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Thomas Saggese
Thomas Saggese had a two-for-four night at the plate with a run scored and an RBI on a solo home run in the sixth inning.
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Hickory Crawdads Edge out Tourists

The Hickory Crawdads rode a strong start by Mason Englert to a 5-3 victory.

Asheville scored a run in the first inning as the leadoff batter singled and came around to score. Mason Englert settled down to pitch seven innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven.

The Crawdads offense got going in the sixth as they scored four to take the lead. Thomas Saggese hit a one-out solo shot to left to tie the game. Trevor Hauver drew a walk and moved up on a single by Alejandro Osuna. Chris Seise drew another walk to load the bases. Frainyer Chavez singled to right, scoring two and sending Seise to third. The Crawdads perfectly executed a double steal as Chavez took second and Seise came in to steal home to make it a 4-1 game.

The ‘Dads extended their lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh with doubles by Cody Freeman and Hauver.

Asheville scored a run in the eighth and another in the ninth but Jesus Linarez was able to secure the 5-3 victory.

The Crawdads move to 15-18 on the second half of the season, 53-46 overall. They contiune to host the Tourists through Sunday.