Hickory bats struggle in loss

One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.

Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs — one in the second, seventh and eighth — on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.

A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdads’ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.

Henry had a strong game for the Crawdads (66-47, 26-19), allowing five hits, one run and striking out 10 Kannapolis batters in a six-inning appearance on the mound.

Equally strong was opposing pitcher Jon Bachanov (1-1, 2.05), who allowed two hits, one walk and struck out two batters in five innings.

Another run in Wednesday’s game was scored until the top of the seventh inning, when a double by Kannapolis’ Collin Kuhn scored Miguel Gonzalez, who had reached base on the previous at-bat with a single.

The Intimidators doubled for the second straight inning in the top of the eighth off, which came off of the bat of Carlos Sanchez. Following a sacrifice bunt by Marcus Semien and a strike out by Black, Sanchez scored on a single by Trayce Thompson to extend the Kannapolis lead.

Cold bats plagued the Crawdads, who were only able to get a three hits, including one each from Odubel Herrera, Christian Villanueva and Alejandro Selen.

Wes Whisler closed out the game for Kannapolis, earning his second save of the season.

The Crawdads and Intimidators play the third game of a four-game series tonight at 7 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium.