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‘Dads shortstop Profar takes big stage Sunday

July 7, 2011

At 18 years old, Jurickson Profar is taking center stage Sunday.

The Hickory Crawdads’ shortstop is participating in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Arizona, which is part of the league’s annual All-Star festivities.

The game pits the United States team against the World team. Teams are comprised of top minor league prospects.

Players on both of the 25-man rosters are selected by MLB, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 MLB teams.

'Dads Thompson allows five runs in Delmarva loss

July 7, 2011

After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.

Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.

Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.

Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.

McGraw has 7 RBIs in Post 48 win

July 6, 2011

Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the East’s 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.

“We are just real focused right now on winning this series,” said coach Fore Rembert. “They want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.”

5,225 fans watch ‘Dads top Shorebirds

July 5, 2011

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. Hickory’s Jurickson Profar mishandled a throw to first base on the play.

West Virginia sweeps Stars at L.P. Frans

July 2, 2011

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

Rundio powers Gaston to force game four

July 1, 2011

Needing a win to stay alive against Hickory, Gaston came through in the clutch.

Braves’ 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.

Slaughter talks sports, wrestling, video games

June 30, 2011

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?

Poole, Null combine to strike out 12 in win

June 29, 2011

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.

Ex-NC State QB Wilson commits to Wisconsin

June 27, 2011

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 Badgers’ starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.

As preseason ends, Hornets await opener

June 27, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.

“We want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,” said Hornets’ coach Doug Frye. “We want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.”

The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.

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