The Hickory Crawdads won in walkoff fashion on Wednesday night, defeating the Columbia Fireflies 11-10. The winning run came on a line drive homerun by pinch hitter Tyreque Reed.
The victory is the 'Dads second straight walkoff win at the Frans, closing out the last homestand with a walkoff on a wild pitch on April 29th. Their latest victory came as the team fought back from a six-run deficit.
Pitchers for both teams struggled to find the strike zone all night, walking a combined 16 batters. The teams used a total of 9 pitchers during the three hour and forty minute game.
The Fireflies jumped on Crawdads started Tyree Thompson early, scoring three runs in the top of the first.
The Crawdads were quick to respond, putting up a run in the bottom of the inning. Right fielder Miguel Aparicio started the rally with a double before being driven in by first baseman Justin Jacobs. Left fielder Austin O'Banion kept the 'Dads momentum going with a walk in his first plate appearance with the Crawdads and was brought in to score when third baseman Ryan Dorow walked with the bases loaded to cut the 'Dads deficit to one.
Center fielder Bubba Thompson, also making his Crawdads debut, recorded his first hit as a 'Dad with a single to shallow left in the second inning. Thompson was selected by the Rangers with the number 26 overall pick in the 2017 draft out of McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Alabama. He is currently ranked as the Ranger's number five prospect.
The Fireflies added 5 more runs to give Columbia an 8-2 lead. The 'Dads got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth on consecutive walks with the bases loaded. Thompson reached on a fielding error that scored two runs. The 'Dads loaded the bases again as the next batter, Aparicio, walked. Jacobs kept the 'Dads offense going with the third bases-loaded walk of the inning that put the Crawdads down by just a run. Thompson dashed home for the tying run on a wild pitch.
'Dads catcher Yohel Pozo led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right. Shortstop Cristian Inoa, in his debut game in Hickory, singled to put runners on first and second. Thompson poked a single to right that brought Pozo in to score and gave the Crawdads their first lead of the night. Aparicio gave the 'Dads an insurance run on a single that brought Inoa in to score.
The Fireflies fought back in the back in top the ninth, scoring two runs to tie the game at 10.
The 'Dads pinch hit for second baseman Kole Enright with another Crawdads newcomer, Tyreque Reed. Reed sent a ball over the left-center field fence to give the 'Dads a 11-10 victory.
Thompson, O'Banion, Inoa, and Reed all recorded a hit and combined for 4 RBIs and 5 runs in their Hickory debuts.
Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team – junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and junior pitcher Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) – were named to the 2018 NFCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Boone earns first-team all-region honors for the third straight year and is also a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (2016-18).
Boone, a 2017 NCAA Division II Third-Team All-American, leads the Bears in several offensive categories this year including batting average (.383), runs (48), hits (57), doubles (14), total bases (99) and on-base percentage (.503). Boone also has eight home runs and 35 runs batted in.
Kenley was the 2018 SAC Pitcher of the Year and is 21-3 on the year with a 1.54 earned run average, five shutouts and 112 strikeouts. Kenley is a second-team all-region honoree this spring.
Both players have led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 42-8 record and a No. 11 national ranking. Lenoir-Rhyne also went 19-1 in league play and won the 2018 SAC Regular Season Championship.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s eight regions with first and second team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2018 NFCA NCAA Division II All-America squads.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host the 2018 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament and will host Young Harris (32-18) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., at Bears Field. LR is seeded second while the Mountain Lions are the seventh seed. Carson-Newman (32-19) and Georgia College (36-14) are the sixth and third seeds and will play in the tournament opener at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday.
