Jordan Melia (Bolton, England/Rivington & Blackrod), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) have been named Appalachian State University men’s soccer team captains for the 2016 season, head coach Jason O’Keefe announced on Wednesday.
“I am excited to announce these three young men as our captains for the 2016 season,” O’Keefe said. “The spring was extremely challenging and Jordan, Ben and Ian rose to every one and earned this appointment. I am pleased for them to be recognized as they are all very influential in our program on the soccer field, in the classroom and within the Boone community.”
Melia, a rising senior, has been a leader for the Mountaineers the last three seasons, starting in 35 of 41 appearances for his career. Starting a career-high 18 games last season, Melia helped lead Appalachian to five shutouts, including a key victory in the last regular-season match against conference foe NJIT on Nov. 7. The Bolton, England-native has also been an asset on the offensive side when necessary, tallying 11 shots (three on-goal) and assisting on a goal during his freshman campaign.
Steen, a rising senior, has been another crucial defender to the App State backline, but has also seen opportunities off set pieces in his three years as a Mountaineer. In 2015, he had three shots-on-goal in the 1-0 NJIT victory on Nov. 7. After filling in for key moments due to injuries during his freshman year, the Mooresville-native exploded in 2014 to start 16 of 17 matches, tallying six shots (two on-goal) while continuing to help the defense.
Bennett, a rising sophomore, had an explosive freshman campaign, starting in 17 of 18 matches for Appalachian. His first collegiate goal came against Radford (Sept. 18) and had an assist against North Florida on Aug. 28 in his first collegiate appearance. The Wilmington-native midfielder/forward finished the season fourth on the team in shots-on-goal (six) and shots (21).
The 2016 campaign begins with three exhibitions: the Black and Gold scrimmage (Aug. 12), home against Wofford (Aug. 16) and away against High Point (Aug. 20). The regular season begins for Appalachian on Aug. 26 when the Mountaineers travel to take on Cincinnati.
Appalachian State University football senior tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) was named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List on Wednesday.
Given annually to the most outstanding tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committe and the 2016 Mackey Award Recipient will be announced on December 7, 2016.
Burns is one of four student-athletes from the Sun Belt to land on the prestigious list, as Buck Cowan (Idaho), Gerald Everett (South Alabama) and Keith Rucker (Georgia State) also received preseason recognition. Turning in a solid 2015 campaign, Burns led the Mountaineers with a team-high eight receiving touchdowns along with 163 yards and 15 receptions. He inserted himself in the record books where his touchdown production was tied for a sixth all-time in one season while tying the record for most touchdown catches by a tight end (Daniel Bettis - 2005).
A red-zone threat for the Mountaineers, over half of Burns’ receptions went for six points. For his performance last season, Burns was a Sun Belt honorable-mention selection.
The senior tight end scored in seven of 13 games last season, including a stretch of four-straight contests where he found the pylon. In the thrilling come-from-behind 31-29 Camellia Bowl victory over Ohio, Burns played a pivotal role where he caught a pair of touchdown passes.
For his career, Burns has recorded 51 catches for 497 yards and 11 touchdowns, which is tied for 10th all-time in program history in touchdown receptions.
Lincoln County: 3
Hickory leads the best of five series 2-0.
All other Hickory Metro games were postponed due to rain
The Hickory Crawdads jumped ahead with some early offense against the Augusta GreenJackets Tuesday night, but after scoring 2 runs in the first 3 innings the 'Dads bats went quiet resulting in a 6-2 loss to the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The Crawdads' early production came courtesy of a couple of hot batters, as Eduard Pinto put the team up 1-0 with a solo home run in the 2nd while Dylan Moore tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in the 3rd. The runs would stop there though, as the Greenjackets scored the final 4 tallies on the night to hand the 'Dads the 6-2 defeat.
