The Suns scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth off a pair of errors from the Hickory Crawdads to put them in front 3-2 in the series opener at Municipal Stadium Friday night.
The frame started with an Omar Meregildo walk before back-to-back singles from Kyle Marinconz and Trey Vickers loaded the bases. In his Suns (18-22) debut, Ricardo Mendez dribbled a ball up the first baseline and reached on a fielder's choice from Crawdads' (26-14) starter Tyree Thompson (L, 0-1), who threw an errant ball home to allow Meregildo to reach.
After that, Cody Wilson hit a sacrifice bunt that plated Vickers to tie the game. Wilson made it safely to first off a throwing error from Thompson. The final run of the frame scored on a Gilbert Lara strikeout. The wild pitch carried to the backstop allowing the shortstop to reach first safely and scoring Mendez for the go-ahead run.
The Suns allowed both runs in the top half of the fifth, with Francys Peguero (W, 2-2) on the bump. With runners on second and third, Tyler Depreta-Johnson slapped a ball to short that Lara mishandled and allowed Sherten Apostel to score. With the Crawdads in front 1-0, Jonathan Orneles popped a ball to right, scoring Frainyer Chavez to double the lead.
Outside of the fifth, the pitching was lights out. Peguero finished spinning five innings, allowing just those two runs and fanning four. After that, Chandler Day worked three scoreless innings before handing the ball to Jackson Stoeckinger (S, 3), who closed things out with a scoreless ninth.
The game marked the 17th one-run game out of the first 40 for Hagerstown, moving their record to 7-10 in those contests.
Marvin Ridge: 8
Alexander Central: 1
Cougars season ends at 23-8.
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 22-6
South Caldwell: 11
The Spartans advance to the regional finals, taking on Mooresville in a best out of three series.
The Hickory Crawdads scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 7-5 victory over the Greenville Drive in the series finale on Thursday night at Fluor Field.
Greenville got the scoring started with two runs in the third. Grant Williams led off with a walk and Cole Brannen followed with a single, before a wild pitch put runners at second and third. Two batters later, Triston Casas doubled to right to drive in both and put the home team in front 2-0.
Hickory responded with three in the fourth. Tanner Gardner and Pedro Gonzalez recorded back-to-back RBI triples and Sherten Apostel followed with a sac fly to left, putting the Crawdads in front 3-2.
They would add to the lead with three more in their next at-bat. An RBI single by Matt Whatley scored one ahead of Curtis Terry, who homered to left, his eighth of the season, to score two more and make it a 6-2 game.
The Drive responded with two in the bottom of the fifth. Casas singled to right to score Brannen from second and Tyler Esplin later singled to center to drive in Brandon Howlett, cutting the Hickory advantage to 6-4.
Both teams tacked on a run in the eighth. In the top half, a one-out triple by Gardner, his second of the night, put a runner on for Gonzalez, who doubled to bring him home and push the lead to 7-4. In the bottom half, after a Kervin Suarez single and a Grant Williams double put two on with one out, Brannen score Suarez from third with an RBI groundout to make it 7-5.
Hickory reliever Grant Anderson (4-3) earned the win, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Drive starter Chris Machamer (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched with one strikeout. Nick Snyder earned his first save of the year, allowing one run on three hits with a pair of Ks over the final 3.0 innings.
Four different Drive hitters recorded two-hit nights, as the team totaled 11 in the loss. Casas went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while Brannen was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Esplin added a 2-for-5 night with a double and an RBI and Williams was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run. Yoan Aybar worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the Drive, striking out one.
The Crawdads improve to 26-13 on the first half of the season. Hickory travels to Hagerstown over the weekend. The Crawdads will be back at home on Tuesday taking on the Lexington Legends.
Coastal Carolina capitalized on early command issues and beat Appalachian State 19-3 in Game 1 of their Sun Belt Conference series Thursday.
Mike Koenig’s second-inning grand slam with two away sent home three baserunners who had reached without recording a hit, and Zach Biermann followed a third-inning walk with a three-run homer that put the Chanticleers ahead 8-0.
Coastal Carolina (29-22-1, 14-12) led 12-0 before Drew Beck singled with one out in the seventh, moved to second on Hayden Cross’ walk and scored on an RBI single from Alex Leshock, who went 2-for-2.
The Chanticleers added two more homers in a seven-run seventh that pushed the lead to 19-1. After Andrew Terrell was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, fellow App State freshman Dalton Williams pulled a two-run homer down the right-field line, giving him two homers on the season.
Tyler Leek, Phillip Cole and Riley Smith also had hits for the Mountaineers (21-29, 12-15). Currently ninth in the league, they still control their ability to qualify for next week’s 10-team Sun Belt Championships, as their final regular-season series resumes Friday at 6 p.m. with Brandon Boone (5-3) scheduled to start on the mound. Tyler Tuthill, Austin Primm, Cam Roberts and Evan Mauldin pitched for App State on Thursday.
Kieton Rivers drew a leadoff walk for Coastal Carolina in the second inning, but App State responded with a timely double play as Tuthill struck out Biermann and Smith threw out the speedy Rivers to erase a steal attempt for the 15th time this season. A hit by pitch and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Koenig, who homered to left field.
A leadoff double preceded Jake Wright’s RBI single in the third, and Rivers’ walk on a 3-2 pitch set up Biermann’s homer to right.
App State batters struck out 17 times, with Coastal Carolina starter Anthony Veneziano posting nine strikeouts while allowing no runs on three hits in five innings. Nick Parker struck out six batters over the next three innings.
Appalachian State student-athletes pride themselves in giving back to the community of Boone since they are endlessly devoted to the success of the university and its athletic programs.
This past year (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019), the Mountaineers completed more than 10,474 hours of community service – the most community service hours ever recorded by App State Athletics. These hours include anything from going into elementary school classrooms and reading to students to going on a mission trip with a group of student-athletes through a local church.
“It’s very inspiring to see that you all as student-athletes are able to go out into a community that has embraced you from an athletics standpoint to where you all go out and embrace them from a community standpoint,” said Director of Student-Athlete Development Pierre Banks, a former Mountaineer football player himself. “I always tell people that none of us got to where we are by pulling up our own bootstraps, so to see the athletics department and the community combine in such a way that we can uplift each other is absolutely incredible.”
This year the student-athletes found many different ways to get involved in the community. Several Mountaineer volunteered for a mentoring program for elementary students through the Western Youth Network. Others helped with food drives with the Hunger and Health Coalition, freshman move-in and Habitat for Humanity. Some student-athletes went on hospital visits, met with local Veterans of Foreign Wars groups and helped elementary schools for Mornings with the Mountaineers. Teams participated in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse, Laps for APPS and walking in local holiday parades. Those are just a few of the ways the Mountaineers gave back in 2018-19.
Each year the athletics department determines which team has the most community service hours by taking the total number of hours and players on each team and calculating an average number of hours per student-athlete.
The top team in 2018-19 was women’s soccer with 1,683 hours and an average of 58.06 hours per student-athlete.
“The community of Boone has played such an integral role in supporting our team and athletics as a whole,” women’s soccer junior Kristin Brown said. “I may be biased, but I’d say that Boone is home to the greatest fans around. The depth of their support is experienced not only in the stands on game days, but throughout the community itself. As an athlete, this support is incredibly appreciated and makes you want to give back as much as possible. It is an honor to serve such an awesome community.”
Women’s cross country came in second with 1,422 hours while averaging 56.89 hours per student-athlete.
“Being an athlete at Appalachian State and having the support that we do from the community and people surrounding us means so much,” freshman cross country runner Kylee Frady said. “I believe that the close-knit community that we have in Boone makes for App State Athletics feeling like our own little family within our college town. I am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have being an athlete at Appalachian, and I don’t think it’d be possible without those who support us.”
In third was baseball with 1,381 hours averaging 12.22 hours per student-athlete.
“I would say it truly feels like a family,” baseball senior Kaleb Bowman said. “Families support one another through the good and bad, and that is what is so great about the community of Boone. They support us no matter what happens, so it really means a lot to be able to give back to them.”
“Being a part of the Appalachian State family means so much to me,” junior wrestler Christian Beach said. “I have been given such an amazing opportunity that has made me a better student, athlete and person. It is such an honor to be able to give back to the Boone community after Appalachian has given so much to me. I consider Boone my home, and giving back to my community is just amazing!”
Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse had its senior middie Rachel Elmore honored as a part of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region Second Team, as announced on Thursday afternoon.
Elmore, the senior from White Plains, Md., had a season for the books as she surpassed the century mark in goals scored in the 18-7 victory at Tusculum. The two-time SAC Offensive Player of the Week put in 53 goals this season, including a season-high seven scored against Catawba. Her three assists put her point total at 56 for the year. She managed 77 draw control wins this season, 231 in her career which is tops in program history.
The First Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection is the second Bear in the second consecutive year to be named to the IWLCA all-region team after Ines Flueck garnered the honor in 2018.
Appalachian State (31-24) fell in game one of the NISC Liberty Regional to Rutgers (29-24). The two sides were scoreless for five and a half innings until Rutgers scored two. The Mountaineers battled but were unable to rally for a win, falling 1-2.
App State moves to the elimination bracket of the Liberty Regional. App will face George Washington and fight to avoid elimination from the NISC.
Thursday's game marked the first postseason appearance for Appalachian in program history. The team has put together their second 30-win season in App State history alongside their first birth in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Sydney Holland suffered the loss in the circle. She ended the day with two strikeouts and three walks and allowed seven hits and two runs. Holland pitched five scoreless innings until the Scarlet Knights managed two runs. Maddie Siemer pitched in relief for the remainder of the sixth inning.
Rutgers brought around the first run of the game in the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field.
The Mountaineers managed to get one out but the Scarlet Knights kept swinging. After a double and single to put runners on first and third, Rutgers managed another single to add to the lead late in the game.
Siemer pitched in relief from then on and sent the Mountineers to a rally inning in the top of the seventh.
With two outs in the seventh, Laura Sales get on base with a single up the middle. Following her lead, Baylee Morton doubled to left center scoring Sales and putting herself in scoring position.
But that would be it for the Mountaineers as they were unable to bring her home, falling 2-1.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Friday in the first game of the elimination bracket. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Appalachian State men's track & field athletes Elliott Graves and Tristian Shaver have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 23 to May 25.
Both Graves and Shaver will be making their second consecutive appearance in the event.
Graves will represent the Mountaineers in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 51.50 in the event, set at the Sun Belt Championships last weekend, ranks 24th in the region. Last season, Graves advanced to the Quarterfinals, where he finished 23rd. Graves has won three straight Sun Belt titles in the 400-meter hurdles and will compete in the First Round on May 23 at 5 p.m., with the Quarterfinals taking place on May 24 at 7:15 p.m.
Shaver enters the meet with the 23rd best height of 17-1.50 (5.22m) in the pole vault, set at the Pepsi Florida Relays earlier this season. His mark also ranks second in the pole vault in school history. At the Sun Belt Championships last weekend, Shaver placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 16-8.00 (5.08m). He will compete on May 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Forty-eight athletes qualify for the preliminary first round in the east and west regional. The top-12 finishers from each preliminary site qualify for the NCAA Championships in Austin, Tex. from June 5-8.
The Greenville Drive plated a run in each of their first five innings, before holding on for a 6-5 victory over the Hickory Crawdads at Fluor Field.
The Drive opened up a 3-0 lead with one run in each of the first three innings.
Hickory got on the board with two runs in the fourth. Sherten Apostel hit a two-out, two-run home run to left to cut the lead to 3-2.
Greenville answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth.
Both teams added lone runs in the fifth. A solo home run by Jonathan Ornelas for the Crawdads made it a 5-3 game in the top half. An RBI double for the Drive pushed it back to a three-run game at 6-3 in the bottom half.
Hickory then drew within a run at 6-5 with two more in the sixth. Frainyer Chavez drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the first run, while Ornelas followed with a sac fly to center, making it a 6-5 game.
Yorvin Pantoja (2-2) earned the win, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Hickory starter Ronny Henriquez (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Hickory drops to 25-13 on the first half of the season. The series concludes on Thursday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Drive right-hander Chris Machamer (1-0, 4.94) is set to face off against Hickory right-hander Cole Winn.
South Point: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 19-3-1.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Brigit Folland has been named the ITA Regional Men's Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year. Folland helped the Bears to the most wins in a single season in program history.
"Brigit has been instrumental in turning around the culture and competitiveness of Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "When she came in two years ago, the guys record was 11-10 and they were unranked and eighth in the SAC. At the conclusion of this season, the guys went 18-5 (8-2 in conference) and tied for second in the conference along with being ranked No. 21 nationally. She has endless energy, tremendous hunger to grow as a coach and cares deeply for her players."
Folland helped LR beat No. 5 Wingate and coached six players to All-Conference selections. Off the court, the Bears completed over 140 hours of community service and had a team GPA of 3.65.
