Less than a week after rejoining the Hickory Crawdads from a month-long stint on the disabled list, Lewis Brinson emerged as the hero Tuesday night with a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning that gave the Dads (30-27) defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 8-7 at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads entered the 9th in a 7-7 tie after Charleston rallied for two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning. Joe Jackson got the game-winning rally started with a double to right field. Following an intentional walk to Nomar Mazara, Ryan Cordell walked loading the bases for Brinson, who lifted a fly ball into right field that scored Jackson with the winning run.
The Crawdads m who trailed early, rallied to tie the game 3-3 on Nick Vickersons two-run homer in the third inning. The Dads then took the lead with a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by Jacksons run-scoring double and Mazara;s towering three-run homer for a 7-3 lead.
The RiverDogs (27-31) chipped away and scored twice in the sixth and two more times in the eighth to tie the game, setting the stage for Brinsons ninth-inning heroics.
Brinson finished the game 1-3 with a walk and the game-winning RBI; Mazara went 3-4 with his seventh home run of thee year and three RBI; Vickerson was 1-4 with two RBI; Cordell was 1-4 with a home run; Jackson went 2-5 with a double and two RBI. Hickory reliever
Cody Kendall (4-2) earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings pitched down the stretch The Crawdads have won a season-high four in a row and six of their last seven games. They go for the sweep today at 11 a.m.
'Dads at Home: The Crawdads are home for five more games on the home stand, with some great promotions scheduled for the next week! The home stand includes 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
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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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Photo Courtesy: Lewis Brinson, Hickory Crawdads