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Jose Corniell
Jose Corniell got the win on the mound. He pitched five scoreless innings and allowing two hits, walking none while striking out nine.
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Hickory Crawdads Open Series in Asheville With Win

The Hickory Crawdads pushed their win streak to seven after a 4-1 win on the road Tuesday night against the Asheville Tourists.

Hickory struck first in the second inning. Abimelec Ortiz led the inning with his team leading 19th home run of the season. The Crawdads tacked on another run in the top of the third. Geisel Cepeda and Cooper Johnson hit back-to-back singles before Cameron Cauley hit the third single in a row of the inning, allowing Cepeda to score.

In the fifth inning, Asheville replaced their starting pitcher. The leadoff hitter for the Crawdads in the inning was Johnson. He fouled off the first pitch but the second offering was sent to center field as he hit his first home run of the season with the Crawdads, extending the Hickory lead to 3-0. The Tourists did score a run in the home half of the fifth.

Daniel Mateo would hit the third home run of the game for the Crawdads in the top of the ninth. In a very similar situation as the fifth inning, Asheville had made a pitching change, and Mateo swung at a first pitch for a strike, took the next pitch for a ball and took the third pitch for a ride over the left field wall.

Johnson led the Hickory offense, going three-for-four with a run scored and an RBI.

The pitching staff for the Crawdads was rock solid. Jose Corniell took the start on the mound and went seven full innings, allowing five hits and the one run, while striking out nine and only allowing one walk. Gavin Collyer came in relief and pitched the final two innings in perfect fashion while striking out four.

Hickory improves to 26-10 on the second half of the season and have won six straight. They are 53-44 overall. The Crawdads are in Asheville through Sunday.