Updated July 20 2016
The Florence RedWolves scored a total of six runs between the second and third innings en route to a 7-3 victory against the Martinsville Mustangs on Tuesday night in Coastal Plain League action. With the win, Florence moves back into sole possesion of first place in the CPL West Division.
Florence (16-21, 7-3) will hit the road Wednesday night as they make the short trip to Lexington County for a battle with the Blowfish at 7:05 P.M. The Wolves return back home on Thursday night to face the Gastonia Grizzlies at 7:00 P.M. It’s our Annual Striking Out Cancer Game as players from the Wolves will take the field in unique cancer awareness jereys that will be auctioned off after the game.
The RedWolves responded with three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead after Martinsville (17-18, 5-3) scored the games first run in the top portion of the frame. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double from Florence right fielder Kody Ruedisili (Wofford) that gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead. Florence catcher Nate Wierzgac (Lee) would finish the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice-fly RBI to make it 3-1.
Florence would stretch its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the third inning with an two-RBI double from catcher Robert Jolly (Clemson). Wolves third baseman Joe Burns (Quinnipiac) also plated a run in the frame with an RBI double to deep centerfield. The Mustangs would score a run in each of the fifth and sixth frames to cut the deficit to 6-3.
RedWolves starter Harrison Smith (South Carolina) took the no-decision after exiting the game with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Smith allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and a season-high seven strikeouts. Reliever Kolton Ingram (Columbus State) earned his first win of the season and improved his overall record to 1-2 this year.
Southpaw Cable Wright (Morehead State) earned his first save of the season after working the final 3.1 innings of the contest. Wright scattered two hits and fanned four batters while closing out the night for Florence. The RedWolves would score the final run of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Reece Hampton (UNC Charlotte) RBI fielder’s choice, making it 7-3.
Mustangs starter Jim Solano suffered the loss and dropped to 1-3 on the season after exiting the game in the bottom of the third inning. Solano allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits through two innings of work. Martinsville reliever Sam Pruitt worked a total of five one-run innings on the mound. Pruitt allowed the run on no hits and walked three batters while fanning four. Catcher Chandler Seagle finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI for Martinsville.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: