Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bryan Garmroth, announces the signing of Brian Hunt. Hunt is a 2015 graduate form Rutherfordton Spindale High School who played for coach Greg White.
In Hunt's senior campaign he was named First Team All Rutherford County while averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Hunt also shot 41% from behind the three point arc.
"We are very excited to have Brian. He is a very good point guard with a good shot. Brian will also be able to play the two guard for us," said Garmroth. "His (Hunt) perimeter skills and shooting ability make him a very versatile player."
Four Lenoir-Rhyne players garnered 2016 Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Southeast Region accolades in softball.
Of those four players, three were named to the first team: sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.), freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore designated player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.).
Carter, a 2016 First-Team All-SAC honoree, finished the year with a .379 batting average to go along with four home runs and 47 runs batted in. Carter started all 61 games this year and earned all-region honors by the NFCA last week.
Boone, who started all 61 games as well, finished second in the league in batting average (.402) and led the Bears in several categories including runs scored (62), hits (86), total bases (127), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base percentage (.460). Boone was also an NFCA All-Southeast Region pick and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Freshman Of The Year.
Cates, an honorable mention all-league honoree, finished the season with a .327 batting average with seven home runs and 39 runs batted in for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) was a D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second-Team selection. Hoskins finished the year with a 19-7 record, a 2.20 earned run average, 184 strikeouts, six shutouts and a league-high four saves. Hoskins is a three-time All-SAC selection and finished her career with 780 strikeouts, second all-time in school history.
All four players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 48-13 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. In addition, the Bears won the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
The first team selections will move on to the All-America ballot. The D2CCA All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The mission of the CCA is to encourage and promote Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school’s sports information directors. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.
2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association
All-Southeast Region Softball Teams
C - Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B - Hannah Reppert, Armstrong State
2B - Meredith Heyer, North Georgia
3B - Hayley Tierce, Georgia Southwestern
SS - Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF - Stephanie Hartness, North Georgia
OF - Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
OF - Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP - Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL - Jane Trzaska, Armstrong State
UTIL (non P) - Mellena Helms, Wingate
P - Courtney Poole, North Georgia
P - Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P - Tori Bates, Armstrong State
C - Caliah Niles, Anderson
C - Lacey Najafi, Georgia College
1B - Faith Flanders, Georgia College
2B - Peyton Roth, Armstrong State
3B - Misty Doran, Wingate
SS - Macy Coleman, Armstrong State
OF - Caroline Hill, Limestone
OF - Sarah Montei, USC Aiken
OF - Kelsey Akers, Mount Olive
DP - Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTIL - Abbey Walters, UNC Pembroke
UTIL (non P) - Abi LeRoy, Georgia College
P - Stacey Houser, Wingate
P - Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P - Taylor Morgan, USC Aiken
As the Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members on May 9, the organization also saluted the top student athletes from Catawba County’s high schools.
“The accomplishments of these students are amazing,” Phillips said. “How these students find time to mix both academics and athletics is something the Hickory Metro Sports Commission recognizes as unique.”
The annual hall of fame banquet saluted 24 student-athletes selected as the male and female athletes of the year from high schools throughout the county. Students named athletes of the year include:
Bandys High School: David McCoy, Kailee Ritch.
Bunker Hill High School: Di’Joun Huitt, Hanna Houston.
Challenger High School: Jarrett Harmon, Kimberly Nelson.
Fred T. Foard High School: Cameron Wilfong, Ally Yoder
Hickory Christian Academy: Landen Smith, Madelaine Speagle.
Hickory High School: Mykell Linebarger, Grayson Cameron.
Maiden High School: Will Norket, Aleigha Grant.
Newton-Conover High School: Joshua Walker, Jalyn Ramseur.
St. Stephens High School: Spencer Brown, Tasha James
Tabernacle Christian School: Isaiah Ables, Mikayla Matheney.
Tri-City Christian School: Michael Chan, Annie Benfield.
University Christian High School: Zack Beerli, Hannah Nine.
The Hickory Crawdads followed up two standout performances against the Charleston RiverDogs with an off night on Monday, as the 'Dads lost their first game of the series 8-3 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
The Crawdads won their first two games against the 'Dogs 5-3 and 7-2, before Charleston bounced back with 8 runs on 12 hits offensively while also holding the 'Dads to 3 runs, 1 earned, on three hits from the mound. The loss snaps the Crawdads 4-game win streak; the third such streak this season for the division leading 'Dads.
