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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:33

Hickory Crawdads Score Five in First, Downs Kannapolis

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One night after a disappointing blown lead and extra-inning loss the Hickory Crawdads offense made sure to leave nothing to chance Monday night, as the 'Dads exploded for 10 runs on 11 hits en route to a 10-6 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.

A five-run first inning kick started the offensive eruption, with the Crawdads adding two in the 2nd and one in the 3rd, 5th, and 9th frames. Three home runs fueled the 'Dads attack, as Kevin Torres, Joe Jackson, and Ryan Cordell all went deep.

The three long balls and 5-run first inning both tied season highs for the club, while the 10-run outburst marked the fourth time this season that the Hickory hitters have produced double digit runs.

The majority of the Crawdads production came against Kannapolis starting pitcher Jake Sanchez, who entered the game among the South Atlantic League leaders in ERA (3rd -1.31), batting average against (1st - .157), and strikeouts (2nd - 44). Hickory starting pitcher Akeem Bostick, meanwhile, allowed only one run over five innings to help the 'Dads post a big, early lead.

The first inning outburst began with a leadoff triple by Evan Van Hoosier followed by a RBI double from Nick Vickerson. Cordell came through with a RBI single two batters later before Torres launched a ball over the right field fence for a 3-run homer and a 5-0 Hickory lead.

Van Hoosier started the 2nd inning rally as well with a one-out double down the left field line, while Jackson followed one batter later with a 2-run big fly to right to put Hickory ahead 7-0. The 'Dads third and final homer came in the 3rd frame, when Cordell laced a line drive, solo shot to center to push the Crawdads advantage to 8-0.

The Intimidators got on the board with a run in the bottom of the 3rd to make the score 8-1, before the 'Dads scored again in the 5th when Kellin Deglan doubled and eventually scored on an error to put them back up by eight at 9-1.

The comfortable Crawdads lead dwindled to 9-6 after Kannapolis rallied for two runs in the 6th and three in the 7th against Hickory reliever Paul Schwendel, who allowed all five runs on two hits and five walks.

Cody Kendall followed out of the bullpen and was able to squelch the rally, holding the Intimidators scoreless over the final 2.2 innings. The 'Dads picked up their final run in the top of the 9th, with a bases loaded walk to Michael De Leon scoring Mazara for the final 10-6 score.

Bostick (2-2) earned the win for the 'Dads for his solid start, while Sanchez (4-2) took the loss after allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits, one walk, and six strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Seven of the nine Crawdads batters had at least one hit in the game, led by Cordell who finished 3-5 with a home run, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Van Hoosier (2-5, 3B, 2B, BB, 2 R), Jackson (1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, HBP), and Torres (1-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB) all had big games as well.

The Crawdads (20-23) will go for the series win over the Intimidators (21-22) Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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