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Tucker Mitchell
Tucker Mitchell went three-for-four batting with a run scored and two RBI to lead the Crawdads.
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Crawdads Take Series Finale Over Rome in Extras

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Rome Braves 6-3 in extra innings Sunday in Rome, Georgia. The Crawdads scored three in the second inning and three more in the 10th to take the win.

With one out in the second inning, Geisel Cepeda singled. Cameron Cauley reached on a throwing error, moving Cepeda to second. One out later, Daniel Mateo hit his sixth triple of the season scoring Cepeda and Cauley. Jayce Easley then singled, allowing Mateo to score.

Rome responded with two runs in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth to tie the game up at three. From there, the pitching of Rome’s Jose Montilla and Hickory’s Juan Mejia were on lockdown. Both pitchers went three innings. Mejia thew a gem, not allowing any hits, walks, or runs and striking out five.

In the 10th inning, with Mateo starting the inning on second base, Jayce Easley sacrificed himself to place Mateo on third. Keyber Rodriguez was intentinally walked, placing runners on the corners. Max Acosta was then walked to load the bases. One out later, Mitchell made the Braves pay with a single that scored Mateo and Rodriguez and moved Acosta to third. Acosta scored when Cepeda singled on the next at bat.

On the mound, Seth Clark pitched the final two innings for Hickory, allowing only two hits, but no runs and he allowed no walks, while striking out one.

Hickory is 17-6 on the second half of the season, 44-40 overall. The Crawdads wrap up the series against Rome Sunday. Hickory is off on Monday and returns home to L.P. Frans Stadium Tuesday to begin a six-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades.