Hickory starter Luke Jackson and two relievers held Lexington to just one run on two hits as the Crawdads defeated the Legends 8-1 Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
It was the first professional victory for Jackson (1-1), who pitched five innings. He struck out six batters and allowed the Legends' only run when Delino DeShields led off the bottom of the first with his sixth home run of the season.
Hickory broke through with three runs in the third, all after the first two batters were retired. Jurickson Profar doubled in Teodoro Martinez, who had walked. Jacob Skole singled in Profar, who later scored on an infield single by Alejandro Selen.
The Crawdads scored four more in the fifth. Skole, Christian Villanueva and Andy Clark drew consecutive walks from Legends reliever Juan Minaya to load the bases with no outs.
After Selen struck out, a wild pitch by Gabriel Garcia scored Skole. One out later, Kellin Deglan walked to re-load the bases and Paducah native Jonathan Roof doubled to left to drive in all three runners to put the Crawdads up 7-1.
Hickory added its final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Deglan.
Lexington starter Tanner Bushue (6-2) took the loss after working the first four innings.