Augusta starting pitcher Michael Connelly began the game retiring the first 5 Hickory hitters he faced before Pinto jumped on the first pitch he saw and lined a solo homer to right for a 1-0 Crawdads lead in the 2nd. The GreenJackets responded in the bottom of the frame, as they loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch to Matt Winn, a single from Jean Angomas, and a walk to Seth Harrision. Johneshwy Fargas followed with a 2-RBI double to left off of Crawdads starting pitcher Dillon Tate to put the 'Jackets ahead 2-1.
The 'Dads came back with another tally of their own in the top of the 3rd to tie the score at 2-2. Connor McCay reached on a throwing error by Augusta shortstop Lucius Fox to start the inning before he eventually scored on an RBI base knock by Moore to deadlock the game.
The GreenJackets re-took the lead in the bottom of the 4th against Hickory reliever Matt Ball, as Fargas reached on an infield single, Junior Amion hit a ground ball base knock to right, and Fox came through with an RBI single up the middle for a 3-2 score. The Augusta advantage grew to 4-2 in the 5th when Dillon Dobson jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat for a solo homer to left.
The Crawdads offense attempted one last rally in the top of the 8th, when McKay doubled to right, Moore walked, and Tyler Sanchez also drew a free pass to load the bases with two outs. Augusta turned to reliever Carlos Alvarado and the right-hander was able to escape the jam with a groundball out to short off the bat of Josh Altmann to keep the 'Dads down by 2.
The 'Jackets then put the game away in the home half of the 8th, with two runs scoring on two hits, two wild pitches, and two walks off of Crawdads reliever Adam Choplick for the 6-2 score they would win by.
Ball (1-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work. Connolly (6-3) earned the win for Augusta with 2 runs allowed, 1 earned, on 5 hits and 6 Ks over 7 innings pitched, while Alvarado (3) earned the 4-out save for finishing off the game.
Pinto led the Hickory hitters with a 2-4 game including his third home run of the season, while Moore finished 1-3 with an RBI and a walk. Both McKay (2-3, 2B, R) and Ti'Quan Forbes (2-4, 3B) ended the night with multi-hit games.
The Crawdads (5-8/43-40) will still go for the series win over the GreenJackets (8-5/44-39) in the rubber match of the 3-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Matthew De La Rosa has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State College Division All-State Baseball First Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
De La Rosa, a senior shortstop from Austin, Texas, set a single-season school record for runs batted in (61) to go along with a .357 batting average and a team-high 10 home runs, a .605 slugging percentage and 112 total bases.
De La Rosa, who started all 51 games this year, earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors for the second straight year in 2016. De La Rosa also led the Bears to a 33-18 record – the second-most wins in school history – and a berth in the league tournament championship for the first time in seven years.
De La Rosa became the fifth player in school history to be drafted by a Major League Baseball Team when the Baltimore Orioles took him in the 28th round (841st pick) of the 2016 draft.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Baseball Teams
SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Mount Olive
SP - Dylan Ward, Barton
RP - Jordan Cummings, Winston-Salem State
C - Will Albertson^, Catawba
INF - Evan Rodgers^, Mars Hill
INF - Dylan Richardson, Catawba
INF - Matthew De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
INF - Calvin Hawke, Barton College
OF - Shane Billings^, Wingate University
OF - Zak Orrison, Mount Olive
OF - Alex Rodriguez, Methodist
DH - Bradley Brown^, Wingate
SP - Nathan Steger, Winston-Salem State
SP - Cody Smith, Chowan
RP - Bryan Blanston, Catawba
C - Andrew Webster, Barton
INF - Zach Cooper, Chowan
INF - Chance Bowden, Catawba
INF - Chuck Noble, Guilford
INF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF - Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF - Bill Krebs, Wingate
OF - Connor Arcobasso, Chowan
DH - Stibel Aleman Saba, UNC Pembroke
^ - Named to 2015 All-State Team
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its upcoming 2016 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by seven home games – a first in 12 years – as the Bears will take the field under first-year mentor Mike Kellar.
Lenoir-Rhyne will also play its first four contests at Moretz Stadium for the first time since 1999 (the Bears started that season 4-0).
