BlueClaws Swept in Sunday Double-Header

Kannapolis swept a Sunday double-header from the BlueClaws, winning the opener 5-1 and the nightcap 4-3 to take three of four in the season opening series.

Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener on a Jake Scheiner sacrifice fly, but Kannapolis would answer in the bottom of the third and lead the rest of the way.

Luis Gonzalez homered off Spencer Howard to tie the game and the Intimidators added a run on an error by BlueClaws right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz after a base-hit from Craig Dedelow. That was more than enough for starter John Parke, who gave up one run over a complete game seven innings, striking out six. He retired the last 15 hitters he faced.

Kannapolis added runs on a fifth inning Johan Cruz single and sixth inning double from Laz Rivera and an error by ‘Claws left fielder Josh Stephen for the final margin.

Howard (0-1) gave up two runs, one earned, in three innings while striking out seven.

In game two, Daniel Brito opened the scoring for the BlueClaws with a solo home run in the second inning. It was Brito’s first hit of the season.

Kannapolis got an unearned run off Damon Jones in the second and took the lead with two in the fourth. An RBI double by Tate Blackmon put them ahead and Blackmon came home on a sacrifice fly from Nolan Brown.

In the fifth, the BlueClaws tied the game with two runs off Luis Ledo. Brito tripled and scored on a wild pitch before Josh Stephen tied the game with a solo home run, his first of the season. Tyler Johnson threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning for his first save.

Damon Jones (0-1) gave up four runs, three earned, in 4.2 innings and took the loss. Ledo (1-0) earned the win despite allowing two runs in two innings.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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