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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:44

Crawdads Cruise to 10-3 Win at Home Against Drive

Jario Beras goes three-for-four with a double, HR, and three RBI Jario Beras goes three-for-four with a double, HR, and three RBI Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads broke out the long ball Monday night to complete their 4-game sweep of the Greenville Drive, as Jairo Beras, Kellin Deglan, and Lewis Brinson all went yard to lead the 'Dads to a 10-3 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The victory makes the 'Dads the first team in the South Atlantic League to reach the 10-win plateau in the 2nd half with a 10-2 record. The win also has some historical significance for the franchise as it moves the Crawdads all-time record to 1,497 - 1,497, marking the first time the team has reached the .500 mark since they were 5-5 ten games into their inaugural 1993 season. The Crawdads have never been over .500 in their 22-year existence.

The 'Dads bats got things rolling early in the ballgame, as leadoff hitter Evan Van Hoosier doubled to right-center in the 1st before scoring on a bunt single by Michael De Leon and an ensuing throwing error from Greenville second baseman Wendell Rijo for a 1-0 lead.

The Drive quickly responded by scoring a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the 2nd, as Hickory starting pitcher Anyelo Leclerc followed up a leadoff error by De Leon at shortstop with four straight walks to force in two runs for a 2-1 Greenville advantage. Hickory came back with another single tally in the bottom of the frame however, with Ronald Guzman doubling to center, moving to third on a base knock by Beras, and scoring on a RBI sacrifice fly to right by Janluis Castro to tie the game at 2-2.

Once again the Drive retaliated with a run in the top of the 3rd, with a 2-out double from Rijo followed up by a RBI single from Manuel Margot to put Greenville ahead at 3-2. The 'Dads would finally pull ahead for good however in the home half of the 3rd, as the team scored four runs on three hits and a walk to surge ahead 6-3. Brinson brought home the first run when Joe Jackson scored on his infield single, but it was Beras who delivered the decisive blow when he lined a 2-out, 3-RBI home run to right-center to give the Crawdads a lead they would never relinquish.

Hickory picked up single tallies in both the 5th and 7th frames thanks to solo blasts by Deglan and Brinson respectively, before capping the scoring with two more runs on three hits in the 8th for the final 10-3 score. Guzman led off the frame by reaching on a throwing error from Rijo, before Beras followed with a double to left to put runners on second and third. Guzman would eventually come home on a wild pitch by Greenville reliever Mario Alcantara while Castro plated Beras on a RBI single to right.

Beras finished the night 3-4 with his third homer of the year, a double, and three RBIs. Brinson went 2-4 with his 8th long ball and 2 RBI, while Deglan ended the game 1-4 with his 11th big fly. Van Hoosier (2-5, 2B, R), De Leon (2-5, 2B), and Nomar Mazara (2-5, 2B, R) all finished with multi-hit games as well, while Mazara also turned in a defensive gem when he robbed Greenville right fielder Forrestt Allday of a homer in the 4th with a leaping catch in right field.

Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo (3-2) earned the win for the 'Dads with three shutout innings out of the pen on only one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts. Greenville starter Teddy Stankiewicz (6-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits, one walk, and four Ks over 4 frames.

The Crawdads (10-2) will now head to West Virginia for the first time this year to start a 3-game series against the Power. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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