Updated August 03 2015
On the last night of the regular season, the Florence RedWolves traveled into Sims Legion Park Monday night and outhit the Gastonia Grizzlies to win 10-6, pushing them a game over .500 for the season.
Florence has clinched their spot in the 2015 CPL Playoffs
The RedWolves jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning, with a three run homerun from Nick Nunziato, his seventh on the season.
Gastonia’s Ryan Whitt, responded right back in the bottom half with a grand slam, just inside the left field foul pole to take the 4-3 lead.
Josh Genthe of Florence tied the game up with an RBI single to centerfield in the top of the fourth inning, driving in Andrew Castillo. Castillo opened the inning with a single to left. Drew Wharton sacrificed Castillo to second, then after a groundout, Genthe drove in Castillo to make it a 4-4 game.
Gastonia responded right back, taking a one run lead in the bottom half of the fourth. Brooks Kennedy led off the inning with a single and was moved to second on a Babe Thomas sacrifice bunt. Jeremy Howell followed with a single to right, scoring Kennedy, taking the 5-4 lead.
The RedWolves rallied back in the fifth, tying the game at five off of Andrew Castillo’s RBI single. Nathan Wierzgac led off the inning with a roping double into right center field and tagged up to third base on a Ben Holland fly out to right.
Florence racked up three runs in the top of the sixth, running out to a three run lead over the Grizzlies. After a strikeout, Genthe reached base on an error by the catcher and Chris Adams drew a walk. Wierzgac reached on the second Gastonia error of the inning, with a ball getting past the shortstop, scoring Genthe, and putting runners in scoring position for Ben Holland. Holland walked to load the bases, which brought a pitching change, bringing in Chandler Young. Young walked Chaz Pal, the first batter he face, pushing Adams across making it 7-5 RedWolves. After a strikeout, Andrew Castillo beat out a ball hit to the deep 5-6 hole, scoring Wierzgac. Though on the play, Holland ran himself into a pickle and was thrown out on the 6-3-5-2-7 putout. This put Florence up 8-5.
The RedWolves put two more on in the top of the seventh with a 2 RBI single from Wierzgac.
Gastonia added one more in the eighth, but wouldn’t prove to make a difference as the RedWolves held them off for the 10-6 victory, sealing their 2015 CPL Playoff Berth.
Zac Burke started on the hill for the RedWolves, but wasn’t able to make it past the fifth, going four and a third, giving up five runs on six hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.
Cole Lee entered behind him to pitch two and two-thirds, relenting just one hit, picking up his fifth win of the season (5-1).
Jonathan Carpenter opened for the Grizzlies, but came out of the game with two outs in the fifth inning, giving up five runs (three earned), on seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.
Andrew Bolick came in for the next two outs, giving up three runs (one earned) off of no hits, a pair of walks, and strikeouts, picking up his second loss (0-2).
Nathan Wierzgac capped off his night going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI’s.
With the 10-6 victory Monday night, the Florence RedWolves finish the season 28-27.
The Florence RedWolves clinch the third seed in the playoffs, matched up with the Gastonia Grizzlies for a best of three series. The first game will be held at Sparrow Stadium, Wednesday August 5th. The second game and possible third game, will be played in Gastonia at Sims Legion Park.
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