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Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:34

Crawdads Romp to Victory

Joe Jackson has 11 game hit streak Joe Jackson has 11 game hit streak Hickory Crawdads

It was another night and another win for the red-hot Hickory Crawdads on Friday, as the 'Dads took their 7th straight game with a 10-3 victory over the West Virginia Power in front of 5,008 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The streaking Crawdads once again rode their powerful offense to the win, with all nine starters reaching base safely while eight of the nine finished with a hit in the 13 hit attack. Four different players ended the night with a multi-hit game, led by Ryan Cordell who went 3-4 with a double, two stolen bases, a walk, and three runs scored. Nick Vickerson (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), Lewis Brinson (2-4, 2B, RBI, BB) and Kellin Delgan (2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) all finished with more than one hit on the night as well.

The 10 run performance is just the latest offensive show for a Hickory offense that has averaged more than six runs per game over their last 27 contests, over which time the team has gone 19-8. The win also assures the 'Dads of at least splitting their 8th straight series, dating back to May 10 - 13th vs. Augusta.

The 'Dads bats wasted no time in jumping on the score board with two runs in the bottom of the 1st for a 2-0 lead over the Power. Nomar Mazara drove in the first of his three RBI on the night with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Vickerson, while Ronald Guzman singled in Cordell for the second tally.

West Virginia and Hickory swapped single runs over the next two frames, with the Power scoring one in the 2nd on a RBI single by Chris Diaz before the Crawdads came back with a RBI double from Joe Jackson in the 3rd to make the score 3-1. The double also extended Jackson's hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, the longest by a Hickory hitter this season.

The Power rallied for a pair of runs in the 4th to briefly tie the score at 3-3, but the 'Dads quickly regained the lead on Travis Demeritte's South Atlantic League leading 13th home run of the year to right. The opposite field solo blast put the Crawdads back on top 4-3, and kick started a string seven straight unanswered runs for the 'Dads.

Hickory broke the game open with a 5-run 6th inning, with the team batting around with four hits and two walks. Vickerson drove in the first pair of runs on a 2-RBI double off the wall in left, Mazara plated the next two with a 2-RBI single to right, and Brinson brought in the final man with a RBI double to center.

The Crawdads capped the scoring with one last run in the 7th, with Deglan crushing a solo homer to right-center field to give the 'Dads their final 10-3 lead.

On the pitching side of things, Hickory starter Tyler Smith allowed three runs on five hits, four walks, and five strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched. Reliever Felix Carvallo (1-2) provided the 'Dads with some much-needed quality innings from the bullpen, with the southpaw tossing 3.1 shutout frames on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts en route to earning the win. West Virginia starter Buddy Borden (2-4) had his worst outing of the year while taking the loss, giving up season highs in runs (6), hits (8), and walks (4) during his five innings pitched.

The Crawdads (33-27) are a season-high six games over .500, while the Power (20-40) have now lost five straight. The 'Dads will look to add another notch to their winning streak in game three of the four-game series Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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