Updated July 02 2015
A four-run, third inning and six hits was all Gastonia needed to beat the Copperheads 4-2 Thursday night at McCrary Park.
Brooks Kennedy (North Carolina) went 2-for-4. Casey Scoggins (Tampa), Blake Edwards (Columbus State) and Sammy Taormina (Liberty) all had hits and each collected an RBI. Babe Thomas (Winthrop) was 1-for-3.
Jordan Newsome (Wingate) pitched eight innings for the decision on the mound and improved to 3-0 on the season. He allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Alec Bivins (Mars Hill) earned his first save by pitching a perfect ninth.
Winners of the CPL West Division first-half championship, Gastonia clinched a postseason berth on July 29. The Petit Cup playoffs begin Aug. 5 featuring the top eight teams in the league in best-of-three, first-round series.
The Grizzlies (2-1, 19-12 overall) entertain Martinsville Friday at Sims Legion Park beginning at 7:17. There will be a fireworks extravaganza at the conclusion of the game.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 106 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: