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Hickory Crawdads Win at Winston, Home Opener Set for Tuesday

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Winston-Salem Dash 5-2 Sunday on the road.

Neither team could get on the board through the first two innings, until the Crawdads got things rolling in the third. Frainyer Chavez kicked things off with a single back up the middle, while Evan Carter and Aaraon Zavala walked behind him to load the bases. Thomas Saggese would ground into a double play, but it would plate Chavez.

After the Dash were sent down in order in the third, Hickory got to work quickly in the top of the fourth. Chris Seise singled into left to lead off the inning, and advanced to third base on a throwing error. The following batter Jake Guenther laced a ball into right field, driving in Seise. Next up was Scott Kapers, and he blasted a first-pitch, two-run homer into left field to give the Crawdads a a 4-0 lead.

Winston-Salem hit a 420 foot home run to left-center field to put the Dash on the board and cutting the deficit to 4-1.

More Crawdads offense came in the sixth inning, off the bat of Chris Seise. He fell behind 0-2, fouled a pitch off, and then demolished a ball over the batters eye in center field. That bomb was tracked at 107 miles per hour off the bat, and traveled 442 feet.

Winston-Salem would add a run for the final 5-2 score. Josh Smith earned the win in relief and Eudrys Manon was credited with the save.

Hickory is 2-1 to start the season. The Crawdads are off on Monday. They will host the Bowling Green Hot Rods to open the home portion of their schedule Tuesday with first pitch set for 6pm.