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Josh Stephan threw six innings in game one, and allowed only one hit.
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Hickory Crawdads Split Doubleheader, Throws One-Hitter in Game One

The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader with the Aberdeen IronBirds Wednesday, winning the first game 1-0 but falling in the nightcap, 8-5.

In game one, the Crawdads pitching staff held the IronBirds to only one hit. It is the second time this season that Hickory has only allowed one hit, and of course, they have had two no-hitters this season as well. Aberdeen’s only hit came in the fourth inning. Hickory’s lone run came in the top of the second when Angel Aponte his his sixth home run of the season. Josh Stephan pitched six innings, allowing the lone hit and striking out seven while walking three. John Matthews pitched the final inning, allowing no hits and striking out one.

In game two, Aberdeen scored six in the first inning to put the game out of reach quickly. Daniel Mateo did have two hits, two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Crawdads. He hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning.

Hickory is 25-31 on the second half of the season, 63-59 overall. The Crawdads will continue to face Aberdeen this week.