Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) 3B Mitch Hilligoss tied the SAL consecutive game hit streak tonight as Charleston knocked the Columbus Catfish from the top of the South Division. Hilligoss hit a 2-run double in the 8th inning, his last at-bat, to keep the streak alive, and to contribute to Charleston's 9-1 win over the Catfish.
A 1st inning home run by Seth Fortenberry off Catfish starter Wade Townsend put Charleston up 1-0.
A single, 2 walks, 2 doubles, and an error put Charleston up 6-0 in the 3rd.
The Catfish finally put a run up in the 7th. 1B Seth Dhaenens reached on an error, but was erased when 2B Joey Callender hit a ground ball to third and reached on a fielder's choice. When SS Jairo De La Rosa doubled to left, Callender scored, and the Catfish were down 6-1.
Charleston made it 9-1 in the 8th, thanks to Hilligoss' record-tying hit, and a bases-loaded walk.
The Catfish were held to 5 hits on the night, and stranded 8 runners on base, 3 in scoring position.
Townsend has now dropped 3 decisions in a row, falling to 3-4. The loss drops the Catfish to 3rd place, a game behind Augusta, who beat Greensboro, and a half-game behind Asheville, who beat Lexington tonight.
The series with Charleston continues Wednesday night. The Catfish return to Columbus Saturday night to open an 8-game home stand.