Written by Staff Reports
Friday, 25 May 2012 07:00
The Lexington Legends took the series opener with a 7-3 win against the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday evening, at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lexington (25-21) grabbed an early lead with a run in the first inning. Zach Johnson bounced an
RBI grounder to short that brought in 2B Delino DeShields, Jr. that gave the Legends a 1-0 lead. A two-out run-scoring single by Chris Epps in the third inning scored Mike Duffy from second base that gave Lexington a 2-0 advantage.
The Crawdads (21-24) finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Drew Robinson's two-out RBI single scored Luis Sardinas, who reached with a lead-off single, that made it 2-1. And Hickory captured hte lead with two runs in the fifth.
Kellin Deglan led off with a single to center field. He moved to third on Jordan Akins' double to left field. Trever Adams tied the game with a ground-ball out that scored Deglen from third base. Akins moved to third on the play. He scored the go-ahead run following a walk to Rougned Odor.
Odor wandered too far off the bag at first on a pitch in the dirt; he was caught in a rundown, and Akins scampered home for a 3-2 lead.
But Lexington came back with two runs of its own in the top of the sixth. Jimmy Howick doubled and he scored the tying run on a triple by DeShields, Jr. Jordan Scott then grounded an RBI single into to right field scoring DeShields to make it 4-3.
The Legends added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Epps; Roberto Pena closed out the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth. Arlett Mavare (1-2), who coughed up two runs in the sixth, suffered the loss; the Crawdads have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Sardinas and Deglen each had two hits apiece.
Hickory hosts Lexington for a huge night on Friday with a 7 p.m. First Pitch. Don't miss phenomenal Friday Night Fireworks following the game, presented by True2Form. The ZOOperstars!, presented by Dickinson Service Center and KICKS 103.3FM, will also be at the game, entertaining fans of all ages! And Friday will be the annual Salute to Veterans ballgame, featuring FREE tickets for all veterans and their immediate family members. Gates open at 6 p.m......The 'Dads and the Legends then take the field for a 6 p.m. start on Saturday. The first 1,000 fans with a paid admission will receive FREE Thunderstix on Saturday night! Also, all fans can go down on the field after the game for post-game autographs from some of the 'Dads! Saturday will be U.S. National Whitewater Center Night and Clark Tire Night, as well. And there will be a Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Blood Drive from 3 - 6 p.m. - all fans that donate blood will receive a FREE ticket to the game! Gates open at 5 p.m.
Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group outings, corporate partnerships, Levine Children's Hospital Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books for the 20th Anniversary Season are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.