Bombers Fall to Hickory In Game One

The Capital City Bombers fell to the Hickory Crawdads 11-7 in the opening game of the South Atlantic Championship. Vincent Cordova and the Bombers surrendered 15 hits as the Crawdads, who's first three hits were home runs, lead from start to finish to take an early one game to nothing lead in the best of five series.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Hickory 3B Mike Cockrell blasted a solo home run to give the Crawdads an early 1-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. After Vincent Cordova was able to get the final two batters of the first inning, he served up a lead-off home run to Adam Boeve to begin the second inning. Craig Stansberry drew a walk before Bobby Kingsbury's two-run home run gave Hickory three home runs for their first three hits, setting the pace for what would be a long night for Cordova and company.

Hickory kept the Bombers in the game early as Shawn Bowman scored on an error in the bottom of the second inning and Blake Whealy scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 4-2.

After Adam Boeve singled home a run with two outs in the top of the fifth inning off Cordova for the Crawdads' fifth run of the game, Bryan King immediately plunked Stansberry to load the bases . King promptly served up a two-run single to Bobby Kingsbury before Javier Guzman's two-run double capped off a five-run fifth inning for Hickory to give them a 9-2 lead.

The Bombers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Ryan Harvey was hit by a pitch with one out, Blake Whealy singled to put runners at first and second. 1B Andrew Wilson hit a three-run home run off Hickory starter Yoann Torrealba to cut the deficit to 9-5.

Capital City's momentum was immediately stolen in the top of the sixth inning when Adam Boeve's two-run home run off of Anderson Garcia to cap off Hickory's scoring, giving the Crawdads an 11-5 lead.

Game two of the South Atlantic Championship is Tuesday night as the Bombers host their final game of the series. The final three games (if needed) shift back to Hickory.

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