Updated June 13 2016
Brady Feigl’s first start was an impressive one and the Asheboro Copperheads finally scored some early runs Monday night and made them stand for a 4-2 win over the Florence RedWolves at McCrary Park.
Feigl, a 6-5 right-hander from Ole Miss, pitched five shutout innings and gave up only three hits before turning things over to the bullpen, which allowed a couple of runs but didn’t give up the lead as the Copperheads won their third straight game and improved to a league-best 7-2. Bryam Blanton (Catawba) pitched the ninth to record his fourth save of the season. Feigl struck out four and walked one.
T.J. Nichting (Charlotte) singled in a run in the first inning to put the Copperheads on top and they tacked on three more in the third to grab a 4-0 lead. Colin Rosenbaum (Belmont Abbey) doubled in a pair of runs and Nichting followed with another RBI single. Asheboro would not get another hit after Nichting’s run-scoring single in the third, but they didn’t need any more thanks to Feigl’s stellar starting performance and solid work from three relievers.
Florence scored single runs in the sixth and seventh, but the Copperheads got the key outs when they needed them. Patrick Morton (Gardner-Webb), Matt Horkey (Charlotte) and Blanton followed Feigl to the mound. Blanton allowed a single in the ninth, but struck out the final two batters to end the game.
First baseman Dre Gleason had two of Florence’s six hits. Starter Connor Speed pitched well for the RedWolves, but was saddled with the loss. He went six innings and Corbin Lamb worked the final two.
Asheboro will host Lexington County at McCrary Park on Tuesday night in a battle for the West Division lead. Monday night’s win coupled with a Blowfish loss to Savannah put the Copperheads percentage points ahead in the West. After Tuesday’s big home game, the Copperheads will travel to Martinsville on Wednesday night for a doubleheader with the Mustangs starting at 6 p.m.