Updated July 06 2016
Zach Duff’s blasted a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning and newcomer Ivan Pelaez turned in a quality start in his Copperheads’ debut as Asheboro rebounded from a tough road loss at Florence the night before to beat the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms 8-3 Tuesday night at Finch Field.
Duff (Radford) came into the game hitting below .200 with just a single RBI all season, but his home run over the wall in left field was a no doubter and put the first-half West Division champion Copperheads ahead 6-1. Pelaez (Faulkner) worked into the sixth inning before turning things over to the bullpen. Ethan DeCaster (Creighton) had his best outing so far and pitched two strong innings before Pete Grasso (Salisbury) came on to pitch the ninth.
The win improved the Copperheads to 21-9 on the season and 2-1 in the second half. The Hi-Toms lost for the second straight night and fell to 19-11 and 1-2.
T.J. Nichting (Charlotte) had another good night at the plate with a pair of hits to raise his league-leading total to 47. Derek Perry (Pfeiffer) also had a big two-run single that helped the Copperheads take control midway through the game.
Asheboro will return to McCrary Park Wednesday night to face the Wilson Tobs for the first and only time this season. Game time on First Bank Night is 7:05 p.m.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: