Updated July 13 2016
Florence built up an early lead and held off a late-game charge by the Asheboro Copperheads for a 7-6 road win at McCrary Park Wednesday night.
The Copperheads trailed 6-1 at one point, but managed to get within a run on a two-run, ninth-inning homer by Ryan Colombo and then got the potential tying and winning runs aboard before the RedWolves got a strikeout to end the game and secure only their third road win of the season.
The loss left Asheboro with a 2-4 record in the second half and a 21-12 mark overall. The Coppeheads won the first half West title and clinch a post-season berth, but have struggled thus far in the second half. Florence is 3-2 in the second half and 12-20 overall.
Second baseman Zach Files had a big night for the RedWolves, going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Asheboro outhit Florence 13-9, but seven early walks and one crucial error that allowed the visitors to score a pair of unearned runs ultimately cost the Copperheads the game. Catcher Robert Jolly had three hits for Florence, while Derek Perry, Connor Lind, Colombo and Zach Duff collected a pair of hits apiece for the Copperheads.
The teams combined to use 10 pitchers - five each. Corbin Lamb, the third Florence hurler, got the win and Tom Coletti picked up his sixth save despite giving up a two-run homer to Colombo in the ninth. Starter Jack Gomersall took the loss for Asheboro, working the first three innings and leaving with a 4-1 deficit.
Asheboro will take Thursday off before traveling to face High Point-Thomasville on Friday night.