Tuesday night, the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks on the road, 7-5 in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
In the first inning, Wilmington walked three batters, allowed three runs and the team made two errors. With two outs, Cristian Inoa and Trevor Hauer each walked, and would advance to second and third base on a wild pitch. Thomas Saggese would single, scoring Inoa and Hauer and would reach second on a throwing error. The Blue Rocks would answer with a run in their half of the first.
The scored would remain 3-1 in favor of the Crawdads until the fourth inning when Wilmington scored three runs to take a 4-3 advantage.
In the fifth inning, Evan Carter led off with a walk. One out later, Inoa would double allowing Carter to score, tying the game at 4.
The Blue Rocks would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be the end of the scoring for Wilmington.
In the seventh inning, Carter singled and would score on Aaron Zavala’s triple. Inoa was hit by a pitch, placing runners on the corners. Hauver hit a sac fly to left field allowing Zavala to score.
The Crawdads added insurance in the top of the ninth as Chris Seise would hit a two-out double. He would score when Keyber Rodriguez immediately followed with a double of his own.
Rick Vanasco started on the mound for the Crawdads and pitched 53 pitched over 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, a run and walking four but striking out three. Six pitcher took the mound for Hickory with Joe Corbett picking up the win with two innings pitched, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four and walking only one. He pitched 41 pitched with 23 being called strikes. Triston Polley was credited with hold, going 0.2 innings, allowing only two hits. Marc Church picked up his first save of the season over the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit while striking out two and allowing two walks.