The Hickory Crawdads pulled out a 4-2 win Thursday night against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field. The teams combined for 22 hits (the Drives had 13 hits; the Crawdads had nine), but the Crawdads (26-26) prevailed in the end thanks to a stingy defensive effort and a solid pitching performance.
The win also moved Hickory back to the .500 mark. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth, the Crawdads grabbed the lead for good thanks to Nick Vickerson, who scored the go-ahead run from second base on a wild pitch.
Nick Vickerson led off the frame with an infield single, moved to second on a ground out, then broke for third on a pitch that went between Drive catcher Jake Romanski's legs. Vickerson never broke stride on his steal attempt of third and scored on the wild pitch to give the Crawdads a 3-2 lead.
Hickory plated an insurance run in the sixth. Travis Demeritte doubled and came around to score on Evan Van Hoosier's two-out, run-scoring single.
Ryan Cordell drove in Hickory's first run with a bases loaded walk in the first; Michael De Leon drove in a run with a ground-ball out in the second inning. Trailing 2-0, Greenville (26-26) tied things up with a pair of runs on four singles in the bottom of the fourth inning,
The Crawdads turned a couple of double plays. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Jantzen Witte of the Drive grounded into a nicely turned 6-4-3 double play to end the inning; Hickory turned another double play in the eighth, squelching another Drive rally.
Van Hoosier led Hickory offensively going 3-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Demeritte was 2-4 with two doubles and two runs scored; Cordell was 1-3 with a double and a RBI. 'Dads reliever Ryne Slack (4-1) earned the win with 3.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Cody Kendall earned his second save of the season for pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The two teams will meet up again Friday night at 7:05 p.m., for game two of this four game series.
Crawdads on the Road: The Crawdads will be on the road for the next three 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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