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Monday, 26 May 2014 22:47

Cordell Paces Crawdads in Win at Home Against Charleston

Cordell goes four-for-four on the night Cordell goes four-for-four on the night Hickory Crawdads

The streaking Hickory Crawdads received another standout offensive performance Saturday night, as left fielder Ryan Cordell went 4-4 with two RBI to lead the 'Dads to a 7-3 win over the visiting Charleston RiverDogs.

In front of 3,503 fans at L.P. Fans Stadium, Cordell became the first Crawdad this season to record a 4-hit game as he ended the night with a triple, double, two singles, two RBI, and three runs scored. The 6'4" right-handed hitter fell just a home run shy of becoming the first ever Crawdad to hit for the cycle.

The entire Hickory offense put together their 6th straight game with at least nine team hits, with Ronald Guzman (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R), Kellin Deglan (1-3, 3 RBI), and Travis Demeritte (1-1, 2 BB, HBP) also having good nights.

The Crawdads attack began in the 2nd when Cordell doubled to left to start the frame and came in two batters later on a RBI sacrifice fly by Deglan for a 1-0 lead. The advantage became 3-0 with two more runs in the 3rd, this time with a 2-RBI triple to left by Cordell plating Nick Vickerson and Joe Jackson.

Hickory pushed their lead to a game-high 6-0 with a 3-run 5th. A one-out walk to Nomar Mazara and a single by Cordell started the rally, with Guzman driving in the duo with a 2-RBI double to left before scoring himself on a RBI single to right from Deglan.

Following a single run by the RiverDogs in the top of the 7th to make the score 6-1, the 'Dads answered with their last run of the game in the bottom of the frame when Cordell collected his fourth hit on a single up the middle and later scored on a RBI groundout by Deglan for a 7-1 Hickory advantage. Charleston plated two more runs in the 8th on a 2-run homer to left by Aaron Judge before loading the bases with two outs in the 9th to bring the tying run to the plate, but Crawdads reliever Josh McElwee got Tyler Wade to fly out to Cordell in left to end the game with the 'Dads 7-3 win.

The offensive production supported a solid start from pitcher Chad Bell (1-0), who earned the win after tossing five shutout innings on five hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in his second rehab start with the 'Dads. 'Dogs starter Rookie Davis (2-4) took the loss with three runs allowed on four hits, three walks, and no strikeouts in three innings on the mound.

The win is the seventh in the last 10 games for the Crawdads (23-24), who will now go for their third straight series win in their final game against the RiverDogs (24-23) Sunday at 5:00 pm.

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