The Hickory Crawdads continued a recent string of excellent pitching Saturday night and this time backed it up with a couple of home runs en route to a 4-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators at CMC-
Winning pitcher Cole Wiper was effectively wild as the right-hander walked a season-high four batters but didn't allow a run while only giving up one hit and striking out six over 5.2 innings. Wiper's shutout performance was backed up by Nick Vickerson and Kellin Deglan, who both homered to give the 'Dads the series opening win over Kannapolis.
Vickerson homered in the fourth snapping a scoreless tie. The Crawdads (19=22) added another run in the sixth when Vickerson walked with one out, moved to third on a two-out single from Nomar Mazara, and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Kannapolis reliever Jose Brito.
Deglan increased Hickory's lead with a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Intimidators (20-21) finally pushed a run across in the bottom of the ninth. They loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an error. Hickory reliever Cody Kendall came on and was able to close the door, allowing only an unearned run to score on a groundout out before inducing a popup to end the game.
The unearned run in the ninth broke a string of 19-straight scoreless innings by the Crawdads pitching staff, dating back to the middle of game one of the 'Dads doubleheader in Charleston on Friday.
Wiper (2-5) earned the win for the 'Dads, Thad Lowry (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing just one run on three hits with four strikeouts over five innings. Kendall earned his first save of the season after getting the final two outs in the ninth.
Vickerson went 1-3 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored in the win. Deglan finished 1-4 with his two-run homer; Joe Jackson ended the night 2-4 with a triple and a run scored.
The win is the third in the last four games for the Crawdads; the Intimidators have lost three of four. The two clubs will meet up again Sunday night at 5:05 pm for game two of this four-game series.
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'Dads Open Fan Vote for All-Star Game
Fans can help get their favorite Crawdads into the Midsummer Classic
Hickory, NC - Voting has begun for the 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory, and the Crawdads are looking to the fans to help select the roster and make sure their favorite 'Dads make the squad.
Fans can fill out a SAL All-Star ballot and submit it back to the Crawdads. The 'Dads will then take the players with the most total fan votes and submit an official composite fan ballot to the SAL.
Fans who submit a completed SAL All-Star ballot will also be eligible to win one of five All-Star prizes, including one (1) All-Star Game T-Shirt, one pair of SAL Hall-of-Fame Luncheon tickets, one pair of tickets to Monday night's "Under the Sails" All-Star Bash, one pair of All-Star Game tickets, or a Grand Prize of one pair of All-Inclusive tickets.
The Downtown All-Star Bash will kick off the All-Star festivities the night before the All-Star Game on Monday, June 16th, with All-Stars, League Executives and fans gathered "Under the Sails" for food, music, and a Fan vs. All-Star Cornhole Tournament.
The Hall of Fame Luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, June 17th at 11:00 am at The Crossing at Hollar Mill in Hickory. A free Fan Fest will run from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the L.P. Frans Stadium parking lot, followed by the Pre-Game VIP Picnic at 5:30 in the brand new Picnic Pavilion.
The 55th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game at L.P. Frans Stadium will start at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a post-game fireworks show. The day will conclude with a Post-Game After Party at the ballpark, with a live band and concessions.
For more information regarding the SAL All-Star Game Fan Vote, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.