2018 NFCA NCAA Division II
All-Southeast Region Teams
Pitcher - Kylee Smith, University of North Georgia
Pitcher - Amber Johns, University of North Georgia
Catcher - Cailah Niles, Anderson University
First Base - Maria Williamson, Coker College
Second Base - Emily Harris, Young Harris College
Third Base - Jamie Johnson, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Shortstop - Calli Star, Columbus State University
Outfield - Holland Coursey, Georgia College
Outfield - Hannah Riddle, King University
Outfield - Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Designated Player - Haley Simonds, Newberry College
Utility-Pitcher - Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman University
Utility-Non-Pitcher - Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman University
Pitcher - Courtney Smith, Limestone College
Pitcher - Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Catcher - Shelby Hammontree, University of North Georgia
First Base - Elizabeth Perdue, Columbus State University
Second Base - Ashley Parnell, Limestone College
Third Base - Jenna Burnett, King University
Shortstop - Natalie Willis, Newberry College
Outfield - Delaney Guerrero, Tusculum College
Outfield - Caroline Snider, Georgia College
Outfield - Kaylyn Anthony, University of North Georgia
Designated Player - Alishia Frierson, University of North Georgia
Designated Player - Kirstin Reynolds, Columbus State University
Utility Pitcher - Aubrey Reep, Wingate University
Utility-Non-Pitcher - Hayley Tierce, Georgia Southwestern State University
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team finished ninth overall at the 2018 NCAA Division II South Super Regional Tournament which concluded Wednesday at the Germantown Country Club.
The Bears shot a 938 (+74) on the par-72, 5,966-yard course while Barry, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, won the regional tournament with a 901 (+37). The Buccaneers will be looking to defend its 2017 national championship.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American and three-time first-team All-South Atlantic Conference selection Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) led the Bears with a 228 (+12) over the 54-hole tournament.
Sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) tied for 21st overall for the Bears, carding a 231 (+15) while Barry’s Tilda Larsson was the overall regional champion. Larsson shot a seven-under 209, eight shots clear of the runner-up (West Florida’s Paloma Vaccaro).
Lenoir-Rhyne was making its first postseason appearance as a team since the 2003 season.
2018 NCAA Division II Women's Golf
South Super Regional Tournament – Final Results
Monday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 9
Host: Christian Brothers University
1. Barry 901 (+37)
2. Rollins 909 (+45)
3. Nova Southeastern 910 (+46)
4. Florida Southern 914 (+50)
5. Lynn 916 (+52)
6. Saint Leo 921 (+57)
7. Lee 923 (+59)
8. Florida Tech 935 (+71)
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 938 (+74)
10. Limestone 957 (+93)
11. Flagler 958 (+94)
12. Wingate 960 (+96)
15. Abbey Hartsell 228 (+12)
21t. Ainee O’Connor 231 (+15)
44t. Chelsea Mansel 238 (+22)
49t. Laura Morrison 241 (+25)
65. Jordan Young 279 (+63)
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program has announced the signings of Quade Parks, Byron Sanders and Dezure Moulden.
Parks, who comes to the Red Hawks from Greenville High School in Greenville, S.C., led the Red Raiders to a 21-3 record and 7-1 mark in conference games this past winner on his way to earning Class 4A Region 1 Player of the Year honors.
“Quade is very strong 6-foot-3 wing player,” said CVCC head men’s basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. “He is a very skilled player who competes and plays very hard.”
Sanders is an Ashbrook High School product from Gastonia, N.C.
He averaged 14.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the Green Wave this past season, leading them to a 16-11 overall record and 9-5 mark in Big South 3A conference play.
“Byron is a 6-foot-1 point guard who gives us good size and strength at the point position,” Garmroth said. “He is a natural leader with very good skills. He sees the floor very well and gets the ball to the right people at the right times.”
Moulden is a combo guard from Stuart Kramer High School in Belmont, N.C. He averaged a team-high 22.4 points per game for the Storm this past winter, leading the team to 11 wins (seven in conference play).
“Dezure is a guard who has the ability to play point guard or the two guard,” Garmroth said. “He has very good quickness and ball-handling skills and the ability to score from behind the 3-point line or off the drive. We are very excited to have Dezure.”
Parks, Sanders and Moulden join a 2018-19 Red Hawk recruiting class that already includes Hunter Huss' Jahleer Black, Franklin's Zach De La Cruz, Harding's George Paul, Knightdale's Cole Johnson and Combine Academy's Jeremiah Keith. Keenan Rankin also returns to the Red Hawks after a two-year hiatus.
In addition, the Catawba Valley women’s basketball program has added two players — Payton Kale and Shamicah Sturdivant — to its 2018-19 recruiting class.
Kale, a three-year varsity standout at South Caldwell High School, averaged 4.8 points per game as a senior this past season for the Spartans.
She earned All-Northwestern 3A/4A honors during her final season at South, finishing her Spartan career with 206 total points.
Catawba Valley head women’s basketball coach Tisha England discovered Kale through a recent try out held at the Tarlton Complex.
“She came in and was fundamentally sound,” England said of Kale. “She worked hard, hustled and did all of the little things. I invited her back for another workout, and she did extremely well. I think that she’ll fit into our program really well. She’s a role model and a role player. It’s also great having someone locally for the support and having a great student athlete.”
Sturdivant comes to CVCC from Sugar Creek Charter High School in Charlotte, N.C. where she averaged 15.2 points per game as a senior and scored 350 points, leading the Wildcats to a 19-5 record this past winter.
England believes Sturdivant has similar skills to graduating CVCC sophomore guard Tory Agrusa.
“She’s a tall guard who can run the floor,” England said of Sturdivant. “She can play guard and small forward. She brings a lot of athleticism to the team. She is very quiet and shy, but once she gets into our program, she’ll be able to bloom.”
Kale and Sturdivant join Chapel Hill High School’s Aniya Taylor and Alexander Central's Keke Miller as members of the 2018-19 Red Hawk recruiting class.
Granite Falls Native Glass Named App State's New Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports.Written by Jason Savage
Anthony Glass, a renowned strength and conditioning coach, author and speaker, is coming home.
The 1990 graduate of Appalachian State University's exercise science program is returning to his alma mater as the Mountaineers' new director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports.
Glass, who hails from nearby Granite Falls, N.C., returns to the High Country after serving as Ohio State's director of strength and conditioning for the past 17 years. During his time with the Buckeyes, Glass oversaw strength and training programs for 35 sports and trained 33 conference championship teams, 10 national championship teams and numerous Olympic and professional athletes. In addition, he trained more than 75 All-Americans from 19 different sports.
"We are excited to welcome Anthony and his family back home," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Brittney Whiteside. "He is passionate, student-athlete centered and has a proven track record developing championship programs at the highest level. We are very fortunate to have someone with his background and experience join our staff."
Glass is a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor given to a coach in the strength and conditioning field. This honor represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field, and is awarded by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
In addition to his certifications and professional honors, Glass authored the book "Weight Training: A Step by Step Guide to the Development of a Safe and Sound Program." He also published two speed and agility videos and has written numerous articles for sport performance journals and magazines as well as being a regular speaker at state and national conferences.
Prior to Ohio State, Glass spent four years at the University of Georgia, where he oversaw all facets of the Bulldogs' strength and conditioning training for 20 Olympic sports programs. He also worked in similar roles at Boston College (assistant strength coach) and Lenoir Rhyne (head strength coach).
Prior to that, Glass served as a physical education instructor and graduate assistant in the physical education/strength and conditioning program at Northern Illinois. He also earned his master's degree in physical education with a concentration in coaching and sports biometrics.
Glass and his wife, Guerdie, have one son, Lee Anthony Jr. (20), and two daughters, Leila (13) and Leena (10).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team stands in eighth place after two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division II South Super Regional Tournament Tuesday at the Germantown Country Club.
The Bears have a 626 (+50) on the par-72, 5,966-yard course while Barry – the fifth-ranked team in NCAA Division II – leads with a 598 (+22).
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINDGOM), who is tied for seventh overall. O’Connor got to as high as third during the round but settled with a 149 (+5) after two rounds of play.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.), a 2017 NCAA Division II All-American, is tied for 16th overall with a 152 (+8).
Barry’s Tilda Larsson continues to lead the tournament after 36 holes with a four-under 140.
The third and final round takes place on Wednesday.
2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf
South Super Regional Tournament – Second Round Results
Monday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 9
Host: Christian Brothers University
1. Barry 598 (+22)
2. Rollins 601 (+25)
3. Nova Southeastern 602 (+26)
4. Lynn 612 (+36)
5t. Lee 616 (+40)
5t. Florida Southern 616 (+40)
7. Saint Leo 621 (+45)
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 626 (+50)
9. Florida Tech 627 (+51)
10. Limestone 634 (+58)
11. Flagler 636 (+60)
12. Wingate 643 (+67)
7t. Ainee O’Connor 149 (+5)
16t. Abbey Hartsell 152 (+8)
45t. Chelsea Mansel 160 (+16)
59. Laura Morrison 165 (+21)
66. Jordan Young 191 (+47)
Appalachian State's home baseball series against Coastal Carolina from May 17-19 will include two evening start times, as the Friday game will now begin at 6 p.m., just like the series-opening game a day earlier.
