The Hickory Crawdads returned to L.P. Frans Stadium for their first home stand of the 2nd half this week and continued their torrid pace through the month of June with five wins through the first seven games. The 'Dads have thus far posted a 23-3 record this month, already a franchise record with one game remaining.
Hickory's hot play has also catapulted the team to the top of the South Atlantic League, with the Crawdads 9-2 record standing as the best in either division. After posting sub - .500 records at home in each of the first two months of the season, the 'Dads stellar play and 12-2 mark at L.P. Frans Stadium in June has been a major factor in the team's rise.
The Crawdads hot streak also has them chasing down franchise history, as the club is now just one win away from moving their all-time record to an even 1,497 - 1,497. The 'Dads haven't been .500 as an organization since standing at 5-5, ten games into their inaugural 1993 season.
Mon. vs. Greenville - 7:00 pm
Tue. @ West Virginia - 7:05 pm
Wed. @ West Virginia - 7:05 pm
Thur. @ West Virginia - 6:05 pm
Fri. vs. Savannah - 7:00 pm
Sat. vs. Savannah - 7:00 pm
Sun. vs. Savannah - 5:00 pm
Last Week (5-2):
6/23: Crawdads 2 vs. Kannapolis 0
6/24: Crawdads 11 vs. Kannapolis 10
6/25: Crawdads 3 vs. Kannapolis 12
6/26: Crawdas 1 vs. Kannapolis 3
6/27: Crawdads 6 vs. Greenville 4
6/28: Crawdads 5 vs. Greenville 4
6/29: Crawdads 4 vs. Greenville 3
Player and Team Notes
- The Crawdads offense currently ranks 3rd in the SAL in Runs Scored (421), Run Differential (81) & Home Runs (71), while placing 4th in Walks (286).
- INF Travis Demeritte leads not only the SAL but all Low-A players with 16 home runs.
- 3 total 'Dads rank in the top 6 in the SAL in HRs, including Demeritte (16 - 1st), Mazara (10 - 6th) & Deglan (10 - 6th).
- Four Crawdads are batting over .300 for the month of June, but Nomar Mazara stands out with a .306 AVG, 5 HR, and 31 RBI over 26 games.
- The 'Dads pitching staff is among the SAL leaders in strikeouts, with the team total of 673 currently ranking 3rd.
STOCK WATCH: Demeritte & Bostick Pointing Up
Crawdads players Travis Demeritte and Akeem Bostick are the subject of MiLB.com's "Stock Watch", highlighting their hot play and rising stock in the Texas Rangers system. MORE
All-Star Jersey Auction
The Hickory Crawdads are auctioning off the authentic, game worn jerseys from this year's South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory. Jerseys from both the Northern and Southern Division players and coaches will randomly be auctioned over the final 10 weeks of the 2014 season. This week's jerseys up for bid include Crawdads manager Corey Ragsdale (Rangers), Shorebirds 3B Drew Dosch (Orioles), Power C Reese McGuire (Pirates), Braves LHP Yean Carlos Gill (Braves), RiverDogs RHP Brady Lail (Yankees), & GreenJackets OF Tyler Horan (Giants).
JERSEY AUCTION PAGE
Monday, June 30th: Make-A-Difference Monday
The Crawdads are teaming up with Sipes Orchard Home for Make-a-Difference Monday! Donate the following items and receive FREE admission to the game: school supplies, sheets, pillow cases, towels & washcloths, personal hygiene supplies, sports equipment, arts & crafts supplies, board games, and/or gift certificates. All donated items must be a $5 value.
Friday, July 4th: Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Come celebrate Independence Day at L.P. Frans Stadium with our biggest Fireworks show of the season, presented by KICKS 103.3!
Saturday, July 5th: Crawdads Red Out
Wear red to the game and receive FREE admission courtesy of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas!
Fans can donate blood at the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Mobile Unit before the game and get a FREE meal voucher!
The SweetRight Brothers
Come out to L.P. Frans and enjoy a performance by the always entertaining SweetRight Brothers, courtesy of 1290 AM WHKY!
Sunday, July 6th: Church Bulletin Sunday
Come with your church bulletin and receive a ticket for $5, courtesy of Joy FM 88.1.
Faith & Family Night
Bring the family out and enjoy a pre-game sermon by a Crawdads player.
Bring your glove to the stadium and enjoy a catch on the field before the game.
Monday, July 7th: Make-A-Difference Monday
The Crawdads are teaming up with PORCH for Make-a-Difference Monday! Donate any canned or non-perishable food item and receive FREE admission to the game!
Tuesday, July 8th: Kevin "Bacon Bash"
Come celebrate everything 'Bacon' on Kevin Bacon's Birthday! All fans will receive a FREE serving of bacon when entering the stadium!
Buy a ticket, get another for ONLY $1. Enjoy a selection of $1 concession items all night long, courtesy of 1290 AM WHKY!
Wednesday, July 9th: Unemployment Night
Fans can get FREE admission to the Crawdads game with proof of unemployment, courtesy of Convergy's.
Fans can explore the entire 2014 Promotional Calendar at hickorycrawdads.com or call (828) 322-3000 for more information!
LEAGUE LEADERS (Through 6/29):
INF Travis Demeritte - 16 HR (1st)
OF Nomar Mazara - 10 HR (6th)
C Kellin Deglan - 10 HR (6th)
OF Nomar Mazara - 53 RBI (6th)
OF Evan Van Hoosier - 5 3B (4th)
LHP Ryne Slack - 7 Holds (1st)
RHP Cole Wiper - .221 BAA (5th)
CRAWDADS LEADERS (Through 6/29):
Batting Average - C Joe Jackson (.340)
Home Runs - INF Travis Demeritte (16)
RBIs - OF Nomar Mazara (53)
Stolen Bases - OF Ryan Cordell (15)
Walks - OF Nomar Mazara (36)
Wins - RHP Cody Kendall (7)
ERA - RHP Cody Kendall (1.09)
Strikeouts - RHP Cole Wiper (74)
Innings Pitched - RHP Cole Wiper & RHP Tyler Smith (68)
Individual Tickets for all Crawdads home games are available right now at Hickorycrawdads.com or by calling (828) 322-3000! Group outings, corporate partnerships, Buffalo Wild Wings Claw Club memberships, and Ticket Books are also available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.