Following consecutive rainouts, the Hickory Crawdads (12-13) finally got on the field Thursday night. And the Crawdads earned a doubleheader split against
Hickory won the opener, 7-3, but lost the nightcap, 4-3. Evan Van Hooiser was 3-4 with three runs-batted-in in game one. The Crawdads broke the game open by scoring four unearned runs in the top of the second inning.
Kellin Deglan singled to start the frame, Eduard Pinto laid down a sacrifice bunt that Suns pitcher Austin Voth threw high to second to allow both runners to reach safely. Travis Demeritte followed with a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out.
Strikeouts to both Jairo Beras and Nick Urbanus threatened to undo the inning, but Van Hoosier came through again with a 3-RBI, bases clearing double off the center field wall. Nick Vickerson followed with a double of his own to center to score Van Hoosier and put the 'Dads up by four, 5-1.
Hickory relief pitcher Ryne Slack (2-0) earned the win with two shutout frames out of the bullpen.
In game two, the Suns (19-6) scored the winning run on a Hickory error in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win. A pair of errors by third baseman Nick Urbanus led to Hickory's undoing. Urbanus' first miscue put runners at second and third with two outs. Reliever Cody Kendall induced a ground ball to third, but Urbanus threw wide of first allowing the winning run to score.
The Suns grabbed a 1-0 lead by scoring an unearned run in the bottom of second. The Crawdads responded in the fourth when Travis Demeritte lined his team-leading fourth homer run of the year with a man on over the right field wall for a 2-1 lead.
Hagerstown tied things up with a run in the bottom of the fourth third baseman Drew Ward hit a solo home run in the fifth, giving the Suns a 3-2 lead. Ward was 4-4 with a home run in Thursday's second game.
Nomar Mazara drove in Van Hoosier with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh. The 'Dads had a chance to take the lead. They loaded the bases with one out, but Demeritte grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Hagerstown reliever Justin Thomas (1-2) earned the win despite blowing the save in the 7th with one run allowed on two hits. Kendall (1-2) was the hard luck loser for the Crawdads, after allowing the unearned run in the bottom of the 7th.
Van Hoosier had another good game in the loss, finishing 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Jairo Beras went 2-3 with a double; Demeritte ended the night 1-3 with a home run, two RBIs, and he was hit by a pitch.
The Crawdads, who trail Hagerstown by seven games in the South Atlantic League's North Division, travel to Kannapolis to start a 4-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.
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