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the year on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m., against Virginia State. The Trojans and Bears have met once before with LR prevailing by a score of 33-6 on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Ettrick, Va. Virginia State earned a playoff berth that same season.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts non-conference foes North Greenville (September 10 at 7:00 p.m.), Limestone (September 24 at 7:00 p.m.) and UNC Pembroke (October 8 at 2:00 p.m., for its annual Homecoming game). The Bears will be meeting the Braves for the first time in school history. Two years ago, UNC Pembroke went 9-2 and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host Tusculum to open the South Atlantic Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. The Bears won a triple overtime thriller over the Pioneers, 55-52, last year and have beaten Tusculum four straight seasons.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on league-rival Carson-Newman in its road opener on Saturday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles went 9-3 last year and earned a berth in the playoffs but the Bears have won seven of the last eight contests against Carson-Newman.
The Bears’ remaining road games against conference foes include Wingate (October 15 at 1:30 p.m.), Newberry (October 29 at 4:00 p.m.) and Brevard (November 5 at 1:00 p.m.).
Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry play for the Bishops’ Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools in North and South Carolina. Newberry went 7-4 last fall and also qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season against long-time rival Catawba on Saturday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Catawba (9-3, 6-1), last year’s conference regular season champion, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne by a 28-14 score in 2015 to snap a six-game losing streak to the Bears. The Indians lead the all-time series with the Bears, 47-44-4.
Lenoir-Rhyne saw its four-year run as South Atlantic Conference Champions come to an end last year. The Bears went 5-5 in 2015 but led NCAA Division II in rushing for the third consecutive season (384.7 yards per game).
2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule
Date Day Opponent Site Time
Sept. 3 Sat. Virginia State Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 Sat. North Greenville Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Sat. #Tusculum Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Sat. Limestone (Family Weekend) Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Sat. #Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 Sat. UNC Pembroke (Homecoming) Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 15 Sat. #Wingate Wingate, N.C. 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Sat. #Mars Hill Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 29 Sat. #Newberry Newberry, S.C. 4 p.m.
Nov. 5 Sat. #Brevard Brevard, N.C. 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Sat. #Catawba Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Appalachian State University and director of athletics Doug Gillin announced its acceptance as an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for the sport of field hockey beginning in 2017-18 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Appalachian will become the eighth field hockey team in the league, as five of the MAC’s 12 member institutions currently sponsor the sport, including Miami (OH), Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio and Ball State (Missouri State and Longwood are also affiliate members).
“I am pleased to welcome Appalachian State University as an affiliate member in women’s field hockey beginning with the 2017 season,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “Appalachian State is a wonderful institution and we look forward to its association with the Mid-American Conference.”
The Mountaineers had previously competed in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) since it disbanded following the 2014-15 season and will play out its second season as a Division I independent before being eligible for postseason play and league awards in the MAC effective prior to the 2017 season.
“We are thrilled to join the Mid-American Conference as an associate member,” said Gillin. “Joining the MAC is a great development for Appalachian State field hockey. I thank Commissioner Steinbrecher and the MAC’s presidents, athletics directors, senior woman administrators and field hockey coaches for the opportunity. We are excited to begin MAC competition in 2017.”
Field hockey was introduced at Appalachian State in 1968 and since then, the Mountaineers have compiled an all-time record of 377-432-46.
Appalachian State’s final RPI in 2015 was 63. That ranking would have been fourth in the eight-team conference last season, behind only Miami (OH) (27), Kent St. (37) and Longwood (61). The Mountaineers finished the 2015 season, head coach Meghan Dawson’s first with the program, 4-13 overall as a Division I independent, owning wins over Missouri State (70), La Salle (55), Saint Louis (74) and Davidson (49).
“We are ecstatic to be joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in 2017,” said second-year head coach Meghan Dawson. “The MAC has great universities, coaches and student-athletes that we are looking forward to competing against each year. It is a competitive field hockey conference that will help us continue to develop our field hockey program, both academically and athletically. I want to thank everyone associated with the MAC and here at Appalachian State that made this possible. We’re looking forward to representing the MAC!”
Formed in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12 member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 10 members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The league has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conference in the country. The conference office is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Appalachian State University football senior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was one of 91 student-athletes to be named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list.
In honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, the Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.
In 2015, the stud running back was ranked 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game (118.6), 17th in rushing yards (1,423) and 20th in all-purpose yards per game (131.92). The workhorse finished third in the Sun Belt in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. The fourth-year student-athlete ran for the century mark in eight of 12 games, including an impressive 24 carry, 162-yard performance in the Apps’ come-from-behind Camellia Bowl win over Ohio, 31-29.
Cox is the lone student-athlete in program history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first three seasons. Following another solid season on the ground, Cox is set to break the all-time rushing record of 4,804 rushing yards, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07), and Cox needs just one more game of 100 yards to break his his tie with John Settle (1983-86) for the most all-time at 23.
Cox is also just one of two student-athletes in history to average at least 100 yards per game with John Settle (102.5 ypg). After 2015, the ball carrier tops the list at 113.0 ypg for the highest in team history.
Joining Cox from the Sun Belt on the list are Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III and UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire. Cox is one of four student-athletes from the state of North Carolina on the list, as Matt Dayes (NC State-RB), Thomas Sirk (Duke - QB) and Elijah Hood (North Carolina - RB) represent North Carolina.
Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Fans can also still enjoy the perks that come with being a Yosef Club member by joining for the 2016 membership year, which runs through Dec. 31, 2016. Yosef Club membership comes with access to exclusive seating and parking for Appalachian State football (at certain membership levels). Additionally, Yosef Club members at the $100 annual and above will be eligible to participate in July’s single-game tickets pre-sale.
The Hickory Crawdads may not have produced much offensive fireworks in their 4th of July matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets Monday night, but what the 'Dads lacked in power they made up for in efficiency as Hickory utilized great performances by Peter Fairbanks on the mound and Dylan Moore at the plate for a 3-2 win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Fairbanks was in command of the ballgame from the start, as the Crawdads hurler began the night with 14 straight outs before losing his perfect game bid on a 2-out single in the 5th. Moore meanwhile drove in all 3 of the 'Dads runs on a 2-RBI double and an RBI sacrifice fly to power Hickory to the series' opening victory.
The Crawdads jumped out ahead in the 3rd, when Eric Jenkins singled to left, Frandy De La Rosa hit a ground ball single to right, and Moore delivered a 2-RBI double in the right-center field gap for a 2-0 'Dads lead. The advantage grew to 3-0 in the 5th, as Jenkins reached on a bunt single, stole second base, advanced to third on a fielding error by Augusta first baseman Junior Arias, and finally came in to score on an RBI sacrifice fly from Moore.
The GreenJackets offense meanwhile was held in check through the first 5 frames, with Fairbanks not allowing a baserunner until there were 2 outs in the 5th. Augusta was finally able to scrape across a run in the 6th when Fairbanks was called for a balk with runners on the corners and two outs, which forced in a tally for a 3-1 score.
The 'Jackets picked up another run in the 7th, when Seth Harrison reached on a 2-out fielding error by 'Dads shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri prior to an RBI triple off the left field fence by Johneshwy Fargas. Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez would stop the rally there however, as he sat down the final 7 batters he faced to finish off the Hickory victory.
Fairbanks (4-3) earned the win with 1 run allowed on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched, while Lopez (2) earned the save after holding on to the lead over the final 3 frames. Augusta starter Jake McCasland (1-4) took the loss with 3 runs allowed, 2 earned, on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 6 Ks over 6 IP.
Moore paced the 'Dads bats with a 1-3 game including a double and 3 RBI. Jenkins finished 2-4 with his league-leading 36th stolen base of the year and 2 runs scored, while Eduard Pinto went 2-4.
The Crawdads (5-7/43-39) and GreenJackets (7-5/43-39) will play again Tuesday night at 7:05 pm in game 2 of their 3-game series.
