We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show.
Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys High stars Hunter Harvey (Orioles system) and Hayden Deal (Braves system) pitched and also check in on former Hickory High star outfielder Zach Jarrett (Orioles system).
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WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS FROM L.P. FRANS STADIUM
HICKORY 5, AUGUSTA (Ga. 4)
Crawdads’ current record: 14-5
Home record: 6-3
Away record: 8-2
Division record: 8-2
Thursday: Lakewood, N.J., 7 p.m.
Friday: Lakewood, N.J., 7 p.m.
Saturday: Lakewood, N.J., 5 p.m.
Sunday: Lakewood, N.J., 3 p.m.
Tuesday: at Greenville, S.C., 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: at Greenville, S.C., 7:05 p.m.
OTHER AREA PLAYERS
ZACH JARRETT (Class A Advanced, Fredrick, Va. Keys)
Jarrett, a former star at Hickory High and at Charlotte, went 0-for-3 with a walk and drove in one run in the Keys’ 7-4 loss on Wednesday at Fayetteville before 2,812.
He batted fourth in the lineup and started in right field.
The Keys continue the series at Fayetteville on Thursday night. They will be at Winston-Salem on Friday through Sunday.
Jarrett is in his third pro season, playing first at Aberdeen (Md.) and then in 129 games last season at Class A Delmarva (Md.), where he hit .277 with 26 doubles, six triples and 14 home runs. He drove in 72 runs, walked 41 times and struck out 136 times and was a South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star.
(Class AA Bowie, Md., Baysox)
Visiting Erie (Pa.) edged Bowie 4-0 on Wednesday night before 690 fans but Harvey did not pitch.
Harvey is listed as the probable starter for the Baysox on Thursday night when they face Akron (Ohio) at Bowie. It will be his fourth start of the season.
He didn’t pitch after June 2 of last season and went 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA in nine starts, pitching 32 1/3 innings, walking nine and striking out 30.
Harvey is in his sixth year in the minor leagues after being a first-round draft pick in 2013.
In his first five pro seasons, Harvey went 8-10 with an ERA of 3.11 with 47 appearances (all starts) and 176 2/3 innings pitched. He walked 60 and struck out 217.
HAYDEN DEAL (Class A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs)
Clearwater (Fla.) defeated the Fire Frogs 13-1 at Clearwater on Wednesday before 1,404 fans and Deal, a former star left-handed pitcher at Bandys High, did not pitch.
Florida (7-13) goes to St. Lucie (Fla.) to start a series on Thursday night.
Deal’s third start of the season was Tuesday against Clearwater in a 1-0 loss. He pitched seven innings, giving up four hits with one earned run, walking one and striking out 6.
He is 1-1 this season with an ERA of 1.50 in 24 innings pitched with six walks and 19 strikeouts.
If Deal pitches on four days of rest, his next start will likely be Saturday at St. Lucie; if on five days of rest, on Sunday at St. Lucie.
Deal is in his third pro season after signing with the Braves after a morning tryout at Bandys, and he pitched in college at Presbyterian.
In Rome (Ga.) last season, Deal went 9-1 with an ERA of 2.17 in 27 games (five starts), earning two saves and pitching 78 2/3 innings. He walked 17 and struck out 82.
Deal’s career numbers heading into the season: 12-3 with 2.47 ERA, 41 games, four saves, 109 1/3 innings pitched with 21 walks and 109 strikeouts.