After a pair of 6 p.m. starts that Thursday and Friday, App State will conclude the regular season with a Saturday game at 1 p.m. against the first-place Chanticleers, who won the national championship in 2016. A special Graduation and Senior Day ceremony will be held before the first pitch on that Saturday.
Next weekend's series will be Coastal Carolina's first trip to Boone.
It will be Little League Weekend at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, with free admission for registered teams and $3 tickets for additional parents. In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, there will also be free admission for military personnel and $3 tickets for accompanying family members.
Bandys hosts Salisbury
Bunker Hill is at home against Hibriten
Fred T. Foard hosts Wilkes Central
Alexander Central hosts Sun Valley
Hickory goes on the road to Southwest Guilford
St. Stephens travels to Mount Tabor
South Caldwell - first round bye
Bandys at Madison
Bunker Hill hosts Hibriten
Draughn is on the road against Ledford
Fred T. Foard is hosting Central Davidson
Maiden is at home against Smoky Mountain
Alexander Central hosts North Gaston
West Caldwell at Kings Mountain
South Caldwell - first round bye
Hibriten hosts Madison
Fred T. Foard is at home against Lincolnton
Maiden travels to Owen
Patton goes to Salisbury
Alexander Central at South Iredell
Hickory hosts Western Guilford
South Caldwell - first round bye
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (42-8), ranked No. 11 in the nation, earned the second seed in Southeast Region of the 2018 NCAA Division II National Tournament and will host seventh-seeded Young Harris (32-18) in the opening round on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The other contest in this portion of the regional the Bears are hosting pits sixth-seeded Carson-Newman (32-19) and Georgia College (36-14), the No. 3 seed, earlier in the day at 2:00 p.m. The Eagles are the 2018 SAC Tournament Champions while the Bobcats are ranked No. 21 in the nation.
Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 11 in the country under 19-year mentor and SAC Coach of the Year Shena Hollar. LR is also the 2018 SAC Regular Season Champions and is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
The other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament features top-seeded North Georgia (50-2), fourth-seeded Coker (35-16), fifth-seeded Queens (35-15) and eighth-seeded King (34-20).
The winners of the two Southeast Regional Brackets will advance to the Super Regionals – slated for May 17 and May 18 – at the highest seed. The 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, through Monday, May 28, at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. The tournament is hosted by the Mountain East Conference and the City of Salem.
The tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children, students and seniors.
2018 NCAA Division II Softball
Southeast Regional Tournament
Hickory, N.C. – Bears Field
Thursday, May 10
Game 1 - No. 6 Carson-Newman (32-19) vs. No. 3 Georgia College (36-14), 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11:00 a.m.
Game 4 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 6 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, Noon
Game 7 – if necessary
Dahlonega, Ga. – Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium
Thursday, May 10
Game 1 – No. 5 Queens (35-15) vs. No. 4 Coker (35-16), 2:00 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 8 King (34-20) at No. 1 North Georgia (56-2), 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 3 – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon
Game 4 – Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 6 – Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, Noon
Game 7 – if necessary
Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse to Face Colorado-Mesa in First Round of NCAA Division II National TournamentWritten by Jason Savage
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (16-2), ranked No. 5 in the nation, earned the top seed in South Region of the 2018 NCAA Division II National Tournament and will face fourth-seeded Colorado Mesa (17-2) in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, May 12, at Moretz Stadium, at 2:00 p.m.
The Bears will be looking to avenge a 13-12 loss to the Mavericks on Saturday, February 24, at home. Colorado Mesa, No. 10 in the nation, is the fourth seed in the region and enters the contest on a 10-game winning streak.
The other South Region contest features second-seeded and No. 6 Saint Leo (14-2) against third-seeded and seventh-ranked Tampa (15-4) on the Lions’ home field Saturday as well with a start time of 1:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne is making its second season straight appearance in the postseason. LR, the four-time South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions (2014, 2016-18), is 39-5 in its last 44 games and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country.
The Bears are led by junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with a league-leading 59 goals and 87 points – both school-records – and senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.), the league player of the year. Lett has five goals, five assists and a team-leading 66 ground balls on the season.
Colorado Mesa is the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions and is led by Reece Callies (Langley, British Columbia, CANADA) with 41 goals, 24 assists and 65 total points.
This year’s finalists will advance to Foxborough, Mass., for the championship game at Gillette Stadium, which will be played at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, on Sunday, May 27, and shown via web stream on NCAA.com.
