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Sunday, 08 June 2014 22:15

Crawdads Win Rain Shortened Game 4-2

Ronald Guzman leads Crawdads on offense Ronald Guzman leads Crawdads on offense Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads pushed their winning streak to nine straight games with a little help from mother nature Sunday night, as the 'Dads scored two runs in the 6th shortly before the rain poured down and ended the game with a 4-2 Hickory win over West Virginia.

The Crawdads entered the 6th in a 2-2 tie with the Power, but a RBI fielder's choice by Ryan Cordell and a RBI double from Ronald Guzman gave the 'Dads a 4-2 advantage. Two batters later, Janluis Castro's at-bat was cut short by the rain and tarp pull.

Following a 31-minute rain delay, the game was officially called after six innings to give the Crawdads the victory. The win completes a perfect home stand for Hickory, as the Crawdads won all seven games while sweeping both Charleston and West Virginia. The 'Dads 9-game win streak is now just one away from the franchise record of 10 straight victories from July 17 - 26th in 2007.

Prior to the rain-shortened ending, the Crawdads took a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back RBI singles by Guzman and Travis Demeritte to score Nomar Mazara and Cordell. West Virginia responded with back-to-back his of their own in the 4th, but the Power hits came in the form of consecutive solo home runs by Harold Ramirez and Edwin Espinal to tie the game at 2-2.

Joe Jackson started the Hickory rally in the 6th with a single to left, followed immediately by a single to right by Mazara that sent Jackson to third and set up Cordell and Guzman for the game-winning RBIs.

Crawdads starting pitcher Chad Bell (2-0) came away with the complete game victory in the rain shortened contest, as the left-handed hurler held the Power to two runs on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Power starter Justin Topa (3-4) took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts. West Virginia reliever Henry Hirsch relieved Topa and retired both Demeritte and Jairo Beras before the rain ended the game.

Guzman finished the game 2-3 with a double and two RBI, Demeritte went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk, and Codell ended the night 0-1 with a RBI, a walk, and two runs scored. Jackson also went 1-3 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

The Crawdads (35-27) will now hit the road to conclude the first half of the season, with three games in Delmarva and four in Lakewood. Game one against the Shorebirds on Monday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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