Caldwell County: 10
Mint Hill: 0
Caldwell County leads the best of five series 2-0.
Lincoln County: 6
Hickory leads the best of five series 1-0.
Huntersville leads the best of five series 2-0.
The Hickory Crawdads began Sunday night with a leadoff double from Eric Jenkins but little else afterwards as the 'Dads were held off the scoreboard until a Dylan Moore solo home run in the 9th, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of a sellout crowd of 5,970 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The game began with a jolt of promise for the Crawdads offense, as Jenkins lined the third pitch of the bottom of the 1st down the right field line for a leadoff double. The rally was quickly dampened however when Frandy De La Rosa lined out to the shortstop Johan Cruz, who also doubled off Jenkins at second for a double play. Kannapolis starting pitcher Max Beatty would retire 16 consecutive batters from that point on, setting the tone for the night as the 'Dads were held to 1 run on 4 hits.
The Intimidators got on the board in the top of the 2nd, with singles from Landon Lassiter and Micker Adolfo preceding a hit-by-pitch to Max Dutto to load the bases with nobody out. Hickory starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez then traded a run for two outs on a 4-6-3 double play, before Tyler Sullivan knocked in the frame's second run on a 2-out, RBI base knock to center for a 2-0 Kannapolis advantage.
The score remained the same until the 7th, as Hernandez settled in with 2.1 scoreless innings before Blake Bass finished off the 5th and tossed a shutout 6th to keep the Crawdads within 2 runs. The Intimidators stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 7th though, when K.J. Woods unloaded on a moon shot, solo home run to right.
The 'Dads bats seemed to wake up in the home half of the 8th, when Ricky Valencia singled and Ti'Quan Forbes walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Sherman Lacrus followed 2 outs later with a deep fly ball to left-center field off of Kannapolis reliever Tanner Mendonca, but the would-be big hit was caught at the wall by left fielder Antonio Rodriguez for the final out of the inning.
Hickory was able to avoid the shutout when Moore jumped on the first pitch he saw from reliever Taylore Cherry for a solo homer in the 9th. That would be as close as the Crawdads would get however, as Cherry got Josh Altmann to fly out to center field to end the game with a 3-1 'Dads defeat.
Hernandez (7-6) took the loss for the Crawdads after allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts over 4.1 innings pitched. Beatty (1-1) earned the win for the Intimidators with 5.2 scoreless innings pitched on 2 hits and 6 strikeouts, while Cherry (5) picked up the save after working around Moore's homer to end the game.
Moore finished the night 1-4 with his 7th home run of the season, his third in the last 10 days. Jenkins ended the game 1-4 with a double, while Lacrus went 1-3.
The Crawdads (4-7/42-39) finish the series with a 4-game split against the Intimidators (6-5/30-51). The 'Dads will now hit the road for a week, beginning with a 3-game series in Augusta against the GreenJackets. First pitch on Monday, July 4th is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Caldwell County: 4
Mint Hill: 3
Caldwell County leads the best of five series 1-0
Hickory vs. Lincoln County, ppd. rain
No games played in this series. Game one to be played at East Lincoln High School on Monday
Huntersville leads the best of five series 1-0.
Queen City: 9, 14
Burke County: 3, 4
Queen City leads the best of five series 2-0.
The Hickory Crawdads got a big 3-run home run from Frandy De La Rosa in the 6th inning Saturday night to temporarily bring them within a run of the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators, but that would be as close as the home team would get as Kannapolis pulled away late for a 7-3 'Dads defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 6th trailing the Intimidators 4-0 and with only one hit offensively. That all changed on one swing of the bat, as De La Rosa followed a single from Sherman Lacrus and a walk by Eric Jenkins with an opposite field, 3-run blast over the left field fence to cut the score to 4-3. Kannapolis shut the 'Dads down from there however, as Hickory was held off the board over the final 3 frames while the Intimidators plated 3 in the 9th for the final 7-3 score.
