The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Augusta GreenJackets in the series final on Tuesday 8-3 on the road.
In the first inning, the Hickory Crawdads got right to work against GreenJackets starting pitcher Keaton Winn. Josh Jung drove in the game's first run with a single, then it was an RBI groundout for Miguel Aparicio to make it 2-0 Crawdads.
The GreenJackets answered with a run in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Frankie Tostado hit a solo home run, his 15th of the season, to cut the Hickory lead in half at 2-1. Then in the third inning, with Ismael Munguia on third base, Simon Whiteman grounded out to score a run and tie the game at two. In the fourth inning though, Hickory took the lead back.
The Crawdads got RBI singles from both Jonathan Ornelas and Tyreque Reed, and Hickory had a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Tostado came to the plate again and blasted his second home run of the gameto cut Hickory's lead to 4-3.
The Crawdads though scored two runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-RBI single from Pedro Gonzalez. With Hickory leading 6-3 in the ninth inning, Tyreque Reed hit his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot to give Hickory an 8-3 lead.
With the win, Hickory split the series with the Jackets.
Frankie Tostado hit two home runs for Augusta, but the GreenJackets collected only four hits.
Hickory goes to 27-17 on the second half of the season. They are off on Wednesday and host Charleston at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.