Hickory jumped out to the initial lead in the ballgame, as the Crawdads used a one-out single by Chris Garia and three errors by the RiverDogs to score an unearned run in the 1st for a 1-0 score. Charleston quickly responded in the bottom of the frame however, as the 'Dogs got to 'Dads starting pitcher Brett Martin for 3 runs on 4 hits to take a 3-1 lead.
Martin settled down and put up scoreless innings in the 2nd and 3rd, biding time for the Crawdads offense which delivered a run in the top of the 4th to cut the deficit to 3-2. Andy Ibanez started the frame with a leadoff double off the wall in left. Two outs later, Ibanez was able to score when he took third base on a passed ball before coming home to score on a wild pitch.
The RiverDogs came back with a run of their own in the home half of the inning, as Angel Aguilar singled, advanced to second on an infield popup from Leonardo Molina that fell in for a hit, took third on a wild pitch, and ultimately scored on an RBI single by Eduardo Nava to make the score 4-2.
The 'Dads attempted one last rally in the top of the 6th when Tyler Sanchez reached on a strikeout passed ball and came home one out later on an RBI single by Ti'Quan Forbes to bring the deficit to 4-3. The 'Dogs once again had an answer however, as Charleston plated 3 runs on 3 hits and two walks off of Hickory reliever Dillon Tate to pull away with a 7-3 lead. The RiverDogs brought home their final tally in the 7th, with an RBI double by Jeff Hendrix off of Blake Bass, giving Charleston their final 8-3 score.
'Dogs starting pitcher Yefrey Ramirez (1-0) earned the win with 2 runs allowed, 1 earned run, on two hits, one walk, and 5 strikeouts. Martin (1-2) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, one walk, and 4 Ks over 5 IP.
Forbes ended the game as the only Hickory hitter to reach base safely multiple times, going 1-2 with an RBI and two hit-by-pitches. Ibanez finished 1-4 with his minor league-leading 16th double of the season.
The Crawdads (21-10) will go for the series win over the RiverDogs (20-10) Tuesday morning, with an 11:05 am first pitch.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team finished the year ranked No. 13 in the 2016 USILA/Nike NCAA Division II Coaches Poll. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The Bears went 12-4 this spring including an 8-0 mark in the South Atlantic Conference.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne closed out the year with an 11-game winning streak and won both the SAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
The league regular season championship was the squad’s second in three years while the conference tournament title was the first in school history for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led this year by several players including senior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) and junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.).
Sterling totaled 32 goals, 11 assists and 43 points and was named the SAC Tournament Championship MVP while Hanlon led the squad in goals (38), assists (24) and total points (62). Both players earned First-Team All-SAC accolades.
USILA/Nike NCAA Division II
Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Final Poll
1. Limestone 19-0 (13)
2. LeMoyne 17-0 (1)
3. Merrimack 14-2
4. Mercyhurst 15-2
5. LIU Post 12-3
6. Tampa 14-2
7. NYIT 13-4
8. Mount Olive 13-4
9. Adelphi 12-5
10. Dowling 10-5
11t. Lake Erie 9-6
11t. Seton Hill 11-4
13t. Mercy 9-6
13t. Lenoir-Rhyne 12-4
15. Belmont Abbey 12-4
16. Molloy 10-5
17. Lindenwood 10-6
18. Rollins 10-6
19. Indianapolis 8-6
20. Colorado Mesa 13-4
Also receiving votes: Queens, Pace, St. Leo, Lynn, St. Anselm, Southern New Hampshire, Florida Southern
After limiting No. 19 UL Lafayette to one run over seven-plus innings in a 6-1 win, Appalachian State University baseball’s Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Community Coffee Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Gorham’s honor comes on the heels of last Saturday’s gem against the 19th-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns. The true freshman silenced a crowd of 4,457 by holding UL Lafayette scoreless through seven full innings. He was lifted from the game after a walk and a single to start the eighth and was charged with his lone run after UL Lafayette finally got on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout later in the inning.
The right-hander scattered six hits, issued only one walk and struck out four in the impressive seven-plus-inning outing. The Cajuns did not advance a runner past second base while he was in the ballgame.
In his last two starts, Gorham (3-4) has allowed just two runs over 14 innings of work to lead Appalachian State to impressive wins over Arkansas State (9-2 on April 29) and No. 19 UL Lafayette. He has compiled an ERA of 1.29 and an opponents’ batting average of .188 in those two sterling performances.
Gorham is the second Mountaineer in as many weeks to earn an individual honor from the Sun Belt. Freshman outfielder Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) was named the Sun Belt’s Student-Athlete of the Week last Monday after compiling a .467/.556/1.133 slash line in four games from April 26-30.
Gorham and the Mountaineers (15-33, 9-18 Sun Belt) close Sun Belt Conference play this weekend with a pivotal three-game home series versus UT Arlington (25-24, 11-13 Sun Belt). Appalachian State is one of four teams tied with nine conference victories this season. Three clubs will be left out of the eight-team Sun Belt Tournament, which begins on May 25 in San Marcos, Texas.
Game times for this weekend’s crucial series versus UTA are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Appalachian State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
The pairings have been released in the high school softball state playoffs. First round games must be played by Wednesday. First round matchups that feature Hickory Metro area teams include:
#11 – Bunker Hill (15-3) hosts #22 – Stuart Cramer (17-5)
#18 – Maiden (13-8) vs. #15 – Wilkes Central (11-6)
#23 – Draughn (14-8) vs. #10 – Parkwood (16-3)
#24 - Newton-Conover (11-7) vs. #9 - Brevard (13-9)
#25 - East Burke (13-9) vs. #8 - Lake Norman Charter (14-5)
#2 – Hibriten (20-2) hosts #31 – West Henderon (9-13)
#11 – Fred T. Foard (18-4) hosts #22 – St. Stephens (15-7)
#27 – Freedom (12-10) vs. #6 – Pisgah (18-4)
#3 – Alexander Central (20-2) hosts #30 – Reagan (9-10)
#9 - South Caldwell (14-7) hosts #24 - Mallard Creek (12-10)
You can see the full state playoff brackets by downloading the attachment below.
The pairings have been released in the high school baseball state playoffs. First round games must be played by Wednesday. First round matchups that feature Hickory Metro area teams include:
#13 – Maiden (13-9) hosts #20 – West Stanly (14-8)
#24 - Bunker Hill (16-6) at #9 - R-S Central (15-7)
#6 - St. Stephens (16-6) vs. #27 - Piedmont (11-11)
#18 – Freedom (12-10) at #15 – Carson (15-7)
#25 – Patton (12-10) at #8 – South Point (14-8)
#1 – South Caldwell (22-0) hosts #32 – Reagan (11-11)
#29 - Alexander Central (13-9) at #4 - Providence (21-1)
You can see the full state playoff brackets by downloading the attachment below.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team won 11 of their last 12 games but it wasn’t enough to catch the regular season champion Patrick Henry Community College. The Red Hawks finished the season with a 14-6 conference record to place them in third place behind Patrick Henry and a game behind Brunswick Community College. The Red Hawks will be the #4 seed in the Region X/Southeast District Tournament as Pasco-Hernando State College (Florida) enters the tournament as the #3 seed.
The Red Hawks will take on a familiar foe in #5 seed Wake Tech, who the Red Hawks played their final series against this weekend winning the series two games to one. Wake Tech gave the Red Hawks their first loss since the middle of April. The opening game will be played on Friday, at 4pm in Burlington at the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home of the Burlington Royals, a rookie affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Region X/Southeast District Tournament Schedule (double elimination):
Friday, May 13
Game 1: 10:00am - #6 Southeastern vs. #3 Pasco-Hernando
Game 2: 1:00pm - #7 Surry vs. #2 Brunswick
Game 3: 4:00pm - #5 Wake Tech vs. #4 Catawba Valley
Game 4: 7:00pm - #8 New River vs. #1 Patrick Henry
Saturday, May 14
Game 5: 10:00am – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6: 1:00pm – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7: 4:00pm – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 8: 7:00pm – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Sunday, May 15
Game 9: 10:00am – Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 10: 1:00pm – Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 11: 4:00pm – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Game 12: 7:00pm – Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10
Monday, May 16
Game 13: 3:00pm – Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12
Game 14, Championship Game: 7:00pm – Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13
Tuesday, May 17
Game 15, if necessary game: 1:00pm – Loser Game 14 vs. Winner Game 14
The pairings have been released in the high school girls soccer state playoffs. First round matchups that feature Hickory Metro area teams include:
#14 – East Davidson (11-7-3) vs. #19 – West Caldwell (12-8-0)
#6 – Parkwood (14-4-0) vs. #27 – Bunker Hill (8-11-0)
#2 – Newton-Conover (19-1-1) vs. #31 – Owen (6-12-1)
#5 – Hickory (15-1-5) vs. #28 – Sun Valley (11-10-0)
#7 – South Iredell (15-4-0) vs. #26 – Foard (11-9-1)
#10 – Hibriten (16-2-3) vs. #23 – Northwest Cabarrus (11-7-1)
#9 – East Forsyth (14-3-4) vs. #24 – South Caldwell (13-6-0)
You can see the full state playoff brackets by downloading the attachment below.
Appalachian State University softball snapped a 16-game losing streak in its final two games of the season on Sunday by sweeping North Carolina A&T with scores of 8-0 in six innings and 9-4 in the rematch.
“I’m excited to end the season on a positive note and it was great to send our seniors out with two wins at home,” said head coach Janice Savage. “I’m looking forward to our girls finishing strongly on their exams and beginning training for next season.”
The Black and Gold finished 2016 with an overall record of 11-45 while the Aggies head into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at 17-30. In App State’s two wins, three Mountaineers finished with at least three hits on the day including Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) (6-for-8), Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) (3-of-3) and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) (3-for-5).
In game one, Josey turned in her first-career four-hit game and ended her sophomore campaign on an absolute tear. In the last four games, she was a combined 10-of-17 (.588) with four runs scored, three RBI, four doubles, and one home run. The right-handed first baseman raised her average by 32 points in that span from .287 to .319.
Walters didn’t play in game one against North Carolina A&T, but more than made up for lost time in the nightcap. In game two, she was a perfect 3-for-3 with five RBI, both of which are career highs for the freshman. Prior to today, she had never brought in more than two runs in a single game.
As for Walter’s fellow freshman, Walker, she saved her best for last. The Raleigh native ended her rookie year by going 8-of-16 (.500) with five runs scored, two RBI, one double, and one triple. Her average was .204 before that surge and .246 after it.
Not mentioned above is Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) who had two hits and four runs scored including a three-run home run in game one. In the single-season record books, the junior finished third in home runs with 12 and tied for third in RBI with 45. Career wise, she is now third in home runs with 30 and fourth in RBI with 99.
When it comes to RBI, Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) had two in game one to put her season total at 43. That mark is tied with Allie Cashion (2010) for the most by a freshman in program history. That’s just one of the notes that make her season one of the best by a first-year player in App State history.
Seniors Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Wichita State/Alameda) and Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) donned the Black and Gold for the final time on Sunday. Johnson was out due to injury while Butler had one hit in game two.
Game One: App State 8, North Carolina A&T 0 (6 Inn.)
Appalachian State scored three runs in the first, one in the fifth, four more in the sixth, and that was all the run support Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (3-15) needed thanks to a brilliant start in the circle. Kennedy earned her third complete game of the season (first shutout) and needed just 76 pitches to complete the six innings pitched. The freshman gave up only one hit, three walks and struck out a career-high eight batters.
Team-wise, the Black and Gold had 12 hits to push their streak with 10-plus in a single game to three, the longest of the season.
Game Two: App State 9, North Carolina A&T 4
In game two, the Mountaineers were up 7-0 before North Carolina A&T could get anything going. The Aggies, however, did score three in the fourth and one in the fifth to cut the deficit to three, but it never got any closer than that. App State added two insurance runs in the home half of the fifth.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (8-21) got the start and went the distance with her eighth complete game of the season. Ciocatto gave up four earned runs on 10 hits with two free passes and three punchouts.
Looking ahead to 2017 and year three for coach Savage at the helm, Appalachian State will return 16 of its 18 players including its top five batting averages and four of the five pitchers that logged innings this season. Those 16 will be joined by a recruiting class with 16 more student-athletes in it.
It took 6 innings before the Hickory Crawdads got their bats going Sunday night, but once they did the 'Dads ran away with the game as Hickory scored 7 unanswered runs beginning in the 6th frame en route to a 7-2 win over the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
The Crawdads entered the 6th with only two hits on the night and trailing Charleston 2-0 before solo home runs by Chris Garia and Tyler Sanchez in the 6th and 7th innings tied the game at 2-2. The 'Dads then pulled away with a 4-run 8th and one final tally in the 9th for the final 7-2 score.
The win is the second straight for the Crawdads in the matchup of the two first place teams in the South Atlantic League.
The RiverDogs took their initial lead with a run in the 1st, as Chris Gittens doubled and Connor Spencer collected an RBI single to center off of Hickory starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks for a 1-0 score. The 'Dogs doubled their advantage to 2-0 in the 4th, when Spencer singled and came home on an RBI double from Angel Aguilar.
Fairbanks escaped the 4th without further damage before retiring the final 8 batters he faced to keep his team in the game. The Crawdads bats responded in the 6th, when Garia lined a solo shot inside the left field foul pole to cut the deficit to 2-1. One inning later, Sanchez unloaded a no-doubt solo blast to left to tie the score at 2-2.
The 'Dads then got to the RiverDogs bullpen in the 8th, scoring 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks to take their first lead of the night at 6-2. Andy Ibanez and Dylan Moore started the rally with consecutive walks, before Yeyson Yrizarri reached on a fielder's choice one out later to load the bases. Jose Almonte then delivered a 2-out, 2-RBI single to left to break the tie. Following a call to the bullpen that brought in right-handed reliever Claudio Custodio, LeDarious Clark came through with a 2-RBI double to left to give Hickory a 4-run lead.
The Crawdads tacked on their last tally in the 9th, when Frandy De La Rosa doubled off the wall in right before eventually scoring on an RBI groundout by Sanchez for the final 7-2 score.
Sanchez finished the game 2-4 with his third homer of the season and 2 RBI. Almonte went 1-4 with 2 RBI, Clark finished 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI, while Ibanez ended the night 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored.
Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez (2-1) earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings pitched, while Charleston bullpen arm David Palladino (1-1) took the loss after surrendering 5 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 Ks over 1.2 IP. Fairbanks received a no-decision for his efforts after going a season-high 6 innings and allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 strikeouts.
The Crawdads (21-9) and RiverDogs (19-10) will play again Monday night at 7:05 pm in game three of their 4-game series.
Despite a lead-off home run and quality outing from Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), Appalachian State University baseball fell in the series finale to No. 19 UL Lafayette on Sunday afternoon at Tigue Moore Field. The Mountaineers (15-33, 9-18 Sun Belt) gave up three runs in the eighth inning and dropped game three to the Ragin’ Cajuns (31-17, 16-8 Sun Belt), 4-1.
The match up featured a battle of true freshman pitchers between App State’s Schmid and UL Lafayette’s Nick Lee. After both pitchers gave extra-base hits to the first batters they saw, Schmid and Lee settled in with neither pitcher allowing a run in the second through the seventh inning.
Schmid’s day came to a close after 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Schmid struck out three and walked two. Lee exited after seven innings with a career-tying eight strikeouts.
Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) did not waste any time getting App State on the scoreboard as he blasted the second pitch of the game over the right-field wall. The homer was Stroup’s fifth of the season, tying Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) for the team lead.
UL Lafayette also got started quickly with a lead-off triple from Hunter Kasuls off the right-field wall. Kasuls was batted in on a ground out to shortstop.
After Lee retired 12-striaght Mountaineers from the first through the fourth, App State had back-to-back innings with multiple base-runners. Both times Lee was able to escape with no damage done, striking out Beau Myers (Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) to end the fifth and forcing Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) into a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth.
Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) entered the game for Schmid in the seventh and issued a walk to load the bases but got out of the jam with a foul pop up and ground out to third.
