A.J. Alexy allowed just two hits over six innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Delmarva Shorebirds in a 6-0 win on Thursday.
Alexy (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked one.
Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Andretty Cordero hit an RBI single and Franklin Rollin hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crawdads later added one run in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the ninth to finish off the shutout.
Travis Seabrooke (3-8) went seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked three. Christian Torres pitched three scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.
The Shorebirds were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.
Yohel Pozo and Anderson Tejeda recorded three hits each, as Hickory beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 9-8 on Wednesday.
Pozo singled four times, scoring two runs.
Trailing 4-0, Delmarva batted around in the second inning, sending 18 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs, including a single by Ryan McKenna that scored Daniel Fajardo and Alexis Torres.
Leading 12-10, the Crawdads added to their lead in the sixth inning when Leody Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run and Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the seventh when Blaine Prescott hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Eric Jenkins.
Delmarva saw its comeback attempt come up short after Ryan McKenna and Milton Ramos each hit two home runs to cut the Hickory lead to 17-16.
Jake Lemoine (3-2) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal (7-11) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. C.D. Pelham recorded his 12th save of the season.
Four Shorebirds (Cole Billingsley, Cole Billingsley, Ryan McKenna and Ryan McKenna) recorded three hits each in the losing effort.
The Dads are 34-25 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts Columbia for a weekend series.
West Caldwell: 2
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
East Burke: 2
West Caldwell: 1
Alexander Central: 9
Bunker Hill: 0
South Caldwell: 9
Daniel Fajardo hit a walk-off single with one out in the 14th inning, as the Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Hickory Crawdads 1-0 on Tuesday.
Frank Crinella scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on second base and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The Shorebirds had four relievers combine to throw 11 scoreless innings in the victory. Kory Groves (3-5) got the win in relief while Jairo Beras (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
The Crawdads were held off the scoreboard for the seventh time this season, while the Shorebirds' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.
Alexander Central: 8
West Wilkes: 0
Fred T. Foard: 1
West Lincoln: 1
Lenoir-Rhyne University will add five members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Christi Cranford, Jackie Gebhart, Bill Johnson, Cory Morgan and Jody Petty make up the Class of 2017.
The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Homecoming Weekend and will take place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on LR’s campus at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
The five will also be honored during Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game against Newberry, which begins at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
“This hall of fame class truly shows the quality and diversity we strive for as an institution when selecting new members,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate. “All five honorees are well-deserving of this special recognition and represent an incredible tradition of excellence in our distinguished sports hall of fame.”
Cranford (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) was a three-sport standout – women’s basketball, softball and women’s tennis – and was one of the best all-around female student-athletes in school history.
In three years as a member of the women’s basketball team, Cranford totaled 1,013 points, 244 assists, 227 rebounds and 137 steals and was a two-year captain (1989-90 and 1990-91). In addition, she still holds the school record for career free throw percentage (.802) and finished in the top five in the nation with an 85.9 percentage from the charity stripe as a senior. On the diamond, she batted over .300 for her career and was a two-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (1990 and 1991).
In the classroom, Cranford earned numerous academic all-league honors and was either on the Dean’s List or President’s List each semester she was enrolled. In addition, she graduated Magna Cum Laude as a double major in Sports Management and Business Administration.
After graduation, Cranford completed more than 50 marathons – including 10 consecutive Boston Marathons – and finished an ironman distance triathlon. Currently, she also enjoys running ultra-marathon events and serves as a pace group leader in the running community.
Cranford, a Newton-Conover High School and Catawba County Sports Hall Of Fame honoree, is employed by Bank of America in its Information Technology sector.
Gebhart (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1995) was a four-time All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer honoree (1991-94) including three straight first-time selections (1992, 1993 and 1994). A three-time All-South Region pick (1992-94), she remains the school’s all-time leader in assists (33) to go along with 27 goals and 87 total points (fifth all-time in program history). She also captained the team all four years and was a three-time team most valuable player.
Gebhart was part of the University of Maine’s Women’s Soccer Coaching staff for 15 years (1996-2004 as Assistant Coach and 2005-10 as Associate Head Coach). While residing in Maine, she also coached U-18 and U-16 Premier Club Teams with Blackbear United Football Club and led the squad to the state championship in 2005. In addition, she was also part of the Maine Olympic Development Program for three summers.
Johnson (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1959) lettered four years and was a two-year starter on the football team (1955-58) while helping lead the Bears to a 36-3-3 record and four straight North State Conference Championships. He was a two-time all-league selection and earned NAIA First-Team All-American honors by the Greensboro Daily News in 1958. He came to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving four years in the United States Air Force.
Johnson was also an outstanding baseball player, batting over .300 for his career and serving as co-captain. He also played three positions: first base, outfield and catcher.
After college, Johnson coached baseball and football and taught physical education at several high schools including Titusville (Fla.) and West Lincoln (N.C.) and Stilwell Junior High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He also worked in the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department and started a dog grooming school which capped off a successful 30-year run. Johnson will be honored posthumously after passing away recently.
