The Hickory Crawdads christened their newly-renovated Crawdads Stadium in dramatic fashion Thursday night as they rallied for a 6-5 walk-off win over the Asheville Tourists.


Jairo Beras's run-scoring capped off a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the tenth. The Crawdads came charging back from a 5-2 deficit in the eight inning.


Second baseman Travis Demeritte highlighted the comeback with a three-run homer that tied the game, 5-5. That blow set the stage for Beras in the tenth.


The 18-year-old outfielder from * came through with his only hit of the night with his game-winning single that caromed off the base of the center field wall.


The Crawdads (5-3) kicked off the scoring right off the bat in the bottom of the first, when center fielder Lewis Brinson smashed a solo homer to left to put the 'Dads on top 1-0. That score would hold all the way until the 5th, when Hickory starting pitcher Akeem Bostick ran out of gas.


Bostick entered the frame having held the Tourists without a run over the first four innings on just two hits. Asheville second baseman Michael Benjamin changed all that with one swing of the bat however, lofting a solo home run to left to tie the score at 1-1. Things would unravel from there for the Bostick and the 'Dads, with Asheville going on to score four total runs on four hits to take a 4-1 lead.


The rally got starting pitcher * Bostick off the hook, Bostick went 4.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits, with two walks, and three strikeouts. Cody Kendall (1-0) came on in the fifth and got the win. He tossed three shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. ASheville's (4-4) Logan Norris (0-1), who coughed up Beras' RBI single, suffered the loss.


The Crawdads and Asheville play game two of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.


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Juremi Profar Added to Crawdads



The Hickory Crawdads, Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, made their first roster move of the 2014 season Thursday. Juremi Profar, the younger brother of former 'Dad great and current Ranger Jurickson Profar, was added to the team's 25-man roster, while first baseman Ronald Guzman was transferred to Extended Spring Training.




Profar, 18, comes to Hickory after playing the 2013 season in the Dominican Summer League, where the 6'1" 185-pound infielder hit .281 with 13 doubles, one triple, and a 13/22 strikeout to walk ratio. A native of Willemstad, Curacao, Profar becomes the youngest player on the Crawdads at 18 years, 70 days.




Guzman, 19,was hitting .273 (6-22), with two doubles, two RBIs, and two stolen bases through six games played this season. The Dominican Republic native hit .272 with four home runs and 26 RBIs over 49 games in Hickory in 2013.