The Hickory Crawdads offense exploded Saturday night defeated the Asheville Tourists, 13-4.
In the second inning of a scoreless contest, Cody Freeman started the top of the inning with a first pitch single. Thomas Saggese hit his ninth double of the season, moving Freeman to third. Chris Seise then singled, scoring Freeman and putting Saggese on third. Jayce Easley hit a long fly ball to right field to score Saggese on a sacrifice fly. Jake Guenther then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a home run to right field as Hickory led 4-0.
Asheville got a run back in the bottom of the third, but Hickory scored two more in the fourth inning. Seise singled and moved to second on a single by Easley. Guenther hit into a fielders choice, catching Seise out at home, but Easley moved to second as the first out of the inning was recorded. A wild pitch advanced the runners a base and Randy Florentino singled, allowing Easley to score and Guenther to advance to third. The Tourists pitcher, Heitor Tokar balked, allowing all base runners to take next base, which scored Guenther.
The Crawdads added a run in the fifth and sixth inning. Saggese had a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Easley was walked to start the inning and then stole second and third base. Guenther hit a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Easley to score.
Asheville responded with a run in the home half of the sixth inning, but the Crawdads broke open the game with three runs in the seventh. Luisangel Acuna homered to start the frame. Freeman then singled. On a force out, Freeman was out at second by Saggese got to first. Seise singled and one out later, a throwing error allowed Saggese and Seise to score.
In the eighth inning, Aaron Zavala led off the inning with a single. One out later, Acuna was walked. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Kaperse ground out, but Zavala was able to score. A wild pitch then got Acuna home.
The Tourists got a run in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings, but it was not enough as the Crawdads won 13-4.