Morgan (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2002) was a four-year starter for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (1998-01) and remains one of the best players in school history. He continues to hold five school records: career goals (43) and total points (103), season goals (19) and total points (41) in 2000 and matches played (76).
Morgan was a four-year All-South Atlantic Conference honoree – the only player in school history to accomplish the feat – and was an All-South Region selection and SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2000.
Morgan has taught physical education and coached soccer since graduation. He coached two years at St. Stephens High School (2012-13) where he was named league coach of the year (2012) and region co-coach of the year in 2013 and led the Indians to a pair of playoff berths. He also coached at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., led the team to four playoff berths, the 2015 region championship and a No. 19 national ranking.
Currently, Morgan is teaching P.E. at Burlingame Intermediate School in Burlingame, California, and coaching at the Burlingame Soccer Club.
Petty (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) played four years for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1988-91) and was instrumental in the renaissance of the program. He was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (1989-90 and 1990-91) and was the 1990-91 SAC Player Of The Year.
Petty, a 1991 NAIA All-District honoree, led the Bears to the 1989-90 and 1990-91 SAC Regular Season Championships as LR compiled a 43-13 record and earned a pair of berths in the NAIA Playoffs those two seasons. He has 1,089 career points and ranks fourth in assists (459) and fifth in free throw percentage (.853) on the Bears’ all-time lists.
Petty played beach volleyball professionally for six years and worked throughout the world as a fashion model. In addition, he toured the country singing with various bands and currently resides in Staley, North Carolina.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be honoring this new class of Sports Hall of Fame members along with the other distinguished members in a new digital touchscreen Hall of Excellence display scheduled to be installed in the lobby of Shuford Memorial Gymnasium this fall. The Hall of Excellence display will also recognize Bears’ All-Americans, Academic All-American’s, the history of LR athletics, and other notable awards.
Charles Leblanc homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-2 on Monday.
Alex Kowalczyk singled three times for Hickory.
Down 1-0 in the second, Greensboro took the lead when Rony Cabrera hit an RBI single and Micah Brown scored on a wild pitch.
The Crawdads took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Anderson Tejeda homered to bring home Leblanc.
The Crawdads later tacked on two runs in the sixth when Leody Taveras scored on a double play and Leblanc hit an RBI single to secure the victory.
Hickory southpaw Reiver Sanmartin (4-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Brandon Miller (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. C.D. Pelham retired the side in order for his 11th save of the season.
Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 1
Bunker Hill: 3
Ashe County: 0
St. Stephens: 3
East Burke: 1
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 1
West Caldwell: 1
West Caldwell: 3
North Iredell: 9
Bunker Hill: 0
South Caldwell: 6
Alexander Central: 3
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program will be hosting “Pray for Clay” – a Stand Up Against Cancer event – during its regular-season opener against USC-Lancaster on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.
The event is in honor of Clay Goodson, the uncle of CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson.
Goodson, 45, originally believed he had a severe sinus infection mass in his neck several months ago, but when his symptoms worsened, he was taken by his wife Crystal to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he received a severe diagnosis – Clay had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Doctors also discovered a second mass in Clay’s chest between his heart and lungs. With his wife and two children by his side, Clay quickly started chemotherapy treatments.
The discovery prompted Hudson to take action.
“After I found out about Clay’s diagnosis, I wanted to do something to help,” Hudson said. “We typically do a ‘Dig Pink’ Breast Cancer Awareness event with our volleyball team, so I talked to our girls, and we decided to switch things up this year and host an event that would bring awareness to all different types of cancer with our focus this year being on Lymphoma.”
Music artist Brooke Caldwell will be performing the national anthem before CVCC’s match against the Lancers, and following the contest, the Red Hawks will recognize families who are battling or have battled cancer and also those families who have lost a loved one from the disease – presenting all of these families with flowers.
Caldwell will also perform after the match, and a special video presentation of Clay with his family will be shown.
The CVCC volleyball program will be accepting donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their satellite office in Charlotte.
For more information on this event, contact Hudson by calling 828-327-7000 ext. 4239 or 4566 or by emailing her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jhonny Santos hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 5-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.
The double by Santos scored Trenton Hill and Jarett Rindfleisch to give the Grasshoppers a 4-2 lead.
The Grasshoppers tacked on another run in the eighth when Santos hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hill.
Greensboro right-hander Kolton Mahoney (6-5) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Walker Weickel (4-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up four runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Chad Smith retired the side in order for his sixth save of the season.
Anderson Tejeda homered and singled, driving in two runs for the Crawdads.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer (0-2) suffered a 1-0 decision to Campbell (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek, N.C.
A Haley Thoma penalty kick goal at 49:33 in the second was the difference for the match, leading to the contest’s only score.
Appalachian and the hosts were at a 0-0 stalemate in the first half as neither team could connect on both of their shot attempts at the net. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) mustered up the Mountaineers’ only shot that was on target
App attempted four of its seven shots in the opening half while later couldn’t get any offense going in the second half with just three shot attempts. Campbell held the advantage in shots, 12-7, and corner kicks, 2-0.
Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) started her first match of the season playing the first 45 minutes allowing zero goals and recorded one save, while Lauren Burke (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy) would play in the second half for the full 45.
The Black and Gold are still seeking for the first win of the season, and will have the opportunity on Sunday against Ball State at 1 p.m. in Muncie, Ind.
Appalachian State University field hockey will enter the 2017 season riding the momentum of a 3-1 exhibition win over Davidson on Sunday at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.
"Our two exhibition games against Wake Forest and Davidson have really helped us see what we need to get better at and what we need to work on," said head coach Meghan Dawson. "Davidson is really athletic and scrappy, but we were able to change our tempo in the second half and had much better possessions, which will set us up for better success in the future."
The Mountaineers scored all three goals in the second half as Melissa Nobile led the attack with two goals while Abby Merrill netted a goal of her own. App made 14 shots to Davidson's eight as the Moutaineers also led the Wildcats in penalty corners with an eight to three advantage.
Davidson scored its lone goal of the match in the first half at the 26th minute on a Paige Albert pass to Kristin Kisa as the Wildcats went into the half with a 1-0 lead.
Nobile, the scoring leader from last season, scored her first goal off a Ali Williams pass in the 39th minute. The second Appalachian goal came after Rebecca McLean received a corner from Taylor Cimbalist in the 51st minute. McLean delivered a high pass towards the posts that Michelle Taylor deflected to Abby Merrill for the score and a 2-1 Mountaineer lead.
In the 68th minute, McLean intercepted a Davidson pass and then found Nobile for the sophomore's second goal of the match.
Rachel Gaines played all 70 minutes between the posts and allowed just one goal. The Ohio native made four saves against the eight Davidson shots.
Appalachian will finish up its last week of preseason training before heading to Philadelphia for a matchup with La Salle on Friday, Aug. 25.
Brian Miller hit a two-run single in the fifth inning, leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 5-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday.
The single by Miller scored J.C. Millan and Jhonny Santos to tie the game 2-2.
The Grasshoppers took the lead for good in the seventh when Rony Cabrera hit a solo home run.
Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Charles Leblanc scored on a double play in the ninth inning to cut the Greensboro lead to 5-3.
Cabrera homered and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for Greensboro.
Kyle Keller (2-0) got the win in relief while Grant Zawadzki (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer concluded a successful exhibition slate on Saturday evening thanks to a 1-0 win over a formidable Radford team at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Black and Gold finished the preseason with a 1-0-1 mark.
App got all the help it needed in the opening minutes of the half when a scrum for the ball led to an own goal by the visitors, giving App the 1-0 edge.
The Highlanders fired away three of their four shots on goal in the first half, but Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) saved all three attempts to keep the shutout going.
Appalachian would hold the advantage in shots overall, 9-7, while Radford posted four shots on goal to the Mountaineers’ three. The App defense clamped down even more as RU only attempted two shots in the second half. Mitch Kilmer (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) helped with the defensive effort as he would play the final 19:50 between the posts, coming away with a save.
Overall, the defensive effort across the board was excellent leading to a second shutout in as many contests.
Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) led the team with three shots while Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) had a pair of chances at the net. The trio all nearly converted on one of their shots, which would have put the match at 4-0 in App’s favor.
After a challenging preseason that featured an ACC opponent and the Big South Conference favorites, App will now turn its attention towards Old Dominion and VCU. The Mountaineers will open up next weekend on the road starting with ODU on Friday, Aug. 25 in Norfolk, Va. at 7 p.m.
“Good results,” O’Keefe said after the win. “The boys put in a great shift vs. a very good Radford team that was picked to win the Big South again this year. We again bent but didn’t break, and got an unconventional goal which was great because we didn’t get many last year. We had some better looks that we need to improve on and will. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for a very challenging opening weekend at ODU and VCU.”
Evan Beal and three other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Greensboro Grasshoppers beat the Hickory Crawdads 11-0 on Friday.
Beal (3-0) picked up the win after he allowed two hits over three scoreless innings. A.J. Alexy (0-1) went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out one and walked two.
In the bottom of the first, Greensboro took the lead on a home run by Jarett Rindfleisch that scored Brian Miller and Luis Pintor. The Grasshoppers then added three runs in the second and five in the third. In the second, Rony Cabrera hit a solo home run, while Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the third.
Cabrera was a triple short of the cycle, driving in two runs in the win.
The Crawdads were held scoreless for the sixth time this season, while the Grasshoppers' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.
Alexander Central: 28
St. Stephens: 40, 2 OT
Hunter Huss: 49
Fred T. Foard: 14
Bunker Hill: 0
Hickory: 26, OT
West Caldwell: 35
East Burke: 0
West Lincoln: 43