After lead-off single for the Cajuns in the bottom of the eighth, ULL went to small-ball tactics with three-straight bunts. The first bunt slipped past Howell for a base hit. The second bunt was a sacrifice, moving the runners over to second and third. On the third bunt attempt, the flip home by Howell was not in time to stop the go-ahead run from reaching home plate.
After a stolen base put runners on second and third, Brad Anchak drove them in with a single through the left side of the infield. ULL’s three runs in the bottom of the eighth put them up 4-1, a lead that they would not give up in the ninth inning.
App State will return to Smith Stadium next weekend for its final Sun Belt series of the season against UT Arlington. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Appalachian State University softball gave up a 7-3 lead in game one before North Carolina Central walked off with a 9-7 win. NCCU took the nightcap as well by a score of 8-5.
The Mountaineers (9-45) entered Saturday with an all-time record of 10-0 against the Eagles (8-42) who ended their 2016 campaign with two wins on Senior Day inside UNC's Anderson Softball Stadium.
For the day, four App State student-athletes had at least three hits including Natalie Orcutt (5-for-8), Jenny Dodd (4-of-7), Heather Josey (4-for-9), and Megan Walker (3-of-6). Orcutt had multiple hits in back-to-back games for the first time since April 6 and Josey hadn't had three base knocks in a single contest since March 19. As for Dodd, she is six for her last 11 (.545) and Walker is five for her last 11 (.455).
The Black and Gold also hit three home runs on the day, which raised their season total to 46 and broke the program's single-season record of 45 set last season. Katie Mathewson hit her third of the year in game one before Cara Parker (11) and Josey (9) each had a blast in the rematch.
Game One: NCCU 9, App State 7
Through one inning, App State trailed North Carolina Central 3-1 after a three-run Eagle home run. The Mountaineers came out of the deficit swinging, though. In the top of the third, Pepper Butler hit a two-run double and Mathewson hit her two-run bomb to center and Appalachian State was up 5-3. The Black and Gold added a run in the fourth with a bases-loaded walk and one more in the fifth with Josey's RBI double to go up 7-3.
NCCU tied things up in the bottom of the sixth before winning it with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.
In the circle, Annaleise Kennedy lasted just one inning with three earned runs given up and then Vanessa Ciocatto (7-21) came in. The junior surrendered six runs, five earned, on seven hits in the final five and one-third frames.
Game Two: NCCU 8, App State 5
In a back-and-forth game two, there were two ties and one lead change before the top of the fourth inning. At that point, App State was losing by one, 6-5, to homestanding North Carolina Central. In the home half of the fifth, the Eagles added two insurance runs to go up 8-5 and that's where the score stood.
Starter, Claire Eosso (0-5), went three innings and gave up six runs, two earned, on seven hits. Kennedy was responsible for the other three frames and surrendered two unearned runs on just two hits. Defensively, the Mountaineers had seven errors on the day, three in game one and four more in game two.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball used a three-run eighth inning to push past Wake Tech Community College on Sunday, 13-10.
In the top of the eighth inning, holding on to a 10-9 lead, the Red Hawks Chris Stiles led the inning off with a hit. He advanced to second on an Aaron Mauldin single, and each advanced into scoring positions after a Channing Painton flyout. After Ty Andrus walked to load the bases, Seth Hubbard drove in a run on a sac fly. Randal Ortiz would clear the bases giving the Red Hawks a 13-9 lead.
Craig Zalewa led the Red Hawks with a four-for-five day at the plate, with two runs scored. Chris Wright had three hits and three RBI. Hubbard and Ortiz each had three hits and two RBI. Hubbard scored once and Ortiz would score twice.
The Red Hawks are 28-23 on the season.
One day after being shut out, Appalachian State University baseball rebounded for a huge game-two victory over No. 19 UL Lafayette on Saturday night at Tigue Moore Field. The Mountaineers (15-32, 9-17 Sun Belt) scored four runs in a big seventh inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Ragin’ Cajuns (30-17, 15-8).
Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) (3-4) put the Mountaineers on his back and lead them to the series-leveling win. Gorham threw seven scoreless innings before being charged with the Cajuns lone run in the eighth. The true freshman threw a season-high 105 pitches and struck out four ULL batters while only allowing six hits.
