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CRAWDADS: Down Kannapolis as Cody, 2 relievers combine on 5-hitter

HobbsDailyReport.com KANNAPOLIS – Jumping to an early five-run lead, the Hickory Crawdads then rode strong pitching to a 7-2 victory over Kannapolis on the road on Tuesday night in South Atlantic League (SAL) baseball. Kyle Cody, C.D. Pelham and Kaleb Fontenot combined to limit the Intimidators (43-31, 4-2 second half) to five hits. Carlos Garay went 3-for-5, Tanner Gardner doubled …

CRAWDADS: Set to honor late Hickory mayor Rudy Wright on July 6

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The Hickory Crawdads are ready to celebrate what would have been the 70th birthday of the city’s late mayor, Rudy Wright. The club announced Monday it’s working with the Wright family and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to hold Rudy Wright Night on July 6 at L.P. Frans Stadium. The special event will come before the …

CRAWDADS: Adolfo home run helps Kannapolis turn back Hickory

HobbsDailyReport.com KANNAPOLIS – Micker Adolfo’s 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning, helped Kannapolis topple visiting Hickory 4-1 on Monday night in South Atlantic League (SAL) baseball. Adolfo finished with two of the Intimidators’ 10 hits, and Mitch Roman and Daniel Gonzalez each added two hits as Kannapolis (43-30, 4-1 second half) sits tied …

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Crawdads, Mader and all that pizza

As the Hickory Crawdads celebrate their 25th anniversary season, it’s time for a look back. Unless there’s someone out there I don’t recall, I’m the only journalist still around who was there in 1993 (covering the team that year and in 1994 during my tenure as a sports reporter with The Charlotte Observer). I was reporting from the time the …