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Crawdads edged 4-2 by Power

August 31, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Hickory Crawdads News Release

Aug. 31, 2009 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrew Buchbinder, Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations Front Office: (828) 322-3000

CHARLESTON, WV - The Hickory Crawdads were edged, 4-2, by the West Virginia Power before 1,085 fans at Appalachian Power Park on Monday evening. For the second straight game, SS Andres James went 4-for-4, finishing the series a perfect 8-for-8.

The Power moved in front with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning against RHP Joe Wieland. C Tony Sanchez drove in CF Starling Marte from second base with an RBI double to right-center field, cracking the scoreless tie and putting the Power ahead, 1-0.

The Crawdads came right back with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead against RHP Hunter Strickland. SS Andres James started the frame with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by 2B Mike Hollander. CF Jared Bolden then drew a walk, and both runners advanced on a ground out by C Vinny DiFazio. LF Cristian Santana then ripped a two-out infield single down the third base line that brought in both James and Bolden, giving the Crawdads the 2-1 lead.

West Virginia plated another unearned run against Wieland in the bottom of the fifth inning, tying the game at 2-2. Marte led off the inning with a triple to center field and scored on a throwing error on the play.

Marte struck again for the Power, cracking the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning against RHP Fabio Castillo. SS Adenson Chourio got on base with a one-out single, stole second and took third on a throwing error on the play. Marte then brought him in with an RBI single up the middle, putting the Power ahead, 3-2. West Virginia then added an insurance run against RHP Cody Eppley in the bottom of the eighth. DH Calvin Anderson brought in 1B Kyle Morgan from third base on a grounder to short, making it 4-2.

The Crawdads got two runners on board with singles by 3B Matt West and James in the top of the ninth inning, but came up just short, falling by the final score of 4-2. Castillio was tagged with the loss for Hickory, while Erickson earned the win and RHP Noah Krol registered the save for West Virginia.

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