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Hickory Crawdads Tie Franchise Record In Huge Win At Asheville
Thomas Saggese had three hits in the contest, with a run scored.
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Hickory Crawdads Tie Franchise Record In Huge Win at Asheville

Every starting Hickory Crawdads batter had at least one hit, one run scored and at least one run batted in as they tied a franchise record for runs in a game with a 21-6 win on the road against the Asheville Tourists.

Hickory scored in every inning between the third and eighth innings. Down 1-0 Hickory scored three runs in the top of the third, two runs in the fourth inning, a solo run in the fifth inning, four runs in the sixth inning, three runs in the seventh and an astounding eight runs in the eighth inning that included a Thomas Saggese grand slam.

Along with the grand slam for Saggese, Thomas Hauver and Jake Guenther also added home runs. Hauver hit a two run home run in the third inning and Guenther poured salt into the Asheville wound, hitting a three run home run after Saggese’s grand slam in the eighth inning.

Saggese ended the night with three hits, two runs scored, and six RBI. Guenther had two hits, three runs scored and four RBI. Scott Kapers came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. While he did not record an RBI, he did get a hit and score in his two plate appearances. Hickory batters were hit by a pitch on five different occasions in the contest.

Hickory is 30-21 on the season. They stay on the road, beginning a series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Tuesday. The Crawdads are a game and a half out of first place in the South Atlantic League South Division standings to the Hot Rods.

To see more in Hickory’s record tying win, visit the official Minor League box score here.