CVCC Dockery NJCAA POW (CD-CVCC)

CVCC's Blake Dockery has been named the NJCAA Division II pitcher of the week. Dockery is the third CVCC player to earn a weekly award this season. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

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

The freshman right-hander pitched a seven-inning complete game on Saturday in the Red Hawks’ 4-1 win at Guilford Tech. He allowed one unearned run and two hits while striking out eight hitters for his fifth win of the season.

“I feel like me getting that (weekly award) kind of shows all of the hard work all of our pitchers have put in all season as a staff,” Dockery said via the release. “It’s pretty cool to see that.”

Dockery is CVCC’s third national weekly award winner this season, joining teammates Trent Jones and Willie Gordon. He’s the first Red Hawk pitcher to be honored by the NJCAA since Julian Smith last year. Additionally, this is the first time the program has had three players recognized in one season.

CVCC baseball splits doubleheader

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team won one game but lost another during a doubleheader against visiting Bodyshop Baseball on Wednesday, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The Red Hawks won the first game by 15-0 run-rule before dropping the nightcap 6-3. The pair of results moves their record to 31-19 this season.

Catawba Valley led off the doubleheader with nine runs in the first inning of game one and finished that contest with 11 hits. Jackson Brown finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer in that massive first inning. Mason Lyda went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs, while Rod Munoz also drove in three runs. Trae Starnes (3-2) allowed three hits and struck out three over three scoreless innings for the win.

The Red Hawk bats were much quieter in game two, being held to just four hits. R.J. Conner hit a two-run home run, Munoz added a double and a run, and Trent Jones had the other RBI. Greg Collins (2-3) was charged with the loss in relief after allowing three runs in 0.2 innings.

The Red Hawks will host their final regular-season series this weekend against Fayetteville Tech. The two teams are slated to play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The series will finish Sunday with a 12 p.m. start.

L-R places 2nd in Echols Cup standings

The Lenoir-Rhyne athletic department finished runner-up for the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award this year, according to a press release from the SAC.

The Bears earned 1,521 points in the yearly competition among SAC schools that awards points based on cumulative finishes for each of the conference’s 20 sports. During the 2018-19 school year, Lenoir-Rhyne won conference championships in football, men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track and field. The second-place finish is the best for the athletic department since a pair of runner-up finishes in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Wingate won the Echols Cup for a 13th straight year with 1,531 points.

L-R men’s, women’s tennis in regional rankings

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s and women’s tennis teams are both ranked in their respective NCAA Division II Southeast Regional polls, according to a press release from the South Atlantic Conference.

The men’s tennis team checks in at No. 9 in the latest poll. The Bears finished the regular season 17-4 and are currently ranked 22nd in the country.

The women’s tennis team is also ranked ninth in the regional poll. The Bears went 17-5 this season and are currently No. 35 in the country.

The NCAA Division II tennis championship selection shows will be held May 7 on the NCAA website. The men’s show is scheduled for 8 p.m. with the women’s show to follow.

L-R softball ranked in regional poll

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team is ranked 10th in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll, according to a press release from the South Atlantic Conference.

The Bears finished the regular season 26-19 and lost to Lincoln Memorial in the first round of the SAC tournament.

The NCAA Division II softball selection show will be held May 6 at 10 a.m. on the NCAA website.

CVCC volleyball announces summer camps

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team has set dates for its upcoming summer camps, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The Red Hawks will hold a series of camps the week of June 24-28 at the Tarlton Complex. From June 24-26, they will host a Basic Skills Camp (8-11 a.m. daily) for players in the first through fifth grades, an Intermediate Skills Camp (12-3 p.m. daily) for athletes in the sixth through 10th grades and an Advanced Skills Camp (4-7 p.m. daily) for players in the ninth through 12th grades.

An All Skills Camp (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) and an ELITE Camp (2-7 p.m. daily) will also be held on both June 27 and June 28.

Each camp costs $125. All campers will receive a Red Hawks camp shirt as well as a daily snack for camps June 24-26 or lunch/dinner for camps June 27-28. All camps have a maximum registration of 50 players.

Additionally, the Red Hawks Mini Clinics will return this summer. A serving clinic will be held June 24 from 11 a.m. until noon and 3-4 p.m., as well as June 27 from 1-2 p.m. A position clinic will take place June 25 from 11 a.m. until noon and 3-4 p.m., June 26 from 11 a.m. until noon and 3-4 p.m. and June 28 from 1-2 p.m. Each session costs $25 per player.

To register for these camps or clinics, fill out the registration form that can be found at www.gocvcc.com/sports/wvball/camp. For more information, contact head coach Shannon Hudson at cvccvolleyball@yahoo.com or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4566 or 4239.

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