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The Hickory Crawdads completed a series sweep over the Asheville Tourists on the road Sunday, winning 5-2.
Hickory opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. With one out in the inning, Cody Freeman doubled and Daniel Mateo brought him home with a single for the early 1-0 advantage.
The Crawdads would put up another run in the fourth inning. Max Acosta singled to start the inning and moved to second on a throwing error. Abimelec Ortiz was walked. Acosta was caught trying to steal third base, but Ortiz scored the next out later when Freeman hit his second double of the contest.
Asheville scored in the home half of the fourth and would tie the game in the fifth inning with another run. However, Hickory scored three runs in the eighth. Keyber Rodriguez began the inning with a single. He would advance to third after back-to-back wild pitchers. Rodriguez scored when Geisel Cepeda singled. One out later, Ortiz homered to center field, giving the Crawdads a 5-2 win.
Freeman had three hits in the contest. Ortiz drove in two.
Hickory starter Mitch Bratt went six full innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out five and walking none. Seth Clark got the win, going two innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Robby Ahlstrom got the save, pitching the ninth, and allowing only one hit while also striking out two.
The Crawdads are 2-0 to start the second half of the season. They will be off on Monday and host the Greensboro Grasshoppers for a six game series starting Tuesday.