Updated June 24 2016
The Florence RedWolves avoided a four-run seventh inning to outlast the Savannah Bananas 8-7 on Thursday night (June 23rd) in Coastal Plain League action. First baseman Bobby Campbell (George Washington) delivered the eventual game-winning hit with a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth, that at the time gave the RedWolves an 8-6 lead.
Campbell finished the night 3-for-3 with two runs batted in for the RedWolves. Left fielder Ry an Kent (Morehead State) finished with a 2-for-3 night, scoring a pair of runs and driving in one run. Florence third baseman Zach Files (FIU) made the most of his night at the plate by plating a pair of runs with his single in the top of the sixth inning and drawing four walks.
Florence (6-12) will hit-the-road one more time, heading to High Point-Thomasville for the first time this season for a meeting with the HiToms on Friday before returning home on Saturday night (June 25) to host a twinbill against Lexington County at 6:00 P.M. It will also be Homer’s Birthday along with Mascot Mania on Saturday at Sparrow Stadium! Fans are encouraged to celebrate Homer’s birthday with all his friends! Cake and ice-cream will be provided for all kids. Fans can also donate a bag of Pedigree dog food or cat food for the Florence County Humane Society and receive coupon for a free general admission ticket!
Florence starter Luke Humphreys (Morehead State) was handed with the no-decision after exiting the game to start the bottom of the fifth inning. Humphreys allowed two earned runs on four hits while issuing three walks and fanning four batters. Fellow MSU teammate Cable Wright (1-1) earned the win for the RedWolves after tossing two innings of relief. Wright scattered three hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out three batters and walking one.
Savannah (8-9) starter Garret Lovorn (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings pitched. Lovorn surrendered just two hits, walking six batters and fanning six. Florence would do the most damage against the Bananas’ Greg Hollman, who was hit for four runs (three earned) on six hits on 1.1 innings of work. Savannah third baseman Rylan Bannon totaled four of the Bananas 11 hits on the night and was responsible for three RBI.
The Bananas would jump-ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning and keep the Wolves off of the scoreboard until the top of the third inning. Florence right fielder Robert Jolly (Clemson) knotted the game 1-1 with his sacrifice-fly to left field. Savannah would answer right-back in the home-half of the inning to re-take the lead 2-1.
Florence would take the lead (for good) in the top of the fifth inning with a three-run frame. Campbell and pinch-hitter McClain Bradley (Wofford) each tallied RBI-singles in the frame to give the RedWolves a 3-2 lead. Jolly would score later in the inning on an error by the third baseman to make it 4-2. The RedWolves would keep their foot on the gas-pedal in the top of the sixth frame as they would score three more times to stretch the lead to 7-2. Files would highlight the inning with his two-run single into centerfield.
The Bananas, not done for the night offensively, would make things interesting with a four-run bottom of the seventh inning. The outburst trimmed the Florence lead to 7-6 heading into the eighth inning. Both teams would go scoreless for a frame before Campbell would give the RedWolves a two-run cushion (8-6) with his second RBI of the contest.
Savannah would score a run in the bottom of the ninth against Wolves closer Tom Coletti (Ohio) to make it 8-7. Coletti put his stamp of approval on the win with a strikeout to end the contest. Coletti earned his fourth save of the season after tossing the final three innings of the game. Coletti fanned five Savannah batters and surrendered one run on two hits.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: