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Blowing Rock - 13, Green Valley - 9
Bethel - 26, Cove Creek - 16
Parkway - 18, Hardin Park - 17
Mabel - 41, Valle Crucis - 15
Blowing Rock - 40, Green Valley - 11
Cove Creek- 32, Bethel - 49
Grant Lawrence (B) - 19 Points, Bailey Younce (B) -18 Points
Parkway - 41, Hardin Park - 40
Valle Crucis - 48, Mabel - 34



App State Announces Baseball Recruiting Class for 2018-19

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State baseball coach Kermit Smith on Tuesday officially announced a recruiting class of eight newcomers for the 2018-19 season.


Smith’s second class since his arrival in Boone has, to date, eight high school players from the state of North Carolina. The group includes four players who pitch, one catcher, two middle infielders, three players capable of being outfielders and three players who can contribute at first base.


Six in-state players are from high schools within three hours of Boone, including three players from the Charlotte area.


“This is an outstanding day for our program,” Smith said. “We have been working diligently on this class for 17 months. So many people had a hand in this. From Britt Johnson, our Recruiting Coordinator, to Justin Aspegren, Erik Lunde and Matt Greenhalgh, everybody went above and beyond to identify the talent and develop the relationships needed to secure a great group of young men. It's exciting to sit on the front end of back-to-back recruiting classes and know where we are heading. The foundation is being set for success in the community, in the classroom and on the baseball field. It's a great day to be a Mountaineer!”




McKinley Bell (OF, 6-1, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)

Hayden Cross (C, 6-0, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)

Kyle Decker (OF-INF, 6-0, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)

Lucas Drumheller (SS, 6-1, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)

Brennen Herbert (P-1B, 6-4, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)

Evan Mauldin (P, 6-0, Belmont, N.C./South Point)

Austin Primm (P-1B, 6-4, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)

Tyler Tuthill (P-1B-OF, 6-3, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)


MCKINLEY BELL (6-1, Outfielder, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)

A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .390 batting average, .532 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs, 28 runs scored, 18 walks, four doubles and two triples as a junior … an all-conference performer as a junior … Plays for coach Cody Geyer at the Christ School in Arden. … A member of the Evoshield Canes Coastal travel team coached by Jake Jacobs. … Made the Dynamic Baseball All-Tournament team and 2017 Prep Baseball Report NC Preseason All-State team … Also played football for the Christ School … full name is Greyson McKinley Bell. … Son of Brian and Tina Bell. … born June 9, 1999 … has one sibling: Layton … major is undecided.


HAYDEN CROSS (6-0, Catcher, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)

A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Batted .453 with 34 hits, 20 RBIs, eight doubles and three triples as a junior in 2017, when he was a team captain and a first-team all-conference selection … Batted .362 with 25 hits and 13 RBIs as a sophomore in 2016, when he was all-conference honorable mention … Plays for coach David Miller at Southern Lee … A member of the Carolina Cubs travel team coached by Ricky Keith … Full name is Hayden O’Neil Cross … Son of Patrick and Amelia Cross … Born May 6, 2000 … Has one sibling: Caleb … Also lettered in cross country, as he won the most improved award in 2015 … Plans to major in applied physics with hopes of becoming an engineer after his baseball career is over.


KYLE DECKER (6-0, Outfielder/Infielder, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)


Three-year letterwinner and two-time captain in baseball and basketball at North Henderson … has batted .364 with a .474 on-base percentage, 76 hits, 77 runs, 23 RBIs, 10 doubles, three home runs, 60 stolen bases and a 0.938 OPS in high school … As a junior, batted .479 with 35 hits, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored, three homers, three doubles, a .569 on-base percentage and 19 steals … Three-time all-area selection … All-conference twice and a two-time Region 8 participant in the State Games … Plays for Justin King at North Henderson … Also a member of the Showcase Baseball Academy travel team coached by Tom Donathan … Full name is Kyle Wayne Decker … Son of Chris and Pam Decker … Born June 30, 1999 … Has one sibling: Ryan, who plays baseball as a pitcher at North Carolina Central.


LUCAS DRUMHELLER (6-1, Shortstop, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)

Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Hit .376 with four home runs and a .511 on-base percentage as a junior … All-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … Trojan Award winner as a junior … team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore … team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman … Plays for coach Mel Wearing at Olympic … A member of the Charlotte Megastars travel team coached by Mel Wearing and Jeff McNeeley … Hit .375 with two home runs for the Megastars … Full name is Lucas Allen Drumheller … Son of Scott and Audrey Drumheller … born April 25, 2000 … Has one sibling: Lindsay … major is undecided.


BRENNEN HERBERT (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)


Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .337 batting average with 29 hits, 25 RBIs and two home runs as a junior. Went 7-1 on the mound with a 1.25 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 13 walks in 39.1 innings … All-region selection and Jack Britt’s offensive MVP as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior ... Also an all-conference performer in soccer as a sophomore and junior … Plays at Jack Britt for Dr. Christopher Dague, who has earned a doctorate in philosophy … Member of the Dirtbags travel team coached by Will James … Made the Perfect Game All-Tournament team in 2016 and 2017 … Full name is Brennen James Herbert … Son of Damon Herbert and Jamie Bourquin … born Nov. 21, 1999 … Has one sibling: Emma … Father played baseball at Kent State University … Uncle (Russ) played baseball at Ohio University and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1994.


EVAN MAULDIN (6-0, Pitcher, Belmont, N.C./South Point)


Standout pitcher for South Point team that went 23-6 last season … Coached by Jason Lineberger… Also a member of the EvoShield Canes travel team coached by Mike Williams. … Three-time Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American … Four-time Perfect Game all-tournament selection … 2016 Student Athlete Community Service Network National Leadership Award … Full name is Evan Preslar Mauldin … Son of Scott and Marcie Mauldin… Has one sibling: Aaron … Born June 12, 2000 …Father played golf collegiately at App State before playing professionally … Grandfather, Douglas, played football at App State and Wake Forest in the late 1950s before playing professional baseball.


AUSTIN PRIMM (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)


Three-time letterwinner in baseball … On the mound, had a 1.27 ERA and 8-1 record as a junior in 2017, when he was the team MVP, an all-conference pick and an all-state selection. Batted .333 with six home runs … Also all-conference as a sophomore … Scholar-athlete award as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Coached by Jessie Martin at North Gaston … Member of the 5 Star Carolina travel team coached by Brian Hoop … WWBA all-tournament team in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Preseason Perfect Game Underclassman All-American Honorable Mention in 2017 … Full name is Austin Christopher Primm … Son of Craig and Jennifer Primm … Born Nov. 25, 1999 … Has one sibling: Avery … In process of earning fourth letter in basketball, as he averages 12.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior.


TYLER TUTHILL (6-3, Pitcher-First Baseman-Outfielder, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)


Two-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .492 batting average, .579 on-base percentage, .639 slugging percentage, 39 hits, three triples, four home runs and 24 RBIs at the plate as a junior. Went 6-0 on the mound with a 1.53 ERA, 24 hits allowed, 58 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 0.85 WHIP in 45.2 innings spread across 10 appearances … Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as a junior … team MVP and Greater Neuse Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … an All-Academic honoree in each of his first three seasons … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior … Coached by Stacey Houser at Clayton … Member of the Purpose Driven travel team coached by Jay Stott ... full name is Tyler Kane Tuthill … Son of Jason and Alyson Tuthill … born May 6, 2000 … Has two siblings: Trevor and Caden … Father played Division I baseball at Wagner College from 1992-96, when he was a team captain and all-conference player before playing one year of Independent professional baseball for the Altoona (Pa.) Rail Kings … Mother played college basketball at Virginia Wesleyan.