HOLLY SPRINGS, NC- The Salamanders rally was put to rest in the ninth inning Sunday evening as they fall at home to the Asheboro Copperheads 3-2. The Salamanders struggled at the plate all night, only knocking two hits, one in the first and the other in the ninth. Logan Martin is credited with the win for Asheboro. The Copperhead starter threw six and a third inning on one hit, one walk, and eight strikeouts.
Will Sandy was tagged with the loss. The Tarheel hurler made his longest outing of the year throwing five complete innings before handing the ball off to Andrew Davis.
Through four complete innings, both teams were knotted at 0-0 until the Copperheads would punch a ball into left field. Jacob Marcos would come around to score the first run of the game. Asheboro would add another run in the next frame with an RBI single from Bradley Bott.
The Salamanders hitting woes continued as they could not handle the pitching of Michael Osmond in relief.
Hunter Stevens would enter the game in the eighth for Holly Springs to close the game out, but not before a Will Stewart solo-shot onto Main St. Stevens first allowed home run of the year.
The Salamanders sparked a rally bringing the winning run to the plate twice in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Nicholson and Mason Minzey come around to score to cut the lead down to one, as Asheboro held on to a 3-2 lead.
Danny Heintz recorded the final two out he needed to record his first save of the year. The Salamanders left two on base in the bottom of the ninth and fall for the fifth time at home this season.
After a couple of off days the Salamanders return to Ting Stadium on Wednesday July 21 to face off with the Peninsula Pilots, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can always catch the action on flobaseball.tv