The Hickory Crawdads continued their recent resurgence by knocking off the Greenville Drive 7-1 Saturday night at Fluor Field. The win moves Hickory back to the .500 mark (27-27) and a game above
.500 (16-15) for the month of May.
A strong hitting performance backboned Hickory's win Saturday night. The Crawdads scored seven runs on eight hits and they also took advantage of six walks. and two costly errors by the Drive (27-27).
Second baseman Travis Demeritte led the way going 1-3 with a home run, two RBI, and a walk. Demeritte's eighth-inning blast was his 11th of the year, tying him for the South Atlantic League lead with Asheville's Correlle Prime. Third baseman Nick Vickerson reached base safely four times thanks to a single, two walks, and he was hit by a pitch; catcher Joe Jackson finished the night going 2-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
The offensive performance backed a solid effort by 'Dads starting pitcher Kelvin Vasquez (3-1), who gave up an unearned run on six hits with seven strikeouts over his five innings of work. Relievers Ricardo Rodriguez and Cody Kendall were effective out of the bullpen as that duo shut out the Drive over the final four innings.
The Crawdads jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, when Vickerson was hit by a pitch and later scored on a double to left field by Jackson, combined with a fielding error by Greenville left fielder Kendrick Perkins, for a 1-0 lead.
The 'Dads plated two more unearned runs in the sixth for a 3-0 advantage. Jackson walked with one out, Ryan Cordell followed with an infield single to put two men on base. Jackson eventually score on an error by Drive shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin; Cordell came home on a sacrifice fly to center field by Ronald Guzman.
The Crawdads added another run in the seventh on a double by Kellin Deglan, a walk to Evan Van Hoosier, and an eventual double steal that saw Van Hoosier take second while Deglan ran home from third. Demeritte provided the offense in the eighth with his two-run blast; Jackson had an RBI single in the ninth.
Teddy Stankiewicz (4-3) took the loss after allowing three unearned runs on four hits over his six innings pitched. The Crawdads have now won two of the first three games in this series against the Drive. They go for the series win in the finale on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
Crawdads on the Road: The Crawdads will wrap up their brief road trip on Sunday before returning home for another week-long home stand beginning on June 2nd! PROMOTIONS.
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Screech Meet-N-Greet: Tickets are still available for the "Saved by the Bell" Meet-N-Greet with Dustin "Screech" Diamond on June 7th! For only $22, fans can meet, chat with, and get an autograph from the TV star while also enjoying a pre-game meal!.
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Photo Courtesy: Evan Van Hoosier, Hickory Crawdads