Lambert, Sweet Spark Copperheads
The Asheboro Copperheads got yet another solid pitching performance from the dependable Devin Sweet and first baseman Kirby Lambert's first home run of the season proved to be the margin of victory in a 4-3 win at home over the Martinsville Mustangs Saturday night.
The victory finally brought an end to a seven-game losing streak and improved the Copperheads to 4-11 in the second half and 15-28 overall. Martinsville, which broke a 10-game losing streak of its own earlier in the week by beating the Copperheads, are now 4-13, 18-26.
Lambert's homer came in the bottom of the fifth with the game tied 2-2 and put the Copperheads on ahead for good at 4-2. Centerfielder Clark Birkman had just doubled off the left field wall moments before Lambert sent one over the fence in right. Lambert also had a single, walked twice and scored twice.
Shortstop Caleb Webster's two-run single in the third wiped out an early 1-0 Martinsville lead, but the Mustangs tied it in the fifth on a solo blast by Matt Berier. Matt Dunley's solo shot in the second had given the visitors the early edge.
Sweet, making his final start of the summer, went six innings and get his third win against one loss. One of the CPL strikeout leaders, he fanned nine and walked only one. Lefty Jacob Craver came on to pitch two scoreless innings and Riley Myers worked the ninth to earn his first save, despite giving up a single and two walks to load the bases. However, Myers came up big by striking out Andres Sosa looking to end the game.
The Snakes will play at 5:40 game Sunday afternoon at Holly Springs and will be off on Monday before hosting the Hi-Toms on Tuesday night at McCrary Park.