'Dads Rack up 14Ks But Fall 4-2
Hickory, NC - After securing a playoff spot last night, the Crawdads returned home Friday night to kick off the final homestand of the regular season. The 'Dads dropped the series opener 4-2 to the Lexington Legends.
Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a pair of runs off 'Dads righty Jesus Linarez.
The Crawdads evened the score in the bottom half of the inning. Jonathan Ornelas drew a walk and came around for the Crawdads' first run on a double by Jax Biggers. Josh Jung roped a double to center that brought in Biggers and tied the game.
Right-handed reliever Daniel Robert took over for Linarez in the fifth inning. Robert tossed three shutout innings, punching out seven Legend hitters.
Lucas Jacobsen pitched a scoreless eighth inning before yielding a pair of runs in the ninth inning to put the Crawdads behind 4-2.
The Crawdads have put together one of their best records in the 27 season history of the franchise. If they win two of their final three games in the regular season, their .618 winning percentage would set the mark for best franchise winning percentage set by the 1994 team.
Tomorrow night the first 500 fans will get a Lenoir-Rhyne themed Crawdads hat thanks to Cody Law Firm and Kicks 103.3. The 5th Annual Bases and Brews presented by the Greater Hickory Jaycees, Lowes Foods, Hampton Farms, and HDR will take place from 6-9pm in the party patios. The Crawdads are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic baseball movie Field of Dreams. The night will feature tributes to the movie and fans can wear their favorite baseball jersey for a discounted $6 ticket. After the game, the entire Crawdads team will have a post-game autograph session on the third base line.
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