Kannapolis took their initial lead on the night in the 2nd, when Cody Daily doubled to left, Micker Adolfo singled to center, and Max Dutto dropped an RBI single into right field off of Crawdads starting pitcher Erik Swanson for a 1-0 score. The Intimidators pushed their advantage to 4-0 in the 4th, with a walk to K.J. Woods and a 2-run homer off the bat of Adolfo driving in the first two tallies. Back-to-back doubles by Dutto and Daniel Gonzalez brought in the final run to put Kannapolis up by four.
Hickory was held off the board by Intimidators starting hurler Brannon Easterling, who limited the 'Dads to just 1 hit over the game's first 5 innings. The Crawdads offense came alive in the 6th against reliever Yelmison Peralta however, as Lacrus led off the frame with a single to left, Jenkins drew a free pass, and De La Rosa lined his 4th home run of the season to left field to cut the Hickory deficit to 4-3.
The score remained the same until the top of the 9th, when the Intimidators put the game away with a 2-RBI double from Daily and an RBI groundout by Adolfo off of 'Dads reliever John Werner for the final 7-3 score.
Swanson (4-3) took the loss for Hickory with 4 runs allowed on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Easterling (4-3) earned the win for Kannapolis with his 5 scoreless innings pitched, while Charleston (1) picked up the save after tossing a shutout 9th.
De La Rosa finished the game 1-3 with his home run, 3 RBI, and a walk to pace the Hickory hitters, while Lacrus went 1-3 with a run, and Jenkins ended the game 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.
The Crawdads (4-6/42-38) will still go for the series win over the Intimidators (5-5/29-51) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
First round is a best of five series:
American Legion Baseball, Area IV Playoff Pairings
E1)Union County v. W8)Henderson County
W4)Rutherford County v. E5)Shelby
E3)Gaston Braves v. W6)Cherryville
W2)Hickory v. E7)Lincoln County
W1)Asheville v. E8)Gastonia
E4)Huntersville v. W5)Taylorsville
W3)Caldwell County v. E6)Mint Hill
E2)Queen City v. W7)Burke County
First Round: July 3-8
Second Round: July 9-14
Four Team Tournament: July 15-18
Caldwell County: 12
Haywood Couny: 8
Burke County: 4
Rutherford County: 9
Taylorsviile: 6, 10 innings
A sloppy start to the ballgame proved to be a winning ingredient for the Hickory Crawdads Friday night, as the 'Dads took advantage of a crucial error by Kannapolis in the 3rd inning to score the decisive runs in a 4-3 win over the Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the bottom of the 3rd trailing the Intimidators 2-1 before an RBI groundout by Eduard Pinto plated Eric Jenkins to tie the score at 2-2. That appeared to be how the inning would end as well but Kannapolis third baseman Cody Daily let Yeyson Yrizarri's ground ball to go through his legs, which allowed the 2 decisive unearned runs to score. Hickory reliever Joe Palumbo carried the load from there with 4 shutout frames to finish off the Hickory victory.
Both teams began the night with a sluggish start, including starting pitchers Dillon Tate and Zach Thompson. Tate immediately had his back against the wall when he allowed a leadoff single to Tyler Sullivan before walking both Johan Cruz and K.J. Woods to load the bases with nobody out. Tate was able to minimize the damage however when he traded a run for two outs on a 6-4-3 double play before he induced a groundout from Landon Lassiter to get out of the frame down 1-0.
The 'Dads responded with some help form Thompson in the bottom of the inning, when Jenkins and Josh Altmann both walked prior Tyler Sanchez getting hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. After a fielder's choice groundout by Pinto failed to plate a run, Thompson threw a wild pitch that brought Atlmann in for a 1-1 tie.
Kannapolis retook the advantage in the top of the 3rd, when Seby Zavala delivered a 2-out, RBI single to center off of Pedro Payano to put the visiting squad on top 2-1. Hickory responded with the biggest inning of the night in the home half however, as Jenkins walked, Frandy De La Rosa singled to left, and Altmann reach on an infield base knock to load the bases with nobody out. Pinto tied the score with an RBI groundout for the second out of the frame, before Yrizarri hit what should have been an inning ending groundball to third. The ball kicked through Daily's legs however, with the error allowing both De La Rosa and Altmann to score for a 4-2 Crawdads lead.
