L-R's Salamon Named Salamon has been named to the Academic All-America D2 Women's Track & Field/Cross Country TeamWritten by Jason Savage
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has been named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Salamon, a sophomore from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, has a 3.94 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. Salamon is the third Lenoir-Rhyne student-athlete to garner Academic All-America accolades in 2015-16: Brianna Belsky (women’s soccer) and Chris Shaffer (football) were the others.
Salamon is a field athlete for the Lenoir-Rhyne indoor and outdoor women’s track and field teams. Salamon also holds the school record in the women’s discus (154’7”) and is a two-time South Atlantic Conference Champion (2015-16) in the event. In addition, Salamon holds the program mark in the women’s shot put (38’11").
Salamon is a two-time SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year (2015-16) as well and was named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Freshman Of The Year for Women’s Track and Field. That same year, Salamon earned NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American honors in the women’s discus after finishing 12th at the outdoor national championships.
Salamon, a two-time all-region honoree, finished second in the women’s discus at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
Thirty of the 45 members of the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 13 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.88.
The 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams consisted of 15 student-athletes who made repeat appearances on the team, including three student-athletes who received their third appearance on the list.
2015-16 CoSIDA Divsion II Academic All-America®
Women’s Track & Field / Cross Country Team
Sabrina Anderson, Slippery Rock, Sr., Warren, Pa., 3.95, Exercise Science
Cassie Caswell, Pittsburg State, Sr., Nickerson, Kan., 3.6, Nursing
Amber Cook, Lewis, Sr., Grayslake, Ill., 3.64, Marketing
Sasha Hovind, Northern State, Jr., Stirum, N.D., 4.00, Elementary Education
Alyssa Johnson, Wingate, Jr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Elizabeth Kiblinger., Maryville (Mo.), Sr., Cape Girardeau, Mo., 4.00, Early Childhood Education
Bri Leeper, West Texas A&M, Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 4.00, Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Megan Lundy, Shippensburg, Sr., York, Pa., 4.00, Early Childhood Education
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack, Jr., Ashland, Mass., 3.84, Criminal Justice
Natalie O'Keefe, Southwest Baptist, Jr., Granite City, Ill., 4.00, Art
Emily Oren, Hillsdale, Sr., Holland, Mich., 3.71, Economics
Libby Strickland, West Texas A&M, Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 3.90, Health Science
Heavin Warner, Central Missouri, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo., 3.67, Exercise Science / Kinesiology
Allie Updike, Azusa Pacific, Sr., Herndon, Va., 3.91, Applied Exercise Science
Alex Zanella, California (Pa.), Gr., Everett, Pa., 3.96, Reading Specialist
Sarah Berger, Walsh, So., Wadsworth, Ohio, 3.94, Pre-Medical Science (Biology)
Jonelle Campbell, Lincoln (Mo.), Sr., Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3.75, Biology
Breanna Colbenson, Minnesota Duluth, Jr., Elmwood, Wis., 3.86, Public Health / Physical Education
Emilyn Dearman, Pittsburg State, Jr., Stockton, Mo., 3.58, Exercise Science
Hannah DeVries, Pittsburg State, Sr., Kansas City, Mo., 3.98, Biology
Amanda Farrough, Lewis, Jr., South Bend, Ind., 3.30, Nursing
Crystle Hill, Southern Connecticut St., Jr., Norwalk, Conn., 3.40, Mathematics
Summer Hill, California (Pa.), Jr., Honesdale, Pa., 3.89, Sport Management
Sarah Meek, Malone, Sr., Akron, Ohio, 4.00, Communication Arts
Ann Miller, Colorado School of Mines, Sr., Bartlesville, Okla., 3.84, Mechanical Engineering
Trisha Pierson, Stonehill, Sr., East Hanover, N.J., 3.98, Accounting / Economics
Colett Rampf, Saint Leo, Jr., Premintz, Germany, 3.85, Economics
Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne, So., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, 3.94, Exercise Science
Leah Seivert, Augustana (S.D.), So., Sibley, Iowa, 4.00, Elementary Education
Elizabeth Stirling, LIU Post, Sr., Wantagh, N.Y., 4.00, Biology
Emma Sullivan, Kutztown, Sr., Phoenixville, Pa., 3.90, Communication Design
Alyson Vezin, Florida Tech., Sr., Oviedo, Fla., 4.00, Molecular Biology
Channing Wilson, Cal State Stanislaus, Sr., Turlock, Calif., 3.99, Kinesiology
Academic All-America® of the Year: Emily Oren, Hillsdale
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team has announced the addition of Brad Mangum and Brooklyn Cartwright as Assistant Coaches for the 2016-17 season.
