HICKORY, NC – The Hickory Crawdads and Lakewood BlueClaws have been battling for the top spot in the Northern Division for much of the 2010 season.
Wednesday night the Crawdads got the best of the BlueClaws in the first meeting of the season between the two teams, 5-3.
The Crawdads (30-27) tallied two runs against Trevor May (6-3) in the first on a Zach Zineski RBI double and a Jared Prince RBI ground out. The BlueClaws then came back with a run in the fourth.
Leandro Castro was hit by a pitch from Neil Ramirez (9-8), stole second, and scored on a Stephen Batts double to cut the deficit in half.
Hickory added two more runs in the fourth. After the first two hitters reached, Yefry Castillo hit an RBI double and Jonathan Roof hit a sac-fly to score the fourth run for the Crawdads.
Lakewood (33-25) battled back to cut into the Hickory once again in the eighth. With one out Michael Dabbs reached on catcher’s interference, Jonathan Singleton singled, and Sebastian Valle picked up a base knock to score a run. Castro then grounded out to bring in another run.
Castillo added an insurance run in the eighth for the Crawdads with an RBI single to cement the 5-3 win.
Thursday night at 7:00 pm RHP Josh Zeid (6-4, 2.93) goes up against RHP Jacob Brigham (4-4, 3.14).
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