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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:13

Hickory Crawdads Blow Out Delmarva 15-0

Joe Jackson extends hit streak to 13 games Joe Jackson extends hit streak to 13 games Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads took their win streak on the road Monday night and came away with their most lopsided win of the season, as the 'Dads set season highs in both runs and hits as they roughed up the Delmarva Shorebirds 15-0 at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.

The lopsided victory pushed the Crawdads current winning streak to 10 straight ballgames, tying the franchise record set back in July of 2007. The 15-hit attack saw all 10 of the Hickory hitters reach base safely, while eight of the 10 ended the night with at least one hit. Four different batters had a three-hit night, led by Travis Demeritte who went 3-5 with his South Atlantic League leading 15th home run, a double, two RBI, and three runs scored. Joe Jackson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 3-5 night that included a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. Lewis Brinson recorded a 3-4 game with a double and two RBI before being lifted in the 7th. Finally, Luis Marte went 3-5 with three runs scored in his first game played for the 'Dads since April 12th.

Nearly lost in the offensive onslaught was the dominant performance by Crawdads starting pitcher Akeem Bostick, who tossed a season high seven shutout innings while allowing just two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Relievers Kevin Pucetas and Jose Valdespina combined to hold down the Shorebirds over the final two innings to complete the 'Dads fourth shutout win of the season.

The game started with two scoreless innings before the 'Dads jumped on Delmarva starting pitcher Luc Rennie for two runs in the 3rd on a 2-RBI double by Jackson. Hickory tacked on another tally in the 4th when Demeritte crushed a solo homer to left, but the 'Dads really pulled away with four runs in the 5th to take a 7-0 lead. Jackson brought home the first run on a RBI single to right, Brinson plated two with a double to right, and Ronald Guzman scored Nomar Mazara on a sacrifice fly to right.

Following two scoreless innings, the 'Dads came through with two more runs on RBI, bases loaded walks to Ryan Cordell and Mazara in the 8th to make the score 9-0. Hickory then finished off the night with six runs in the 9th for the final 15-0 score. The Crawdads sent 11 total batters to the plate in the frame, with Demeritte doubling home a run, Evan Van Hoosier plating a tally with a RBI sacrifice fly, Mazara scoring a man on a RBI single, Jairo Beras recording a RBI on a bases loaded walk, and Guzman recording a 2-RBI double.

Bostick (3-3) earned the win with his best start of the season, while Rennie (2-6) took the loss with seven runs allowed on eight hits over 4.1 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (36-27) will try to set a new franchise win streak record with another victory over the Shorebirds (35-29) Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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