The Holly Springs Salamanders lost 4-3 in extra innings to the Asheboro Copperheads in game one of Monday night’s doubleheader.
The Salamanders scored all three of their runs in the top of the first inning. A two-run shot off the bat of Dalton Hoiles (Junior, Shippensburg) and Austin LaFollette’s (Redshirt Freshman, UNCW) RBI double off the wall would be the extent of the Salamanders’ scoring.
Ryan Ross (Junior, East Carolina) got the start for the Salamanders. He struck out three and scattered eight hits, two walks and three earned runs across five innings of work. Ryan Lefner (Sophomore, St. Louis) came on in relief in the top of the sixth and finished off the game, striking out two, while ultimately taking the loss on Kyle Smith’s (Junior, Catawba) walk-off single in the eighth inning.
Asheboro starter Devin Sweet (Junior, NC Central) settled in after a rough first inning. He pitched all seven regulation innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits but also striking out eight Salamanders. Hunter Smith entered the game in extra innings and was effective in silencing the Holly Springs bats, earning the win in the process.
Holly Springs rebounded in the second game of the doubleheader against Asheboro. The Salamanders defeated the Copperheads 10-3 at McCrary Park.
Caleb Potter (Junior, Southern New Hampshire) drove in four runs on the night. Three of those came from a homerun in the fifth inning to give the Salamanders a five run lead. LaFollette and Adam Sisk (Junior, James Madison) both finished the night with two RBI’s apiece.
Austin LaFollette (Redshirt Freshman, UNCW) scored a team-high three runs off two hits during the game, including a homerun in the fourth inning that also allowed Tyler Sullivan (Redshirt Junior, Seton Hill) to score. That was LaFollette’s fourth homerun of the season. Jacob Jaye (Junior, VMI), Zach Piazza (Sophomore, Limestone), Zach Tondi (Junior, James Madison), Tripp Shelton (Junior, UNCG), Tyler Sullivan (Redshirt Junior, Seton Hill), Sisk, and Potter all scored during game two.
Jake Lee (Sophomore, Georgia Tech) threw a complete game for the Salamanders, the first on the season for the team. Lee allowed just three runs on six hits and had a total of seven strikeouts, picking up his second win of the season.
The Salamanders host the Edenton Steamers on Tuesday night at North Main Athletic Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Holly Springs.
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Kyle Jensen and Aubrey Losack