Updated July 14 2016
The Florence RedWolves quickly put the Coastal Plain League All-Star break behind themselves with a 7-6 victory on the road against the Asheboro Copperheads on Wednesday night (July 13th). The RedWolves were paced offensively by second baseman Zach Files (FIU) and catcher Robert Jolly (Clemson) who combined to go 7-for-7 with three runs batted in.
Florence (12-20, 3-2) is back at Sparrow Stadium on Thursday night (July 14th) as the Savannah Bananas come into town for a 7:00 P.M. tilt. It will be rivalry night as the Wolves encourage fans to show their support for either Clemson or South Carolina. Be sure to wear your favorite gear to the game and show your team pride. The RedWolves hit the road this weekend for a three-game roadtrip.
Files finished the game 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a solo home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Jolly finished the game 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and one RBI. First baseman Bobby Campbell (George Washington) and Joe Burns (Quinnipiac) tallied one-hit a piece in the game for Florence.
Asheboro (21-12, 2-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Florence starter Harrison Smith (South Carolina). Smith would settle in after the opening frame, working into the fourth inning with a 5-1 lead. Smith (2-0) earned the win after working 3.1 innings and surrendering just one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The RedWolves would quickly tie and take the lead in the top of the second inning against Asheboro starter Jack Gomersall. Leading 2-1 heading into the top of the third inning, the RedWolves would look to double their lead. Florence would due just that, scoring a pair of runs against Gomersall and chasing him from the game. Gomersall (2-2) was handed with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Florence would stretch its lead to 6-1 in the top of the fifth inning before the Copperheads would plate a pair in the home-half of the inning. Asheboro cut the deficit to 6-3 with a pair of runs against Wolves reliever Zach Callahan (Francis Marion). Both teams would plate a run in the sixth inning to keep the run differential at three (7-4).
Corbin Lamb (Lee) and Aaron Lesiak (Presbyterian) would hold the Copperheads at bay in the seventh and eighth innings. The next rally from Asheboro would come against the Wolves and closer Tom Colletti (Ohio U.) in the bottom of the ninth frame. A two-run home run from Asheboro shortstop Ryan Colombo would pull the Copperheads to within a run (7-6). Colletti would close the door on Asheboro with runners on first and second. Colletti earned his sixth save of the summer, working the final two innings and allowing the two runs on two hits. He issued two walks and fanned three batters on the night.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball..Contact: