HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.
The Salamanders opened up the second half of the season with an impressive win at home on Sunday evening, defeating the Martinsville Mustangs 10-5.
The Salamanders brought their bats tonight collecting 11 hits on the evening. Just as impressive was the patience the hitters showed at the plate working eight walks. Caleb Potter (Junior, Southern New Hampshire University) led the way for the Salamanders with three walks while there were three players with two hits apiece to lead the hit barrage.
Ryan Ross (Junior, East Carolina University) started on the mound for the Salamanders and threw 4.1 innings. Phillip Sanderson (Freshman, University of Louisville) came in relief and lasted 3.2 innings, picking up his first win on the season in the process. Michael Hope (Sophomore, Shippensburg) closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning. Sanderson and Hope combined to not allow a single Martinsville baserunner after the fifth inning.
The Salamanders scored in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings on the night. The big inning was the fifth when the Salamanders pushed five runs across to retake the lead from the Mustangs for good. Potter was the leading scorer on the evening with his three walks resulting in three runs. Cory Wood (Freshman, Coastal Carolina) was the leading run producer on the evening, driving in runs in the fourth , fifth and seventh innings to drive in four runs on the night.
The Salamanders will enjoy a day off tomorrow before journeying to Finch Field to take on the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Tuesday. Tune in via the CPL webpass website to listen to what is sure to be a game full of fireworks.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.