Hickory 4, Savannah 3 (8 innings); Hickory 5, Savannah 3
Savannah received a solid effort from Matthew Koch in the first game, allowing three runs with no walks and six strikeouts in six innings, but Hickory edged the Sand Gnats in eight innings. Joey Gallo went 2 for 4 with a double and triple, Jorge Alfaro hit his sixth home run and Jordan Akins had two RBI for the Crawdads.
Hickory received the better pitching effort in the second game, as Tyler Smith went six innings, allowing three runs with no walks and eight strikeouts. Smith, from Sumter, S.C., has allowed 10 earned runs in 29.1 innings, including 26 strikeouts. Joe Maloney and Lewis Brinson each hit their sixth home runs. Cole Frenzel went deep for Savannah.
Greensboro 2, Kannapolis 1; Kannapolis 4, Greensboro 2
Greensboro and Kannapolis were locked in a pitchers duel in the first game, with Grasshoppers starter Daniel Oliver allowing one run in five innings, and Intimidators starter Jake Cose allowing two unearned runs over six innings with eight strikeouts. In the end, the second unearned run proved to be the difference.
Kannapolis starter Jefferson Olacio seemed to have one of his better outings, allowing one earned run and two total on five hits in 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out five. Nathaniel Stoltz, contributor to beyondtheboxscore.com, tweeted that Olacio was upper-80s with an occasional 90-92, and an average slider and changeup.
Lexington 2, Lakewood 0
Lexington's Bryan Brickhouse dominated Lakewood, pitching 6.2 shutout innings on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Brickhouse has maintained a good strikeout rate, punching out 30 in 33.2 innings, despite the reports of less-than-stellar secondary offerings. He has a 2.41 ERA and 2.70 FIP.
Humberto Arteaga went 2 for 4 with a double, while Fred Ford picked up a triple. Lakewood's Roman Quinn went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to drop his average to .196 on the season.
Charleston 10, Delmarva 4
Charleston's Yeicok Calderon had three RBI, while Peter O'Brien and Dante Bichette Jr. each had two. Cito Culver went 3 for 6 with an RBI, and Jake Cave went 2 for 6 with an RBI. Jose Campos pitched 3.2 shutout innings on two hits with five strikeouts.
Delmarva's Christian Walker went 3 for 4 with a double and is hitting .366/.433/.491 with three home runs and 11 walks this season.