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Cody Freeman
Cody Freeman had a home run in the second contest of the night.
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Hickory Crawdads Drop Finale to Rome

The Hickory Crawdads rallied in the ninth but came up short in Sunday’s series finale, losing 5-4 to the Rome Braves.

Rome started the scoring in the first with a run.

The Crawdads responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Geisel Cepeda singled and Abimelec Ortiz smacked his 22nd homer to right field to make it 2-1.

The ‘Dads added a run in the fourth to bring it to 3-1. Cody Freeman tripled and Yosy Galan doubled him in.

Rome evened the game at three a piece with a pair of runs in the fifth.

The tie was broken as Rome scored twice in the ninth off Andy Rodriguez to take a 5-3 lead.

Yosy Galan led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on a catcher’s interference. Cooper Johnson moved him to third on a ground out and Angel Aponte smoked a double to right-center to score Galan and put the tying run on second. Daniel Mateo entered the game as a pinch hitter and moved Aponte to third on a ground out. Griffin Cheney hit a soft grounder in front of the mound that the pitcher threw to first for the third out, ending the game.

The Crawdads will enjoy an off day tomorrow and start a new series on Tuesday evening as the Greenville Drive come to town. It will be Dollar Dog Tuesday by Hebrew National and WHKY 1290AM and 102.3FM.