The Hickory Crawdads came from behind in the second game of the season to beat the Winston-Salem Dash 8-4.
Hickory opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning. Christian Inoa fell behind 0-2 but singled softly into left field, plating Aaron Zavala for the game’s first run.
The Dash pulled ahead in the second inning with a two-run home run and an two run RBI double.
The score stayed at 4-1 Dash into the sixth inning. Angel Aponte drove a 1-2 offering into left field, which scored Aaron Zavala and cut the Dash lead to 4-2.
Both pitching staffs kept hitters quiet into the eighth inning, but the Hickory bats came alive quickly. Thomas Saggese stroked a double, Trevor Hauver walked behind him, which brought up Inoa, who, on the first pitch he saw, launched it 400 feet onto the concourse in left field, giving Hickory a 5-4 lead.
The damage didn’t stop there, as both Angel Aponte and Jake Guenther reached base in the inning with Evan Carter due up. Carter fell behind 1-2, then laced a ball down the right field line for a bases-clearing triple. One more run came across on a passed ball, and Hickory took a 8-4 lead into the ninth inning.
Marc Church came out of the bullpen for Hickory to close the door, although in a non-save situation. He breezed through the Dash hitters 1-2-3 to lock down an 8-4 victory for the Crawdads. Jesus Linarez earned the official win out of the bullpen.