A three-run fifth inning put Hickory in the lead, and the Crawdads went on to a 7-5 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon in Hickory.
The Crawdads scored a run in the first inning when Eric Jenkins led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by Leody Taveras. A double by Joe Dudek and a single by Rudy Martin tied the game in the third.
The Legends took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Angelo Castellano led off with a single, and after Emmanuel Rivera lined out to third and Gabriel Cancel flied to right field, John Brontsema singled, and Yeison Melo doubled, scoring Castellano and sending Brontsema to third. Dudek followed with a two-run single.
Alex Kowalczyk's leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth cut the lead to 4-2, and the Crawdads reclaimed the lead in the fifth.
With one out, Taveras singled and advanced to second on an error by Dudek, the first baseman, on a pickoff attempt. After Yanio Perez was hit by a pitch, Kowalczyk lined out to third, but Ti'Quan Forbes doubled, scoring Taveras and moving Perez to third. Carlos Garay doubled, scoring both runners, and the Crawdads had a 5-4 lead.
Blaine Prescott hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, and Khalil Lee hit a solo homer for Lexington in the top of the ninth, his 10th of the year, to close out the scoring.
Former University of Kentucky pitcher Kyle Cody (2-6) worked the first six innings and picked up the win. He allowed seven hits and four runs, all earned. Cody struck out four batters and walked three. Kaleb Fontenot pitched the ninth inning to earn his third save, and second in two games.
Legends' starter Ofreidy Gomez (2-7) was the losing pitcher.
Hickory has won two out of three in the series, which concludes Monday night. Game time is 6 p.m.
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