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August 5th, 2011
Eager for his senior season and the opportunity to play football in college, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson went to work this summer.
The 6-foot-3-inch signal caller took part in 10 camps all around the state of North Carolina in hopes that a school would notice him.
After struggling the past two games against Hagerstown, the Hickory Crawdads went back to basics Thursday.
The Crawdads, who sported replica jerseys from the 1939-60 Hickory Rebels, had a throwback night, going back to the tools that led them to a first half championship â€” hitting, pitching and defense.
Hickory pounded out eight runs on 15 hits on its way to an 8-1 win over Hagerstown in the series finale between the two teams.
The rubber match between Hickory and Hagerstown on the baseball diamond Wednesday was undoubtedly a no contest.
The Suns (60-48, 20-18) had 11 hits on offense, include a pair of two-run homers and a bases clearing triple.
The Crawdads offense, on the other hand, was anything, but hot. Hickory (63-44, 23-16) had five hits from the plate with three of those happening in the second inning.
Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning behind the two home runs by shortstop Jason Martinson and catcher Adrian Nieto. The homers brought in a total of four runs.
After a game between the Hickory Crawdads and Hagerstown Suns on Monday that featured a combined 33 hits and 27 runs, things cooled down just a bit Tuesday.
Both teams had five hits each through five innings, but their two strong bullpens allowed a combined three hits and no runs, allowing Hagerstown to take a 3-2 road win.
Hagerstown (59-48, 19-18) took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second, third basemen Sean Nicol singled over the head of second basemen Odubel Herrera to plate catcher David Freitas.
For the Catawba County Hornets, the strongest storm came after their game on Saturday.
The Hornets (3-1) scored 28 straight points against the Virginia Storm on their way to a 44-14 victory in the Central Carolinas Football League â€” the teamâ€™s third league win of the season.
The win comes one week after a frustrating 38-14 home loss to the Iredell Warriors, in which the Hornetsâ€™ turnovers and lack of scoring doomed them. Neither of those happened Saturday.
Itâ€™s a busy weekend for the Catawba County Hornets, who are preparing to host their fifth annual camp and play a game on the same day.
The Hornets, along with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, are hosting a Football Skills Clinic for boys and girls age 4-12 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.
At the camp, children learn different football fundamentals and coordination skills.
Doug Frye, coach and owner of the Hornets, said he wants children to take away a few things from this camp.
A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.
John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).
Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.
He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.
North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.
The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."
Youngsters from throughout the area gathered this week at Maiden High School for the sixth annual Blue Devils football camp.
The camp, which started Monday and concluded Wednesday, features third- through seventh-graders working with members of the Maiden football program, including coaches and players.
Each camper takes a turn playing every position, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.
The temperature wasnâ€™t the only thing heating up on Tuesday at L.P. Frans Stadium. So did the Hickory Crawdadsâ€™ pitching and hitting.
The Crawdads got solo home runs from Christian Villanueva, Tomas Telis and Andrew Clark, while Hickory pitching combined for a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against Delmarva.