Lakewood vs. Hickory (Radio Readings)

-Graham Doty, Broadcast Assistant

The Lakewood BlueClaws have had an amazing season.  They clinched the first half by two games and they currently lead the second half by 1.5 games.  The Crawdads have been right on their heels all season.  The Crawdads play the BlueClaws in only one series this season and it is shaping up to be huge.  Lakewood comes in to town on August 25th for a four game series.  Since these two teams have been the best two teams in the league for most of the season, I thought it would be interesting to look at the two teams remaining schedules until the showdown in late August.

First let’s take a look at the Lakewood BlueClaws.  Their current overall record is 66-43 and they are 24-15 in the second half.  They have 30 games left in the regular season.  Of those 30 games, 17 games are at home and 13 are on the road.  The BlueClaws also have an easier schedule too.  Their opponents combined winning percentage is 47.4%.  The good news for the Crawdads is that when Lakewood rolls into town, they will be in the middle of an eight game road trip.  They play at Hagerstown on August 24th and then have to ride down to Hickory and take on the Crawdads the next night.

Now, let’s look at the Hickory Crawdads.  Their current overall record is 62-46 and they are 22-16 in the second half.  They have 30 games left in the regular season.  Of those 30 games, 13 are at home and 17 are on the road.  The Crawdads have a tougher schedule than the BlueClaws.  The Crawdads opponents combined winning percentage is 52.8%.  The Crawdads will be in the middle of an eight game home stand, so they won’t have to do any traveling.

This is shaping up to be a huge series.  These have been the best two teams in the South Atlantic League all season.  They are two of the three teams in the entire league to have at least 60 wins.  Crawdads fans have been waiting to play Lakewood for a long time.  More than likely, the winner of the Hickory/Lakewood series will win the second half.  The Crawdads would like nothing more than to beat the BlueClaws and to win the second half.  The Hickory fans have been great all season.   With 13 homes remaining, let’s finish strong.   Come to the ballpark and bring your family, friends and neighbors.   Let’s cheer the Crawdads on to victory.

Graham is in his first season as
broadcast assistant with the Crawdads.  The Oxford, Mississippi native
graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2010 with a degree in
broadcast journalism.  He has spent the last two summers broadcasting
games for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League.  He
enjoys all Ole Miss Athletics and spending time with family and friends.

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