The Hickory Crawdads snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run rally in the ninth inning Friday night. Hickory () utilized two hits, two walks, and an error to come away with a 4-1 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
The winning rally began with a leadoff walk by Marcus Greene followed by a sacrifice bunt by Luis Marte and a groundout by Nick Urbanus that moved Greene to third base with two outs. Then with Evan Van Hoosier at the plate, the Crawdads snapped the 1-1 tie, thanks to a passed ball by Shorebirds All-Star catcher Chance Sisco that allowed Greene to score for a 2-1 lead.
Van Hoosier eventually walked, Ronald Guzman singled to right before Zach Cone delivered an RBI double from Zach Cone that made it 3-1. A throwing error by shortstop Jared Breen of the Shorebirds allowed another run to score, making it 4-1.
The game featured a nifty pitching duel between David Ledbetter of the Crawdads (78-75 overall; 37-30, second half of the South Atlantic League season) and Bennett Parry of the Shorebirds (65-71; 27-40). The two hurlers navigated through four scoreless frames to start the game before Hickory scored in the top of the fifth on a double by Urbanus and an RBI single by Van Hoosier for a 1-0 lead. Delmarva responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth when Tanner Rust lined his first home run of the year to right field that tied the game, 1-1.
Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska (4-1) earned the win with a perfect inning of work in the eighth; teammate Jose Valdespina picked up his ninth save with a scoreless ninth inning. Donnie Hart (1-3) took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks over two innings pitched.
Cone ended the game going 2-4 with an RBI double and a walk; Guzman went 2-5 with a double and a run scored; Urbanus finished 1-5 with a double and a run scored. The Crawdads (37-30) take on the Shorebirds (27-40) tonight in game two of their four-game series at 7:05 p.m.
Crawdads Conclude Season: The Crawdads are wrapping up their 2014 season with THREE more games in Delmarva! Make sure to listen in as the 'Dads battle the Shorebirds in their final contests of the year!
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