Updated August 06 2015
For the Florence RedWolves, their season ended on Thursday night as the Gastonia Grizzlies used the help of an eight run third inning to rout the RedWolves, 11-4 at Sims Legion Park, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Pettit Cup Playoffs.
Gastonia took the lead in the bottom of the first as Jackson Mims and Sammy Taormina hit back-to-back doubles off the right-center wall.
Florence got two runs back in the top of the second as well as two in the third. Andrew Castillo led off the second reaching on an error by the second baseman, and Ray Lanners hit him in on the RBI double. He was then moved to third on a Douglas Ard groundout, and Drew Wharton scored Lanners on a single to right to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the third, Nick Nunziato belted his 8th homerun of the season, an opposite field two-run shot to put the RedWolves up 4-1 going into the bottom of the third.
Connor Speed had quickly worked the first two innings for Florence, but saw the pace and the lead get clawed away. Gastonia plated eight runs on four hits to take an abrasive 9-4 lead.
Michael Royal handled the mound for the Grizzlies Thursday night and did so in a winning fashion. Royal tossed seven complete innings giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts.
Gastonia went to the bullpen for David Sauer for the eighth and ninth, who walked the first three batters he faced, then got the RedWolves to line into a 6-5 double play, hit a batter, and got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Connor Speed picked up the loss in his two and one-third pitched innings, giving up seven runs on four hits, three walks, and a strikeout.
The Florence RedWolves finished the regular season at 28-27 and third in the CPL West Standings. The 2015 season has ended for the Red and Black, but that doesn’t mean it was a lost season. The RedWolves brought in players and saw their steady progression over the season, having their talents being shown off for all to see, competing against some of the best collegiate baseball players in the country, and getting a feel for what the next level is like.
The RedWolves are already eager to have the Den of Destruction packed and rocking, looking forward to the first pitch next season.
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