The Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators went to extra innings for the second straight game Tuesday night with the Crawdads flipping the script in the rematch, as the 'Dads bounced back from their 10-inning defeat Monday with a 6-3 win in 11 frames at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
The extra inning contest was the fourth such game between the rival Crawdads and Intimidators in 2014, with Tuesday's win marking the first victory of the season for the 'Dads. The win also snapped a four-game skid for Hickory and kept the team only 3.5 games back of first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.
The Crawdads scored all six of their runs in a pair of three-run innings, with the 'Dads combining two hits, two walks, and two wild pitches to patch together their 11th inning rally off of Andrew Mitchell and the Intimidators. Zach Cone and Travis Demeritte each started the frame with a walk, with Demeritte drawing the free pass despite trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Following a strikeout by Ronald Guzman after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt of his own, ninth place hitter Luis Marte singled to left to load the bases with only one out.
Hickory then broke the tie game with the first of two wild pitches from Mitchell, with the errant throw allowing Cone to score from third for a 4-3 Crawdads lead. Michael De Leon followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to left to plate Demeritte, before Evan Van Hoosier capped the scoring with a RBI double to left to bring home Marte for the 'Dads 6-3 advantage.
Hickory reliever Felix Carvallo shut the door from there, with the left-hander setting down the Intimidators in order in the bottom of the 11th for his third scoreless inning pitched and a 6-3 Crawdads win.
The first four innings of the game were scoreless thanks to the standout pitching of Akeem Bostick for the 'Dads and Andre Wheeler for the Intimidators. Kannapolis finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th, when Christian Stinger's 2-out, RBI single to right gave the Intimidators a 1-0 lead and chased Bostick from the game. Kannapolis expanded their advantage to 3-0 one frame later, with Hickory all-star reliever Ryne Slack giving up two runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batsman.
The Crawdads were able to tie up the game at 3-3 with the first of their two, 3-run innings in the top of the 8th. Marte and De Leon each singled with one out off of Kannapolis bullpen arm Jose Brito, before Van Hoosier roped a double down the right field line to bring in Marte. Following a pitching change that brought in reliever David Putman, Ryan Cordell plated De Leon on a RBI, infield single while Kellin Deglan brought home the final run and tied the game with a RBI single to right.
Van Hoosier finished the night 3-6 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored, while Marte also had a three-hit night going 3-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Carvallo (4-2) earned the win with his three, shutout innings of relief, while Mitchell (3-3) took the loss after giving up all three Hickory runs in the 11th.
The Crawdads (25-20) and Intimidators (24-21) will play the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.