The Hickory Crawdads began their 4-game homestand and series against the Rome Braves by being shutout for the first time all season on Thursday, as the 'Dads were held scoreless on a season-low 2 hits resulting in a 3-0 defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The 1st place Crawdads began the night with a leadoff single from Eric Jenkins in the top of the 1st inning before going six hitless frames prior to a double by new 'Dad Josh Altmann in the 8th. All together, the Crawdads ended the game with four total baserunners including walks drawn by Jenkins and Dylan Moore.
The primary culprit in shutting down the 'Dads bats was Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka, who earned his first win of the year after tossing 5.2 scoreless innings on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez began the night matching Soroka zero for zero before Rome capitalized on a Crawdads error in the 4th to score an unearned run for a 1-0 advantage.
Hernandez struck out the first batter of the frame before issuing a walk to Juan Yepez. Hernandez then induced a ground ball to second from Lucas Herbert, but 'Dads second baseman Andy Ibanez booted the potential double play ball to put two on with one out. Leudys Baez followed with a walk to load the bases before Alejandro Salazar lined a sacrifice fly to center to put the Braves up 1-0.
The Rome lead doubled to 2-0 in the 6th, when Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez allowed a one-out single to Yepez, followed by an RBI double from Herbert. The Braves then tacked on their final tally in the top of the 9th, with consecutive one-out singles from Baez and Salazar preceding a fielding error by Crawdads shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri to load the bases. One out later, Austin Riley lined an RBI single to left off of reliever Blake Bass for the final 3-0 score.
Soroka (1-3) earned the win for Rome, while Hernandez (4-2) had his 4-game winning streak snapped with a loss after allowing 1 unearned run on four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over four innings pitched. Braves reliever A.J. Minter (1) recorded the save with a perfect 9th inning.
Jenkins was the only Hickory hitter to reach base safely multiple times, as he finished 1-3 with a walk and his league-leading 18th steal of the year. Altmann went 1-3 with a double while making his 'Dads debut.
The Crawdads (22-11) will take on the Braves (12-21) again on Friday in game two of their 4-game set, with a scheduled first pitch of 7:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host the individual Men’s Tennis State Championships across four classifications at three different sites beginning Friday, May 13 and concluding on Saturday, May 14 in both singles and doubles. Play will begin at 9:00 A.M. each day at the respective sites.
The format is a single elimination tournament for both singles and doubles play. Winner will advance by winning two out of three sets in both singles and doubles, with a 10-minute break after split sets. If a match is tied 6-6 in a set, the set tie-breaker is used (first to seven, win by 2).
The 2A Championships will be held at Cary Tennis Park, located at 2727 Louis Stephens Rd. in Cary. On Friday the 2A Tournament will be contested on courts 15 through 30 before moving to courts 11 through 14 for Saturday’s finals.
The 3A Championships will be held at the Burlington Tennis Center located at 1402 Overbrook Road, in Burlington.
2A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Singles First Round Draw
Ryen Reid 17-3 (Newton-Conover) vs. Nick Kuzma 12-1 (North Carolina School of Science and Math)
2A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Doubles First Round Draw
Ashvin Warrier/Tejas Dalvi 7-1 (North Carolina School of Science and Math) vs. Aaron Hamm/Henry Cox 15-3 (Newton-Conover)
3A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Singles First Round Draw
Henry Lieberman 17-1 (Terry Sanford) vs. Jake Ugolini 15-2 (St. Stephens)
3A Men’s Individual Tennis State Championship Doubles First Round Draw
Jacob Blackman/Andrew Zahran 5-2 (Terry Sanford) vs. William Einfalt/Edgar Ellis 16-4 (Hickory)
Will Hart/Ben Williams 26-1 (Union Pines) vs. Jake Braswell/Levy Young 9-4 (Hibriten)
R-S Central: 4
Bunker Hill: 1
Bears season ends at 19-9
Patriots season at 12-11
Alexander Central: 1
Cougars season ends at 13-10
Wildcats season ends at 14-9
East Burke: 2
Lake Norman Charter: 1
Cavaliers face Brevard on the road in the second round.
West Caldwell: 4
East Davidson: 1
Warrios face West Davidson in the second round on the road.
South Iredell: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1
Tigers season ends at 11-10-1
East Forsyth: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 13-7
West Stanly: 4
Blue Devils travel to Parkwood in the second round Friday.
South Point: 2
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 16-10..
South Caldwell: 4
Spartans advance to the second round hosting West Forsyth Saturday.
Red Devils season ends at 11-9.
Bunker Hill: 4
Stuart Cramer: 1
Bears advance to the second round.
Wilkes Central: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round.
Fred T. Foard: 11
St. Stephens: 10
Indians season ends at 17-10. Tigers advance to the second round going to Pisgah.
West Henderson: 1
Panthers advance to the second round.
Patriots season ends at 12-13.
Alexander Central: 13
Cougars host Mooresville on Friday in the second round.
South Caldwell: 6
Mallard Creek: 0
Spartans advance to the second round.
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 8-12.
Northwest Cabbarus: 0
Panthers advance to the second round.
Sun Valley: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round at home Saturday.
Stuart Cramer: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round next week against West Stokes
Kings Mountain: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round next week
Charlotte Catholic: 18
Red Tornadoes season ends at 12-3.
Marvin Ridge: 19
St. Stephens: 2
Indians season ends at 14-2.