Florence uses late rally to win fifth straight

Updated July 17 2016

Florence second baseman Zach Files (FIU) delivered his first hit of the night in the right spot as his two-out single plated a pair of runs to give the RedWolves an 11-10 lead against the Asheboro Copperheads. The RedWolves would hold on for their fifth straight victory after jumping out to an early 8-0 lead on Saturday night (July 16th) in Coastal Plain League action.

The RedWolves leaped out to an early 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Asheboro starter Patrick Morton. The inning would be highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Florence catcher Robert Jolly (Clemson). Jolly would score on the play after a throwing error by the Asheboro left fielder missed the second baseman. Jolly would get credit for two runs scoring on the play.

Florence added two more runs to it’s total in the top of the second inning and would chase Morton from the contest. Leading 8-0, the RedWolves would face Copperheads reliever Jack Gomersall, who started against the RedWolves on Wednesday night against Florence. Gomersall would turn in four innings of one-run baseball and limit the RedWolves to two hits while walking two batters and fanning two.

Asheboro (24-12, 2-6) plated it’s first run of the contest in the bottom of the second inning against Florence starter Michael Maiocco (Flagler). The solo home run would be the first of six on the night that would be hit by the Copperheads. The 8-1 score would hold until the Copperheads put together a five-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. The inning would see Asheboro connect for three home runs, including a pair of two-run home runs to cut the deficit to 8-6.

The RedWolves would briefly re-gain a three-run lead (9-6) in the top of the fifth inning. Florence left fielder Ryan Kent (Morehead State) used a sacrifice fly to plate the runner from third base. The Copperheads would continue to gain momentum and use it to plate three runs against RedWolves reliever Hunter Hubbard (USC Aiken), knotting the game 9-9.

Asheboro would keep it’s foot on the gas pedal by taking the lead (10-9) in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run against Florence reliever Brett Porter (Florida Tech). Florence would be able to cool-off the Copperheads offense in the final three frames, getting a pair of scoreless innings from Cable Wright (Morehead State).

With Asheboro closer Bryan Blanton in the game looking to close things out in the top of the ninth inning, the Wolves offense would have different plans. After Blanton issed a trio of walks, Files would deliever a clutch base-knock that plated the tying and go-ahead runs. Tom Colletti (Ohio U.) saw the potential tying-run get into scoring position in the contest, but would induce a pop-up to record the final out of the game. Colletti earned his CPL-best eighth save of the season in the 11-10 victory. Wright (2-1) earned the win for the RedWolves while Blanton (2-2) was handed with the loss after blowing the save opportunity.

Florence (15-20, 6-2) will head to Morehead City on Sunday (July 17th) for a tilt against the Marlins at 7:05 P.M. The RedWolves are back home on Tuesday night (July 19th) against the Martinsville Mustangs at 7:00 P.M. It will be Halloween and Super Hero night at Sparrow Stadium as all fans that wear a costume will receive free admission into the game.

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Doug Page


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