|One Step Forward, One Step Back|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:02|
That's the best way to describe Hickory's three-game series with Hagerstown at L.P. Frans Stadium. Following a 5-1 loss Friday night, the Suns turned the tables on Hickory in a 7-2 win on Saturday.
Saturday's loss drops the Crawdads (75-56 overall; 34-28, second half of the South Atlantic League season) five games behind Hagerstown in the SAL's Northern Division with one game left in the series and eight games remaining in the 2014 regular season. The Crawdads are also 5 1/2 games behind Greensboro in the wildcard race. Greensboro defeated Lakewood 10-3 Saturday night.
The Suns (83-49; 39-23), who were held to a run on five hits Friday, came through with seven runs on ten hits in Saturday's match up.
Hagerstown grabbed the lead in the third as they scored two runs, one earned, on two hits and an error to take a 2-0 lead. Hagerstown kept their foot on the gas for the next three frames, scoring two more runs in the fourth and a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-0 lead.
Hickory got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, with a RBI double by Luis Marte and a RBI fielder's choice by Evan Van Hoosier cutting the deficit to 6-2. Hagerstown got one of those runs back in the top of the eighth.
The lower part of Hagerstown's batting order did the bulk of the damage. David Masters, the No.8 hitter, was 2-3 and drove in two runs; Cody Dent, the No.9 man in the lineup, was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI; Williams Rodriguez, the sixth-place hitter, was 2-4 with two runs scored. Narciso Mesa homered.
Robbie Dickey (1-0) earned the win in his South Atlantic League debut. The left hander tossed five shutout innings, he gave up four hits with three strikeouts. David Ledbetter (6-7) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, with two walks, and two strikeouts during his 4.2 frames on the mound.
Marte led the Hickory offense going 2-4, including a double and an RBI; Marcus Greene went 1-3 with a double,a walk, and a run scored.
The Crawdads will wrap up their series with the Suns, and they'll play their final home game of the regular season on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
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