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July 5th, 2011
Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the Eastâs No. 1 seed, Huntersville, Hickory continued its dominance over Post 321 in the second round of the American Legion Playoffs.
Post 48 (15-8) scored 10 runs in three innings on its way to a 14-3 home route over Huntersville in game two at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
âWe are just real focused right now on winning this series,â said coach Fore Rembert. âThey want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.â
The Hickory Crawdads celebrated Independence Day with an explosion of offense.
In front of a sellout crowd of 5,225 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Crawdads had 11 hits and scored nine runs on their way to a 9-2 Fourth of July win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Monday.
The Shorebirds (5-7, 40-42) struck first in the game in the top half off the second inning. With runners on second and third, Michael Planeta singled to score Joe Oliveira. Hickoryâs Jurickson Profar mishandled a throw to first base on the play.
West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.
The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).
West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.
Wild 6, Stars 3
Needing a win to stay alive against Hickory, Gaston came through in the clutch.
Bravesâ starting pitcher Henry Rundio allowed three runs on the mound and drove in three runs from the plate to keep the Braves in the Region IV playoffs, 6-3.
Hickory leadoff hitter Cole McGraw gave Post 48 (12-8) an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After falling behind in the count 0-1, McGraw took the second pitch he saw deep over left-center field to give Hickory a 1-0 lead.
Wrestling superstar and WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter visited Hickory on Saturday as part of the Hickory Crawdads game against West Virginia.
During his time at the game, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton spoke to Slaughter and interviewed him on a variety of topics.
Q: Were sports something you played growing up?
SS: I played a lot of baseball growing up. I did the pony league, little league and the Babe Ruth league, Legion ball in high school. I played football, too.
Q: How did you transition that into a professional wrestling career?
Post 48 opened the first round of the Region IV playoffs Tuesday with a bang.
Hickory scored four runs in the first two innings and got strong pitching performances from Tyler Poole and Jeremy Null. The duo combined to strike out 12 Gaston batters and allowed one run, as Post 48 won the opening game of a best-of-five series against the Braves, 4-1.
Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is headed to Wisconsin, potentially solving one of the biggest trouble spots standing between the Badgers and a Big Ten title.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Wilson will compete for the Badgersâ starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockiesâ minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.
The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.
âWe want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,â said Hornetsâ coach Doug Frye. âWe want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.â
The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.
For the third straight year, Bandys High School hosts the Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.
The camp, which is operated by former Bandys, former Virginia Tech and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Justin Harper, takes place July 8-9.
The first day of the camp will focus on high schools players, while day two features a free camp for kindergarten through 12th graders.
Harper said this yearâs camp will differ from yearâs past.
It took eight innings in Thursdayâs minor league baseball game, but West Virginia managed to score one run to get past Hickory.
After a pitching duel between Hickoryâs Nick Tepesch and West Virginiaâs Colton Cain, a double by Power first basemen Justin Howard in the top of the eighth gave his team a 1-0 lead they did not relinquish.
Tepesch (2-3, 3.43 ERA) had a strong outing, striking out nine batters in six innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs for Hickory (0-1, 40-29).