Salisbury, Md. - Braden Tullis and Joseph Ramirez combined to four-hit the Shorebirds in a 2-0 Hickory win on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Hickory plated the first run of the night in the third inning. Joe Bonadonna hit a one out line drive double off the left field wall. After moving to third on a ground out to second, Jared Bolden hit a liner to left to give the Crawdads a 1-0 edge.
The Crawdads took a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. Mike Ortiz opened the eighth with a homer to right field off reliever James Brandhorst.
Hickory starter Braden Tullis earned the win in five innings. He allowed three hits and a run. Relief pitcher Ortiz earned a four-inning save. He retired 12 straight Shorebirds to end the game.
Delmarva starter Matt Hobgood, who pitched for the first time since June 11, was pinned with the loss in three innings. He allowed just three hits and a run.
Relief pitcher Brent Allar was fantastic. He matched his career highs with four innings pitched and seven strike outs. Allar retired all 12 batters that he faced.
James Brandhorst tossed the final two innings for Delmarva. He struck out four batters.
Ty Kelly was the lone Shorebirds player with multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.
The Shorebirds return to the diamond on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Luis Noel makes the start for the 'Birds.