RedWolves bitten by Copperheads

Updated June 14 2016
ASHEBORO, N.C.

The RedWolves scored once in the top of the sixth inning and once in the top of the seventh inning, but fell to the Coastal Plain League leading Asheboro Copperheads 4-2 on Monday night (June 13th) at McCrary Park.

Florence will have an off-day on Tuesday as they prepare to travel to Wilson, N.C. on Wednesday (June 15th) to face the Wilson Tobs at 7:05 p.m. The RedWolves return home to host the Savanah Bananas at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night (June 16th). It will be a busy day for the RedWolves organization as there will be a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Wolves will host their Summer Reading Kick-Off Event from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. It will also be Autism Awareness Night presented by Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center. Help turn the stadium blue as we “Light It Up for Autism”. There will also be a jersey auction immediately following the game.

The RedWolves (4-6) were able to out-hit the Copperheads 6-5 and went errorless in a game for the third time this season. Florence was led offensively by first baseman Dre Gleason (Austin Peay) who went 2-for-4 at the plate. Four other Wolves registered a single hit in the contest.

Connor Speed (Bates) bounced back from a tough first three innings to retire 11-straight Asheboro batters before exiting the game after the sixth inning. Speed surrendered one run in the bottom of the first and three runs in the third inning. Speed, who drops to 0-2 on the season with the loss allowed four runs on five hits, walking one batter and fanning five through six innings. Corbin Lamb (Lee) tossed the final two innings out of the bullpen for Florence, blanking the Copperheads en route to five strikeouts and two walks.

Trailing 4-0 entering the top of the sixth, the RedWolves would get onto the scoreboard against the Asheboro bullpen. Newcomer Brennan Breaud (Southern Louisiana) worked a lead-off walk and would advance to second on a wild pitch. With one out in the frame, Breaud would showcase some speed on the basepaths with a swipe of third base. A ground-out to the shortstop by Joe Burns (Quinnipiac) would plate Breaud from third to make it a 4-1 game.

With one out in the top of the seventh inning, McClain Bradley (Wofford) would deliver a pinch-hit single for Florence. Reece Hampton (UNC Charlotte) then delivered a two-out single for the RedWolves that allowed Bradley to move-up to third base. With runners on the corners Hampton would get himself into a run-down between first and second that would allow Bradley to score from third and complete the steal of home to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Florence would get the potential tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning after a one-out single from Gleason, but a pair of back-to-back strikeouts by Asheboro pitching would end the game. Copperheads starter Brady Feigl (1-0) earned the win after tossing five scoreless frames. Feigl scattered three hits and fanned four batters while issuing just one walk. Bryan Blanton, the fourth pitcher of the night for Asheboro earned his fourth save of the season by working a clean ninth frame. Shortstop Colin Rosenbaum and center fielder T.J. Nichting each had two-RBI performances for the Copperheads. Nichting finished with two hits in four trips to the plate for Asheboro.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 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.

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