The Kannapolis Intimidators moved a little closer to first place in the North Division of the South Atlantic League as they knocked off the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 Wednesday afternoon at CMC-Northeast Stadium in Kannapolis. The
win leaves Kannapolis just one-half game behind Hickory for first place. The Intimidators (4-2, 37-39) got out to a quick start, plating a pair in the bottom of the second inning. Martin Medina led off with a base hit and moved to second when Andrew Douglas was hit by a pitch. One out later, Ross Wilson drove in a run with an RBI double; Grant Buckner's sacrifice fly to right field gave Kannapolis an early 2-0 lead.
Trailing 3-0, Hickory (5-2, 41-35) finally pushed a run across in the top of the sixth inning. Drew Robinson sparked the stanza with a single, advancing to second on a base hit by Jeremy Williams and moving to third on a fielder's choice by Alejandro Selen. A sacrifice fly by Kellin Deglan scored Robinson and made it 3-1.
But the Intimidators picked up some insurance with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 5-1 lead. The Crawdads rallied in the top of the eighth. Luis Sardinas led off with a single, Robinson walked and Sardinas advanced to third on a fly ball out to center field. He scored on a wild pitch, and Robinson advanced to second base on the play. Then Selen singled and a Deglan walk loaded the bases for C Kevin Torres, who skied an RBI sacrifice fly to center, drove in Robinson to make it, 5-3.
But Brian Blough, who picked up his sixth save of the year, quelled the rally and dealt a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game, Ryan Buch (2-0) tossed five scoreless innings and picked up the win. Kevin Matthews (1-2) suffered the loss; he gave up two earned runs in four innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Sardinas was 3-5 with a double and a run scored; Selen and Kevin Torres had two hits apiece for the Crawdads.
The 'Dads continue the nine-game trip in Kannapolis on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action live on Hickorycrawdads.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for Crawdads Countdown....Hickory returns home for the 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Carolina Postal Credit Union and KICKS 103.3FM, on the Wed., July 4. First Pitch will be at 7 p.m. against the Delmarva Shorebirds, before the best Independence Day celebration in the area! Tickets are just $10 for the game and unforgettable fireworks show, and are going fast! To secure your seats right now, click here or call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.
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