Updated July 17 2016
Asheboro scored three times in the last of the eighth Sunday night and held on to defeat the Fayetteville SwampDogs 5-3 at McCrary Park, snapping a five-game losing streak.
The Copperheads trailed the SwampDogs 3-2 after 7 1/2, but used a pair of one-out walks in the bottom of the eighth to get their game-winning rally started. A ground out sent the runners to second and third and they tied it on a wild pitch. Kyle Smith then lined an RBI single to left to put the home team on top for the first time all night at 4-3 and T.J. Nichting followed with another RBI single to add an insurance run.
Pete Grasso came on to pitch the ninth and saved it for winner Colson Everett (1-0), who had come in in the top of the eighth when the SwampDogs scored an unearned run to snap a 2-2 tie..
Asheboro, the first half winner in the CPL West, improved to 3-6 in the second half and is now 22-14 overall. The East Division SwampDogs are now 2-8 in the second half and 11-25 overall.
Fayetteville outhit the home team 12-9 and base on balls gave both teams problems. The SwampDogs issued nine free passes and Asheboro pitchers walked seven, but also struck out 16 SwampDogs hitters.The Copperheads committed three errors that led to two unearned runs and the SwampDogs left 15 men on base.
DH Hunter Dolshun and second baseman Kieton Rivers had three hits each for the SwampDogs. Smith and Nichting were the only Copperheads with two hits.
Will Ziebol, the fourth of five Fayetteville pitchers, was tagged with the loss.
Brady Hallman started on the mound for Asheboro and went five innings before Jacob Craver pitched the sixth and seventh, but ran into problems in the eighth before Everett came on.
Hallman fanned seven, Craver struck out five, while Everett and Grasso whiffed two each.
Asheboro will travel to Peninsula for a Monday night battle between the first half East and West winners. The Copperheads will then play a noon game at Petersburg on Tuesday before traveling back home to host High Point-Thomasville on Wednesday night.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.Contact: