HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.
The Holly Springs Salamanders outlasted the Edenton Steamers 14-10 in a slugfest Tuesday night at the North Main Athletic Complex.
The Salamanders jumped out first to a 6-0 lead as they got hits from Tripp Shelton (Junior, UNC-Greensboro) and a three-run homerun from Austin LaFollette (Redshirt-Freshman, UNC-Wilimington). The Steamers then got hits from Connor Kopach (Redshirt-Junior, Southern Illinois) who had a RBI double and James Battley (Redshirt-Junior, Illinois-Springfield) who also had an RBI double to make the score 8-6.
The Salamanders then clawed their way back as they got huge hits from Austin LaFollette who doubled to make the score 8-7, Jack Conley (Sophomore, N.C. State) who doubled to make it 8-8, Josh Hollander (Sophomore, Kent State) whose sacrifice fly allowed the Salamanders to take the lead and Zach Piazza (Sophomore, Limestone College) who double to make it 10-8. The Steamers would make it close as one of their batters got hit by a pitch to make it 10-9 but it was the closest that they would get as the Salamanders would pull away after that. The Salamanders would pull away to make the final score of 14-10 stand as they got their final runs from an error, RBI groundout and single.
The Salamanders pitching would hold after the Steamers made it 8-6, as they got shutout innings from Andrew Gnazzo (Freshman, Princeton) who pitched one inning, Kameron Winburn (Junior, NC Central) who pitched two innings and Michael Hope (Sophomore, Shippensburg)
who pitched the ninth and final inning. These three pitchers scattered two runs over the span of the final three innings to secure the 14-10 victory.
The Salamanders are back in action tomorrow against the Wilmington Sharks. First Pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington.
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