Over his last two starts, Gorham is 2-0 with 14 innings pitched, two runs, five walks and eight strikeouts. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) sealed the victory coming into the game in the eighth inning and allowed no hits over the final two frames.
The Apps got started quickly, plating a run in the first inning. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) hit a one-out double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) knocked Vernon home on an RBI ground out. App State added a second run in the fifth inning when Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) brought Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) home with an RBI double to left field.
The Mountaineers broke the game open in the top of the seventh with four runs on three hits and one Cajun error. With Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) on second base, Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) singled to right field. On the throw back into the infield, the ball took a fortune bounce for the Apps off Seagle’s bat and allowed Leonard to score from third.
Curtis, the next batter up, was hit by a pitch putting two runners on base for Vernon. Vernon delivered with a two-run triple to put Appalachian up 5-0. Vernon scored the Apps’ sixth and final run on a past ball when a curveball got a away from the ULL catcher.
The win over the No. 19 ranked Ragin’ Cajuns was App State’s third of the season, seventh in four seasons under head coach Billy Jones, and 12th since 2011 over ranked opponents. This season is the second time in four seasons under Jones that the Mountaineers have won three games over ranked teams. The Apps also did so in 2013. Prior to 2011, App State had not defeated a ranked opponent in 29 seasons.
The Mountaineers will look to win their second-straight Sun Belt series tomorrow in the rubber match. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.
The Hickory Crawdads and Charleston RiverDogs matched up Saturday night for a battle between the two 1st place clubs in the South Atlantic League and it was the 'Dads who took game one of their matchup, as Hickory rode the production from the bottom of their lineup to a 5-3 win over the 'Dogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
The Crawdads entered the 4-game series leading the SAL Northern Division with a record of 19-9, half a game better than the 2nd place Hagerstown Suns. The RiverDogs meanwhile came in atop of the SAL Southern Division at 19-8, giving them a 4.5 game cushion over the Columbia Fireflies. The matchup of division leaders lived up to the hype as well, as Hickory reliever John Werner ended the game with a strikeout to leave the bases loaded for Charleston.
The 'Dads offense was carried by the bottom four batters in the lineup, with Yeyson Yrizarri, Ti'Quan Forbes, Jose Almonte, and Darius Day combining to go 8-13 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI. Day led the way, finishing 2-4 with a double and a career-high 4 RBI.
Hickory got on the board first with a pair of runs in the 2nd, as Day delivered a bases loaded, 2-RBI single to right that plated both Yrizarri and Forbes for a 2-0 Crawdads lead. 'Dads starting pitcher Wes Benjamin took over from there, as the left-handed hurler retired the 14 straight batters to begin the night. RiverDogs third baseman Angel Aguilar finally broke up the perfect game and the shutout with a solo home run to left in the 5th that cut the score to 2-1.
The Crawdads responded in the top of the 6th with 3 runs to go ahead 5-1. Day once again came through with the big hit in the form of a bases loaded, 2-RBI double to left, while Eric Jenkins brought home the inning's third tally with an RBI sacrifice fly to center.
Charleston kept pecking away at their deficit in the bottom of the frame, with an RBI sacrifice fly by Jeff Hendrix off of 'Dads reliever Johan Juan making the sore 5-2. The 'Dogs got to Juan again in the 7th, this time with a balk bringing home Aguilar to shrink the Crawdads advantage to 5-3.
Fast forward to the 9th, and the RiverDogs promptly put the tying runs in scoring position with a walk by Connor Spencer with Adam Choplick on the mound followed by an double from Aguilar against Werner. Werner came back with consecutive strikeouts before he hit ninth place batter Eduardo Navas to load the bases put the winning run for Charleston on first. Werner responded with the game on the line however, as the right-handed reliever struck out Hendrix to end the contest.
Benjamin (2-1) earned the win for Hickory with 1 run allowed on 1 hit and 5 strikeouts over 5 innings pitched, while Werner (1) picked up his first save of the season. Charleston starter Simon De la Rosa (1-2) took the loss after allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 Ks over 4 IP.
The Crawdads (20-9) become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins on the year. The 'Dads and 'Dogs (19-9) will play again Sunday evening at 5:05 pm in game two of their 4-game series.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up its second and last home meet of the outdoor campaign on Saturday with the Appalachian Open.