Mangum comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, N.C., for the past three years. Mangum also guided Fred T. Foard High School – out of Newton, N.C. – for two seasons (2011-13).
As women’s basketball coach at the prep level, Mangum compiled a 102-38 mark to go along with three conference championships. Mangum also won four consecutive league coach-of-the-year accolades and was named the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for District 11 in 2013-14. That season, Mangum guided Alexander Central to a 28-2 mark overall.
Mangum, who graduated from Appalachian State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, also served as an Assistant Coach at South Caldwell High School in Hudson, N.C., for the men’s team (2009-11) and the women’s team (2002-08). A native of Granite Falls, N.C., Mangum is married to the former Brooke Michael of Iron Station, N.C., and the couple has two daughters: Adalyn and Anniston.
“What an exciting day for our program having added Brad (Mangum) to the women’s basketball staff,” said Head Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Pate. “I am familiar with Coach (Brad) Mangum and his work having watched his programs for the last several years. I knew early on he was someone to watch if an opportunity to work with him presented itself. That time has come.”
“His success as a Head Coach at both Alexander Central and Fred T. Foard High Schools did not go unnoticed as we have three of his players on the roster now. Brad’s passion for on-court player development and cultivating offensive and defensive schemes brings immediate depth to our system philosophies. He is a proven winner and someone I look forward to watching grow in our industry.”
“I am very blessed to be joining the Lenoir-Rhyne University family,” said Mangum. “My family and I are excited to begin this new journey and I would like to thank Coach (Katie) Pate for this great opportunity. Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball has a very rich tradition and I am proud to be a part of this program.”
Cartwright served as Student Assistant Coach at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., since 2012. Cartwright assisted with game film, basketball operations, practice and game preparations in addition to recruiting administration. Cartwright also worked with Georgia Southern’s Individual and Team Camps. A May 2016 graduate from Georgia Southern, Cartwright earned an undergraduate degree in sport management and a minor in business. A Kennesaw, Ga., native, Cartwright will be the team’s graduate assistant this year.
“I am so excited to have Brooklyn (Cartwright) join the women’s basketball staff. It was clear from our first conversation she brings great administrative savvy from her time at Georgia Southern University,” said Pate. “Her personality and commitment to helping guide our players through the process of college to career is praise worthy. Furthermore, Coach Cartwright’s contagious positive attitude and enthusiasm on the court, combined with her strong business sense, makes her an exemplary role model for the Bears!”
“There are no words to describe how excited and blessed I am to have the opportunity to coach basketball at Lenoir Rhyne University,” said Cartwright. “From the time I stepped on campus, I knew that special things happen at LR and I am thrilled to begin this journey. Coach (Kate) Pate and Coach (Brad) Mangum are both amazing coaches and even better people. Learning from and working with them is a humbling opportunity. Together we rise! GO BEARS!"
The Hickory Crawdads began the 2nd half of the South Atlantic League season with a tough loss Thursday night in Greensboro, as an 11th inning, 3-run home run by the Grasshoppers' Arturo Rodriguez handed the 'Dads a walk-off, 8-5 loss at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Crawdads fell behind early in the contest only to see the bats come alive with 5 unanswered runs over the middle frames for a 5-2 lead. The Grasshoppers tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the 5th, marking the last show of offense until extra innings. The 'Dads were able to escape trouble in the 10th when they left the bases loaded but Hickory couldn't wiggle out of the 11th, as Rodriguez ended the extra-long 2nd half opener with a 3-run blast to left.
Greensboro hopped out to a quick lead against Hickory starter Peter Fairbanks in the 1st. Anfernee Seymour led off the inning with a single and a steal of second base before coming home on an RBI double to left by Josh Naylor. One out later, Roy Morales delivered an RBI single to center for a 2-0 Grasshoppers' advantage.
Fairbanks settled down after the 1st and put up scoreless frames in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. That bought time for the Crawdads offense, which came through with 3 runs in the 4th to take a 3-2 lead. Jose Almonte started the rally when he was hit on the back of the helmet with one out. Following a walk by Yeyson Yrizarri and a wild pitch by 'Hoppers starter Cody Poteet, Ti'Quan Forbes brought in the first run on an RBI fielder's choice groundout that included a fielding error by Seymour at shortstop that left two runners on with one out. Connor McKay followed with a groundout that moved both runners into scoring position for Frandy De La Rosa, who gave the 'Dads the lead with a 2-RBI base knock to center.
The Crawdads pushed their advantage to 5-2 in the top of the 5th, when Josh Altmann reached on a one out single to left prior to back-to-back RBI doubles by Dylan Moore and Tyler Sanchez. The Grasshoppers quickly responded in the bottom of the inning though, with an RBI single by Naylor and a 2-RBI double from Morales tying the game at 5-5.
Both bullpens took over from there, as Joe Palumbo and Blake Bass combined for 5 scoreless innings of relief for Hickory to counter the 6.2 total shutout frames from L.J. Brewster, Kyle Keller, and Jose Quijada for Greensboro. The 'Hoppers were finally able to end the game in the 11th with a leadoff single by Justin Twine, a sacrifice bunt from Naylor, and an intentional walk by 'Dads reliever Omarlin Lopez to Angel Reyes setting the stage for Rodriguez's walk-off, 3-run homer to left for the final 8-5 score.
Lopez (4-2) took the loss for the 'Dads with 3 runs allowed on 3 hits, 2 intentional walks, and 1 strikeout over 1.1 innings pitched. Quijada (3-0) earned the win for the Grasshoppers after tossing 2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
De La Rosa led the Hickory hitters with a 2-5 game including 2 RBI, while Sanchez finished 1-5 with a double and an RBI and Moore ended the game 1-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
The Crawdads (0-1/38-33) and Grasshoppers (1-0/39-32) will play again Friday night at 7:00 pm in game 2 of their 4-game series.
The Texas Rangers, major league parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced that Crawdads left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs has been promoted to the High Desert Mavericks (Class A Advanced), becoming the fourth 'Dad this season to move up in the organization.
Springs, 23, just represented the Crawdads in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21st in Lexington, KY, where he struck out the only batter he faced. The Belmont, NC native leaves Hickory leading all SAL relievers in batting average against (.106) and fewest baserunners/9 IP (5.52). Springs also departs as the team leader in ERA (1.16) and WHIP (0.61). A 30th round selection by the Rangers in the 2015 Draft out of Appalachia State University, Springs ends his Crawdads career with 5 consecutive scoreless appearances totaling 9.2 innings pitched with only 1 hit and 1 walk allowed to go along with 15 strikeouts.
Replacing Springs on the 'Dads active roster is RHP Emerson Martinez. The Venezuela native made 5 relief outings with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders this year, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 6 walks, and 5 strikeouts over 8.1 IP.
Springs becomes the fourth Crawdad in 2016 to earn a promotion, joining INF Andy Ibanez (Frisco), OF Chris Garia (Frisco), and RHP Tyler Davis (High Desert).
Caldwell County: 9, 13 innings
Appalachian State University football head coach Scott Satterfield came in at No. 52 in the Sporting News’ annual rankings of NCAA Division I FBS head coaches, which was released on Tuesday.
Satterfield, who is entering his fourth season as Appalachian State’s head coach, jumped from No. 103 in last year’s Sporting News rankings. The 51-spot leap is the fourth-largest year-over-year gain in this year’s rankings, behind only Houston’s Tom Herman (from No. 80 to No. 15), Pittsburgh’s Pat Narduzzi (from No. 92 to No. 38) and Temple’s Matt Rhule (from No. 99 to No. 46).
Satterfield is the highest-ranked Sun Belt Conference coach, nine spots ahead of Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson. He is also No. 6 among “Group of Five” coaches, trailing only No. 15 Herman, No. 36 Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), No. 43 Bryan Harsin (Boise State), No. 46 Rhule and No. 50 Doc Holliday (Marshall).
Satterfield has led the Mountaineers to a 22-15 record in his three seasons at the helm, including 17 wins in their last 19 games. Last season, Appalachian State finished 11-2, good for the most wins in Sun Belt history and the most victories ever by a team in its first full-fledged campaign as a member of NCAA Division I FBS. The Mountaineers capped the 2015 campaign with a 31-29 triumph over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, making them the first team to ever win a bowl game in its first full-fledged FBS season.
With 18 returning starters, Satterfield and the Mountaineers open 2016 on Thursday, Sept. 1 with a nationally televised contest at Tennessee (7:30 p.m. - SEC Network).
2016 Appalachian State season tickets are on sale now. Purchasing season tickets is the only way to guarantee a seat for the most highly anticipated dates at The Rock, highlighted by the Mountaineers’ Sept. 17 matchup versus five-time national champion Miami (Fla.). To purchase season tickets, visit appstatesports.com/tickets, call (828) 262-2079 or stop by the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information (NCCSIA) all-state second-team, announced by the NCCSIA on Tuesday.
This marks Eaves’ second selection to an NCCSIA all-state team. He was named to the second team following the 2014-15 campaign.
The senior guard led Appalachian State in scoring this season (18.7 ppg) and ranked third in the league in scoring this season after leading the conference for the majority of the year. For his career, Eaves finished with 59 double-figure scoring games including 28 this season. On 13 occasions, Eaves scored 20+ points and finished with 23 such games in his career.
This season, Eaves netted 30+ points on five different occasions, including perhaps his best performance, a career-high 38 points on 13-for-21 shooting from the field and 6-for-12 from long range at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6 in an 86-80 loss to Hofstra. The total is tied for 12th on Appalachian’s single-game scoring list. Eaves’ point total is also tied for second-most this season at MSG both collegiately and professionally. His 38 points is tied with the New York Knicks’ Aaron Afflalo and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant holds the top spot with 44 points scored at The Garden.
On Jan. 23 against Georgia State, Eaves became just the 31st player in Appalachian State men’s basketball program history to eclipse 1,000 career points. Eaves finished his career with 1,211 points - good for 23rd all-time. He also finished with 579 points in his senior season, which makes him just the 20th played to eclipse 500 points in a season and his total ranks him seventh in the program record book.
Late in the season, Eaves nearly topped his performance at Madison Square Garden with 37 points in a heartbreaking 101-100 loss to Georgia Southern on Jan. 25. The 37 points tied a Holmes Center record for points scored by an App State player and he also tied the Holmes Center record for threes made in a game with nine.
He finished the 2015-16 season in the top-100 in the NCAA rankings in points per game (59th), three-point field goals per game (64th - 2.7), three-point percentage (73rd - 38.4), total points (49th - 579), three-point attempts (53rd - 216), total threes made (51st - 83), total field goal attempts (39th) - 446), free throws made (44th - 156) and free throw attempts (65th - 191).
The 57th Annual South Atlanitc League All-Star Game was Tuesday night in Lexington, Kentucky. The Northern Division All-Stars defeated the Southern Division All-Stars 2-1 and the Hickory Crawdads had a big hand in the winning outcome for the North.
Yeyson Yrizarri started at shortstop and went one-for-four with a run scored. He scored what would be the game winning run in the fifth inning. Tyler Sanchez came in the contest at catcher in the bottom of the fourth inning and was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance in the sixth inning.
On the mound, Pedro Payano pitched the second inning and struck out one and walked one. Erik Swanson pitched the fifth inning and struck out two and gave up one hit. Jeffrey Spring pitched in the sixth inning with two outs already on the board and struck out the only batter he faced.
The Hickory Crawdads start the second half of the season on Thursday at Greensboro. They return to L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday.
Caldwell County: 8
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore has been named to the 2015-16 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., earned All-American honors by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (d2CCA) this past season.
Palmore led the South Atlantic Conference in three major categories – points (21.9), rebounds (9.2) and assists (6.3) – this year and was named the Southeast Region and SAC Player Of The Year. Palmore also tallied four triple-doubles and garnered league player-of-the-week honors on four occasions.
Palmore led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 21-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship for the first time in school history.
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.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2015-16 College Division All-State Men’s Basketball Teams
G - Austin Anderson, Sr., Lees-McRae, Anderson, S.C.
G - Dontrell Brite, Sr., Mount Olive, Chesapeake, Va.
F - Stedmon Lemon, Sr., Johnson C. Smith, Lithonia, Ga.
G - Keenan Palmore, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Stone Mountain, Ga.
F - Ricky Porter, Jr., Johnson & Wales, Charlotte, N.C.
F - Quincy January, So., St. Augustine's, Atlanta, Ga.
G - Rob Lewis, Sr., Queens, Houston, Texas
F - Sean Morgan, Sr., Queens, Kennesaw, Ga.
F - Diondre Pratt, Sr., Johnson C. Smith, Morven, N.C.
G - Demarcus Threatt, Jr., Brevard, Alabaster, Ala.
Appalachian State University volleyball student-athlete, Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee), has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Corrigan, an outside hitter from Johns Creek, Ga., finished her four-year career at Appalachian as one of the school’s top offensive players in program history. Corrigan ranks second with 1,399 career kills, while also becoming the all-time leader in attempts with 3,984 and finishing with 1,005 digs. She has been a three-time first-team all-conference selection (Sun Belt and Southern).
Last season, Corrigan finished with 411 kills - good for fifth all-time on the individual season list and averaged 3.70 kills per set and hit .243. She was a Sun Belt first-team selection, AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Honorable Mention All-Region selection and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
She has been an active participant in the Boone Community, volunteering with various programs. Last summer, Corrigan spent eight weeks in California as one-of-14 summer interns with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She spent time doing workouts, practicing, coaching middle school or high school volleyball camps and various down time activities that allowed the interns to learn and grow their leadership abilities.
In the classroom, Corrigan graduated magna cum laude with a 3.94 GPA in elementary education.
This marks the 26th year of the Woman of the Year program, which was established in 1991. NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 517 female student-athletes for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics.
The Sun Belt Conference will assess each nominee’s eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
Cherryville : 0
Burke County : 3
Appalachian State University director of track and field and cross country John Weaver was elected the next Chairman of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee, effective September 1, 2016, announced by the NCAA on Monday.
“It is an honor for me to be chosen as Chairman of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee,” Weaver said. “It is a great opportunity for me to serve the sport which has done so much for me.”
Weaver is entering his 35th season as the head coach and director of the women’s track and field and cross country programs and is in his 21st season as the director for both the men and women’s programs.
He was recently named the Southeast Region Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It marked the fourth time that Weaver had earned that honor and the recognition came just after he had been named the Sun Belt Women’s Indoor Track and Field Head Coach of the Year following the Mountaineers’ first-ever Sun Belt Championship.
It marked just two more accolades for easily one the most decorated coaching careers in Appalachian State history. Previously, Weaver earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year 41 times, including 12 times for women’s indoor, 11 for women’s outdoor, nine for men’s indoor, five for men’s outdoor and four for women’s cross country.
The Hickory Crawdads were one strike away from ending the 1st half of the season with a win against the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night, before All-Star catcher Yermin Mercedes launched a 2-run home run to left to give the 'Dads an 8-7 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Hickory rallied from an early 6-2 deficit with 5 unanswered runs over the middle frames to take a 7-6 lead into the 9th. Crawdads closer John Werner entered a perfect 6 for 6 in save opportunities on the year and appeared well on his way to number 7 when he recorded two quick outs with an infield single in-between. That brought Mercedes to the plate who worked the count full before connecting on the game-changing 2-run homer to left, transforming the 'Dads 1-run lead into a 1-run defeat.
Prior to the late inning reversal of fortune, the Crawdads fell behind early when the Shorebirds reached Hickory starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez for 6 runs, 2 earned, over the first 5 innings. Delmarva got on the board in the top of the 3rd when Ademar Rifaela singled to center, moved to second on a walk by Ricardo Andujar, and scored on an RBI single from ninth place hitter Austin Anderson for a 1-0 score. Hickory quickly answered in the bottom of the frame with a single from Connor McKay, a walk to Sherman Lacrus, and an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Eric Jenkins to tie the game at 1-1.
The 'Birds promptly re-took the advantage the next half frame with 3-runs in the top of the 4th for a 4-1 score. Hernandez appeared to end the inning before anything happened when Steve Laurino hit a 2-out ground ball to second base, but Frandy De La Rosa misplayed the ball for an error. Rifaela followed with a 3-run home run to dead center field that put Delmarva back on top.
Hickory took a bite out of their deficit in the home half of the inning when Dylan Moore doubled and came home two batters later on an RBI single to right from Chuck Moorman to cut the score to 4-2. The Shorebirds kept their foot on the gas in the top of the 5th however, when they stretched their advantage to 6-2 on an double from D.J. Stewart and an RBI single by Mercedes.
The 'Dads bats responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame though, as Hickory plated 4 runs on 5 hits to tie the score at 6-6. Jenkins started the inning with a single to center and a steal of second base. The speedster then scored on a one-out RBI single to left off the bat of Yeyson Yrizarri. Moore followed with a single of his own before Jose Almonte delivered an RBI double to right for the second run of the frame. Moorman then picked up his second RBI of the game on a groundout before Ti'Quan Forbes capped the rally with an RBI single off the glove of Delmarva shortstop Ryan Mountcastle to deadlock the score.
Hickory then took their first lead of the night the very next inning as Jenkins doubled to right, stole third base, and scored on an infield, RBI single from Yrizarri to put the Crawdads ahead 7-6.
The 'Dads bullpen carried the load from there with 3 combined scoreless innings from Adam Choplick and Omarlin Lopez to bridge the gap to Werner in the 9th. The Crawdads closer struck out Cedric Mullins to start the inning before allowing an infield single to Mountcastle to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. The right-handed reliever bounced back with a strike out of Stewart for the second out before he allowed his first home run of the season on the 2-run blast by Mercedes to hand Hickory the 8-7 loss.
Werner (1-2) took the loss for the Crawdads on his first blown save of the year, while Delmarva reliever Jay Flaa earned the win with 2 perfect innings out of the bullpen.
Five Hickory hitters finished with a multi-hit game, led by Jenkins who went 2-5 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases to raise his league-leading steals total to 33 on the year. Yrizarri ended the game 2-5 with 2 RBI, a run scored, and a steal, while Moore went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.
The Crawdads (38-32) and the rest of the South Atlantic League will now have 3 days off for the All-Star game before resuming play with a 4-game series in Greensboro beginning on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:05 pm.
