The Hickory Crawdads nailed down their first winning home stand of the year by knocking off Kannapolis 8-1 Wednesday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Crawdads (25-26) combined solid pitching, defense and hitting in polishing off the Intimidators in their series finale.
The Hickory offense, which was held to a just three hits Tuesday night, shook off the affects of that loss with an eight run performance that included nine hits and seven walks. That was more than enough support for winning pitcher Cole Wiper (3-6), who gave up one run over five innings before giving way to Josh McElwee and Felix Carvallo who combined for four scoreless frames to close out the game.
The only blemish against Wiper, he gave up a lead-off home run to Hunter Jones of the Intimidators (22-29) in the first inning. The pitching staff also received some help from the 'Dads defense. Second baseman Janluis Castro turned in a pair of standout plays and left fielder Evan Van Hoosier made a sliding grab for the final out of the game.
Trailing 1-0, the 'Dads quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a bases loaded, two-out, two-run single by Ronald Guzman to put Hickory ahead 2-1.
The Crawdads added to their lead by adding four more runs in the second inning. Joe Jackson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly; Ryan Cordell followed by lining a bases loaded, three-run double down the left field line that gave the 'Dads a 6-1 lead.
Nomar Mazara added a two-run homer in the sixth. Mazara was 1-3 with his fifth long ball of the year. He also scored two runs. Guzman two-run single; Van Hoosier went 3-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
The Crawdads, who were 4-3 on their seven-game home stand, had a 9-8 lead in the season series against the Intimidators. The 'Dads will now head on the road for a four-game series in Greenville, S.C., to play the Drive. First pitch Thursday night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Crawdads on the Road: The Crawdads will be on the road for the next four days taking on the Greenville Drive. The 'Dads will return home for another week-long home stand beginning on June 2nd! PROMOTIONS
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Photo Courtesy: Nomar Mazara, Hickory Crawdads