The Mountaineers boasted two first-place finishes and were led by Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) in the shot put who placed first with a throw of 48-0.75 and Maria Stickley (Atglen, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) who won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:49.38.
India McWhorter (Stony Point, N.C./Alexander Central) took second in the discus with a throw of 134-8. In the high jump, both Audrey Florence (Cedar Grove, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) finished second after clearing 5-5.25. Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) placed second in the long jump with a final distance of 17-4.
Appalachian State will no put its focus on the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships which are being held in Lafayette, La. beginning on Friday, May 13.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished up the Appalachian Open on Saturday. The meet was the second home meet of the outdoor season for App State and is the last meet before the team makes preparations for the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships.
The Mountaineers were led by two first-place finishes on the day. In the high jump, Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West/Carthage) took the top spot after clearing 6-2, while Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) posted the other top result for the Apps with a first-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.63.
In the shot put, Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) finished second with a throw of 54-9.25, while also placing second in the discus with a distance of 154-5. Cole Finch (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) finished behind Hinton in the high jump with a second-place finished after jumping 6-2. Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) took third in the pole vault with a height of 15-1.5.
Appalachian State will no put its focus on the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships which are being held in Lafayette, La. beginning on Friday, May 13.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball defeated Wake Tech Community College 9-4 on Saturday in game one of a doubleheader, but fell in the night cap, 8-1.
In the game one win, CVCC used a four run sixth inning to pull away in a close game. Randal Ortiz was two for four with a home run and two RBI. Aaron Mauldin and Channing Painton also each added two RBI and Austin Locklear went two-for-four with two runs scored.
On the mound, Charles Hall picked up the win with seven innings pitched, allowing three runs, two earned, while striking out two and giving up only four hits.
In game two, the Red Hawks could only manage three hits at the plate. Ortiz had a hit and the lone run. Brandon Ford had a hit that scored Ortiz for the lone RBI. Walker Smith was the other Red Hawks batter with a hit.
Aaron Biggerstaff picked up the loss after going three innings, alling six runs, four earned, scattering eight hits, but striking out five and walking only two.
On a night UL Lafayette honored Ron Guidry, former Ragin’ Cajun pitcher and New York Yankee legend, Appalachian State University baseball was held scoreless in a 7-0 series-opening loss to the No. 19 ranked team in the nation in front of a packed crowd at M.L. Tigue Moore Field on Friday night.
The Mountaineers’ (14-32, 8-17 Sun Belt) offense struggled to string hits together, going 6-for-33 on the night while also striking out 14 times.
App State started the game off with a ground-rule double from Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson). Stroup would advance to third on a ground out followed by Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) drawing a walk to put runners on the corners. The Cajuns (30-16, 15-7 Sun Belt) escaped the inning with no damage done with a diving play by the second baseman who flipped the ball to first to get the final out.
The Mountaineers’ bats went quiet after the first inning scoring chance. After Stroup’s double, App State would not have another runner in scoring position until the top of the eighth inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got on the scoreboard with five runs in the bottom of the third inning. A solo home run to right field by Nick Thurman got ULL started. After an RBI single made it a two-run lead for the Cajuns, Alex Pinero cleared the bases with double down the left field line stretching the lead to five.
UL Lafayette tacked on two more runs, one in fifth inning and another in the 8th inning, both aided by base runners stealing second base.
Appalachian had an opportunity to get runs back in the top of the eighth inning when Stroup reached on a two-base throwing error by the ULL shortstop. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) hit then hit a single to left field followed by Atwood singling on a ball hit right back at to the pitcher to load the bases. Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) looked at strike three to let ULL off the hook.
Appalachian starter Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) (1-7) suffered the loss after giving up four earned runs on six hits with 3.1 innings pitched. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game to relieve Hampton and slowed the Cajun offense down. DeVrieze threw 4.1 innings struck out four batters and gave up only one earned run.
Gunner Leger (6-3) picked up the the win, throwing 5.0 innings and giving up only four hits. Evan Guillory relieved Leger and struck out seven over three innings.
The loss ended the three-game winning streak the Mountaineers were riding entering Friday’s game. The cold offensive night also snapped six-game streak with double digit hits for the Apps going back to the game three at Georgia State on Apr. 24.