HOLLY SPRINGS, NC – The Salamanders walk-off in the bottom of the ninth in the final CPL game of the season. The Salamanders defeated the Copperheads 8-7 in a barn burner at Ting Stadium to finish the year with a record of 24-20 overall, 16-6 on home turf. Holly Springs comes back from down five runs twice to send the record-attendance fans home happy.
Starting in the Bottom of the fifth, The Salamanders were trailing 6-1. Mike Coletta would come around to score after he reached second on a error by the right fielder Will Stewart. Ben Miller recorded his first RBI of the night and brought the lead down to four.
In the sixth, The Copperheads would snatch that run back pushing the lead back up to five. It was Jake Gitter in the home half of inning exiting the yard for his 3rd homerun of the season. Lead back down to four.
Will Sandy making his first relief appearance of the year would do his best to keep the Salamanders within striking distance. Sandy would finish the game with five innings pitched and seven strikeouts.
Drama ensues beginning in the seventh inning. Salamanders would send eight batters to plate and score two runs on only one hit. Defensive miscues by the Copperheads cut the lead to only two.
Holly Springs would load the bases in the eighth inning but come up with no runs. Brice Martinez was thrown out at the plate and lead to Head Coach Kevin Soinee running out of the dugout to argue the call. The call would stand and entering the ninth inning Holly Springs was still down two.
Andrew Davis was called upon to pitch the final frame and struck out all three batters he faced. Davis would receive the win to improve to 2-0 on the year.
The Holly Springs bullpen made the decision to watch the game from the dugout for the bottom half of the inning. Justin Quinn reached on an error by the pitcher attempting to field a pop-up, Cash Young was walked, and Baxter Halligan was hit by a pitch. Bases were juiced Gitter. Gitter was retired 4-3, but Quinn came around to score to make it 7-6 Asheboro. Tanner roached at the plate with one out, softly knobs one down the third base line, tying run Young comes, and a throw that ends up at the dugout by Asheboro scores Halligan from second who never stopped running to win the game!
Salamanders dogpiled in the outfield, they finish the season on the three-game winning streak, with a final record of 24-20.