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Originally published: 2014-06-14 14:56:42
Last modified: 2014-06-14 14:56:42

SAL All-Star game headed to Hickory

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

HICKORY -- The South Atlantic League All-Star Game Tuesday will have an Appalachian State tie when former Mountaineers baseball standout Randy Ingle is inducted into the SAL Hall of Fame.

The banquet inducting Ingle is before the game in Hickory and is sold out. The All-Star Game begins at 7 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium Tickets are $12 for each seat, and there is a possibility that the game could be a sellout.

Ingle was the manager of the Rome Braves from 2006-10 and from 2012-13. Ingle, who played at Appalachian State from 1977-79, still holds the program's records for single season batting average (.477) and career batting average (.404).

Ingle is the current manager of the Danville Braves, the Atlanta Braves' rookie-A team in the Appalachian League.

Ingle, who is in his 23rd season as a manager of a team in the Braves' organization, is also a development assistant. Ingle's best season in Rome was 2013, when the Braves went 73-66.

The All-Star game will feature four players from the Hickory Crawdads. Evan Van Hoosier is the starting center fielder and Cody Kendall is a relief pitcher.

Hickory manager Corey Ragsdale and athletic trainer Sean Fields were named to the Northern Division staff. Former Bandys pitcher Hunter Harvey is also the Northern Division's starting pitcher.
Harvey pitches for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

"We are excited about all the local appeal for the game," Crawdads general manager Mark Seaman said in a news release. "Not only will four Crawdads be represented, but this will be a great chance for fans to see a local star in Hunter Harvey. The way he is pitching, he is definitely a candidate to get called up. Combine that with the fact that Delmarva doesn't come to Hickory until July 26, and this might be the only chance local people will have to see him pitch as a professional in his hometown."

The Crawdads go into the game winners of 13 of their last 14 games heading into their game today at Lakewood (N.J.).

The Crawdads, who are the low single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at the Rome Braves from June 19-22 before returning home to start an eight-game homestand on June 23 starting with a four-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

The Crawdads are playing in a remodeled L.P. Frans Stadium that those who have not taken the hour-long trip south may not recognize. The Crawdads gave their stadium a facelift that includes improved areas for fans, that includes picnic areas and an expanded restaurant.

The most noticeable change is the one involved with the seating. Gone are the red and blue seats and in are the pine green seating that has become popular with major league stadiums.

Also gone are any general admission sections, and differences in pricing for reserved seats. All seats, with the exception, of special seating are now $9.

The fans seem don't seem to mind the price. The line waiting to buy tickets for the Crawdads' game Friday and Sunday night before Memorial Day on May 26 stretched from the ticket office to the east entrance of the parking lot.

True, it was Memorial Day weekend, but it might not be a bad idea to buy tickets online, since they also set up a table for willcall tickets that is much shorter. The crowd on Friday was a season-high 3,700 fans.

There are other improvements. The seating around the restaurant on the first base side is newer and improved.

That's also a good place to catch a foul ball. The protective netting around the field doesn't keep all of the foul balls away from the crowd on that side.