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July 6th, 2012
BOONE â€” Appalachian State has hired Oklahoma State assistant Billy Jones as its new baseball coach.
The school on Friday chose Jones to replace Chris Pollard after he left last month to take over at Duke.
Jones spent the past eight seasons on the Cowboys' staff. Before that, he was an assistant at North Carolina State from 2002-04, and he also has coached at Oregon State and Arizona State.
Continuing its offensive output this postseason, Hickory Post 48 scored more than 10 runs for the third-straight playoff game, knocking off Kings Mountain at Henkel-Alley Field on Thursday, 12-10.
With the 3-0 series win, Hickory (18-4) advances to the second round of the playoffs, where it meets the Gaston Braves (13-4), who swept Henderson County.
After being one-hit against Hickory on the Fourth of July, the Delmarva Shorebirds returned the favor in game two of the series, handing the 'Dads a 6-4 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday.
The Shorebirds (4-10 in the second half, 32-51 overall) were powered by a two-run fourth inning and three-run sixth frame, overcoming a 4-2 deficit in the game to take the lead for good.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â€” Bruton Smith has an idea how to create more excitement in NASCAR.
NASCAR President Mike Helton didn't sound very interested in the billionaire track promoter's suggestion to throw bogus cautions to bunch up the field. Smith argued last weekend at Kentucky that long green-flag runs are damaging NASCAR and floated his theory on creating mandatory cautions.
Hickory Post 48 picked up an 11-4 road victory over Kings Mountain Post 155 on Wednesday, moving within one game of advancing to the second round of the Area IV playoffs.
Hickory (17-4) was led in victory by pitcher Ben Watson, who tossed a complete game and allowed eight hits, four runs (all earned), 10 walks and struck out 10 Kings Mountain batters.
The Hickory Crawdads returned home in style on Wednesday before 5,468 fans â€” the most people to attend a single 'Dads game at L.P. Frans Stadium in the past five years.
Left-handed starting pitcher Will Lamb and right-handed reliever Nick McBride combined to toss a one-hitter, helping the Crawdads to a 3-1 Independence Day victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds.
A bases-loaded walk by Cole McGraw in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Hickory Post 48 to a 12-11 victory over Kings Mountain Post 155 on Tuesday at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
With the win, Hickory (16-4) takes 1-0 series lead over Kings Mountain (3-12).
For the second-straight day, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a 7-6 road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Tuesday.
The Crawdads remain undefeated in the month of July, improving to 10-3 in the second half and 46-36 overall.
'Dads pitcher Jerad Eickhoff picked up his 10th in of the season â€” the first Crawdad to accomplish the feat this season.
CHARLOTTE â€” A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats have interviewed former UNLV star and current Running Rebels assistant coach Stacey Augmon for a spot on Mike Dunlap's coaching staff.
As the American Legion Area IV baseball playoffs start on Tuesday, the expectations for Hickory Post 48 remain the same â€” to win a championship.
For a complete preview of the Area IV playoffs, pick up the Holiday edition (July 3-4) of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.