The NCAA’s release of its Public Recognition Awards on Wednesday included four Appalachian State teams that posted multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.
The women’s golf, men’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s tennis programs at App State each received a Public Recognition Award. The most recent multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
Appalachian State’s total of four awards this year ranks No. 2 in the 12-member Sun Belt Conference behind only the five awards for South Alabama, and five Sun Belt schools tied for third place with two awards apiece.
Women’s golf earned a Public Recognition Award for the sixth straight year, while it was the third straight year with a Public Recognition Award for women’s tennis and women’s soccer, which is being honored for the fourth time in the last five years. Men’s cross country also received a Public Recognition Award in 2012.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. In providing a measure of each team’s academic performance, the APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 8.
“Congratulations to the programs earning Public Recognition Awards for their commitment to academic success,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a release. “The number of perfect scores this year is an indication that schools and student-athletes are setting high bars for achievement, and we are proud that they are continuing to succeed academically as well as athletically.”
Responsible for the league's most complete and dominant mound performance of the season, Appalachian State freshman Tyler Tuthill was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.
In throwing the only nine-inning shutout by a Sun Belt pitcher this season, Tuthill faced only four batters over the minimum during a 6-0 win Saturday against UTA, which was leading the league prior to App State's weekend sweep.
The left-handed Tuthill allowed four hits, struck out a career-high eight batters and issued no walks in his 94-pitch complete game. The two hits he allowed in the first six innings occurred on a misplayed popup and a slow roller between the mound and first, and he was still sharp enough to strike out the side in the eighth inning.
In addition to the league's pitching honor, which is sponsored by Community Coffee, Tuthill was also named the Sun Belt's overall Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. He was also recognized as a "Who's Up" entry by D1Baseball.com.
He is one of five Division I freshmen with a nine-inning shutout this year, and his four-hitter tied Central Arkansas' Noah Cameron and LIU Brooklyn's Nick Torres for the lowest number of hits allowed in that group. He also pitched App State's first complete-game shutout since Taylor Thurber's four-hitter produced the program's first-ever Sun Belt win in 2015.
Tuthill is the second App State freshman to receive a weekly honor from the Sun Belt, as second baseman Luke Drumheller was named its Player of the Week following a weekend in which he tied the NCAA's single-game record of five doubles.
Drumheller leads the Sun Belt with a .373 batting average, and Tuthill's 3.00 ERA ranks third in the league. His six wins are tied for first in the conference and fourth among Division 1 freshmen, and he is No. 2 in the league by allowing opponents to bat just .197 against him.
Appalachian State has set game times for its 2019 home football schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Also of note, the road game at Troy has been moved from its originally scheduled date of Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 (6 p.m. ET/5 CT).
After winning three straight Sun Belt Championships and four consecutive bowl games, the Mountaineers will get the 2019 season started at home against East Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Each of the team’s first four home games will kick off at 3:30 p.m., while the Georgia Southern game on Halloween will be a nationally televised (ESPNU) Thursday game with a kickoff time that will be announced at a later date, and the Texas State game on Nov. 23 will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
Scheduled game times can be subject to change. Broadcast outlets for the first two home games will be determined shortly before the season. The others will be determined, as is the standard, 12 days in advance.
Season tickets are available to purchase online, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the App State athletics ticket office located in the Holmes Center. Today, April 30, is the last day for 2018 ticket holders to renew their season tickets for 2019 to ensure the same seat allocation.
2019 App State Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State (Hall of Fame / Jerry Moore 30th anniversary celebration), 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina, TBA
Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina* (Family Weekend), 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 9 at Louisiana*, TBA [ESPN2]
Sat., Oct. 19 vs. ULM* (Homecoming), 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 26 at South Alabama*, TBA
Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Georgia Southern*, TBA [ESPNU]
Sat., Nov. 9 at South Carolina, TBA
Sat., Nov. 16 at Georgia State*, TBA
Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Texas State* (Senior Day), 2:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 29 at Troy*, 6 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 7 – Sun Belt Championship Game
An unblemished beginning, coupled with a friendly bounce, propelled Appalachian State Baseball to a 6-3 home win against in-state rival Western Carolina on Tuesday night.
Making his first career start, sophomore right-hander Jason Cornatzer needed only 44 pitches to retire the first 14 batters as he took a perfect game into the fifth inning, and the Mountaineers (20-22) established a 3-0 lead on Riley Smith’s three-run homer in the fourth inning. His flyball to left hit the top of the wall and ricocheted high into the air before clearing the fence with Joel McDaniel and Tyler Leek on base.
App State was clinging to a 3-2 edge in the seventh inning when reliever Kaleb Bowman inherited a one-out jam with runners at the corners. He recorded a strikeout and followed a walk by inducing a bases-loaded groundout to preserve the lead, and the Mountaineers responded with a three-run bottom of the seventh keyed by a two-run throwing error on Phillip Cole’s sacrifice bunt.
Andrew Papp took over with a three-run lead in the ninth, retired the side in order and picked up his fifth save as Appalachian reached the 20-win mark for the first time since 2014. Tied for fifth place in the Sun Belt Conference and second in the East Division with an 11-9 league record, the Mountaineers resume their conference schedule Friday at Arkansas State.
Smith contributed four RBIs during a 13-hit night for App State, and Cornatzer earned his second career win just three days after collecting his first one to begin a conference sweep of UTA. Starting for the first time while making his 24th career appearance, he allowed one run on two hits in a career-best five innings and tied his career high of four strikeouts.
Cornatzer ran the count to three balls just twice during his perfect 4.2 innings, which included 31 strikes and 13 pitches out of the strike zone. Leek almost robbed Luke Robinson of the fifth-inning home run that accounted for Western Carolina’s first hit, and a two-out single preceded a foul-out to Smith near the backstop.
On a pitch count, Cornatzer gave way to Jack Hartman, who used a double-play ball with one out and two on in the sixth to escape that jam unscathed. A leadoff error in the top of the seventh turned into an unearned run on a one-out double, and a single to shallow left triggered a call for Bowman, who came through in the tightest spot of the night.
App State already had accumulated nine hits by the time Western Carolina (18-22) recorded its first one. Leek went 3-for-4 with one run scored, and Luke Drumheller reached base in four of his five plate appearances as one of four Mountaineers to finish with two hits. McDaniel, Alex Leshock and Kendall McGowan also had two-hit games.