The Intimidators cut their deficit in half with a run in the 5th on a 2-out, RBI single to left off the bat of Antonio Rodriguez to make the score 4-3. Kannapolis then appeared to be on the verge of tying the score again in the 7th when Lassiter roped a double down the right field line that send Woods speeding around the bases from first. Woods was cut down at the plate however on a great relay from Sherman Lacrus in right to De La Rosa and finally to Sanchez at the plate to preserve the 'Dads one-run lead.
Palumbo would shut down the game from there with a scoreless 8th and a perfect 9th for the final 4-3 Crawdads win.
Payano (3-3) earned the win for the 'Dads after allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts in a rare relief appearance for the All-Star starter. Thompson (5-3) took the loss for the Intimidators with 4 runs given up, 2 earned, on 2 hits, 3 walks, and 3 Ks over his 3 innings of work. Palumbo (6) recorded the save after turning in the best pitching performance on the night with no runs allowed on 4 hits and 6 strikeouts over 4 IP.
Altmann finished the night 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, Jenkins went 0-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored as well, and Lacrus ended the game 2-3 with a stolen base. Sanchez also had a good night with a double and a hit-by-pitch.
The Crawdads (4-5/42-37) will try to make it three straight wins over the Intimidators (4-5/28-51) Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Appalachian State University football defensive back Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) is academically ineligible to participate in the 2016 season, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Friday.
Gibbs will not participate in any team activities with the Mountaineers in 2016.
“Academics will always be the first and foremost priority for our program,” Satterfield said. “Our hope is that Latrell will meet the standards that we expect of our student-athletes academically this coming semester and rejoin the team in January.”
The Hickory Crawdads received solid performances from both the pitching mound and batters box Thursday night, as 'Dads starting hurler Wes Benjamin struck out 8 over 6 strong frames while the Hickory hitters clubbed 12 hits in a 7-3 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Benjamin led the way for the Crawdads from the mound, as the southpaw hurler tied career-highs in both innings pitched (6) and strikeouts (8). The Illinois native received plenty of support from the 'Dads bats, which put up 2 runs in each of the first two frames before striking for 3 tallies to put the game away in the 7th.
The 1st inning surge began with the leadoff hitter for Hickory, as Eric Jenkins lined a triple to left-center field before coming in one batter later on an RBI hit from Josh Altmann that ricocheted off pitcher Johnathan Frebis' foot and into left field for a double. One out later, Tyler Sanchez lofted a broken bat, RBI single to left to put the Crawdads on top 2-0.
Hickory doubled their advantage to 4-0 in the 2nd, this time using some help from the Kannapolis defense to plate a pair of unearned runs. Ti'Quan Forbes started the rally with a one-out double to left before he advanced to third on a fielding error by Kannapolis shortstop Max Dutto that also allowed Connor McKay to reach. Forbes then scored and McKay advanced to third when first baseman K.J. Woods threw wildly to third on a pickoff throw for the Intimidators' second error of the inning. Sherman Lacrus then drove in the final run of the frame on an RBI sacrifice fly to put the 'Dads ahead by 4.
Fast-forward to the 5th, and the Crawdads pulled away with 3 more runs, 2 unearned, for a 7-0 lead. Jenkins once again got the offense started with a one-out walk followed by a line drive to left off the bat of Altmann that Kannapolis left fielder Landon Lassiter dropped for an error that allowed Jenkins to score all the way from first. Dylan Moore followed with a 2-run home run to left for his 6th long ball of the season and a 7-run Hickory advantage.
