It's really a shame the Hickory Crawdads are playing just for pride these days. They were eliminated from post-season competition eariler in the week. But instead of hanging their heads and sulking over it, the Crawdads have picked themselves up by winnin the first two games
on this season-ending series at Delmarva.
And for the second night in a row, the Crawdads utilized a late rally for a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Shorebirds (65-72 overall; 27-41, second half of the South Atlantic League season) Saturday at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
One night after the Crawdads rallied for three runs in the ninth, they came back with a three run spurt in the eighth on Saturday. The win assures Hickory of at least a split in their final series of the year, and it gives the Crawdads an overall record of 79-58, tying the team record for single-season victories during their six years association with the Texas Rangers. The Crawdads are 38-30 in the second half of the SAL season.
Their eighth-inning rally began with some help from Delmarva reliever Luc Rennie, who walked both Marcus Greene and Luis Marte on nine total pitches to put the tying runs on base. Nick Urbanus followed and laid down a sacrifice bunt off of new Shorebirds pitcher Garrett Cortright, hoping to advance the runers.
Instead of taking the out at first Shorebirds catcher Tanner Murphy threw to third in an attempt to get the lead runner, but his throw sailed into Delmarva's bullpen down the left field line and allowed Greene to come home, making it 3-2. Evan Van Hoosier followed with an RBI single to left field that tied the game before Ronald Guzman gave the Crawdads the lead with a sacrifice fly.
Delmarva attempted a comeback of their own with a pair of two-out singles off of Crawdads reliever Anyelo Leclerc in the bottom of the ninth, but Leclerc settled down and got pinch hitter Creede Simpson to line out to second to end the game.
Second baseman Travis Demeritte led the Hickory offensively by going 2-4 game including a double and a run scored; Jairo Beras was 2-4 with a double. Marte didn't record a hit in the win, but finished with a RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
Hickory reliever Ryne Slack (9-2) earned the win after tossing three scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He also had five strikeouts. Cortright (1-3) was the hard-luck loser for the Shorebirds with one run allowed on two hits; Leclerc picked up his fourth save.
The Crawdads will try to secure a series win in game three of their four-game set against the Shorebirds Sunday night at 5:05 p.m.
Crawdads Conclude Season: The Crawdads are wrapping up their 2014 season with TWO 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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