HOLLY SPRINGS, NC- The Holly Springs Salamanders rallied late in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Florence Red Wolves for the 3rd time this season by a score of 7-4 at Ting Stadium.
Florence pounced on the Salamanders early when they started the scoring in the top of the 2nd inning. Cade Watson and Justin Horn scored on a Kyle McShaffrey double to give the Red Wolves a 2-0 lead early in the contest.
Tanner Roach recorded the 1st hit of the night for the Salamanders in the 3rd frame. Roach would come around to score on the error from Florence’s catcher Watson to ensure the Salamanders would get on the board.
Will Hardee grounded out to the 2nd baseman, however Hardee would receive a RBI for pushing Horn across the plate for the 2nd time of the night. Red Wolves would lead 3-2 after four complete innings.
Florence would score their final run in the 7th as Alex Peterson scored an unearned tally off Nolan Bolt, leading at the stretch 4-2.
In the 8th inning this began to fall apart for Red Wolves pitcher Landon Lucas after an outstanding outing in relief. Lucas gave up 3 straight hits that would lead to his exit, including a Josh Hood two-run homer that tied the game at 4-4. Every Holly Springs batter would come to bat in the 8th, Ryan Wilson twice.
Two bang-bang plays that drew umpire conferences would put three more runs up on the scoreboard. Out of the 7 runs the Salamanders scored Saturday night, only 3 were earned.
Winning pitcher was Braydon Tucker (1-0) pitching for the 1st time in a Salamander jersey, Lucas (0-1) was tagged with the loss, and Hunter Stevens (0-0-1), also making his season debut earns a save for Holly Springs.
The Salamanders move to 5-1 on the season, Florence falls to 2-4. The ‘Manders take on the Tobs Sunday at 5:40pm. You can catch the Salamanders all season long on flobaseball.tv