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Hickory Crawdads Trounce Tourists
Trevor Hauver had three hits, a run scored and two RBI.
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Hickory Crawdads Trounce Tourists

The Hickory Crawdads scored early and often in picking up a 15-7 win over the Asheville Tourists Wednesday night at McCormick Park.

The Crawdads started with six runs in the first inning. Three of the first four batters were walked and a passed ball allowed the first of those walks, Aaron Zavala to score. Christian Inoa then singled scoring Luisangel Acuna. A wild pitch allowed Trevor Hauver to score. Cody Freeman was walked and Chris Seise singled, loading the bases. Angel Aponte was then walked, allowing Inoa to score. The Tourists made a pitching change, and Randy Florentino walked on five pitches, allowing Freeman to score. Another passed ball allowed Seise to score before Zavala walked again and the Tourists got the final two outs of the inning.

Asheville countered with a run in the home half of the first, but Hickory added another run in the fourth inning. Evan Carter opened the inning with a double on the first pitch he saw, and Acuna was walked. A double play got two outs but pushed Carter to third. Inoa doubled allowing Carter to score.

The Tourists got three runs back in the bottom of the third inning, but Hickory still led 7-4.

In the sixth, Hickory scored a pair of runs. With two out in the inning, Inoa singled. Freeman then hit his seventh home run of the season and Hickory led 9-4.

The Crawdads added four more in the seventh inning. With one away, Florentino was walked. A wild pitched moved him into scoring position. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Carter was walked. Acuna was walked to load the bases and after a pitching change, Trevor Hauver hit a grand slam to center field.

Hickory added two more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Freeman led the inning with a walk and Seise then doubled moving Freeman to third. Aponte singled, scoring Freeman and placing runners on the corners. Florentino hit a sac fly, allowing Seise to score.

Asheville would score a run in the bottom of the eighth and two in the ninth for the final 15-7 score.

The Crawdads improve to 28-19 on the season. They face Asheville through Sunday on the road.