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Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:08

Crawdads Continue to Surge With Home Win

Mazara has three RBI on the evening Mazara has three RBI on the evening Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads brought their red-hot road bats back home with them Thursday night, as the 'Dads scored eight unanswered runs over the middle innings to beat the visiting Charleston RiverDogs 9-4 in front of 1,883 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

After scoring 10 runs in each of their last two wins in Kannapolis, the Crawdads carried the streak back to Hickory with their nine runs coming on 11 hits. All nine starters ended the game with at least one base knock, with three different 'Dads having a multi-hit game. Kellin Deglan (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Nomar Mazara (2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R) were the driving forces behind the Crawdads middle innings rally, while Evan Van Hoosier (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) chipped in as well from the leadoff spot.

Prior to the mid-game explosion, the Crawdads were locked in a back and forth affair with the RiverDogs. The 'Dogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the 2nd, before the 'Dads answered in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer to left by Guzman to tie the game at 1-1. Charleston picked up single runs in both the 3rd and 4th frames for a 2-1 advantage, but Hickory answered again in the bottom of the 4th with a bases-loaded, 2-out, 2-RBI double down the right field line by Deglan to deadlock the game once more at 3-3.

The Crawdads would take over from there, scoring eight unanswered runs from the 4th through the 7th to stake out a 9-3 lead. The 'Dads broke up the 3-3 tie in the 5th, when Van Hoosier launched a solo blast to left for a 4-3 score. The lead ballooned to 9-3 in the 7th, when the 'Dads tied a season high by scoring five runs in the inning. All nine batters came to the plate in the frame, with Nick Vickerson's RBI single and Ryan Cordell's bases loaded, RBI walk scoring the first two runs before Mazara cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double to left.

The RiverDogs would score one last unearned run in the top of the 9th when Deglan threw wide of first on a pickoff play for his first error of the season, but Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo got the final two batters out to end the game with the 9-4 Crawdads victory.

The two starting pitchers both took no-decisions after pitching four innings apiece, with Tyler Smith of the 'Dads allowing three runs on four hits while Caleb Smith of the 'Dogs gave up three runs on five hits. Hickory reliever Ryne Slack (2-2) earned the win with three shutout innings out of the bullpen, including a season high five strikeouts. Charleston bullpen arm Giovanny Gallegos (1-4) gave up six runs on six hits over 2.1 innings pitched to take the loss.

The win is the third straight for the Crawdads (22-23) who have now won six of their last eight contests to climb within a game of .500. The loss is the third straight for the RiverDogs (23-22). The 'Dads and 'Dogs will play the second game of their four-game series Friday night at 7:00 pm.

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