Owls Fly To 10-4 Win In Copperheads' Finale
Forest City, the top-seeded team from the CPL West for the upcoming Petitt Cup playoffs, handed the Asheboro Copperheads a season-ending 10-4 defeat Monday night at McCrary Park.
The Owls were leading just 6-4 going into the ninth, but put four more runs on the board to ice the win. Asheboro trailed 2-0 early, then tied the game with a pair of runs in the second before the Owls regained the lead for good.
Kirby Lambert hit a solo homer for the Copperheads. while Kyle Smith and Myles Marshall had two hits apiece. One of Smith's hit was a two-run double that tied the game in the second at 2-2. Lambert's homer came in the sixth.
Derek Perry finished his second season with the Copperheads by playing all nine positions. He started behind the plate and ended up on the mound in the ninth. Unfortunately, he walked four, hit two batters and gave up four runs that all but ended Asheboro's comeback hopes.
Outfielder Connor Grant had a big night for the Owls. He homered and doubled, scored four times and drove in three runs. Seth Hoagland also had three hits and three RBIs for the Owls.
The Copperheads finished the season 20-35, their worst record since 2009. They had missed the post-season just once since then. Forest City will take a 36-18 mark into the playoffs and will host Gastonia in a one-game first-round matchup Tuesday night.