The red-hot Hickory Crawdads won their seventh straight game Friday night with a 10-3 win against West Virginia at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Power dropped its fifth consecutive game.
The Crawdads pounded out 13 hits. Four different players ended the night with a multi-hit game, led by Ryan Cordell who went 3-4 with a double, two stolen bases, a walk, and three runs scored. Nick Vickerson was 2-5 with a double, two runs-batted-in, two runs scored and a stolen base; Lewis Brinson was 2-4 with a double and an RBI; Kellin Delgan was 2-4 with a home run and two runs scored.
Hickory is averaging six runs a game over their last 27 games; the Crawdads (33-27) are 19-8 during that stretch. The win also assures the 'Dads of at least splitting their eighth straight series, dating back to May 10-13 against Augusta.
The 'Dads grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Nomar Mazara, who had three RBI on the night, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly; Ronald Guzman singled in Cordell for the second tally.
West Virginia (20-40) and Hickory swapped single runs over the next two frames, with the Power scoring one in the second on a RBI single by Chris Diaz before the Crawdads came back with a RBI double by Joe Jackson in the third to make the score 3-1. The double also extended Jackson's hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, the longest by a Hickory hitter this season.
The Power rallied for a pair of runs in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3, but the 'Dads quickly regained the lead on Travis Demeritte's South Atlantic League leading 13th home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth. Hickory broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning. Vickerson had a two-RBI double off the wall in left; Mazara had a two-RBI single to right; Brinson brought in the final man with a RBI double to center field that gave the Crawdads a 9-3 lead. Deglan crushed a solo homer to right-center field in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Hickory starter Tyler Smith allowed three runs on five hits with four walks, and five strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Reliever Felix Carvallo (1-2) provided the 'Dads with some much-needed quality innings from the bullpen. The left hander tossed 3.1 shutout innings on three hits with two walks, and three strikeouts to get the win.
The 'Dads and the Power hook up again tonight at 7:00 p.m., for game three of their four-game series.
'Dads at Home: The Crawdads are home for two more BIG promotional nights this weekend! Saturday is "Saved by the Bell Night" with Dustin "Screech" Diamond at the game! The 'Dads then wrap up the home stand with Craw"DADS" day and Dale Earnhardt Chevy Night on Sunday! PROMOTIONS
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Screech Meet-N-Greet: Tickets are still available for the "Saved by the Bell" Meet-N-Greet with Dustin "Screech" Diamond on June 7th! For only $22, fans can meet, chat with, and get an autograph from the TV star while also enjoying a pre-game meal! SCHEDULE
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