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
George Frazier; West Liberty University (Atlantic)
Carlos Crisostomo; Harding University (Central)
Fabio Minami; Queens College NY (East)
Bob Jackson; Wayne State University (Midwest)
Jean-Baptiste Mateo; Lynn University (South)
Jacob Carey; Cameron University (South Central)
Brigit Folland; Lenoir-Rhyne University (Southeast)
Kirby Ronning; Azusa Pacific University (West)
The Catawba Valley Community College softball program announces the signing of West Lincoln standout Kinsley Gilmore on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to be signing a player like Kinsley,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “The mixture of speed and power she brings to the table will really be beneficial for our program.”
The senior outfielder for the Rebels just completed her senior season where she tallied a .328 batting average, 13 runs scored and a team-high 18 RBI.
She finished her four-year West Lincoln softball career with 94 games played, 82 hits (21 doubles, six triples, five home runs), 75 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 68 RBI.
A two-sport athlete who also played basketball at WLHS, Gilmore helped lead the Rebels to 65 wins on the softball diamond, including 38 in conference play, and a 2A state runner up finish during her freshman season in 2016.
Defensively, Gilmore recorded a .982 fielding percentage with just two errors in 112 total chances.
Gilmore joins a CVCC softball program that officially starts this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program announces the signing of Eagle’s Landing High School (Ga.) standout Jailen Cummings.
“We are excited to bring Jailen Cummings aboard to Red Hawk Nation,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “She’s a 5-10 power forward that’s strong on the boards. I’m looking forward to working with her and expanding her game. She’s a good addition to the Lady Red Hawks.”
A four-year varsity athlete on the court, Cummings finished her prep basketball career at Eagle’s Landing with 82 games played, 299 points scored, 200 rebounds and 47 steals.
Behind Cummings, the Eagles went 23-6 overall and 16-1 in AAAAA Region 4 standings this past, advancing to the third round of the state tournament. They also won region regular-season and tournament championships.
In her four years, Cummings helped lead the program to 87 wins, and the Eagles lost only 27 games. Eagle’s Landing was also 58-9 in conference play.
Cummings joins a Red Hawks women's basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school's second-ever regular season conference title.
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their 2019 All-Region Teams on Tuesday afternoon and it was nine men in 13 events and nine women in 14 events that were named to the Southeast Team from Lenoir-Rhyne.
On the women's side it was Autumn Drayton who made the team in the Discus, Hammer Throw and Shotput while NCAA International Woman of the Year finalist, Haylea Salamon, made the cut in the Discus and Javelin throws as well. Senior Savannah Drummonds made her way onto the team with her performance in the Pole Vault to round of that trio of Bears.
On the track, it was Paiton Fair and Saidah Hardwick who made the list in multiple events. Both are teammates on the same 4x400-meter relay team while Fair made her mark in the 800-meters and Hardwick did the same in 400. Kylie Dahlberg excelled in the 800-meters while her teammate Jada Harrison is part of the team in the 400-meter hurdles. Finally, the women's 4x400-meter relay that made the cut was made up of Fair, Hardwick, Taylor Meadows and Tyra Poole.
On the men's side, Anthony Brown was the only Bear to make the team in the multi-event, Decathlon. His name also was given as a member based on his performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Other field athletes with multiple event appearances on the all-region team were Cole Henderson in the Hammer Throw and Shotput and Jaquay Mitchell, who leapt his way to both a Long Jump and Triple Jump selection. Chris Reichenbach in his freshman campaign was recognized for his height cleared in the Pole Vault and Demarius Hampton was added for his performance in the Triple Jump as well.
On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team, which is good for fourteenth in the country and will be competing in the NCAA National Championships later in May, consists of P.J. Lotharp, JaTay Culliver, Kaynmon Maddox and Lucas Besong. Lotharp, who will advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual as well in the 200-meters adds that to his list of accolades on the Southeast All-Region Team.
On the women's side, Lenoir-Rhyne leads the South Atlantic Conference in number of athletes selected with nine. The men are second in the conference behind Queens with nine.
Alexander Central: 5
Cox Mill: 1
Cougars advance to the quarterfinals hosting Marvin Ridge on Friday.
South Caldwell: 5
Davie County: 2
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Reagan on Friday.
Wildcats season ends at 17-6.
North Davidson: 4
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 12-9.
South Caldwell: 10
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Providence
The Greenville Drive and the Hickory Crawdads were scoreless after nine innings at Fluor Field on Tuesday night, but it was the Crawdads that came out on top, 4-3, after 12 in the series opener.
Pitching was the story through regulation, as neither team managed to get on the board through the first nine frames. Drive starter Thad Ward worked 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts against a lone walk. The righty retired the final 14 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the third inning.
