Kellin Deglan hit two home runs and Jake Skole belted a grand slam as the Hickory Crawdads pounded Asheville 16-6 before 1,221 fans at Historic McCormick Field on Sunday evening.
Skole's grand slam was the Crawdads sixth slam of the season, setting an all-time Crawdads record for most grand slams in a single season. Hickory(65-46, 25-18) started the scoring with a six-run barrage in the top of the fifth against pitcher Peter Tago. With one away, Alejandro Selen doubled and later scored on Deglan's first two-run home run of the game. Jhonny Gomez was hit by a pitch and Jurickson Profar doubled, putting runners at second and third. Odubel Herrera had an RBI single, Andrew Clark singled and drove in a run, Tomas Telis walked, Christian Villanueva drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Skole capped off the inning with a run-scoring single and a 6-0 Hickory advantage.
Asheville (55-57, 24-19) quickly erased the deficit with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and four more in the sixth. The game-tying blow came with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, when Joey Wong belted a three-run double to square the score at 6-6.
But the Crawdads regained the lead with six more runs in the top of the seventh against losing pitcher Juan Gonzalez (1-7). With one out, Hickory loaded the bases on a Telis double, a Clark single and Villanueva was hit by a pitch. Skole then unloaded the bases with his second grand slam of the season and setting the all-time Crawdads team mark, while also putting Hickory back in front, 10-6. Hickory worked the bases loaded again later in the frame, followed by RBI singles from Gomez and Telis to make it 12-6.
The 'Dads kept swinging away with two more runs in each of the eighth and ninths innings. Deglan hit his second home run of the game, two-run shot in the eighth; Villanueva had an RBI double and a Deglan had an RBI single to cap off the scoring in the top of the ninth. Hickory's 22 hits were just one shy of tying the all-time record for the most hits in a game set against Asheville in 2004.
NOTES: The Crawdads take on the Tourists in Asheville on Monday at 7:05 p.m......Hickory returns home on Wednesday, August 10 to start a four-game series against the Hagerstown Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium at 7 p.m......Wednesday night is Social Media Night! All fans the "Like" the official Hickory Crawdads Baseball Facebook Fan Page can get a FREE ticket to the August 10 game! Also, if the Crawdads Fan Page hits 6,200 "Likes" by August 10, everyone in attendance that night will receive a FREE small Pepsi. The Crawdads are also donating 10 cents per every new like to the cancer programs at Levine Children's Hospital, so click here and "Like" Hickory Crawdads Baseball right now!