Hickory: 3, 11 innings
The Hickory Crawdads played spoiler Saturday evening against the Delmarva Shorebirds, as the 'Dads eliminated the 'Birds from the playoff race with a 1-0 win in game one of their doubleheader before dropping the nightcap 4-2 to end the night with a split in front of a season-high 3,878 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Shorebirds entered the day with their elimination number down to 1 in the South Atlantic League Northern Division race, necessitating Delmarva to win their final three games in Hickory while also hoping for first place Hagerstown to lose their final two contests. The Crawdads quickly took the drama out of the weekend however with their fifth shutout victory of the season in the first game of the doubleheader.
Game 1 saw very little offense from both clubs, as the two teams combined for just 1 run on 6 total hits and 11 baserunners. The only tally of the contest came in the 4th inning, when Yeyson Yrizarri doubled to left and came home on a 2-out, RBI double to left-center field by Chuck Moorman for the 1-0 score the 'Dads would go on to win by.
Matt Ball (1-0) earned the win for Hickory by tossing 5 shutout innings on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout in the spot start. Newly named All-Star Jeffrey Springs (3) collected the save with two perfect innings of relief including 4 Ks to end the game. Delmarva starter Francisco Jimenez (5-7) was the hard-luck loser with only 1 run allowed on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over 6 IP.
Moorman finished the first game 1-2 with an RBI double, while Yrizarri went 1-3 with a double.
The Shorebirds took out their elimination frustrations on Crawdads All-Star starter Pedro Payano to begin game 2, with singles from Cedric Mullins and Alex Murphy preceding a 3-run home run to right off the bat of Natanael Delgado for an early 3-0 score. Delmarva pushed their lead to 4-0 the next inning when Ademar Rifaela walked with one out, advanced to third base on a base knock from Drew Turbin, and came home to score on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Mullins.
The 'Dads got on the board in the 4th, when Jose Almonte launched his team-leading 8th homer of the year to left for a solo shot that made the score 4-1. The Crawdads plated another lone tally in the 5th on a single from Ti'Quan Forbes, an infield hit off the bat of Sherman Lacrus, and an RBI base knock to center by Eric Jenkins. That would be as far as Hickory would rally however, as Shorebirds reliever Elias Pinales escaped the 5th on a double play before tossing scoreless frames in the 6th and 7th to close out the 4-2 game.
Payano (2-3) took the loss for Hickory after giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over an abbreviated start of 3 innings, while Pinales (4-0) earned the win for Delmarva with 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Jenkins went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk in game 2 to finish the doubleheader 2-5. Forbes posted a multi-hit game going 2-3 with a run scored, while Lacrus went 2-3 with a pair of infield hits.
The Crawdads (38-31) and Shorebirds (41-27) will wrap up the first half of the season with the series finale Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Burke County: 9
Lincoln County: 7
The Hickory Crawdads fell victim to the long ball Friday night, as the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds plated all of their runs on a pair of big flies to hand the 'Dads a 4-1 loss in front of 3,075 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The two homers were the lone blemishes on what was otherwise solid outings by Crawdads pitchers Wes Benjamin and Joe Palumbo, who combined to strikeout 8 and allow only 6 hits aside from the long balls. The 'Dads bats meanwhile were held in check by Cristian Alvarado and the Delmarva pitching staff, with Jose Almonte's 2-out, RBI single in the 7th providing the club's lone run.
The loss stretches the Crawdads losing streak to 5, their longest of the season, while the win for the Shorebirds keeps alive their slim playoff hopes in the Northern Division as they are now 2 games back of first place Hagerstown with 3 games remaining before the All-Star break.
The home run troubles began for Hickory in the 1st inning, when Benjamin allowed a leadoff single before recording two quick outs to set up a seemingly harmless frame. The 'Dads starter then issued a walk to Yermin Mercedes however, which set the stage for Alex Murphy who lined the first pitch he saw over the fence in left-center field for a 3-run homer and a 3-0 Shorebirds lead.
Benjamin settled in following the 1st, with the southpaw shutting down Delmarva over the next four frames on just 3 hits. The 'Birds got back on the board against Palumbo in the 6th, as the Crawdads reliever gave up a solo shot to Mercedes to push the score to 4-0.
