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The Hickory Crawdads fell in the final game of the 2012 season, 4-2, against the Greenville Drive, before 6,460 fans at Fluor Field in Greenville on Monday afternoon.
The Crawdads got out to a quick lead with a run against Drive pitcher Jason Garcia in the top of the first frame.
With two down, 'Dads third baseman Drew Robinson kept the inning alive with a single, before scoring on an RBI double by left fielder Trever Adams to make it 1-0.
After the game was delayed by rain for 57 minutes in the bottom of the first, Greenville (32-37, 66-73) tied the score in the bottom of the third against Hickory pitcher Richard Alvarez.
Second baseman Jose Garcia started the stanza with a solo shot over the left field wall, knotting it at 1-1.
The Drive moved in front with three more runs against 'Dads relief pitcher Paul Schwendel (L, 1-2) in the bottom of the fourth frame.
With runners at first and third, center fielder Henry Ramos brought in third baseman Garin Cecchini from third with a ground ball and also reached on an error on the play.
An RBI fielder's choice by Drive right fielder Drew Turocy brought in first baseman Boss Moanaroa from third base, and then Turocy came in later in the inning on an RBI base hit by left fieldder Matt Marquis, opening the 4-1 lead.
The Crawdads refused to go down quietly, with Adams opening the top of the ninth by doubling down the left field line.
After catcher Kevin Torres worked a walk, Adams advanced to third base on a double play ball hit by first baseman Jorge Alfaro.
With two down, Adams raced home on a wild pitch unleashed by Drive reliever Tyler Lockwood, bringing the 'Dads within two runs of tying it.
However, Lockwood induced a pop out from designated hitter Alejandro Selen, closing the 4-2 win for the Drive.
Drive left-hander Dylan Chavez dealt three scoreless relief innings for Greenville, earning the win to improve to 1-2 on the season.
The Crawdads finish the year with a 74-65 record, including a 38-32 record in the second half of the season, good enough for second place in the North Division second-half standings.View more articles in: