Mudcats fall in first-half finale

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ZEBULON — Five Winston-Salem runs across the first two innings put the game away early, as the Carolina Mudcats closed out the first half of the Single-A Carolina League season with a 6-2 loss to the Dash at Five County Stadium on Sunday. 

The Dash (38-26) hammered starter Matt Smith to start the game, scoring all but one of their runs on four hits that came in the initial offensive flurry. 

When Smith exited after the third inning with six hits, four earned runs and two walks attached to him, a committee of Cody Beckman and Justin Topa did not allow any runs through the eighth inning. 

Topa gave up no hits, while Beckman gave up just one.

In the fifth and seventh innings, the Mudcats scored a run each before giving up a final run in the ninth inning. 

In the loss, Clayton Andrews recorded his first multi-hit game as a Mudcat while hitting 3 for 5 on the day. 

No other Mudcat recorded more than one hit. 

Halfway through the season, the Mudcats (39-30) are off to their best start since 2005. With the second half of season play up ahead, the team will take a brief break for the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic, which will be played in Frederick, Maryland on June 18. 

Seven Mudcats — catcher Mario Feliciano, catcher Payton Henry, pitcher Dylan File, pitcher Noah Zavolas, pitcher Rodrigo Benoit, pitcher Matt Hardy and recently promoted outfielder Joantgel Segovia — have been selected to play for the Southern Division team.

The Mudcats’ season will resume play with a three-game series at the Potomac Nationals starting June 20.

Right fielder Craig Dedelow led the Winston-Salem offensive output, going 3 for 5 with a triple and a run batted in.