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Gooden recalls historic '83 season in Lynchburg

Mets’ ace reminisces about 300-strikeout year on 40th anniversary
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 5, 2023

Asked to reflect on his historic 1983 season with the Class A Lynchburg Mets, Dwight Gooden reacted with some bewilderment. He was startled by the reminder that it had been 40 years ago, and amazed by the memories that stuck. That season was, quite simply, one of the best ever

Hillcats Close Season With Walk-Off Win

September 10, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats walked-off the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season with a 4-3 victory. In the final at-bat of the season, Juan Benjamin closed things out with a single under the glove of the third baseman to plate two. Lynchburg had led since

Hillcats Secure First Winning Record Since 2018

September 9, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats used a three-run eighth inning to power past the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 6-5 in the penultimate game of the season on Saturday night. C.J. Kayfus delivered another eighth-inning game winning hit as drove a hard grounder down the first base line all the way into the corner.

Rain Soils Pitcher's Duel as Kannapolis Knocks Off Lynchburg

September 8, 2023

Lynchburg struggled to find their bats as they fell to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Friday night by a score of 1-0. It was the second time the Hillcats have been shut out this series. The game also featured an hour-and-a-half long rain delay as the game headed to the

Hillcats Come From Behind to Shock Kannapolis

September 7, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats won in dramatic fashion on Thursday night over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers by a score of 9-8. The Hillcats and Cannon Ballers traded blows all throughout the ballgame, with Lynchburg taking the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth inning. They entered the inning trailing

Kannapolis Eliminates Lynchburg From Playoff Contention

September 6, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats were eliminated from playoff contention after a 12-3 loss to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Wednesday night. Kannapolis took the lead early on and never let off the gas as the Hillcats struggled to get anything going at the plate. Lynchburg has been outscored 19-3 in the

Kannapolis Shutouts Lynchburg in Series Opener

September 5, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats fell further out of playoff contention with a 7-0 loss to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Tuesday night. Kannapolis took the lead early on and never let off the gas, as the Hillcats could only muster together five hits on the evening. Yorman Gomez did pitch well

Hillcats Announce 2024 Carolina League Schedule

August 29, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats are excited to announce the release of their 2024 Carolina League schedule. Fans in Lynchburg will have the opportunity to see eight different Carolina League opponents over the course of the 11 homestand season. Every team from the North Division will have the chance to visit the

Hillcats Secure Split After Sunday Thriller

August 27, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats secured the split of the series with the Delmarva Shorebirds after a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. It was the fourth straight game in the series that ended by a 4-3 score, with each team winning twice. Zane Morehouse also picked up his first professional save after

Delmarva Stuns Lynchburg with Second-Straight One-Run Victory

August 26, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats dropped a heartbreaker to the Delmarva Shorebirds by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night. After striking early, the Hillcats bats went cold, and the pitching depth just ran out of juice towards the later innings. Lynchburg dropped to three games back of division leading Carolina for

Comeback Falls Short as Delmarva Knocks of Lynchburg

August 25, 2023

A ninth inning rally fell just short for the Lynchburg Hillcats as they dropped 4-3 to the Delmarva Shorebirds on Friday night. Lynchburg trailed for most of the ballgame but made a push in the ninth inning that saw the tying run stranded 90 feet away. Delmarva just barely sneaked

Lynchburg Wins After Wire-to-Wire Victory Over Delmarva

August 24, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats kept pace with the top of the Carolina League with their 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Thursday evening. Lynchburg led from start to finish but the Shorebirds cut things close late in the ballgame before Jay Driver picked up his first professional save. The win

Hillcats Announce Return of Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game

August 23, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats are excited to announce the return of the Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game this Sunday, August 27th at Bank of the James Stadium. Following the conclusion of the Hillcats 2 p.m. matinee with Delmarva, members of both the Lynchburg Police Department and Lynchburg Fire Department will

