Written by Staff Reports
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 07:21
The Lexington Legends outlasted the Hickory Crawdads 10-9 in a back-and-forth battle at L.P. Frans Stadium Tuesday night. The Legends pulled it out with a run in the ninth inning. With the game
tied 9-9, Ryan McCurdy, who scored the game-winning run, led things off with a walk and promptly stole second base. He moved to third following a sacrifice bunt by Nolan Fontana, and he scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Chan Moon.
The loss leaves Hickory four games behind the Hagerstown Suns for first place in the North Division of the South Atlantic League. And the Suns also reduced their magic number down to four with Hickory's loss.
The Crawdads (35-29; 71-62) trailed early 2-1, but rallied to take a 5-2 lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Luis Sardinas, who had three hits on the night, had a two-run double; Kellin Deglan, who knocked in two runs of his own, had an RBI single to fuel the uprising.
But the Legends (29-34, 68-64) came charging back to tie the game at 5-5 before the Crawdads jumped back on top with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Urbanus had an RBI single, and he later scored on a throwing error that gave Hickory a 7-5 lead. Lexington, thanks to two hit batsmen and two errors scored three times in the top of the sixth for an 8-7 lead; and Moon drove in a run in the top of the seventh that gave the Legends a 9-7 lead.
But the Crawdads tied it up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Deglan had a run-scoring triple and Drew Robinson had an RBI single that tied the game.
Coby Cowgill (0-1) coughed up the game-winning run in the top of the ninth and suffered the loss.
The Crawdads return tomorrow against the Legends during Whacky Washington Wednesday and Unemployment Night at L.P. Frans Stadium with a First Pitch at 7 p.m. All fans will receive $1 as they walk through the gates and can show their NCESC-issued debit card or printed statement for up to four FREE Grandstand Tickets....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.