The Hickory Crawdads won their fifth straight game, 6-1, against the Savannah Sand Gnats, before 3,282 fans at Historic Grayson Stadium on Saturday evening. With the win, Hickory Manager Bill Richardson ties Tony Beasley as the winningest manager in Crawdads history. Winning pitcher Luke Jackson (2-0) shut down the Savannah offense,
tossing a no-hitter through his first 5.2 innings and finishing with six shutout frames. The Crawdads (11-5) raced in front in the top of the fourth inning against losing pitcher Tyler Pill (1-1). Jeremy Williams led off with a single, and then darted home one out later on an RBI double by Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro then trotted home as Drew Robinson crushed a two-run homer over the right field wall for the 3-0 lead.
Hickory added two run more in the top of the sixth. Williams led off with a base hit, and Alfaro knocked him, this time with an RBI triple. After Alfaro injured himself on the play, Jordan Akins took over as a pinch runner and promptly trotted home on an RBI double by Robinson, stretching the lead to 5-0.
The Sand Gnats (10-7) managed to get on the board in the bottom of the eighth against Chris Hanna. Tillman Pugh led off with a solo shot, but Hanna navigated through the rest of the inning with no further damage being done. Hickory added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Zach Cone's sacrifice fly drove in the final run to cap the Crawdads win at 6-1. Randol Rojas closed the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Crawdads conclude the four-game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Catch all the action live on Hickorycrawdads.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for Crawdads Countdown.....The 'Dads kick off a seven-game homestand on Tuesday, April 24 vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers at 6 p.m. It will be Dollar Day. Buy one ticket for this game, and get a second grandstand ticket for just a buck! Also, nine other items around the ballpark will be just $1 each.
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.
Photo Courtesy: Bill Richardson, Hickory Crawdads