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).
If there are additional players from the Greater Hickory area that you’d like to follow, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information on that player, as we can provide periodic updates on those players if requested.
FRIDAY’S RESULTS FROM L.P. FRANS STADIUM
KANNAPOLIS 6, HICKORY 4
Crawdads’ current record: 7-2, shares South Atlantic League’s Northern Division with Delmarva (Md.)
Home record: 1-1
Away record: 6-1
Division record: 7-2
Saturday: Kannapolis, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Kannapolis, 3 p.m.
Monday: Asheville, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Asheville, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Asheville, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday: at Columbia, S.C., 7:05 p.m.
Friday: at Columbia, S.C., 7:05 p.m.
OTHER AREA PLAYERS
HUNTER HARVEY (Class AA Bowie, Md., Baysox)
Harvey, 24, made his second start of the season on Friday night, taking a loss after visiting Harrisburg (Pa.) won 4-2 before 1,130 fans.
He worked four innings, allowing three hits — one a home run — and four runs (all earned). He walked three and struck out six, bringing his season stats to an 0-1 record with an ERA of 8.31 in 8 2/3 innings, allowing 13 hits, eight earned runs with four walks and 12 strikeouts.
Harvey threw strikes on 46 of his 77 pitches and threw in 68-degree weather with a drizzle and, at one point, there was an eight-minute rain delay.
The Baysox (2-6) face Harrisburg against on Saturday.
Harvey – in his sixth year in the minor leagues after being a first-round draft pick in 2013 — saw limited action in 2016 after having Tommy John surgery.
In his first five pro seasons, he went 8-10 with an ERA of 3.11 with 47 appearances (all starts) and 176 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit .226 against Harvey and he walked 60 and struck out 217.
BALTIMORE SUN UPDATE ON HARVEY: https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-hunter-harvey-bowie-20190402-story.html
ZACH JARRETT (Class A Advanced, Fredrick, Va. Keys)
The Keys’ game on Friday night at Salem (Va.) was rained out and they will play a doubleheader on Saturday with a 5:05 p.m. start.
Jarrett is a former standout at Hickory High and Charlotte and has batted No. 4 in the order for Fredrick in all but one game he’s played (No. 7 in order in that one).
The Keys are at Salem through Sunday.
Jarrett is hitting .167 and the Keys are 2-6 and in last place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.
For fans interested in Fredrick’s games in North Carolina, they will be at Fayetteville for three games on April 23-25 and play at Winston-Salem on April 27-28.
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.
HAYDEN DEAL (Class A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs)
Deal, a former Bandys High left-handed pitcher, picked up his first win of the season on Friday when the Fire Frogs won 10-7 at St. Lucie (Fla.).
He went five innings, giving up three hits, three runs (one earned) with three walks and four strikeouts.
After two starts, Deal is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.82, pitching 11 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out nine.
He threw 46 of his 74 pitches for strikes on Friday, facing 20 batters in 87-degree weather before only 783 fans.
Deal made his first appearance for the Frogs on March 7. He started and left a scoreless game after six innings, and Daytona Beach won 5-3 on the road. He gave up only two hits, walked none and struck out five.
He’s in 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.