Friday, 23 August 2019 08:00

Hickory Crawdads Get 11th Walk-Off Win of the Season

Jax Biggers hit the game winning single in the 10th inning Jax Biggers hit the game winning single in the 10th inning Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads walked-off against the Columbia Fireflies for the second time this week. Jax Biggers was the hero in Thursday's game, providing the game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the 'Dads a 3-2 victory.

Columbia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but didn't hold onto the lead for long.

The Crawdads tied things up in the bottom of the second inning. Tyreque Reed singled to start off the inning. Reed was out on a force at second by Ryan Anderson who reached first base on the play. Miguel Aparicio lined a foul ball to left field that scored Anderson.

The Fireflies pulled ahead again with a run in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Dads tied it up at two. Josh Jung drew a walk and moved up to second as Tyreque Reed was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Anderson hit a grounder that brought Jung home to tie the game.

The game remained tied until the tenth inning, when the Crawdads got a run across for their second walk-off in the three game set. Jonathan Ornelas laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Matt Whatley, who began the inning as the runner on second base. Jax Biggers poked a bunt single to first that Whatley slid home safely on to win the game 3-2.

The walk-off is the Crawdads' eleventh of the year, which ties a franchise record for most in a year (records date back to 2002).

Friday evening the Crawdads kick off a key three-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers at the Frans. The 'Dads are currently 3.5 games ahead of the Grasshoppers for the second playoff spot in the Northern Division with eleven games to play. Friday night is also Star Wars night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry and a post-game fireworks show.

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