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Crawdads Drop Two Of Three At Greensboro, Take Sunday Game In Extras

The Hickory Crawdads took on the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a weekend road series at First National Bank Field following the All Star Break.

On Friday (July 22), Dariel Lopez homered twice, and Hudson Head went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, leading the Grasshoppers to a 12-10 victory over the Dads. The Crawdads, who tallied 15 hits, fell behind 10-5 before cutting the lead to one run on two occasions, however they came up short. Aaron Zavala, Evan Carter, and Thomas Saggese, the top three batters in the order combined to go 10 for 15 with five RBI. Zavala, Saggese, and Miguel Aparicio all homered for the Crawdads in the loss.

Saturday night (July 23) the Grasshoppers edged Hickory 7-6 after the ‘Dads built an early 4-0 lead. Greensboro tallied three runs apiece in the 4th and 5th inning and held on from that point. Endy Rodriguez, Jackson Glenn, and Abrahan Gutierrez all homered for the Grasshoppers. Cristian Inoa and Randy Florentino all homered for Hickory. Florentino drove in two runs. Keyber Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the ‘Dads.

The ‘Dads salvaged the final game of the three-game set on Sunday (July 24), winning 10-9 in 10 innings. Hickory trailed 6-2 before scoring six runs in the top of the 7th and another run in the 8th to pull ahead 9-6. The Grasshoppers forced extra innings by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Endy Rodriguez hit his 13th home run of the season for the first run, and Eli Wilson hit a two-out, two-run shot over the left-field fence to tie it. Hickory won it on Evan Carter’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and then escaped a bases loaded situation in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win. Evan Carter was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Thomas Saggese and Chris Seise each had two hits, and the Crawdads got homeruns from Scott Kapers and Aaron Zavala.

Hickory is now 10-14 in the second half, seven games out of first place. Their overall record is 48-42. The Crawdads will be home for two straight weeks. They begin a six game set with Rome Tuesday night (July 26) at 7:00 at L.P. Frans Stadium.