HICKORY, N.C. (April 14, 2017) - Three Intimidators blasted home runs in an offensive eruption to beat the Crawdads, 8-4, on Friday at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory. Brandon Dulin, Jameson Fisher, and Seby Zavala powered Kannapolis (2-7) to a victory as the team hit more home runs in the game than they had in the first week of the season.
**Hear the highlights: Brandon Dulin homers | Jameson Fisher homers | Seby Zavala homers**
Intimidators starting pitcher Bernardo Flores (1-1) worked into the sixth inning, limiting the Crawdads to two runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking three over 5 and 2/3 innings to earn the win. Alex Katz took the mound in a one-run game with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth and struck out Brallan Perez to end the inning, keeping Kannapolis ahead 3-2.
In the eighth, Fisher belted a two-run home run (1) to center field, scoring Mitch Roman, and two batters later Zavala added his own bomb (1) for a 6-2 lead. Kannapolis tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth to mitigate a few late runs by the Crawdads.
Hickory scored the game's first run in the home half of the first inning. Leody Taveras led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch for a quick 1-0 lead. Kannapolis battled back with single tallies in the third, fourth, and fifth innings for a 3-1 advantage.
The Crawdads nearly reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third, but the Intimidators kept Hickory off the scoreboard in the frame with a play at the plate With two outs and Ti'Quan Forbes on first base, Preston Scott drove a ball to the left field corner, where Tyler Sullivan tracked it down and fired it to shortstop Max Dutto who relayed to catcher Seby Zavala to nab Forbes at home to end the inning.
Dulin broke the 1-1 tie by leading off the top of the fourth inning with a home run (2) to right-center field to give Kannapolis its first advantage of the night. The Intimidators manufactured a run in the fifth when Joel Booker singled with two outs, stole second base, and scored on a Fisher drive to right field for a 3-1 lead.
Hickory starter Emerson Martinez (1-1) worked 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks while taking the loss.
The Intimidators wrap up this 4-game series against the Crawdads on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 5:00 p.m. Following the twin-bill, Kannapolis is off Sunday before leaving Monday morning for a 3-game series in Asheville. The Intimidators return home on Thursday, April 20, to open a 4-game series in Kannapolis against Hickory. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
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