Staff report

HICKORY, N.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs (8-7) got off to a hot start, leading by as many as six runs, all to see it come undone as they fell to the Hickory Crawdads, 10-9, Saturday night at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Charleston led 8-2 after six innings and looked to be on cruise control on the way to its ninth victory of the season.

However, the Crawdads struck for three runs in the seventh, four in the eighth and their game winning walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Charles Short (0-1).

The RiverDogs had Short, along with Ben Paullus and Phillip Wetherell come out of the bullpen Saturday in relief of starter Daniel Camarena; the three relievers gave up a combined eight runs on seven hits in four innings of work.

Camarena lasted a season best five-innings, as he allowed two runs on three hits, he walked two and struck-out four. Camarena also hit a batter and both runs he allowed were via the long ball. The lefty Camarena lowered his ERA from 12.86 to an even nine.

Offensively, eight of the nine RiverDogs starters registered a hit including outfielder Danny Oh (1-4), who had an RBI single in the fifth inning to see his hitting streak reach a season-high four games.

The teams close out their series with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. today in Hickory.

CHAS AB R H BI HICKORY AB R H BI

Dugas dh 4 1 2 0 Brinson cf 5 2 1 1

Culver ss 3 1 1 0 Williams dh 5 3 3 4

Bird 1b 4 1 1 1 Gallo 3b 3 1 0 0

O’Brien c 5 2 1 1 Rua 2b 5 2 2 2 Bichette 3b 5 1 2 1 Alfaro c 4 0 2 2

Calderon rf 3 1 1 0 Mazara rf 4 0 0 0

De Leon lf 5 1 2 2 Akins lf 5 1 2 0

Cstodio 2b 4 0 0 0 Maloney 1b 3 0 0 0

Oh dh 4 1 1 1 Marte ss 5 1 0 0

Totals 37 9 11 6 Totals 39 10 10 9

Charleston 501 020 001— 9

Hickory 200 000 341—10

E—bichette, Custodio, Vasquez, Slack, Marte. LOB—Chas. 13, Hickory 10. 2B— Bichette. HR— De Leon, Williams, Rua. CS—Custodio. SB—Akins.

Charleston IP H R ER BB SO

Camarena 5 3 2 2 2 4

Paullus 1.2 2 3 3 4 3

Wetherell 1.1 3 4 1 0 5

Short 0.2 2 1 1 0 1

Hickory

Vasquez 0.2 1 5 5 4 1

Slack 2.1 2 1 0 2 4

Valdespina 1.2 5 2 2 1 2

Leclerc 1.1 2 0 0 0 3

Cowgill 2 1 0 0 2 1

McElwee 1 0 1 1 2 2

HBP— Dugas, Maloney. A—2,602. T— 3:44.