The 'Dads got on the board in the 7th, when Ti'Quan Forbes drew a 2-out walk, advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw by reliever Patrick Baker, and came home to score on an RBI base knock to center by Almonte to cut the deficit to 4-1. The Crawdads threatened to get back in the game the following inning when Frandy De La Rosa doubled to right, Dylan Moore walked, and Connor McKay drew a free pass to load the bases with two outs for Chuck Moorman. Shorebirds reliever Garrett Cleavenger was able to escape the jam however when Moorman tapped a ball back to the mound to end the inning. Cleavenger went on to strike out the side in the 9th to finish off the 4-1 'Dads defeat.
Benjamin (2-3) took the loss for the Crawdads with 3 runs allowed on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. Alvarado (5-4) earned the win for Delmarva after tossing 6 shutout innings on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 7 Ks, while Cleavenger (4) picked up the save with 1.1 perfect innings to end the game.
Almonte led the 'Dads bats with a 2-4 game including an RBI, while De La Rosa also had a multi-hit night going 2-4 with a double.
The Crawdads (37-30) and Shorebirds (40-26) will now play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up for a rained out game in Maryland earlier this season. First pitch for game one of the twin bill is scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Fifteen Appalachian State University football student-athletes are among Athlon’s 2016 preseason all-Sun Belt Conference honorees.
Six first-team selections headline Appalachian State’s 15 representatives on Athlon’s annual preseason all-conference teams — junior quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), senior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), senior offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta), senior inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady), junior inside linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) and junior defensive back Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb).
Junior offensive linemen Colby Gossett (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth) and Beau Nunn (York, S.C./York Comprehensive), senior defensive lineman Nate Norwood (Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy) and senior punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) represent the Mountaineers on the second team.
Junior wide receiver Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) and senior defensive back Alex Gray (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) are third-team selections while sophomore running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest), senior defensive lineman Tyson Fernandez (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) and junior outside linebacker Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) round out Appalachian State’s 15 honorees as fourth-team picks. Gibbs also received fourth-team recognition as a punt returner.
Appalachian State’s 16 overall selections on Athlon’s preseason all-Sun Belt teams are the second-most in the conference, behind only Arkansas State’s 19. The Mountaineers’ six first-team honorees were also good for second in the league, behind A-State’s seven.
Earlier this spring, Athlon picked Appalachian State as its favorite to win the 2016 Sun Belt Conference championship. The Mountaineers are rated as Athlon’s No. 58 team nationally, 20 spots ahead of defending Sun Belt champion A-State.
2016 Appalachian State football season tickets are on sale now. Purchasing season tickets is the only way to guarantee a seat for the most highly anticipated dates at The Rock, highlighted by the Mountaineers’ Sept. 17 matchup versus five-time national champion Miami (Fla.). To purchase season tickets, visit appstatesports.com/tickets, call (828) 262-2079 or visit the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.
South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa has announced that Hickory Crawdads relief pitcher Jeffrey Springs has been added to the SAL Northern Division All-Star team, raising the number of 'Dads All-Stars to 5 players.
Springs, 23, has been one of the best relievers in the SAL this season. The Belmont, NC native, and Appalachian State grad, leads all relievers with a .112 batting average against while also ranking second in the league with an average of only 5.9 baserunners per 9 innings. Springs also leads all Crawdads pitchers with a 1.24 ERA (4 ER/29 IP) and a 0.66 WHIP. A 30th round selection by the Texas Rangers in the 2015 Draft out of Appalachian State University, Springs has allowed an earned run in only 2 of his 17 relief appearances this year, while also finishing with a perfect outing in 10 separate performances.
Springs joins fellow Crawdads pitchers Pedro Payano and Erik Swanson on the Northern Division team, in addition to shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri and catcher Tyler Sanchez.
The 57th Annual SAL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, KY on Tuesday, June 21st.