2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday, May 12 - Quarterfinals
No. 4 Colorado Mesa (17-2) at No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2), 2 p.m.
No. 3 Tampa (15-4) at No. 2 Saint Leo (14-2), 1 p.m.
No. 4 NYIT (13-4) at No. 1 Merrimack (15-1)
No. 3 Le Moyne (15-1) at No. 2 Seton Hill (16-1)
Saturday, May 19, or Sunday, May 20 – Semifinals
Colorado Mesa/Lenoir-Rhyne winner vs. Tampa/Saint Leo winner
NYIT/Merrimack winner vs. Le Moyne/Seton Hill winner
Sunday, May 27 – Finals
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts, 4:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team is tied for fifth place after day one of the 2018 NCAA Division II South Super Regional Tournament Monday at the Germantown Country Club.
The Bears shot a 310 (+22) on the par-72, 5,966-yard course while Nova Southeastern, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, leads with an eight-over 296.
Lenoir-Rhyne – making its first appearance in the postseason in 15 years – is being led by sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM). O’Connor shot an even-par 72 and sits in four place alone. O’Connor is a second-team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior and three-time first-team all-league honoree and All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) is tied for 11th overall with a 75 (+3).
Barry’s Tilda Larsson is the top individual so far with a four-under 68 after 18 holes of competition.
The second of the three-day tournament takes place on Tuesday.
2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf
Super Regional Tournament
Monday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 9
Host: Christian Brothers University
1. Nova Southeastern 296 (+8)
2. Barry 297 (+9)
3. Rollins 303 (+15)
4. Lee 308 (+20)
5t. Lynn 310 (+22)
5t. Florida Southern 310 (+22)
5t. Lenoir-Rhyne 310 (+22)
8. Flagler 313 (+25)
9. Saint Leo 318 (+30)
10. Limestone 320 (+32)
11. Florida Tech 321 (+33)
12. Wingate 323 (+35)
4. Ainee O’Connor 72 (E)
11t. Abbey Hartsell 75 (+3)
46t. Laura Morrison 81 (+9)
54t. Chelsea Mansel 82 (+10)
66. Jordan Young 98 (+26)
The pairings and game times for the 2018 Region X/Southeast District baseball tournament at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, N.C. have been released.
The 15th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team (39-14, 18-7 in Region X) enters the tournament ranked as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Brunswick Community College (25-21, 14-10 in Region X) at 4 p.m. Friday.
The winner of the CVCC/Brunswick contest would face either top seed Pitt Community College (28-10-1, 20-2 in Region X) and No. 8 seed Southeastern Community College (20-19, 10-13 in Region) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Other first-round match-ups include No. 2 Patrick Henry (34-14-1, 16-5-1) against No. 7 Bryant & Stratton (27-22, 13-12) and No. 3 Pasco-Hernando (35-16) — the Region VIII champion from Port Richey, Fla. — facing No. 6 seed Wake Tech (27-16-1, 12-10-1).
The winner of the double-elimination tournament receives an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II World Series, which takes place May 26 through June 2 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla.
If the Red Hawks could win the Region X/Southeast District tournament, they would make their third World Series appearance in program history (2012, 2015).
On top of the tournament action, All-Region awards will be announced following the annual coaches meeting on Thursday night in Burlington, N.C.
