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Crawdads Win Fourth Straight, Topping Division Leader Rome Once Again

The Hickory Crawdads picked up a 6-1 victory on Thursday night (July 28) against the Rome Braves. The victory was the ‘Dads fourth straight. The Crawdads strung together a rally in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Luisangel Acuña singled and stole his 26th base of the year to get into scoring position. Cody Freeman hit a ball to first that the fielder misplayed, allowing Acuña to score the first run of the game.

The ‘Dads added an insurance run in the fifth. Scott Kapers and Acuña picked up base hits to put runners on first and second. They both moved up on a wild pitch. Evan Carter hit into a ground out second than scored Kapers. Cristian Inoa pushed it to 3-0 with a homerun that just cleared the left field fence.

Rome got on the board with a run in the seventh inning. The Crawdads got the run back in the bottom half of the inning. Angel Aponte led off the inning with a walk and a stolen base. Acuña doubled to left, bringing in Aponte to score.

The ‘Dads offense continued into the eighth, scoring two more runs. They loaded the bases on a single by Aaron Zavala, a walk from Inoa, and a base hit from Keyber Rodriguez. Chris Seise hit a line drive to right to bring in two runs.

On the mound for the ‘Dads, Mason Englert got the start, going 5.2 innings and giving up no runs. He allowed three hits and walked two while striking out nine. Jesus Linarez allowed a run in 1.1 innings of work. John Matthews and Michael Brewer both pitched perfect innings to round things out. The Crawdads are now 13-14 in the second half and they cut Rome’s lead over them to four games in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. Hickory is 51-42 overall. The ‘Dads will continue the series at home against Rome through Sunday.