On the other side, Hickory starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Scott Engler combined to allow just three hits with eight strikeouts against one walk through the first eight innings of the contest.
Hickory broke through in the 10th with a pair of runs. With a runner starting the inning on second, Jose Almonte laced a one-out triple to center to score the first run of the game. Miguel Aparicio followed with a sac fly to left to plate Almonte and give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead.
Greenville answered in the bottom of the 10th. With a runner starting at second, Triston Casas doubled to center to bring in the first Drive run. After Casas moved to third on a wild pitch, Tyler Esplin singled to right to score him and tie the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless 11th for both sides, Hickory added two more in the 12th. With runners on the corners, Sherten Apostel hit a sac fly to right to bring in one. Two batters later, a fielder's choice by Aparicio brought in a second run, making it a 4-2 lead.
The Drive attempted a rally in the bottom half. With position player Tyler Depreta-Johnson pitching for Hickory, Devlin Granberg singled to right on the first pitch he saw, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Esplin singled to right, scoring Jordan Wren from third, to cut the lead to 4-3 with two on and one out. Back-to-back flyouts ended the inning and preserved the 4-3 win for the Crawdads.
Nick Starr (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 3.0 innings of work. Logan Browning (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.
Esplin paced the Drive on the night with three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Casas doubled with a run and an RBI, while Wren and Granberg accounted for the remaining two Drive runs. Rio Gomez threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just a pair of hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.
The series continues on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Drive right-hander Yasel Santana (0-3, 6.05 ERA) goes to the mound for the Drive against Hickory right-hander Ronny Henriquez (0-1, 3.21 ERA).
Appalachian State scored several times in unorthodox fashion, but UNC Asheville used a six-run third to take control in a 13-7 victory Tuesday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
It was the home finale for the Mountaineers (21-28) before they close the regular season with a series at Coastal Carolina from Thursday through Sunday.
The Sun Belt Conference Championships, which will also be held in Conway, S.C., begin Tuesday. With a 12-14 league record, App State is currently in ninth place in the 12-team conference, and 10 teams make the tournament.
In the last non-conference game of 2019, Luke Drumheller hit a first-inning double down the right-field line and came all the way around to score thanks to a throwing error after he had stopped at second.
UNC Asheville (15-33) loaded the bases with nobody out in the third against starter Will Sprinkle before scoring on an infield single, three straight walks and two straight sacrifice flies.
The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 6-3 thanks to an inside-the-park home run off the left-center wall from Kendall McGowan, who homered for the seventh time in the last 11 games, and Tyler Leek’s RBI triple in which Riley Smith scored as a collision with the fence caused the center fielder to lose control of the hard-hit ball.
The Bulldogs responded with a three-run sixth and fourth-run sixth to move ahead 13-3.
McGowan sped around the bases in 16.23 seconds on a ball that was hit with a 98 mph exit velocity, according to the @AppStSportsData account, and he was responsible for one of App State’s eight hits.
App State seniors Joel McDaniel, Drew Beck (double) and CJ Brown had hits in their home finales, and freshman Hayden Cross picked up two RBIs on an eighth-inning single that scored McDaniel and Brown. Another senior, Bobby Hampton, recorded one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Bulldogs faced seven App State pitchers, posted 14 hits and capitalized on eight walks.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Track and Field Team will have representation for two events in the 2019 NCAA National Championships – the 4x100 meter relay and the men's 200-meter race. The Championships are set for May 23 – 25 in Kingsville, Texas.
The Men's 4x100-meter relay team is comprised of Kaynmon Maddox, Ja'Tay Culliver, P.J. Lotharp and Lucas Besong. This team heads into the competition tied for sixth nationally.
Lotharp also ran his way to a spot in the 200-meter race and ranks fourteenth in the country heading into the championships.
Several other student-athletes were considered based on NCAA provisional marks and a program record number of 11 made a list of candidates, which are as follows:
P.J. Lotharp – 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m Relay
Kaynmon Maddox – 4 x 100m Relay
Ja'Tay Culliver – 4 x 100m Relay
Lucas Besong – 4 x 100m Relay
Demarius Hampton – Triple Jump
Jaquay Mitchell – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Saidah Hardwick – 400m, 4 x 400m Relay
Paiton Fair – 4 x 400m Relay
Tyra Poole – 4 x 400m Relay
Taylor Meadows – 4 x 400m Relay
Autumn Drayton – Discus