The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in walk-off fashion Saturday night, 3-2.
For the majority of the game all eyes were on the pitching. Blue Rocks starter Seth Shuman pitched a perfect game through his first five innings on the mound while Crawdads starter Mason Englert gave up only one run on three hits. A solo home run was the only blemish for Englert.
This would be the only run scored until the top of the sixth, which was when Shuman’s perfect game was broken up. It started when Hickory center fielder Angel Aponte got his team’s first hit of the game with a double. Aponte would then be brought home by catcher Randy Florentino’s RBI single.
After a run scored for Wilmington in the seventh inning, Hickory responded as they strung together a series of hits which was started once again by Aponte in the bottom of the eighth. Third baseman Cristian Inoa would hit a sac fly to bring in Aponte with two outs to tie the game 2-2.
It looked like Hickory would take the lead when first baseman Jake Guenther hit a line drive to the right field corner with left fielder Trevor Hauver on first. Hauver would try to score, but Blue Rocks second baseman Darren Baker would make a throw to catcher Israel Pineda to tag him out at home.