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Max Acosta
Max Acosta had four RBI in the Crawdads road win.
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Hickory Crawdads Open Second Half of the Season With Road Win

The Hickory Crawdads scored five runs in the 12th inning to win their fifth straight and four in a row over the Asheville Tourists, 13-8. Down 7-2 entering the seventh inning, Hickory rallied to send the game into extra innings before prevailing in the 12th.

Hickory opened the scoring in the first inning. With two out, Max Acosta launched his fifth home run of the season to center field as Hickory took an early 1-0 lead. They would tack on another run in the second inning. Cody Freeman singled and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Asheville pitcher on a pickoff attempt. He scored when Daniel Mateo ground out. However, Asheville took the lead in the home half of the second inning with four runs and added to their lead in the sixth with three runs.

In the seventh inning, Hickory clawed their way back into the game. Acosta opened the inning with a double on the first pitch he saw, and scored two outs later when Geisel Cepdea homered.

In the eighth inning, Cooper Johnson doubled followed by a Jayce Easley walk. One out later, Keyber Rodriguez singled to load the bases. Acosta then singled, allowing Johnson and Easley to score and sending Rodriguez to second base. Abimelec Ortiz followed with a single of his own, scoring Rodriguez and placing Acosta on third. One out later, Cepeda singled to drive in Acosta and give Hickory an 8-7 lead. However, Asheville scored in the home half of the eighth inning, tying the score at 8-8.

There would be no scoring in the 10th or 11th inning for either team. However, in the top of the 12th, with Rodriguez starting the inning on second base, Acosta ground out. Ortiz doubled allowing Rodriguez to score. Cody Freeman singled and Cepeda then reached on a field error, loading the bases. Mateo singled, scoring Ortiz and Freeman. A wild pitch moved Cepeda to third base and Mateo to second. Johnson was then walked loading the bases again. Jayce Easley was hit by a pitch, advancing all runners as Cepeda scored. Alejandro Osuna singled, allowing Mateo to score for the final 13-8.

Every Crawdad player had at least one hit except for Easley, who still scored in the eighth inning. Every Crawdad player scored except for Osuna, who still had two hits, and RBI and was walked twice. Acosta led the way with three hits, three runs scored, and three RBI.

Hickory is 1-0 as this contest served as the start of the second half of the season. Hickory wraps up their series against Asheville on Sunday. They will be off on Monday and host the Greensboro Grasshoppers beginning Tuesday.