Hickory starter Matt Thompson, who lasted 3.2 innings, was erratic at the start, which led to early runs. Michael Mooney, Brenden Webb and Jeremy Nowak were all issued walks to begin the bottom of the first. After a strikeout of Adam Gaylord, Michael Ohlman was hit by a pitch to force in the first run. The next batter, Joe Oliveira, hit a sacrifice fly RBI to center field to give the Shorebirds a 2-0 lead.
The Crawdads responded immediately in the second. Christian Villanueva hit a leadoff homer over the left field wall to cut the deficit to 2-1. After two walks and single loaded the bases, Jurickson Profar hit a grand slam over the left field wall to put the Crawdads in front 5-2.
In the third, Hickory added a run on an RBI single by Kellin Deglan to increase the lead to 6-2.
The Shorebirds started to comeback in the third. Brenden Webb was issued a leadoff walk and Jeremy Nowak hit a double off the right-center field wall to put runners at second and third. Then, Michael Ohlman hit a soft liner that changed directions on the first baseman and rolled into right field to score both runners.
In the fourth inning, the Crawdads added a run on a single by Josh Richmond to score Profar, who led off with a double down the left field line, to stretch the lead to 7-4.
The Shorebirds tallied a run in the fourth. Michael Rooney drew a leadoff walk and scored later on a single by Michael Mooney. In the sixth inning, the Shorebirds capitalized on a throwing error by Profar, which scored Mooney to cut the deficit to 7-6.
The Crawdads stretched out the lead in the eighth off relief pitcher Travis Strong. Yefry Castillo hit a triple to start the inning. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Teodoro Martinez. The next batter, Andrew Clark, hit a homer over the right field wall to give the 'Dads a 9-6 lead.
Crawdads reliever Ben Rowen earned the win over 2.1 innings pitched. Shorebirds starter Tim Berry was tagged with the loss in four innings. He surrendered nine hits and seven runs.
D.J. Ferguson hurled three scoreless innings and allowed just two hits.
Joe Oliveira extended his hitting streak to a career high 11 games on a single in the seventh while Garabez Rosa used a two-hit night to extend his to eight games.
The Shorebirds and Crawdads play the series finale on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Scott Copeland is the scheduled starter for the Shorebirds.