The Hickory Crawdads concluded the first half of the South Atlantic League season with an exclamation point Sunday afternoon. The 'Dads pounded out a season-high 19 hits in a 14-4 win against the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.
A Crawdads (41-28) have won 15 of 16 going into the break. And it's also the first time Hickory has won 41 games in the first half of the season since becoming a Texas Rangers affiliate in 2009.
Infielder Janluis Castro led the attack with a 5-6 performance, including his first home run of the year, two RBI, and three runs scored. Ryan Cordell was 4-6 with two RBI and two runs scored; Jairo Beras went 3-4 with his first home run of the year. Castro got things started with an RBI single in the second inning; an RBI double by Ronald Guzman and a RBI groundout by Travis Demeritte in the third plated two more runs for a 3-0 lead; Castro's solo home run, Michael De Leon's run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly by Nomar Mazara in the fourth gave Hickory a 6-0 lead. The Crawdads put Lakewood (27-42) out of its misery with a four-run fifth inning.
Starting pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez (4-1) got the win with five shutout innings. He scattered three hits, walked two with a season-high six strikeouts. The Crawdads will take a three-day break for the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game that will be played Tuesday night at L.P. Frans STadium in Hickory. The 'Dads will start the second half of the schedule Thursday night with a road game against the Rome Braves.
SAL All-Star Game: Limited tickets are still available for the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory on Tuesday, June 17th! Come watch the best players in the SAL battle it out at the newly renovated L.P. Frans Stadium for only $12! TICKETS
Fan vs. All-Star Cornhole Tournament: Tickets for the Crawdads Fan vs. All-Star Cornhole Tournament are on sale now for only $5 per person! Come test your skills "Under the Sails" on Monday, June 16th and face off against the SAL All-Stars themselves! The winning team also takes home $200! Don't miss out! ALL-STAR INFO
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 $60, a $25 savings! INFO
Stay Connected: Make sure to stay connected with the Crawdads by visiting the 'Dads website at www.hickorycrawdads.com, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter!