Updated July 04 2016
The Asheboro Copperheads put their first back-to-back losses of the season behind them Monday night and started the second half of the Coastal Plain League season with an 8-3 win over the Fayetteville SwampDogs.
The Copperheads clinched the West Division first-half title last Thursday night, but then dropped consecutive games for the first time this summer, losing at Forest City in 14 innings and then at home to Savannah on Saturday night to finish the half with a 19-8 record. But after taking a day off on Sunday, the Copperheads regrouped and came out strong against the SwampDogs, scoring three times in the first and adding another in the second. Fayetteville did climb back to within 4-2 after four, but the Copperheads tacked on a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and cruised in from there.
Seven different players had RBIs for Asheboro, which rapped out 11 hits and was led by first baseman Ryan Colombo who had three and scored a pair of runs. Shortstop Colin Rosenbaum and rightfielder Deviy Palmeiro had two hits each. Colombo and leftfielder Kyle Smith both had triples, while Connor Lind and T.J. Nichting both doubled.
Lefty Matt Horkey, the second of three Asheboro pitchers, worked four shutout innings to record his fourth victory of the season. Horkey, who took over for starter Jack Gomersall in the fifth, allowed only three hits, struck out two and did not allow a walk. Colombo made his first pitching appearance of the summer by working the ninth.
Tyler Tharp hit a solo homer for the SwampDogs andDH Logan Corrigan had two hits. Starter Matt Lahn took the loss, going four innings plus. He was charged with six earned runs and allowed seven hits.
Asheboro, now 20-8 overall, will try to make it two straight in the second half Tuesday night at Florence. The Copperheads will play at HP-Thomasville on Wednesday and return home on Thursday night to face the Wilson Tobs.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: