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Scott Kapers had a pair of hits for the Crawdads.
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Hickory Crawdads Start Second Half of Season With Resounding Win

The Hickory Crawdads opened the second half of the season with an 8-1 win Friday on the road against the Rome Braves.

Hickory started the scoring in the second inning. Cody Freeman walked to open the inning. He would move to second after Angel Aponte ground out to first base. Chris Seise then stepped to the plate and hit a single, allowing Freeman to score. One out later, Scott Kapers hit his seventh home run of the season, over the left field wall and Hickory led 3-0 after two innings.

In the third inning, the Crawdads scored when they were walked in back-to-back appearances and Freeman singled allowing Luisangel Acuna to score.

Hickory added two more runs in the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning, Evan Carter singled. Carter stole second base and advanced to third on a passed ball by the Braves catcher. Aaron Zavala singled, scoring Carter. After a pitching change for Rome, a wild pitch moved Zavala to second. Acuna was walked and then Trevor Hauver was walked to load the bases. Freeman was then walked, the third straight, allowing Zavala to score.

Rome scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Hickory added two more insurance runs in the top of the eighth. Carter doubled to open the inning and would advance to third on a passed bal. Zaval then singled, scoring Carter. One out later, Hauver singled, placing runners on the corners. Freeman would single, scoring Zavala.

Nick Krauth got the start for Hickory on the ound and went four innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three and walking two. Yohanse Morel pitched an inning, striking out one, but it was John Matthews who got the win. He improves to 4-0 on the season with four innings of work, allowing two hits, one run scored while striking out four.

Hickory is 39-28 overall, 1-0 to start off the second half of the season. They stay in Rome through Sunday.