CVCC Bender NJCAA POW (CD-CVCC)

CVCC's Logan Bender has been named the NJCAA Division II pitcher of the week. He struck out a program-record 18 hitters Saturday in a Red Hawks win. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

Catawba Valley Community College baseball player Logan Bender has been named the NJCAA Division II pitcher of the week, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

Bender, a right-handed sophomore, struck out a program-record 18 hitters in the Red Hawks’ 1-0 win against Fayetteville Tech last weekend, breaking the previous mark of 14 held by four different pitchers. Additionally, he allowed just one hit and one walk in eight shutout innings.

This season Bender has recorded 102 strikeouts, ranking second in program single-season history. As a team, the Red Hawks pitching staff is second among NJCAA DII schools with 527 strikeouts.

Bender is CVCC’s fourth national weekly award winner this season and the second straight NJCAA pitcher of the week after Blake Dockery earned similar recognition last week. Trent Jones and Willie Gordon were NJCAA player of the week selections earlier this year.

The Red Hawks begin the Region X/Southeast District tournament Friday in Greenville, N.C., against Southeastern-Whiteville at 1 p.m.

Crawdads’ Huff named SAL player of month

Hickory Crawdads catcher Sam Huff has been named the South Atlantic League player of the month, according to a press release from Minor League Baseball.

Huff led all of Minor League Baseball with 12 home runs in April. He was also the SAL leader in total bases (66), slugging percentage (.825) and OPS (1.190), while his 18 runs ranked third in the league. The 21-year-old finished the month with a .325/.365/.825 slash line, 17 RBIs and 26 hits and added three steals in 23 games.

The Phoenix native is the No. 21 prospect for the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com.

L-R’s Hartsell ties for 26th at Super Regional

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Abbey Hartsell finished in a tie for 26th at the NCAA South Super Regional in Cleveland, Tenn., on Wednesday, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The senior shot a 3-over 75 in the final round to finish at 12-over, tying her with Barry’s Lauren Grinberg and Lee’s Emily Felix. Lynn’s Helen Kreuzer won the individual title after shooting 2-under for the tournament.

Hartsell concludes her Lenoir-Rhyne career as the program’s only four-time all-conference selection.

Fred T. Foard to host basketball camp

Fred T. Foard will hold a youth basketball camp next month, according to a press release from coach Brandy Dawkins.

The camp for rising fourth- through ninth-graders will take place June 24-26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the high school’s Copas Gymnasium. The cost is $50 and includes a guaranteed shirt if registered by June 10.

For more information or to get a registration form, contact Dawkins at Brandy_Dawkins@catawbaschools.net.

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