The Hickory Crawdads and Lakewood BlueClaws split Sunday's doubleheader, with Lakewood claiming the first game, 7-3, and the 'Dads taking game two, 2-1 at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Crawdads, BlueClaws and Hagerstown Suns are currently tied for first place in the in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. In game one, Lakewood
(17-13; 43-56) rallied for an early 2-0 deficit. Trailing 2-1 the BlueClaws scored six times in the top of the fifth inning. With two on and nobody out, Aaron Altherr doubled in a run to tie the game. Kelly Dugan followed with a two-run single before Chris Duffy belted a two-run homer to highlight the rally.
In game two, the Crawdads (17-13, 53-46) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and this time they made it stand up. Chris Grayson scored a run and drove in a run in the win. He scored on an RBI double by Zach Cone to straight-away center field in the bottom of the first inning that gave Hickory a 1-0 lead. The 'Dads doubled their lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Trever Adams singled his way on, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Grayson drove him in with an RBI double to left-center field for a 2-0 lead. Winning pitcher Santo Perez (3-8) tossed four scoreless innings before the BlueClaws picked up an unearned run in the top of the fifth. Maikel Franco was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Miguel Alvarez reached base on a fielding error by Adams, advancing Franco to third. Franco scored on a double-play ball by Brock Stassi.
Perez escaped the rest of the fifth with the lead intact before Jose Monegro tossed two scoreless innings for his second save of the year.
The 'Dads kick off a four-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds at L.P. Frans on Monday at 7 p.m. It will be 2-for-1 Senior Night, presented by Kingston Residence, with bingo....Monday is also KICKS 103.3FM Listener Appreciation Night, with Grandstand Tickets available for just $1.03! Fans can also get a KICKS Value Pack on Monday, including 2 Grandstand Tickets, 2 hot dogs, 2 Pepsis and 2 orders of fries or chips for just $10.33! Gates open at 6 p.m. on Monday....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.