Below is a look at the official tournament bracket:
2018 Region X/Southeast District tournament schedule
Friday, May 11
G1: 10 a.m. - No. 3 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) vs. No. 6 Wake Tech
G2: 1 p.m. - No. 2 Patrick Henry vs. No. 7 Bryant & Stratton
G3: 4 p.m. - No. 4 Catawba Valley vs. No. 5 Brunswick
G4: 7 p.m. - No. 1 Pitt vs. No. 8 Southeastern
Saturday, May 12
G5: 10 a.m. - Loser G1 vs. Loser G2
G6: 1 p.m. - Loser G3 vs. Loser G4
G7: 4 p.m. - Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
G8: 7 p.m. - Winner G3 vs. Winner G4
Sunday, May 13
G9: 10 a.m. - Winner G6 vs. Loser G7
G10: 1 p.m. - Winner G5 vs. Loser G8
G11: 4 p.m. - Winner G7 vs. Winner G8
G12: 7 p.m. - Winner G9 vs. Winner G10
Monday, May 14
G13: 3 p.m. - Loser G11 vs. Winner G12
G14: Championship: 7 p.m. - Winner G11 vs. Winner G13
Tuesday, May 15
G15 (if neccessary): 1 p.m. - If winner of G11 loses G14
Appalachian State softball closed out the 2018 season with a 6-4 win over Coastal Carolina to knock the Chanticleers out of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
After the first two innings passed with zeros on the board for both teams, Coastal Carolina scored two in the top of the third. A leadoff walk put a runner on base for a two-run homer. The Apps answered with three runs to take the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. Baylee Morton lead off with a single to right field and advanced into scoring position on a fielding error by the right fielder. Morton advanced to third base on Wheatley's single through the left side, which allowed Morton to score on a wild pitch. With Wheatley on third base, Keri White's groundout to the pitcher allowed Wheatley to score to tie up the ball game. Alisha Josey doubled to the centerfield fence, bringing in the go-ahead run for the Mountaineers.
A home run to centerfield for the Chanticleers tied it up at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, App State pulled away, scoring three runs on five hits. In her last at bat of her career, senior Heather Josey smashed a home run over the left field fence to spark a rally. Haley Stewart singled up the middle before Ally Walters singled on a bunt to the pitcher. Wheatley's second hit of the game through the left side loaded the bases for Laura Sales to bring in two runs on a single through the 3-4 gap. The Mountaineers took the lead, 6-3 with an inning left in the game.
The Chanticleers' solo home run in the top of the seventh was not enough, and the Mountaineers sealed the win. H. Josey and Wheatley each went 2-3, accounting for four of the Mountaineers' 10 total hits.
Callie Kuykendall started in the circle and pitched the first three innings, but Kenzie Longanecker finished out the game to earn the win. She struck out three batters while Kuykendall struck out one. Longanecker struck out 102 batters in the 2018 season with the completion of today's game.
The Mountaineers finished their 2018 campaign with a 17-35 overall record, a .327 winning percentage. Their conference record was 4-20, doubling the total number of Sun Belt wins from the previous season.
Appalachian State swept a Saturday doubleheader at UTA, winning by scores of 5-0 and 2-1 to clinch its second Sun Belt Conference series victory in the last three weekends.
The series finale in Arlington will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Moving forward from a 2-0 win against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, the Mountaineers recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the opening week of the 2011 season. With only one run allowed in the nightcap, App State capped the program’s stingiest three-game stretch since 1987.
Appalachian, which also took the first two games of a Sun Belt series against ULM in 2015, established a 5-0 lead in Saturday’s opener thanks to Bailey Welch’s two-run single in the third inning and Kendall McGowan’s three-run homer in the fourth.
Colin Schmid scattered seven hits and struck out four batters in six scoreless innings, marking the eighth time in 12 starts this season that he’s allowed two earned runs or less. Andrew Papp gave up three hits in three scoreless innings to pick up his first career save.
Three pitchers held the Mavericks in check during the nightcap, as starter Andrew Vaccacio picked up the win by allowing one run and striking out eight batters in five innings. Kaleb Bowman struck out four batters in three scoreless innings, and Luke Watts recorded his eighth save with a 10-pitch ninth.
App State (15-31, 6-17) moved ahead on Riley Smith’s leadoff homer in the second inning and took a 2-0 lead on Welch’s sacrifice fly in the third. UTA’s Noah Vaughan homered in the bottom of the third inning, but the Mavericks (21-26, 11-12) left 14 runners on base in their low-scoring loss.
McGowan had three extra-base hits, including two doubles, in the doubleheader. CJ Brown and Joel McDaniel also totaled three hits, as Brown extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
GAME 1 RECAP
In posting its second straight shutout, App State matched the 2011 team that had three shutouts in its first four games, capped by a 9-0 win against Maryland-Eastern Shore and a 7-0 win against Gardner-Webb in a span of three days.
After McDaniel reached with a leadoff single in the third inning and moved to third base when Brown’s grounder turned into a two-out, two-base error, Welch singled through the left side for a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, singles from Smith and Drew Beck to open the fourth preceded the three-run homer from McGowan, who went deep for the second time in the last three games. McGowan attempted to bunt early in the at-bat and had home-run distance on a foul ball before drilling a 3-2 pitch over the left-field fence.
