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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 21:59

Crawdads Score Early in 9-1 Rout of Kannapolis

Van Hoosier goes three-for-five in win Van Hoosier goes three-for-five in win Hickory Crawdads

The surging Hickory Crawdads combined solid pitching, defense and hitting into a well-rounded 8-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators Wednesday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. The victory gives the 'Dads the series win over the Intimidators, while also finishing off the first winning home stand of the season.

The Hickory offense shook off their shutout loss on Tuesday with an eight run performance that included nine hits and seven walks. That was more than enough support for Cole Wiper and the Crawdads bullpen, with Wiper allowing only one run over five innings before giving way to Josh McElwee and Felix Carvallo who combined for four scoreless frames to close out the game. The pitching staff also received some help from the 'Dads defense, with second baseman Janluis Castro turning in a pair of standout plays and left fielder Evan Van Hoosier making a sliding grab for the final out of the game.

The game actually began with a big blow in favor of Kannapolis, as Intimidators leadoff hitter Hunter Jones started the game with a solo home run to left for a quick 1-0 lead. The Intimidators would threaten further damage in the frame after putting runners on second and third with only one out, but Wiper was able to settle down and escape the jam with only one run allowed.

That would be the only tally of the entire game for Kannapolis, as the Crawdads scored the final eight runs en route to the win. The 'Dads quickly responded to the Intimidators tally with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st, thanks to a bases loaded, 2-out, 2-RBI single up the middle by Ronald Guzman to put Hickory ahead 2-1.

The lead grew to 6-1 after four more Crawdads runs in the 2nd. Joe Jackson drove in the first man with an RBI sacrifice fly to right that plated Castro. Ryan Cordell then came up with the big hit in the frame, lining a bases loaded, 3 RBI double down the left field line to put the 'Dads up by five.

The score would stand all the way until the bottom of the 6th, when Nomar Mazara followed a Jackson walk with a mammoth 2-run homer to right for the final 8-1 Crawdads lead.

Mazara finished the game 1-3 with his fifth long ball of the year along with two walks and two runs scored. Guzman also ended the night with a pair of free passes to accompany his two RBI single, while Van Hoosier went 3-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Wiper (3-6) earned the win with only the solo homer allowed over five innings, with the right-hander also tying a season high with seven strikeouts. Kannapolis starter Thaddius Lowry (0-3) took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over 1.2 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (25-26) lead the season series over the Intimidators (22-19) 9-8, as the 'Dads have either won or tied their last four consecutive series. The 'Dads will now head on the road for a 4-game series in Greenville against the Southern Division Drive. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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