Crawdads Power Past Hot Rods, 8-5 ….
Hickory, North Carolina The Crawdads claimed their second straight victory on Saturday night, hitting four home runs over the Bowling Green Hot Rods en route to an 8-5 victory.
Avery Weems didn’t allow a baserunner to complete his first three innings of mound work for the ‘Dads before giving up a solo home run to start the fourth inning. Weems had been perfect in his last eight innings, counting down to a clear start of five innings last weekend at Greenville. Bowling Green got another run in the inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The ‘Dads didn’t hang around for long as they tied the game in the bottom half of the fourth. Trey Hair picked the center and Kellen Strahm smashed an opposing home run to tie the score.
The offense kept the momentum going into the fifth inning, scoring two more to take a 4-2 advantage. Jose Acosta hit a single to the left and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jake Guenther. Isaias Quiroz flew to the center but Acosta managed to score and take third place. With Jonathan Ornelas at the plate, the Hot Rods pitcher threw a wild pitch that got Acosta home to put the ‘Dads in front. Ornelas sent the next shot to the left field wall, his second home run of the year.
Bowling Green hit their third homer of the night against Weems with a sixth strikeout to make it 4-3, with Crawdads still in the lead.
The Crawdads pushed back in the half of the sixth with two more runs. Strahm was hit by a pitch and got into scoring position with his third steal of the evening. The stolen base ultimately didn’t matter as Miguel Aparicio hit a two-run homer to the right, giving the ‘Dads a three-point lead.
Seth Nordlin replaced Weems in the seventh. He allowed a point in seventh on the fourth circuit of the night of the Hot Rod.
The Crawdads had two runs in the seventh, their fourth consecutive inning to do so. Guenther started off with a brace on the right field wall. Ornelas sent his second home run of the night to right field to make it 8-4.
In the start of the eighth, the Hot Rods reduced the ‘Dads’ lead with another point, but Nordlin held them back to recover his second stoppage of the season.
The series against the Hot Rods ends tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. It will be Women in Sport Day at Les Frans and the first 100 women to show a photo of themselves playing a sport, attending a match or working in the sport will receive a free ticket to the match thanks to at Academy Sports & Outdoors. It’s also Church Bulletin Sunday presented by Catawba Shoe Store. Fans can bring in a church bulletin for a discounted $ 6 ticket. The dads will then donate $ 4 to the respective church for that newsletter. Little League members can also stop by a local Sheetz for a free ticket to the game as part of Little League Sunday.