For the second straight night the Hickory Crawdads offense found it's groove, as the 'Dads set 2013 highs in runs and hits while tying a high in homers en
route to an 11-4 win over the Asheville Tourists at McCormick Field.
A night after a solid 6-3 win over the Tourists, the Crawdads nearly doubled that run output while slugging a season high 15 hits. Of those 15 knocks the 'Dads tied a season high with three long balls, one each from Joe Maloney (2), Jordan Akins (1) and Nick Williams (4).
Every starter for Hickory had at least one hit in the route, with Williams leading the way going 3-5 with his homer and two RBI. Ryan Rua (2-5, 2B, RBI), Jorge Alfaro (2-5, 2 2B, RBI), Nomar Mazara (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI), and Akins (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) all picked up multi-hit games as well.
Somewhat lost in the offensive shuffle was Hickory starting pitcher Connor Sadzeck (2-0), who tossed five scoreless innings on just six hits to earn his second straight win.
The 'Dads didn't waste any time in jumping on Asheville starter Ben Hughes, with Williams picking up an RBI single in the first to put Hickory ahead 1-0. The lead would swell to 3-0 in the second frame when Maloney unloaded with a massive 2-run blast to left that soared well past the wall before striking a hill.
The Crawdads really pulled away in the 5th, as the club plated five more runs on five hits to take an 8-0 advantage. The big blast of the frame was Akins' opposite field, 2-run homer that cleared the 42-foot wall in right-center field.
The Tourists finally got on the board themselves in the sixth with a pair of runs. With Sadzeck finally out of the game Asheville broke up the shutout with a two-run home run by Drew Beuerlein to cut the score to 8-2.
The clubs would trade two run half innings in the seventh, with the 'Dads scoring twice on back-to-back doubles by Alfaro and Mazara before Asheville left fielder Francisco Sosa hit a two-run bomb to left to make the score 10-4.
Hickory would finish the scoring in the top of the 9th, when Williams slammed his solo shot over the right field wall to put the 'Dads ahead 11-4. When all was said and done, Hickory and Asheville combined to hit five total home runs, the most of any Crawdads game this year.
With the win the Crawdads (6-7) win consecutive games for the first time this season and clinch their first series win of 2013 as well. The 'Dads and Tourists (6-7) will conclude their 3-game series Wednesday at 7:05 pm.
NOTES: The 'Dads go for their first sweep of the year Wednesday night against the Tourists.....Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group outings, corporate partnerships, Buffalo Wild Wings Claw Club memberships and Ticket Books are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.