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Cameron Cauley
Cameron Cauley continued his hot streak since joining the Crawdads.
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Hickory Crawdads Drop Opener Against Hudson Valley

The Hickory Crawdads fell 16-5 to the Hudson Valley Renegades in Tuesday’s series opener.

Cam Cauley wasted no time getting the scoring started in the bottom of the first, knocking his first Crawdads homerun.

Hudson Valley’s bats got hot with runs in four straight innings, scoring three in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, and four more in the fifth to pull ahead 11-1.

The ‘Dads answered with three in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Jayce Easley walked and took second on a single by Keyber Rodriguez. Cauley blasted his second homerun of the night to make it 11-4.

In the sixth, the Crawdads added another run but still trailed by six. Abimelec Ortiz reached second on a fielding error and came in to score on a single by Cody Freeman.

Hudson Valley erupted for five more runs in the eighth to bring the score to 16-5.

The series will continue Wednesday night with a Candy Celebration.