The Intimidators finally got on the board in the 6th, when Tyler Sullivan lined a 2-run homer off the right field foul pole to cut the score to 7-2. Kannapolis picked up one last run in the 8th on a walk to Lassiter and an RBI double off the center field fence by Woods to make the score 7-3. That would be as close as the visiting team would get however, as Crawdads reliever Emerson Martinez tossed a scoreless 9th to finish off the 7-3 Hickory victory.
Benjamin (3-4) earned the win for the 'Dads with 2 runs allowed on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 8 strikeouts over his 6 innings pitched. Frebis (5-7) took the loss for Kannapolis after giving up 7 runs, 3 earned, on 9 hits, 1 walk, and 1 K over his 5 IP.
7 of the 9 Hickory hitters picked up at least one hit while four batters collected a multi-hit game. Sanchez led the way with a 3-4 night including an RBI, Jenkins finished 2-3 with a triple, a walk, and two runs scored, and Moore ended the night 1-4 with a home run and 2 RBI.
The Crawdads (3-5/41-37) and Intimidators (4-4/28-50) will play again Friday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their 4-game series.
Caldwell vs. Henderson, rained out. Cancelled.
Five members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team earned 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State honors. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Lenoir-Rhyne tied Wingate for the most all-state honorees with five members. Three Bears were named to the first team: sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.), senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) and freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.).
Carter, a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region honoree, finished third on the team in batting average (.379) to go along with four home runs, 47 runs batted in and a team-high 17 doubles this spring.
Phillips batted .352 with six home runs and led the conference in runs batted in (52) this year. Phillips was also an all-region and all-league honoree.
Boone led the SAC in batting average (.402) and ranked first on the team in numerous offensive categories including runs scored (62), hits (86), total bases (127) and slugging percentage (.593). Boone, a first-team all-conference and all-region pick as well, hit six home runs and was named the 2016 SAC Freshman Of The Year for her efforts.
Senior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) were named to the all-state second team for the Bears. Hoskins was Lenoir-Rhyne’s top pitcher this season, finishing 19-7 with a 2.20 earned run average, 184 strikeouts and six shutouts. Walker, a first-team all-conference selection, batted .400 on the year with 44 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
All five players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 48-13 record including a 20-2 mark in South Atlantic Conference play this year. The Bears also captured the SAC Regular Season Championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament in Savannah, Ga.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and selected by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Softball Teams
P - Carley Tysinger, Sr., Catawba, Lexington, N.C.
P - Stacey Houser, Sr., Wingate, Mooresville, N.C.
C - Taylor Laskey, Sr., Wingate, Cherryville, N.C.
INF - Madison Carter, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Bessemer City, N.C.
INF - Jordin Phillips, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Hampstead, N.C.
INF - Tina White, Jr., Chowan, Whiteville, N.C.
INF - Lindsey Wiggins, Jr., William Peace, Durham, N.C.
OF - Erin Boone, Fr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Creedmoor, N.C.
OF - Kelsey Akers, Sr., Mount Olive, Burlington, N.C.
OF - Kristen Stinnard, Jr., Catawba, Concord, N.C.
UTIL - Mellena Helms, Sr., Wingate, Concord, N.C.
DP - Makayla Carver, Fr., Guilford, Granite Falls, N.C.
P - Maryann Hoskins, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Havelock, N.C.
P - Kayla Robins, Jr., Chowan, Mathews, Va.
C - Haley Cooper, Fr., Chowan, Hertford, N.C.
INF - Misty Doran, Jr., Wingate, Century, Fla.
INF - Gina Gerone, Sr., Catawba, Brooklyn, N.Y.
INF - Jamie Johnson, So., UNC Pembroke, Kenly, N.C.
INF - Caroline Womble, Sr., William Peace, Lillington, N.C.
OF - Kris Neal, Jr., Chowan, Clayton, N.C.
OF - Taylor Rosenbalm, Sr., Queens, Statesville, N.C.
OF - Christina Walker, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Roxboro, N.C.
UTIL - Abbey Walters, Jr., UNC Pembroke, Bladenboro, N.C.
DP - Jordan Wilson, Sr., Wingate, Gastonia, N.C.