Shorebirds Snap Hillcats Five-Game Winning Streak

August 22, 2023

The Delmarva Shorebirds snapped the five-game winning streak for the Lynchburg Hillcats by a score of 8-0 on Tuesday evening. Delmarva struck first and never let off the gas as they stormed out to the early lead and continued to build upon it throughout the night. Lynchburg struggled to pick

Marathon Ballgame Ends in with a Hillcats Walk-off Over Fredericksburg

August 13, 2023

In the most chaotic game of the season, the Lynchburg Hillcats survived on another walk-off hit to knock off the Fredericksburg Nationals 14-13 on Sunday afternoon. Angel Genao closed out the ballgame with an RBI single in the ninth to propel Lynchburg in a game that saw a combined 17

Kayfus Delivers Winner Over Fredericksburg

August 12, 2023

In another dramatic finish, the Lynchburg Hillcats knocked off the Fredericksburg Nationals 8-6 on Saturday night. C.J. Kayfus delivered a game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning to put the Hillcats in front. With the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth, Jose Devers ended the ballgame with

Hillcats’ Angel Zarate Pulls from Perseverance at UNC-Chapel Hill

August 12, 2023

In this new age of college athletics, patience is no longer a virtue. For many student-athletes, riding the bench during their freshman year can be a deal-breaker, often resulting in the player transferring elsewhere. However, there are still those who ride out the storm, trust the process and those who

Hillcats Knock of FredNats in Walk-Off Fashion

August 11, 2023

In a back-and-forth ballgame, the Lynchburg Hillcats delivered a dramatic victory over the Fredericksburg Nationals 7-6 in extra innings on Friday night. Lynchburg led all the way until the eighth inning when the Nationals would put a three-spot on the board to jump out in front. The Hillcats would tie

Lynchburg Blows Out Fredericksburg with Nine Run Inning

August 10, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats stormed to victory over the Fredericksburg Nationals by a score of 12-6 on Thursday night. Lynchburg was carried by a nine-run third inning where all the first nine guys that came up the plate reached base and scored in the inning. The Hillcats also received an outstanding

Nationals Hold On Late to Defeat Hillcats

August 9, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats could not overcome an early big inning for the Fredericksburg Nationals on Wednesday night losing 6-5. A four run second inning for the Nationals helped carry them to victory as they took the lead and never looked back. Lynchburg would pick up a pair of home runs,

Dylan Crews' Grand Slam Shuts Door on Hillcats

August 8, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats fell flat in game one of their series against the Fredericksburg Nationals by a score of 11-2 on Tuesday evening. Dylan Crews put the dagger in the ballgame with his first professional grand slam in the seventh inning to put the Nationals far ahead. Lynchburg pitching surrendered

Lynchburg Hillcats Manager Jordan Smith Finds Motivation Through His Relationships

August 4, 2023

When you walk into the manager’s office at Bank of the James Stadium, you will not be taken aback by a massive collection of memorabilia or trophies. Instead, you will be met with a quaint space that fosters a welcoming environment for all. The office is a quiet, unassuming room

Fayetteville Blows Out Lynchburg to Split Series with Hillcats

July 23, 2023

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers let out their frustration from a disappointing season by knocking off the Lynchburg Hillcats 18-4 on Sunday afternoon. Every player for Fayetteville had at least two hits as the team combined for five home runs. Every Hillcats pitcher surrendered at least one run while surrendering a total

Lynchburg Comeback Attempt Falls Short to Fayetteville

July 22, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats late-game comeback fell short on Saturday night to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers by a score of 11-7. The Woodpeckers stormed out to an eight-run lead after two innings of play and never looked back. Twice in the final two innings, the Hillcats brought the tying run to the

Hillcats Shutout Woodpeckers Behind Peterson's Eight Innings

July 21, 2023

The Lynchburg Hillcats picked up their third straight win over the Fayetteville Woodpeckers after a 4-0 shutout victory on Friday night. For the second time this season, Austin Peterson threw eight complete innings in a Hillcat victory. Peterson is the first pitcher since 2018 to throw eight innings in a