HOLLY SPRINGS, NC – The Holly Springs Salamanders were able to hold off the visiting Tri-City Chili Peppers to win 11-8 on Friday night. The Salamanders welcomed Tri-City to Ting Stadium for their first ever CPL regular season game, which would turn into a slug fest combining for 19 hits and 19 runs.
In a contest that lasted three hours and 45 minutes, both teams took turns trading runs, going back and forth until the Salamanders sprung four runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Going into the bottom fourth, the Chili Peppers had just plated two runs. Jack Capobianco and Wilson Gavin both came across on earned runs to put the Salamanders on their heels.
The top third of the Salamander line would rattle off three hits in a row by the way of Roach, Wilson, and Hood, who would record the first triple of the season for Holly Springs. Catcher Billy Hancock would score the final run of the inning on a bases-loaded walk from Huntley Hacker to Luke Cantwell, growing the lead to 10-6 in favor of the home team.
Michael Boswell making his season debut would get credited with the win (1-0). Boswell relieved Jake Sanderson after 3.1 innings of work, striking out six batters and not giving up an earned run Andrew Weight from Tri-City takes the first loss of the year for the Chili Peppers (0-1).
The Chili Peppers threaten in top of the eighth inning, loading the bases, however, Tri-City was only able to plate one runner, thanks to a great throw to the plate from HS right fielder, Nate Dill.
Chili Peppers would finish the night with 8 runs, 10 hits, 1 error and left 10 on the basepath. Salamanders plated 11 runs on 8 hits with 4 errors and 9 left on base.