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Hickory Crawdads Defeat Winston-Salem For Second Straight Night
Aaron Zavala had a pair of home runs in the Crawdads win.
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Hickory Crawdads Defeat Winston-Salem for Second Straight Night

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Winston-Salem Dash Thursday night on the road, 8-2.

The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning, when the Crawdads exploded for five runs. After Frainyer Chavez was walked to start the inning, Scott Kapers singled moving Chavez to second. Chavez then stole third, putting runners on the corners. Aaron Zavala would single, scoring Chavez. Kapers would move to third and Zavala wound up on second on the play. Evan Carter would then single, allowing Kapers to score and putting Zavala on third. Carter then stole second base. Luisangel Acuna was walked, loading the bases. Trevor Hauer would then single, plating Zavala and Carter. One out and a balk later, Keyber Rodriguez hit a sac fly, plating Acuna.

The Dash would respond with a run in the bottom half of the third.

In the fourth inning, Hickory would get that run back when Chavez opened the inning with a double, his third of the season. He would score when Kapers singles one batter later.

Winston-Salem would score a run in the fifth and two in the seventh to make the score 6-4, but Hickory would provide insurance in the top of the eighth inning. Angel Aponte reached first base on a throwing error. He would then steal second and would take third after a passed ball. After Chavez was walked, Kapers brought Aponte home with a sacrifice double play.

Nick Krauth started the game for Hickory and threw 71 pitches. He went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs and walked two while striking out two. Triston Polley earned the win with 1.1 innings pitched, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out one. Spencer Mraz picked up his third save of the season pitching a near-perfect final three innings, and striking out six, including the side in the ninth inning.

Hickory improves to 13-11 on the season. They will stay in Winston-Salem through Sunday, be off on Monday and host Greensboro starting on Tuesday.