Hickory, NC-- The Asheville Tourists belted three Home Runs on Saturday night en route to a 7-5 ten inning win over the Hickory Crawdads. Correlle Prime, David Dahl, and Pat Valaika all went deep in the victory. Asheville's now hit 11 Home Runs in their last five games.
Dahl put the Tourists in front 1-0 with a solo blast in the top of the first. Hickory responded with two Home Runs in the second. Juremi Profar belted a two-run shot to left and Kevin Torres added a solo Homer to right.
Trailing 3-1, Asheville was able to scrape across a run in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Zach Osborne took off for second base and became hung up in a run down. Jordan Patterson took advantage by racing home from third to score before Osborne was tagged out.
In the top of the seventh, Osborne tied the game after scoring on one of five wild pitches by the Crawdads. Later in the inning, Prime hit a sacrifice fly to right plating Raimel Tapia and putting Asheville in front 4-3.
The game remained 4-3 until the bottom of the ninth. Hickory put the lead-off man aboard against Tourists closer Dylan Stamey. After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Stamey was one out away from securing the win. However, a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and for the second time in the last three games the teams headed to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, Prime led off with a tape-measure Home Run to make it 5-4 Asheville. Three batters later, Pat Valaika went deep for the first time this season; a two-run shot to left. Hickory was able to plate one in the bottom half, but Logan Norris induced a fly out off the bat of Travis Demeritte to end the game.
Devin Burke made his Tourists debut and pitched well. Burke lasted five innings and retired the final nine batters he faced. Carlos Estevez came in and sat down six in a row to make it 15 straight Crawdads retired as Asheville battled back to take the lead.
The series wraps up on Sunday with a 5:00pm first pitch. It will be the final time the Tourists play in Hickory this season barring a possible rematch in the South Atlantic League Championship.