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The Hickory Crawdads finally broke through by scoring nine runs on Wednesday afternoon, but the pitching staff coughed up 13 runs in a 13-9 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

Wednesday began with a grueling practice and ended with a big surprise for Appalachian State University football. On Wednesday morning, Appalachian State held perhaps its most grueling practice

Brian Hampton has been a master in turning struggling football programs around. He took a North Surry High football team, that was 1-10 in his first year, and he led that team to 15 wins over the next two seasons. He's followed that up with similar results at Ashe County.

Crawdads infielder Travis Demeritte currently leads the South Atlantic League with 24 home runs, and is among the finalists to win the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, presented by Musco Sports Lighting!

What's that old cliche, "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." That best describes the Hickory Crawdads and their recent slide. For the second night in a row, the Crawdads (70-51 overall; 29-23, second half of the South Atlantic League season) outhit the Charleston RiverDogs (60-62; 27-25), but they also