Double plays immediately following singles to lead off the bottom of the first and fourth innings left App State with nothing to show for its hot-hitting start, but McDaniel began a two-out rally in the fourth with a single through the left side. He moved toward second on a hit-and-run play that helped create a hole to the right of the bag for Leek on his single, and they both headed home on Smith’s fourth homer of the season.
App State’s three-run seventh began with Drumheller getting hit by a pitch for the second time and advancing to second on McGowan’s hard single through the right side. Left-handed reliever Eric Wallington fielded Cole’s bunt and threw the ball over his third baseman’s head as Drumheller slid into the bag, allowing both Drumheller and McGowan to score.
An infield error and Leek’s bunt single loaded the bases for Smith, who drove in Cole with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Matthew Koehler’s 10th homer of the season cut Western Carolina’s lead to 6-3 in the eighth inning, and first baseman Robbie Young made a diving stop to initiate a 3-6-1 double play that ended the frame with the tying run on deck.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
St. Stephens: 2
South Caldwell: 11
West Caldwell: 1
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 8
West Iredell: 2
East Burke: 2
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 5
East Lincoln: 5
North Lincoln: 10
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 14
Alexander Central: 13
West Caldwell: 1
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 10
West Iredell: 5
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 1
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 4
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
East Burke: 0
West Iredell: 1
Bunker Hill: 0
R-S Central: 4
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 9
With the game tied at 2-2 in the sixth, the Hickory Crawdads used a three-run seventh to take control of the game, before holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Greenville Drive on Tuesday afternoon at Fluor Field.
Hickory (17-7) got on the board first with a run in the second, as Sam Huff hit a solo home run to center, his 12th of the season, to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead.
Greenville (11-13) tied it with a run in the third. The Drive then took the lead with a run in the fifth. A solo home run to left by Brandon Howlett, his first of the season, put the home team in front, 2-1.
Hickory answered in its next at-bat to re-tie the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Whatley singled to center to score one and tie the game at 2-2. Brendan Nail came on to pitch for the Drive, getting a pair of popouts to end the inning and strand three.
Both offenses put up multiple runs in the seventh. An RBI single by Jonathan Ornelas and a two-RBI double by Sherten Apostel gave the Crawdads a 5-2 advantage. Greenville countered in the bottom half on an RBI double by Kervin Suarez and an RBI groundout by Williams, cutting the lead to 5-4. From there, Hickory retired six of seven batters in the final two innings.
Yerry Rodriguez (3-1) got the win, allowing runs on six hits with seven strikeouts against one walk in 6.0 innings of work. Wes Robertson recorded his first save of the season, working scoreless eighth and ninth innings and allowing just one walk.
Game two of the series is set for 7:05 PM on Wednesday. RHP Brayan Bello (1-0, 1.89 ERA) goes to the mound for the Drive, facing RHP Hans Crouse (2-0, 1.33 ERA) for the Crawdads.
The Catawba Valley Community College Athletic Department announced on Monday the creation of a new bass fishing program that will debut starting in the 2019-20 school year, making CVCC only the third junior college and 13th college overall in the state of North Carolina to offer competitive fishing.
“This is a unique opportunity to give students outside of traditional sports the chance to be collegiate student athletes,” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “With our location in between Lake Hickory and Lake Norman, we can offer an elite program that is an option to students who are interested in bass fishing.”
Along with the addition of bass fishing to the CVCC athletic department is the announcement of the program’s first two signees — South Caldwell High School standout anglers Lane Bailey and Nathan Smith.
The Spartan senior duo, who helped start their high school’s bass fishing team, officially signed Monday morning during a special ceremony held at the school.
“We are both really excited about this obviously,” Smith said. “It has been a goal we’ve wanted. We started out high school fishing a couple of years ago, and we didn’t really think it would come to this. This is something that we’ve really wanted.”
Bailey, who competed at the FLW high school national championship at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. last June, is thrilled at the opportunity to compete collegiately in the sport he loves.
“I think it’s pretty amazing that you can do something you love and also get an education while doing it,” Bailey said. “We both love fishing. It’s just a great opportunity for us.”
Smith got started in fishing because of his grandfather, who serves as the boat captain for South Caldwell High School’s team.
“My favorite part about fishing is catching the big ones,” he said. “Fishing is just like playing a sport. People go to play baseball, basketball and football in college. I just look at it that way. It’s a dream for a lot about people to be able to do what they want and have it pay for their education. It’s a big goal for everyone, and I’m glad we’ve been able to achieve it.”
Bailey started fishing at age 4, and two years ago, he and his father Thomas started competitively fishing.
“That’s what hooked me,” Bailey said of fishing. “We’ve worked really hard to get here. This opportunity will help us continue our fishing career hopefully past the collegiate level. This is really big for this school and this program.”
Bailey and Smith, who plan to study mechanical engineering and turf grass management at CVCC, respectively, will compete for the Red Hawks in both the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series (Eastern Region) and FLW College Series (Southeastern Division).
Collegiate anglers in both series compete in teams of two per boat, attempting to catch the largest five-bass combination by weight among competing teams. Points are deducted for a number of reasons, including bass less than 12 inches.
An advisor for the CVCC Bass Fishing team is still being sought, but James Reed, who has served as the coach/advisor at South Caldwell High School, will assist the program.
Appalachian State University men's soccer Jason O'Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to announce the signing of seven Mountaineers to the 2019 signing class.
App State will bring in four forwards, two goalkeepers, one midfielder and one defender for next season. In addition, the Mountaineers bring three more international student-athletes into the fold, representing the countries of England and Kenya. The seven future Mountaineers will add more depth and talent to an already young and loaded Black and Gold squad. Over the past two seasons, App has signed 22 players that have contributed to a resurgence in the program, which earned its first winning season since 2012 and a top-three finish in the Sun Belt.
Nick Buchholz | 6'2 | Goalkeeper | New Hartford Senior High School | New Hartford, N.Y.
Was a three-year letterwinner in soccer and won two letters in track and field. As New Hartford's goal stopper, he posted his best season in his final year, where he helped his squad post a 12-3-1 mark en route to capturing the Tri-Valley League championship. Buchholz boasted a solid .943 save percentage and allowed just six goals throughout the season. For his stellar efforts, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player and earned all-conference honors. Buchholz played club ball under Steve Axtell at the Syracuse Development Academy. Born on Nov. 11, 2000, Buchholz is the son of David and Gayle Buccholz. He has a twin sister, Abby. His dad threw discuss at Washington State.
O'Keefe on Buchholz: Nick has been to our camps and was fantastic. He has a great demeanor, which is massive for the GK position and is a good shot stopper with excellent range. He is very courageous and can distribute well. He has lived all over the world and had some amazing experiences. We think Nick will come in and compete from day one to improve our GK core to one of the best in the Sun Belt.
Myson Darden | 6'2 | Defender | Leesville Road High School | Raleigh, N.C.
Played under head coach Paul Dinkenor during his high school career. Darden put forth his best season as a sophomore when he was the MVP of his team after leading Leesville Road in goals. He won the golden boot for Leesville while being named to the All-Cap Eight Conference team. He enjoyed success during club ball, as he contributed to a 2017 North Carolina State Cup with NCFC Red. He was ranked 36th according to TopDrawerSoccer.com in his position for 2017. His squad also was a 2017 semifinalist for the US Soccer Region II Championships. In 2016, NCFC was a Disney Invitational Tournament finalist and earned an invitation to Nike's ID2 Invitational Camp. Born on Jan. 30, 2001, Darden is the son of Kevin Darden and Sherry Gentry. He has two sisters. Comes from a rich soccer tradition with his dad having played at Charlotte and his uncle playing at Radford.
O'Keefe on Darden: We are very excited to have Myson join our program. We have known him and his family for some time, and he will fit in nicely to what we are building. He has many great experiences playing in some of the best environments. He is a versatile player that can play in the back or midfield. We expect him to make an impact from day one and over his four years.
Diogenes Mayola | 5'7 | Midfielder | Montverde Academy | Monteverde, Fla.
One of two players from Kenya and the teammate of fellow signee Kelvin Mulinya at Montverde, Mayola played under head coach Mike Potempa in Florida. He was on the SIMA Gold team as a midfielder. The future Mountaineer was excellent off the field, as he earned Cum Laude honors in two years at Montverde. Born on Dec. 28, 1999, Mayola is the son of Peter Kinyua Wawery. He has two siblings.
O'Keefe on Mayola: Diogenes is a tremendous talent who is only scratching the surface of what he can do. We are very excited to have him and Kelvin join us from the prestigious SIMA program that Mike Potempa and Kevin Varnado have built at Montverde Academy. He is a midfielder who will command the middle and keep us sound defensively, while also starting our attack. He will make us better from day one and grow as the program continues to grow.
Kelvin Mulinya | 5'3 | Forward | Montverde Academy | Nairobi, Kenya
Like his fellow Kenyan teammate, Mulinya spent two seasons at Montverde Academy on the SIMA Gold squad under coach Potempa. He excelled in the classroom, landing on the Magna Cum Laude Honor Roll. Mulinya was born on Aug. 2, 2000. He is the son of Maurice Omwenga and has two siblings.
O'Keefe on Mulinya: Kelvin is a tremendous talent who is coming into his own. We are very excited to have him and Diogenes join us from the prestigious SIMA program that Mike Potempa and Kevin Varnado have built at Montverde Academy. He is a Forward with good 1-v-1 ability, makes good runs, has pace and creates chances for himself and his teammates. We think Kelvin can help take our program to new heights in his four years.
Kellen Reinsborough | 6'5 | Goalkeeper | Prince of Peace Christian School | Dallas, Texas
Played his soccer for U19 USSF Development Academy with the Solar Soccer Club in the Frontier Division. Was also a six-year Dallas Cup player. He also earned international playing experience, as he trained in Bolivia for two seasons in Spain at Real Sociedad. Born on Oct. 11, 2000, Reinsborough is the son of Brian and Cambria Reinsborough. He has two older siblings, one brother, and one sister. His older sister played volleyball at Western Carolina.
O'Keefe on Reinsborough: Kellen has been to our camps and we have seen him play at the highest level with his USSDA Solar team out of Dallas. He has a fantastic frame and moves well around his goal. His footwork and ability to make saves is what caught our eye. He has a ton of potential that we can't wait to get to work with. He will add a great amount of depth and be part of one of the strongest GK cores in the Sun Belt.
Nick Rogers | 6'3 | Forward | Westfield High School | Westfield, Ind.
Had a successful high school career in two seasons under Kevin Scanlon. Rogers started his impressive run his junior season when he was named to the all-conference, all-district, and All-Indiana State High School Athletic
Association Third Team. He was awarded the Junior Indy Elite North vs. South College Showcase Most Valuable Player. In his senior season, he was the Westfield High School Co-Offensive MVP, while was one of the top five highest voted players on the all-state team. Once again he was invited to the Elite North vs. South College Showcase, and was second-team all-state. Rogers played his travel ball for the Indiana Fire Academy under John Griffin. Born on Dec. 22, 2000, Rogers is the son of Martha Rogers and the late John Rogers. He has two older siblings. His hobbies include skimboarding, photography, modeling, art, fashion, and music. He also comes from a rich tradition of soccer. His cousin, Sean Hoek, played for ETSU and later the Des Moines Menaces in the USL. His other cousin, Tyler Hoek, played for Evansville and ETSU, while his father played for DePauw. His brother was
a midfielder and center defender at Albion College. His sister, Taylor, currently runs track at Indiana State.
O'Keefe on Rogers: Nick is a player we have been tracking for a while. He has a tremendous ability to do so many things. He is big, strong and fast. He can hold the ball up, he can run at players and he can score goals and help set his teammates up as well. He has a competitive spirit that will translate to our program immediately. He has a strong desire to be great and know he will do great thing s while here at App State.
Kelan Swales | 5'8 | Forward | Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School | West Yorkshire, England | Marshall University
Swales, a transfer from Marshall, appeared in all 20 matches with 15 starts in his freshman season with the Thundering Herd. Swale amassed 1,282 minutes, scoring two goals and leading the team with six assists. He finished
with 10 points, recorded 32 shots and 12 on goal. He scored the game-winning goal in the Herd's 1-0 triumph over Ohio State. He was born on June 1, 2000. He is the son of Louise Swales and Cade Lumley and has two brothers.
