It took a while, but the Hickory Crawdads finally came to life and defeated the Greenville Drive 7-2 at Fluor Field.
Trailing 2-0, the Crawdad (28-27) jumped on top thanks to a three-run rally in the sixth inning. Evan Van Hoosier delivered wtih a bases-loaded, two-run double in the inning that tied the game. Janluis Castro scored on an error for the third run that gave the 'Dads a 3-2 lead.
Ronald Guzman added to the lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Nomar Mazara drove in another run with an RBI single in the eighth. Travis Demeritte closed things out with a two-run homer in the ninth.
The 'Dads finished the game with 12 hits and eight walks, allowing all nine starters to reach safely while eight of the nine had at least one hit. Mazara led the attack going 3-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored; Joe Jackson finished with his third straight multi-hit game going 2-4, with a double, a walk, and a run scored; Lewis Brinson was 2-4; Demeritte hit a home run for the third straight game to take over sole possession of the South Atlantic League home run lead with 12 on the season.
The 'Dads left eight men on base. Greenville (27-28) grabbed an early 2-0 lead thanks to an unearned run in the second inning and a RBI double by Jantzen Witte in the third.
The late rally made a winner out of Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith (2-1) who held the Drive to two runs, one earned, on three hits over his five innings pitched. Greenville reliever Myles Smith (1-4) took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits during his 2.1 innings. Hickory relievers Anyelo Leclerc and Josh McElwee combined to throw four shutout innings out of the bullpen with nine strikeouts.
The victory gives the Crawdads the series win over the Drive and puts the 'Dads above .500 for the first time since May 3. The Crawdads return home for a seven-game home stand beginning tonight with a 7:00 p.m. game against the Charleston RiverDogs.
'Dads Back at Home: The Crawdads will be home for the next seven nights beginning on Monday. The home stand includes plenty of great promotions, including Thirsty Thursday (6/5), The Cruise-in-Car Show presented by Farris Insurance on Friday (6/6), and Saved by the Bell night with Dustin "Screech" Diamond on Saturday (6/7)! PROMOTIONS
All-Inclusive All-Star Package: Don't miss a single event surrounding the 55th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory by purchasing the All-Inclusive Ticket Deal for only $95, a $25 savings! INFO
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! SCHEDULE
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