UTA had a hit in every inning but the ninth.
Leadoff singles against Schmid in each of the first two innings didn’t result in any runs. The first two batters in the fourth and sixth innings reached, but Schmid stranded the bases loaded in the fourth with a foul-out to Brown in right field and recorded an inning-ending strikeout with runners at the corners in the sixth. The Mavericks had back-to-back singles against Papp to open the bottom of the eighth, and runners were at the corners when he ended the threat with a strikeout.
Offensively, Brown went 2-for-4 with a game-opening single and an eighth-inning double. McDaniel also finished 2-for-4.
GAME 2 RECAP
A tough-luck starter, Vaccacio earned his second win of the season as he allowed three earned runs or less for the seventh time in 10 healthy starts. He stranded 10 baserunners in five innings before Bowman gave up only two hits and retired nine of the 12 batters he faced. Watts finished a game for the league-leading 23rd time and is now tied for fifth place in App State’s single-season records with his eight saves as a senior.
An inning after Smith hit his third homer of the season, the Mountaineers loaded the bases with nobody out thanks to Beau Myers’ walk, Alex Leshock’s single to center and Brown’s single to left. Myers scored on Welch’s flyball to center.
UTA put runners on base frequently against Vaccacio, but he repeatedly worked out of trouble.
The Mavericks loaded the bases with no one out in the first inning. He threw home for the first out after blindly fielding a comebacker with his back turned away from the plate, then got the final two outs with a swinging strikeout on a 3-2 pitch and a flyout to center.
Runners were stranded at third and second when first baseman Conner Leonard made a fine stretch to secure a throw from McDaniel to end the second inning, and Vaccacio had three strikeouts in UTA’s one-run third. A single and double followed the two-out homer, but a swinging strikeout on a 2-2 pitch preserved App State’s lead.
The Mavericks put a runner on second with one out in the fourth, and Vaccacio closed that inning with back-to-back strikeouts. Runners were at the corners following a two-out error in the fifth, and Vaccacio responded with another swinging strikeout.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-10) ended the 2018 regular season with a 15-6 setback to No. 8 Limestone (17-2) Saturday evening at Moretz Stadium in a non-conference regional contest.
Limestone’s Courtney Lafler (Penn Yan, N.Y.) led all scorers with five goals while Shannon Sisk (Brooklin, Ontario, CANADA) added a score and six assists as the Saints won their 10th consecutive game. Limestone also held a 35-14 advantage in shots taken.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) scored a pair of goals and added three assists in the losing effort. Gaffney finished the year with a school-record 43 assists on the season.
In goal, Limestone’s Jenna Haring (Irving, N.Y.) earned the victory after stopping six shots while senior Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made nine saves but suffered the loss for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne was playing its seventh nationally-ranked team this year.
Junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) scored twice to finish with 52 goals on the year while Gaffney and junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) totaled a team-leading 76 points each on the year for the Bears.
LR claimed the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship for the first time ever.
Appalachian State softball just fell short in both games of a doubleheader against Coastal Carolina on Friday, May 4, losing game one 5-2 and the second game 4-2 despite Mountaineer pitcher Kenzie Longanecker striking out 12.
Haley Stewart sent two long balls out of the park to bring her season total to four. She smashed her first of the day down the left field line in game one and the second in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two. Both were solo shots to bring in half of the Mountaineers' runs on the day.
Katie Williford, one of the three seniors honored before the games, pitched her second complete game of the season while striking out three batters and limiting Coastal to single digits in the hits column.
Kenzie Longanecker dominated in the circle in game two, throwing a complete game with a season-best 12 strikeouts. Longanecker has 99 strikeouts on the season, just one away from breaking triple digits. With today's 12, she broke 200 career strikeouts with 112 during the 2017 season.
Game One (L, 2-5)
Coastal Carolina scored in the top of the second inning on a two-run home run. App State answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer from Stewart. Walker and Walters each singled behind Stewart but were left on base. The Apps tied it up in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, Walker singled up the middle and Walters singled through the right side. Wheatley's single to centerfield scored Walker from second base as the tying run.
Coastal Carolina pulled away in the top of the sixth inning by scoring three on a three-run homer. The Mountaineers were unable to produce any more runs in game one, resulting in the 5-2 win for the Chanticleers.