O'Keefe on Swale: Kelan is a prolific attacking player. He has already made an impact on college soccer with two goals and six assists as a freshman for Marshall this past fall. He has the ability to create goals and help his teammates get opportunities as well. He fits into the family atmosphere we are building here and he will help add to our evolving attack here on the mountain.
Beautiful weather returned to the Catawba Valley on Saturday to welcome back the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to America’s Most Famous Short Track, Hickory Motor Speedway for the running the Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton Night at the Races.
Leading of the night’s festivities would be the exciting Hickory Vintage Racers for 25 laps of nostalgic action. First race winner Tim Gilbert in the #95 would grab the pole position in qualifying with the elder statesman of the series, 83 year old Bill Webb in the #16 starting to his outside. Tim Gilbert and Bill Webb would enter turn one side by side on lap one but Tim Gilbert would nose ahead down the backstretch. Eddie Gilbert in the #00 would start shotgun on the field but work his way up to the top three by lap ten. The front three would set a torrid pace as they counted down the laps. Tim Gilbert would cross the finish line first and take home the win with Bill Webb finishing 2nd. Eddie Gilbert would finish 3rd, Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would finish 4th, and Bill Powell in the #71 would finish 5th.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would hit the track next for 35 laps of door to door racing excitement. 2018 HMS Champion Allen Huffman in the #51 would grab the pole position with Joey Shuryan in the #30 taking the green flag to his outside. Points leader Charlie Neill in the #26 would roll off third with former champion Clint Fields in the #16 to his outside starting fourth. Huffman and Shuryan would battle side by side on the first lap with Neill pressuring the pair from the rear. Contact would send Shuryan spinning and restart the race. Huffman and Neill would make up the front row for the restart and have a furious side by side battle for the first five laps or so. Huffman would nose ahead with Neill all over his bumper pressuring for the lead. Lap 18 would see Neill’s engine let go and the #70 of Travis Baitty would spin as a result. The restart would have Huffman and Fields making up the front row. The front pair would battle side by side until Huffman would encounter speedy dry from the track cleanup and spin in turn 4 bringing out the caution once again on lap 19. Fields would move to the point side by side with Shuryan on the front row for the restart. Fields would nose ahead with Shuryan close behind. Huffman would move around Shuryan for second and give chase for the lead. Debris on the track would bring out the caution on lap 29. Fields and Huffman would make up the front row for the final restart. Fields would nose ahead with Huffman tucking in close behind. Fields would hold on for the final 6 laps and bring home the win. Huffman would finish 2nd and Shuryan bouncing back to come home 3rd. Joe Simpson in the #86 would finish 4th and Dennis Trivette would take home 5th.
Next up would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models for 50 laps in round 3 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Challenge. Gage Painter in the #12 would pace qualifying and take the top starting spot with Mitch Walker in the #43 on the outside of row one. Josh Kossek in the #44 and Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would make up row two. Painter would jump out to the early lead while the battle for second would be a furious three car affair with Walker, Kossek, and DeMarmels. Walker would finally win that battle and nose ahead of the battle for third with Kossek and DeMarmels side by side. DeMarmels would squeak by and settle into Walker’s tire tracks as they would both give chase to the leader. Painter would set a furious pace out front and hope for no cautions. Painter would hang on for another HMS win. Walker would finish 2nd and DeMarmels would finish 3rd. Akinori Ogata in the #14 would finish 4th and Kossek would finish 5th.
20 laps would be in store for the Renegades as they would hit the track next. Rookie competitor Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would grab the top spot in qualifying and start from the pole position with the #7 of Brian Larkin starting to his outside. Dickinson would battle Larkin side by side through turns one and two until Dickinson would nose ahead going into turn three. As Dickinson would stretch the lead the battle would rage behind him. The #40 of Justin Austin would start from the rear but make his way to second around midpoint of the race. Dickinson’s lead would prove insurmountable as he would take the checkers and visit victory lane for the first time in his rookie season. Austin would have to settle for 2nd with the #97 of Danny Crump Jr. finishing 3rd. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would finish 4th and the #95 of Rodney Elkins would come home in 5th.
The Late Models would thunder to life next for their 80 lap slugfest. Mike Darne in the #6 would dip into the 14 second range during qualifying to grab the top spot as would the #21 of Travis Swaim who would start outside of row one. Brody Pope in the #1 and Kevin Leicht in the #25 would make up row two for the initial start. The green flag would see Darne and Swaim battle door to door fo the first couple laps until Swaim would push the high groove just enough and nose into the lead. Lap 9 would see Darne move back around Swaim to retake the lead. Charlie Watson in the #9 would move from his eighth starting position all the way to third at lap 20. Leicht would move up to second and give Darne a handful as he would look to challenge for the lead. Lap 41 would see Leicht make the pass and move around Darne for the lead. The lead duo would battle furiously and once again swap the lead on lap 53 with Darne nosing back ahead. As the front pair battled Swaim would quietly move back onto their bumpers making it a three car battle for the lead. Lap 68 would see Leicht move under Darne for the lead and Swaim following to take second. Leicht, Swaim, and Darne would spend the final five laps sideways off every corner trying to get a grip with the worn out tires but they would never get into each other. Coming off turn four on the final lap would see a sideways Swaim look under the leader but not have enough grip to make the pass as Leicht would take the checkered flag for the win. Swaim would finish 2nd and Darne would take 3rd. Watson would finish 4th and Pope would round out the top five in 5th.
Closing out the evening of racing would be the Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature. Mark Whitten in the #77 would take pole position in qualifying with Jonathon Smith in the #16 starting to his outside. Whitten would take the early lead. Smith would come roaring back to take the lead away from Whitten on lap two. Drew Cox in the #21 would start sixth but move to second on lap seven and start working his way towards the leader, Smith. Whitten, Kevin Eby in the #03, and Jesse Clark in the #5 would have a spirited battle for third. Eby would take spot with Whitten moving to fourth. Cox would move to within a couple of car lengths with three laps to go when Smith would suddenly slow and pull to the pits. Cox would drive on to the win. Eby would finish 2nd and Whitten would take 3rd. Clark would get 4th and Derek Fowler in the #31 would finish 5th.
