Updated August 01 2016
Asheboro finally sent the home fans happy Monday night by hanging on for a much-needed 6-5 win over the Martinsville Mustangs at McCrary Park.
The win snapped a five-game home losing streak and was only the Copperheads’ second home win since July 17. It improved their overall record to 27-22 and left them in a dead heat with Forest City and High Point-Thomasville for the No. 2 playoff seed in the CPL West. Asheboro is guaranteed a playoff berth after winning the first half title in the West, but can still finish anywhere from first to fourth overall. The top two seeds will get to host a first-round playoff game.
The Copperheads fell behind 2-0 to the Mustangs after a pair of solo homers by the visitors in the first and second innings, but the home team responded with two runs in the second and three more in the third to go up 5-2. They made it 6-2 with another tally in the fourth and held on the rest of the way, even though the Mustangs made it tough by scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to close the gap to a single run.
Even though the Copperheads managed just one hit after the fourth inning, their bullpen did a bang up job to hold off the Mustangs. Ethan DeCaster, who relieved starter Patrick Morton in the fifth, got the win, while Austin Staley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Pete Grasso and Ivan Pelaez did some nice mound work to get the Copperheads to the ninth with the lead.
After tying the game with two in the second, the Copperheads tallied three in the third when they strung together five straight hits and the Mustangs made a couple of errors to to score three.
Deivy Palmiero, Connor Lind, Colin Rosenbaum and Vito Friscia had two hits apiece for Asheboro. Friscia had a pair of RBIs and Rosenbaum also drove in a run with a single in the fourth, which turned out to be the game-winner.
Luke Mangieri led off the game with a home run for the Mustangs and Vince Augustine hit one to start the second. Andrew Towns took the loss for Martinsville. He pitched just 3 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs.
Asheboro will be at home again Tuesday night to take on arch-rival High Point-Thomasville in a crucial game for both teams as they battle for a high playoff seed.
Game time 7:05. After Tuesday’s game, the Copperheads play four straight on the road - a DH at Martinsville on Wednesday, at Fayetteville Thursday and at Forest City on Friday night.