In a back-and-forth game on Sunday, the Hickory Crawdads were ultimately overcome by a flurry of late innings runs, falling 13-9.
The Crawdads took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jonathan Ornelas hit his seventh double of the season to center. Blaine Crim reached on a fielding error that moved Ornelas to third. Trey Hair hit a fly ball to left that was deep enough for Ornelas to tag up and score the game’s first run.
Bowling Green evened the score in the top of the second, getting a run off Crawdads lefty Grant Wolfram.
The ‘Dads fought back in the bottom of the second, retaking the lead with three runs. Pedro Gonzalez doubled to left to start the inning off. Brady Smith singled to left for a hit in his first ever pro at bat. Jose Acosta delivered a double that bounced off the warning track and over the wall, allowing Gonzalez to score and sending Smith to third. Crim’s single to left brought in Smith and Acosta and made the score 4-1.
Bowling Green erupted for five runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead.
The Crawdads got all the runs back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at seven a piece. Gonzalez once again sparked the rally with a base hit to begin the inning. He took second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. A ground out by Jake Guenther scored Gonzalez. Smith and Acosta hit back-to-back singles and Kellen Strahm drew a walk to load the bases. Ornelas hit a ball up the middle that was mishandled by the shortstop, allowing everyone to advance safely and bringing in a run. Crim hit a sacrifice fly to the right field warning track that Acosta tagged up on and came home to tie the game.
For the third time of the afternoon, the Crawdads took the lead from Bowling Green in the seventh inning. Gonzalez singled to left and Guenther hit his second homerun of the season to right and put the ‘Dads ahead 9-7.
The Hot Rods put up their second big frame of the evening, scoring six in the either to pull ahead 13-9.
On Tuesday evening the Crawdads will kick off a six-game series against the Asheville Tourists. The series will wrap up on Sunday night with an Independence Day Extravaganza that will include the biggest fireworks show of the season