 in their respective weight classes.