Megan Walker and Ally Walters each had two hits apiece, Walker going 2-2 with a walk and Walters going 2-3.
Game Two (L, 2-4)
After two scoreless innings, both teams put up runs in the third. The Chants scored two on a two-run homer. A walk and two singles allowed the Mountaineers to answer back with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Coastal Carolina scored another in the top of the fourth on one hit and one error. A solo home run put up the Chanticleers' fourth and final run of the game. The Mountaineers fought back in the bottom of the sixth after Stewart's solo home run. Walker pounded a ball to the fence for a double to follow. In the seventh inning, H. Josey doubled down the left field line, but the Apps were unable to manufacture any more runs with two outs. The Chanticleers took the second game 4-2.
White, H. Josey, Stewart and Walker each had a multi-hit game with two hits apiece. The Mountaineers also saw a hit from Alisha Josey. Together, the Mountaineers accumulated nine hits versus the Chanticleers' five in game two. Each team had two errors. Eight of the nine Chanticleers runs were scored on four home runs today.
On a historic day that saw one program record tied and another shattered, the 15th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep against visiting New River Community College on Saturday at Henkel-Alley Field.
The Red Hawks (38-14, 17-7 in Region X) won game one 6-1 in nine innings against the Muskies (6-43-1, 0-23) before taking down the second game of the twin bill 5-1 in seven innings.
Game one: No. 15 Catawba Valley 6, New River 1
Behind a dominant pitching performance from Julian Smith and two RBI each off the bats of Jimmy Marcelli and Brett Macchia, the Red Hawks won the opening game of the series on Saturday afternoon against the Muskies by five runs.
Smith struck out 11 batters and allowed two hits, no walks and no runs to pick up his eighth victory of the season. With the win, Smith tied Cole Whitney (2017) for the most wins by a pitcher in a single season in Catawba Valley history.
Smith’s stout effort on the mound was aided by CVCC’s offense, including Marcelli, who drove in the game’s first two runs on a sac fly in the third inning and a single in the fifth inning. Both plays scored Cody Payne, who drove in the game’s third run in the sixth inning on a single to right field.
Catawba Valley third baseman Graham Mitchell connected on his team-leading 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning, extending the Red Hawks’ lead to 4-0.
A single by New River’s Wilson Ey in the top of the eighth inning broke up CVCC’s bid for a shutout, but the Red Hawks managed to snuff out any potential comeback bid by the Muskies.
Hunter Isaacs relieved Smith on the mound in the seventh inning, and Isaacs and Connor Hewell closed out the game’s final three innings, allowing a total of three hits, one earned run and three strikeouts.
Macchia capped off the game’s scoring by connecting on his second home run of the season and first at home in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Game two: No. 15 Catawba Valley 5, New River 1
Third baseman Graham Mitchell went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and pitcher Harry Hatcher allowed just two hits, one walk and stuck out five batters to lead the Red Hawks to a four-run victory in game two of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Mitchell’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning gave Catawba Valley an early 2-0 lead in the contest, and he added to his impressive day in the third inning with an RBI double, scoring Garrison Burress. Teammate David Graves followed suit in the third inning, plating Mitchell on a single to right field.
With two outs in the fourth inning, CVCC center fielder Cory Watt drove in a run on an RBI double and stole third base, breaking the all-time career (38) and single-season (33) stolen base records set by Ty Andrus (2015-16).
The Muskies broke up the shutout bid in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout from Logan Beamer, but could get no closer than four runs.
Hatcher exited the mound after five innings, and Red Hawk relief pitchers Will Angel and Greg Collins closed out the final two innings, allowing a combined one hit, one earned run and three walks to seal Catawba Valley’s win.
The Red Hawks and Muskies complete their three-game set on Sunday with a single nine-inning game set for noon at Henkel-Alley Field. Admission is free.
The Hickory Crawdads snapped a three game losing streak with a 5-1 win on the road at West Virginia Friday night. Hickory was led by first baseman Justin Jacobs who went four-for-four with two runs scored. Eric Jenkins hit his third home run of the season in the Crawdads win.
A.J. Alexy picked up his first win of the season with a gem on the mound. Alexy went six innings, allowing only one hit, no runs, while striking out 12.
The Crawdads improve to 9-17 on the first half of the season. They stay in West Virginia through Monday. Hickory will have Tuesday off before hosting the Columbia Firefiles on Wednesday.