Updated July 30 2015
For the third time this season the Florence RedWolves beat the Lexington County Blowfish on a walk off. Thursday night at Sparrow Stadium, Nick Nunziato proved to be the hero for the RedWolves with a bases loaded single to left field, to push Florence past the Blowfish, 4-3.
The RedWolves led the Blowfish 3-2 going into the ninth inning, but Lexington County tied it up in the top of the ninth, forcing Florence to make their move. Striving for August, the RedWolves would prevail again over the Blowfish in the bottom of the ninth.
Lexington County brought in their designated hitter, Trevor Bradley to pitch, as he was going to face the top of the order for the RedWolves. Adam Renwick reached on a walk, and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Chris Adams laid down a bunt that was rolled right back to Bradley on the mound, who threw it to third trying to get Renwick, but the Clemson shortstop maneuvered himself away from the tag and everyone was safe. The Blowfish then proceeded to walk the bases loaded, intentionally walking Ben Holland. Nick Nunziato stepped in with the RedWolves on the prowl, bases loaded an no body out. With the infield and outfield drawn in, on a 3-1 count, Nunziato stroked a towering fly ball over Bradley’s head in left field for the walk off single.
Florence scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning in a hurry off of Lexington County’s starter, Robbie Baker. Nick Nunziato led off the inning with a double into left center followed by a Chaz Pal walk. Drew Wharton stood in next and laid down a sacrifice bunt, but was able to reach on a throwing error by the third baseman, Grant Petery, scoring Nunziato from second. With runners in scoring position for Nathan Wierzgac, he drove in Pal and Wharton with the second double of the inning. Florence held a 3-0 lead going into the top of the fourth inning.
Lexington County got a run back in the top of the fourth, cutting the RedWolves’ lead to two. Tyler Lancaster opened it up with a single that took a bad hop on Ben Holland at first, ricocheting off of his face. Reed Rolhman also singled, but was thrown out at second trying to advance on the play. With Lancaster standing on third, Trevor Bradley walked, setting up runners on the corners for Derek Olenchuck. Olenchuck grounded to Pal at second base, but reached on an error, allowing Lancaster to score.
The Blowfish scored their second run in the top of the seventh as Jared Williams led got on with one out, reaching on an error by Nick Nunziato at third. After a fly out, Dalton Duty singled into center. A wild pitch moved Williams to third allowing JD Crowe to single to center, driving Williams in, making it 3-2.
Lexington County made it an interesting game in the top of the ninth. The RedWolves brought in their closer, Tyler Keele for the save, but that wouldn’t be the case. After a pop out to second, Boone singled to right, followed by three back-to-back-to-back walks, to tie the game at three all. Keele got out of the inning with a lineout to second, and fly out to right.
The magic of the walk offs at home against the Blowfish this season is now at three for the RedWolves. The first two have come off of homeruns from Josh Meyer and Ray Lanners, now the third from Nick Nunziato’s RBI single.
Collin Manning made his season debut for Florence Thursday, tossing a strong six and two-thirds, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
Tyler Keele entered the game in the ninth looking for the save, but would pick up his first win of the season (1-1).
Trevor Bradley threw the ninth, but didn’t record an out in picking up his third loss (5-3), giving up the walkoff RBI single and two walks.
Florence moves to 27-25, 12-13 second half, on the season.
The RedWolves will take Friday off and return back to Sparrow Stadium to host the Asheboro Copperheads for the final home game of the regular season, Saturday, August 1st. It will be fan appreciation night, presented by First Citizens Bank, where the first 500 fans get in for half price and receive a free hot dog coupon form Sonic Drive in. There will also be gift card giveaways in every inning.
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