Next week will see the return of the Southeast Super Trucks as they make another visit to the famed 3/8 mile oval.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action in two weeks with the running of the 321 Lawnmower Night at the Races.
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Hickory Motor Speedway Results 4/27/19
1 Kevin Leicht
2 Travis Swaim
3 Mike Darne
4 Charlie Watson
5 Brody Pope
6 Thomas Beane
7 Pat Rachels ( r)
8 Connor Mosack ( r)
9 Landon Huffman
10 Chris Hudspeth
11 Quincy Adkins
Limited Late Model – Paramount Kia “Big 10”
1 Gage Painter
2 Mitch Walker
3 Cody DeMarmels
4 Akinori Ogata
5 Josh Kossek
6 Kyle Mansch
7 Josh Stark ( r )
8 Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
9 Curtis Pardue
10 Ben Campbell ( r )
11 Nathan Lineback
12 Matthew Moermond - DNS
1 Drew Cox
2 Kevin Eby
3 Mark Whitten
4 Jesse Clark
5 Derek Fowler
6 Marshall Sutton
7 Jonathon Smith
8 Ethan Johnson
9 Jon Austin
1 Clint Fields
2 Allen Huffman
3 Joey Shuryan
4 Joe Simpson
5 Dennis Trivette
6 Charlie Neill
7 Travis Baity
1 Spencer Dickinson ( r )
2 Justin Austin
3 Robbie Hollifield
4 Rodney Elkins ( r )
5 Zach Mullins ( r )
6 Matthew Chambers
7 Megan Campbell ( r )
8 Brian Larkin
9 Danny Crump Jr. – DQ
Hickory Vintage Racing Series
1 Tim Gilbert
2 Bill Webb
3 Eddie Gilbert
4 Dennis Hinkle
5 Bill Powell
6 Robert Webb
7 Mackie Webb
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has finalized the 2019 Lacrosse Championship Brackets in the Women’s Open Classification, the combined 1A/2A/3A Men’s Classification and in the 4A Men’s Classification. Women’s first round matches are scheduled to be completed on May 1st, with second round matches on May 3rd. Men’s first round matches are slated for May 3rd. All matches in the early rounds through the Regional Finals are scheduled at the home sites of the higher seed.
State Championship Matches will be held at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th.
The first round and second round pairings for all three classifications below, with Hickory area teams listed in bold.
2019 NCHSAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
Holly Springs (12-5) vs. Jordan (8-6)
Jacksonville (7-4) vs. Laney (9-6)
Wake Forest (10-3) vs. Green Hope (8-4)
Topsail (11-4) vs. Apex Friendship (8-6)
Marvin Ridge (7-4) vs. Atkins (7-6)
Reagan (7-3) vs. Sun Valley (7-6)
Ragsdale (9-5) vs. Southwest Guilford (8-6-1)
East Forsyth (10-5) vs. Cuthbertson (6-4)
(Home Team listed first)
Friday, May 3, 2019
New Bern (11-4) vs. Winner of Holly Springs (12-5)/Jordan (8-6)
Cardinal Gibbons (13-3) vs. Ashley (13-2)
Hoggard (13-1) vs. Winner of Jacksonville (7-4)/Laney (9-6)
Apex (13-3) vs. Chapel Hill (8-7)
Middle Creek (16-1) vs. Winner of Wake Forest (10-3)/Green Hope (8-4)
Broughton (11-3) vs. Pinecrest (8-3)
Panther Creek (10-5) vs. Winner of Topsail (11-4)/Apex Friendship (8-6)
East Chapel Hill (14-2) vs. Northside-Jacksonville (11-2)
R.J. Reynolds (10-7) vs. Winner of Marvin Ridge (7-4)/Atkins (7-6)
Northern Guilford (12-5) vs. North Davidson (9-7)
Mount Tabor (9-5) vs. Reagan (7-3)/ Sun Valley (7-6)
Northwest Guilford (16-0) vs. West Forsyth (8-7)
Weddington (16-0) vs. Ragsdale (9-5)/Southwest Guilford (8-6-1)
Lake Norman (11-5) vs. Ardrey Kell (11-5)
Myers Park (15-3) vs. East Forsyth (10-5)/Cuthbertson (6-4)
Hickory (10-1) vs. Charlotte Catholic (13-4)
2019 NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A Men’s Lacrosse Championships
Friday, May 3, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
J.H. Rose (10-4) vs. Havelock (5-7)
New Hanover (9-8) vs. Croatan (4-5)
Topsail (10-5) vs. First Flight (8-4)
Northside-Jacksonville (8-5) vs. Orange (10-6)
Northern Guilford (12-2) vs. Northwood (7-6)
Chapel Hill (12-3) vs. J.F. Webb (5-4)
East Chapel Hill (12-1) vs. Southern Alamance (8-8)
Carrboro (8-4) vs. Eastern Alamance (9-3)
Mount Tabor (10-5) vs. Cuthbertson (7-7)
Charlotte Catholic (8-8) vs. Bishop McGuinness (8-8)
Weddington (11-1) vs. Pine Lake Prep (6-7)
Southwest Guilford (9-7) vs. Sun Valley (9-4)
Lake Norman Charter (8-5) vs. Hickory (6-6)
Patton (9-2) vs. Marvin Ridge (8-6)
St. Stephens (11-3) vs. West Stokes (6-7)
Community School of Davidson (7-8) vs. Western Guilford (12-2)
2019 NCHSAA 4A Men’s Lacrosse Championships
Wednesday, May 3, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
New Bern (11-1) vs. Ashley (8-9)
Leesville Road (12-4) vs. Athens Drive (12-4) (Host Site to be determined by draw)
Middle Creek (15-2) vs. Broughton (11-5)
Hoggard (16-0) vs. Millbrook (9-7)
Cardinal Gibbons (13-4) vs. Laney (13-4)
Wakefield (12-1) vs. Holly Springs (8-6)
Jordan (14-1) vs. Apex Friendship (9-6)
Apex (14-3) vs. Heritage (11-3)
Hough (14-1) vs. South Mecklenburg (5-7)
R.J. Reynolds (8-8) vs. Ragsdale (9-8)
Lake Norman (15-2) vs. Butler (9-8)
Page (11-3) vs. East Forsyth (9-6)
Northwest Guilford (12-4) vs. Davie (9-6)
Myers Park (8-6) vs. West Forsyth (11-5)
Ardrey Kell (16-2) vs. Grimsley (5-11)
Reagan (9-6) vs. Providence (11-4)
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has finalized the 2019 Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship Brackets in all four Classifications. Play in the first round is scheduled to begin on May 1st, with second round contests scheduled for May 7th. Third round action is slated for May 13th with the Regional Finals on May 15th. All matches in the first four rounds are scheduled at the home sites of the higher seed.
State Championship Matches are scheduled to be held at Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington on Saturday, May 18th. Please find the first round and second round pairings for all four classifications below. Hickory area teams are in bold:
2019 NCHSAA 1A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championships
(Home Team listed first)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
John A. Holmes (11-5) vs. KIPP Pride (4-1)
East Carteret (7-8) vs. Franklin Academy (7-4)
Rosewood (11-7) vs. Raleigh Charter (17-3)
Research Triangle (15-1) vs. Louisburg (5-1)
Thomas Jefferson Academy (6-2) vs. North Rowan (9-6)
Lincoln Charter (9-0) vs. East Wilkes (14-3)
South Stanly (13-2) vs. Mt. Airy (16-3)
Bishop McGuinness (13-0) vs. Community School of Davidson (7-3)
(Home Team listed first)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tarboro (3-6) vs. Winner of John A. Holmes (11-5)/KIPP Pride (4-1)
Bear Grass Charter (6-4) vs. Winner of East Carteret (7-8)/Franklin Academy (7-4)
Voyager Academy (9-1) vs. Winner of Rosewood (11-7)/Raleigh Charter (17-3)
West Columbus (8-8) vs. Winner of Research Triangle (15-1)/Louisburg (5-1)
Elkin (15-1) vs. Winner of Thomas Jefferson Academy (6-2)/North Rowan (9-6)
Gray Stone Day (16-0) vs. Winner of Lincoln Charter (9-0)/East Wilkes (14-3)
Pine Lake Prep (12-0) vs. Winner of South Stanly (13-2)/Mount Airy (16-3)
Polk County (9-4) vs. Winner of Bishop McGuinness (13-0)/Community School of Davidson (7-3)
2019 NCHSAA 2A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championships
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
Croatan (13-0) vs. East Bladen (12-4)
Clinton (17-1) vs. South Columbus (12-4)
North Johnston (12-7) vs. Richlands (8-3)
Whiteville (16-0) vs. Greene Central (16-1)
First Flight (5-0) vs. North Lenoir (10-3)
Roanoke Rapids (3-1) vs. Carrboro (8-5)
North Carolina School of Science & Math (10-0) vs. Providence Grove (8-3)
Trinity (10-1) vs. St. Pauls (12-4)
Salisbury (18-0) vs. Forbush (13-4)
Mt. Pleasant (12-1) vs. Newton-Conover (9-2)
Ashe County (11-5) vs. Ledford (17-3)
Atkins (13-1) vs. West Davidson (15-4)
Shelby (6-0) vs. East Lincoln (10-3)
Fred T. Foard (7-5) vs. Pisgah (8-2)
C.D. Owen (7-6-1) vs. West Iredell (9-6)
Brevard (9-1) vs. Lake Norman Charter (7-3)
2019 NCHSAA 3A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championships
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
New Hanover (13-0) vs. Southern Nash (15-1)
D.H. Conley (10-3) vs. South Johnston (10-2)
Clayton (14-0) vs. West Carteret (10-4)
Union Pines (11-0) vs. Rockingham County (5-2)
Northside-Jacksonville (11-2) vs. Rocky Mount (10-2)
Chapel Hill (14-2) vs. Western Alamance (7-1)
Northern Guilford (7-4) vs. East Chapel Hill (13-3)
Terry Sanford (10-0) vs. Orange (14-4)
Walter M. Williams (12-1) vs. Southeast Guilford (11-3)
South Iredell (16-0) vs. Concord (11-3)
Mt. Tabor (12-2) vs. West Rowan (10-3)
Cox Mill (14-2) Southwestern Randolph (11-3)
Marvin Ridge (14-3) vs. Ashbrook (8-3)
Hickory (8-2) vs. T.C. Roberson (16-2)
Asheville (16-0) vs. Watauga (7-2)
Forestview (11-2) vs. Charlotte Catholic (14-2)
2019 NCHSAA 4A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championships
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
(Home Team listed first)
Hoggard (13-3) vs. New Bern (10-2)
Wakefield (11-0) vs. Broughton (10-3)
Cardinal Gibbons (23-0) vs. Wake Forest (9-4)
South View (7-4) vs. Scotland County (8-4)
Jack Britt (11-0) vs. Panther Creek (13-2)
Apex (11-2) vs. Enloe (9-5)
Green Hope (11-0) vs. Leesville Road (8-5)
Pinecrest (9-4) vs. Middle Creek (8-4)
Reagan (15-1) vs. Page (11-3)
Hough (12-0) vs. Northwest Guilford (9-6)
Grimsley (8-0) vs. Mooresville (8-2)
Hopewell (10-1) vs. Davie County (10-3)
Ardrey Kell (12-2) vs. East Mecklenburg (8-4)
South Caldwell (13-0) vs. Lake Norman (6-4)
Myers Park (14-3) vs. South Mecklenburg (8-7)
Providence (11-4) vs. Porter Ridge (9-3)
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a conference series sweep against host Guilford Tech on Sunday, winning 15-6 in eight innings at Ronnie Smith Field.
With the victory, the Red Hawks improve to 29-19 overall on the season and 13-8 in Region X play.
During Sunday’s run-rule win, CVCC also broke its program record for most strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff, which was set just last season (487). The Red Hawks now have 493 punch outs so far this spring.
For the second-straight day, Catawba Valley’s offense exploded at the plate, recording a season-high 14 hits, including three off the bat of left fielder Jackson Brown and two apiece from designated hitter Sabion Thomas, first baseman Tyler Campbell and right fielder Trent Jones.
CVCC took a quick 4-0 lead through two innings of Sunday’s finale, scoring all four runs on doubles, including a pair of RBI two-baggers by Thomas and one RBI double each from Campbell and Jones.
The Titans (13-17, 8-12) would quickly answer, overcoming their deficit and gaining the lead with five runs on five hits in the third inning, including a grand slam by center fielder Jonathan Husk.
The Red Hawks responded, though, scoring eight runs in the top of the fourth inning, including a grand slam of their own by catcher Willie Gordon — his second home run in as many days and his team-leading fifth blast of the season.
CVCC relief pitcher Timothy Davila replaced starter Andrew Patrick with one out in the third inning, and Davila allowed just one hit, one walk and recorded three strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.
Davila’s strikeout to lead off the fifth inning was the Red Hawks’ record-setting 488th as a pitching staff.
A bases-loaded walk by shortstop Mason Lyda put CVCC up 13-5 and in position to claim a seven-inning run-rule win, but Guilford Tech staved off the mercy rule when center fielder Jonathan Husk scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.
However, Catawba Valley would not be denied its run-rule win, scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI sac fly by Brown and an RBI double by David Kennedy before relief pitcher Elijah Carr retired three of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts its final non-conference doubleheader of the season against Bodyshop Baseball. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field.
The Hickory Crawdads blasted four homeruns as they defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws 10-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Curtis Terry got the 'Dads on the board in the bottom of the first, crushing a homerun to right. In the next at bat, Sam Huff sent a ball over the left field wall to give them a two run lead.
The 'Dads extended the lead to four in the home half of the third inning. Chris Seise tripled to center to lead off the inning and snap an 0-15 slide. Matt Whatley brought Seise in with his first homerun of the season.
The Crawdads offense kept it coming in the fourth, adding on another pair of runs. Pedro Gonzalez walked and advanced to second as Jose Almonte reached first on a throwing error on a fielder's choice. Miguel Aparicio hit a grounder that advanced Gonzalez to third got Almonte at second. Frainyer Chavez singled Gonzalez in for the inning's first run. Chris Seise hit a sacrifice fly that scored Aparicio from third and gave the 'Dad a 6-0 lead.
Lakewood chased Crawdads starter Tim Brennan out of the game after putting three runs up in the fifth. Brennan pitched 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, no walks, and striking out three.
Sam Huff hit a single to shallow center in the bottom of the fifth to get on base for Gonzalez. Gonzalez belted his seventh homerun of the season to make the score 8-3.
In the sixth inning, the Crawdads scored two more runs to push the score to 10-3. Curtis Terry doubled to bring Whatley, who had reached on a walk, around to score. Gonzalez hit a single to center that scored Terry.
On Saturday, May 4th the Crawdads and the Western Piedmont Symphony will host May the Fourth Be with You: An Evening of John Williams presented by Vanguard Furniture. The Western Piedmont Symphony will perform a medley of John Williams most notable work such as pieces from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Harry Potter. The event will begin at 7:30pm, with gates opening at 6:00pm. The 'Dads return on Wednesday, May 8th to begin a six-game homestand.
Appalachian State (30-20, 12-10 SBC) fell in extra innings to UT Arlington (27-23, 15-9 SBC) after hitting five home runs on Sunday. The Mountaineers scored seven runs on 10 hits but were outlasted in the ninth inning with a final score of 9-7.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers had one of their best hitting performances of the year with two of their first three hits coming on home runs, knocking out five total.
Baylee Morton led the Mountaineers at the plate, hitting her first home run of the season while also adding two more to the five home run total. With three on the day, Morton set a new record for most home runs in a game in App State program history.
Keri White and Ally Walters also had home run each while Sidney Russell, Maddy Bloom and Megan Walker all made contact throughout the game and got on base.
Maddy Seimer suffered the loss in the circle, bringing her record to 2-5 on the year. Kenzie Longanecker pitched in relief, facing two batters in the ninth inning.
The Mavs scored first with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning but could do no more that inning. After Russell got on base in the bottom half of the inning with a single, Walters followed with a two-run shot to right center to tie the game at 2-2. Morton followed suit and hit her first home run, taking the first lead of the series against UTA, 3-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, White wanted in on the action too, sending a solo shot to center field, bringing the score to 4-2.
The Mavs would fight back in the top of the fifth inning, scoring two runs on one hit and an error, tying the game at 4-4.
In the seventh inning, UTA hit a single to put a runner on and a single to bring her home to take their first lead of the game.
However, Baylee Morton wasn't done as she sent the game to extra innings with a solo home run to left center.
After a scoreless eighth, the Mavs managed five hits in the ninth inning including the go-ahead grand slam to take the lead 9-5. Longanecker would pitch in relief to finish the inning and give the Mountaineers one final chance.
Bloom led the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to center to get on base. Morton followed with another home run to left center to bring the score to 9-7 and attempt to bring back life to the Mountaineer dugout.
With two outs already, the Mountaineers were unable to complete the comeback, falling short and ending the game.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Thursday against Coastal Carolina as they battle for fifth place in the Sun Belt Softball Championship. The series is the final series of the season for App State. Game one is set for 4 p.m. on Thursday followed by game two on Friday at 4 p.m. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Appalachian State Baseball completed a home sweep of league-leading UTA with an 8-4 victory Sunday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Sitting sixth in their 12-team league, the Mountaineers (19-22 overall) improved their program-best Sun Belt record to 11-9 by securing their first three-game home sweep of a conference opponent since 2012. They followed wins by scores of 9-7 and 6-0 in a Saturday doubleheader with a balanced performance that included home runs by Robbie Young (go-ahead, two-run shot in the second inning) and Tyler Leek (3-for-4 in his second straight game with a homer).
Alex Leshock added two doubles in support of App State's pitching staff, as senior starter Brandon Boone improved to 5-2 by allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. With five strikeouts, he increased his two-year total to 101 strikeouts in 96.1 innings.
Kaleb Bowman took over with a 3-2 lead entering the sixth, and the Mountaineers increased their advantage to 8-2 during his first two innings of work. Jack Hartman got the final two outs of an eighth in which the Mavericks (28-17, 14-7) hit a two-run homer, and Andrew Papp pitched a scoreless ninth.
App State improved to 4-1 in Game 3 conference starts from Boone, who allowed a second-inning run on a two-out RBI single before his offense responded with three runs in the bottom half of that inning.
Joel McDaniel led off with a walk and moved to second on an infield single by Leek to set up a sacrifice bunt from Riley Smith. The runners advanced again on a game-tying passed ball, and Young then gave App State a 3-1 lead with a 408-foot homer to right.
A two-out double and triple by UTA in the fifth cut Appalachian's lead to 3-2, but Boone induced a flyout to right to keep the Mountaineers ahead. McDaniel's two-out double in the sixth chased UTA starter David Moffat, who had retired 12 of the last 13 batters prior to that hit, and Leek homered to left-center on the first pitch from reliever Wyatt Divis.
After Bowman pitched a scoreless seventh with a 5-2 lead, App State added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Leshock led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on Bailey Welch's single to center. Welch was out at home on Luke Drumheller's single into the gap, but Drumheller scored from first on Kendall McGowan's RBI triple, and McGowan raced home on a wild pitch with two away.
The Mountaineers return to action Tuesday with a home game against Western Carolina and resume their Sun Belt schedule with a weekend series at Arkansas State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team and the Queens Royals went head-to-head in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Championship game, a repeat match up from 2018. The Royals used an 8-0 run to start the game and never looked back, defeating the Bears, 22-8, on Sunday afternoon.
Rachel Elmore had a hat trick, but it was SAC Co-Freshman of the Year, Gia Colombo who led Lenoir-Rhyne with four goals on the afternoon. Alyssa Sack scored the remaining goal for the Bears.
After the Royals opened the game on an eight-goal run, the Bears responded with four-straight of their own. The next 14 goals were split 10-4 and the Royals were off to the races.
Teanna Sieben took the loss in goal, working nearly 37 minutes minutes, giving up 15 goals and picking up three saves in the game. Cristi Rowland closed out the final 23 minutes of the game while allowing seven goals and picking up two saves.
Queens' Chase Brokaw, who also garnered SAC Tournament and Championship MVP, was credited with the win and seven saves.
The Royals were led in scoring by Kara Blanchard with five goals and Ally Blood and Katie Wardle with four each.
After the game, Elmore, Colombo, Sack and Morgan Ulvenes played their way onto the SAC All-Tournament Team.
This was Colombo's third game with at least three goals, and she matched her season-high for the year with her four goals scored. The Bears season ends at 12-6.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team used strong hitting and dominant pitching to earn a pair of three-run wins and a conference doubleheader sweep against host Guilford Tech on Saturday afternoon at Ronnie Smith Stadium.
With the two victories, the Red Hawks improve to 28-19 overall and 12-8 in conference play this season.
Game one: Catawba Valley 10, Guilford Tech 7
The Red Hawks pounded out 13 hits — the second-most in a game this season — en route to a three-run victory in game one of the set on Saturday.
First baseman Tyler Campbell led the charge for CVCC with three hits in four plate appearances, including four RBIs. Catcher Willie Gordon also tallied three hits, and left fielder Jackson Brown and designated hitter Sabion Thomas had two hits each — all doubles.
On the mound, Catawba Valley starting pitcher Logan Bender improved to 7-0 on the season. He allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and struck out eight batters in six innings of work.
Relief pitchers Storm Mace and Greg Collins closed out the final three innings of the game, combining to allow five hits, three runs, two walks and striking out two batters. Collins earned his second save of the year.
Game two: Catawba Valley 4, Guilford Tech 1
A near no-hit performance on the mound by starting pitcher Blake Dockery and a late home run by catcher Willie Gordon lifted the Red Hawks to a three-run victory in game two against the Titans.
Guilford Tech capitalized on a walk, error and ground out in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead in the contest.
The Titans held that one-run lead until the sixth inning when CVCC catcher Willie Gordon came off the bench to deliver a two-run home run to right field, scoring teammate R.J. Conner to give the Red Hawks a 2-1 advantage late.
Dockery held the Titan offense in check, allowing no hits through 5.2 innings, but a hard bouncing single over the head of first baseman Tyler Campbell by Cameron Norgren ended Dockery’s no-hit bid.
An RBI double by outfielder Vinny Consolo and a sac fly by shortstop Mason Lyda added two late insurance runs for Catawba Valley in the seventh inning, and Dockery retired three of the four Titan batters he faced in the seventh inning to seal the complete game victory.
Five recent alums of the Appalachian State football team took the next step in their football journeys by signing free agent deals with NFL teams upon the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Clifton Duck signed with the Chicago Bears, Austin Exford with the Houston Texans, Tae Hayes with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalin Moore with the New York Jets and MyQuon Stout with the Jets.
The Mountaineers already led Sun Belt Conference programs with nine alums currently on NFL rosters, and this quintet will look to add to that total.
Duck, a Matthews, N.C., native, completed his 2018 junior season by being named a first-team All-Sun Belt cornerback for the third time. The 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year who helped App State rank among the nation’s most turnover-happy defenses, he intercepted 12 passes, made 158 tackles and totaled 324 punt return yards over his three seasons as a starter.
Exford excelled as both a hard-hitting standout on several special teams units as well as a safety who was named first-team All-Sun Belt by the PFF College site last fall. The Snellville, Ga., native played in 41 career games and totaled 102 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception, one sack, and a defensive touchdown.
Hayes, from Decatur, Ala., was a three-year starter at cornerback with 33 career passes defended, including nine interceptions. He earned All-Sun Belt honors as both a junior and senior. In his four seasons, App State’s 73 interceptions tied San Diego State for the national lead during that span.
During his App State career, Moore rushed for 3,570 yards (No. 6 in school history), averaged a school-record 6.13 yards per carry and scored 34 total touchdowns. The two-time Sun Belt rushing champion with back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus yards had four games with at least 235 rushing yards in his career, and the ability to squat 650 pounds contributed to him being No. 1 among running backs on NFL.com’s 18-player list of “college football’s most freakish athletes” in 2018.
A native of Shelby, N.C., Moore suffered a season-ending ankle fracture and dislocation on Oct. 9 but, in part because of the dedication he showed during his rehab process, received the first official invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl. He later attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he ranked No. 2 among the 28 invited running backs with 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press, and then went through on-field drills in front of NFL personnel during App State’s Pro Day earlier this month.
A two-time team captain and three-year starter at nose tackle, Stout was the leader of a defense that ranked No. 4 nationally by allowing just 15.5 points per game in 2018. The Salisbury, N.C., native earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior and finished his career with 88 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.