'Dads ground Suns

June 01, 2009

HICKORY, N.C. -- The Hickory Crawdads did about all of their hitting in two innings.

It was the two that counted.

Hickory had nine of its 10 hits in a three-run first inning and a four-run fifth on Sunday to build a 7-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

Three singles and a double -- along with a throwing error by Hagerstown third baseman Steven Souza -- helped the Crawdads take a 3-1 lead in the first off Suns starter Paul Demny (1-4).

Hickory greeted Suns reliever Austin Garrett with four runs on five hits -- including a leadoff home run by Jacob Kaase -- in the fifth to put the game away.


The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jose Lozada led off with a double against Hickory starter Carlos Pimentel (3-2), before taking third on Steve Lombardozzi's sacrifice bunt and scoring on Derek Norris' grounder.

That was the extent of the Suns' offense, which only managed five hits.

Kaase, Michael Hollander and Erik Morrison led off with consecutive singles in the first to post Hickory's first run. Matt West capped the inning with a two-run single for two unearned runs after Souza's throwing error kept the inning alive.

Hickory got Kaase's homer in the fifth along with a sacrifice fly by Mike Bianucci and a two-run single by Jared Bolden in the fifth.

Pimentel (3-2) got the win with five innings work, allowing the one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Demny allowed three runs on five hits in four innings.

Tyler Moore finished with two hits for the Suns.

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