Copperheads Start Second Half With 11-7 Road Win Over HiToms
(7-2-18) Extra innings and the new international tiebreaker rule have been a major tripping point for the Copperheads in 2018, but they exorcised some of those demons with an 11-7 victory over the HiToms in 11 innings Monday at Finch Field.
The Copperheads jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the top of the 3rd. Andrew Keene (GA State) had a 2 run blast in the 2nd inning, and the HiToms helped the cause in the third allowing snakes to score on a bases loaded hit batsman, bases loaded walk, and a wild pitch. They would answer right back in the bottom of the 3rd with 2 homers of their own to make it a 6-4 game. Asheboro tacked on one in the 4th on a Cam Morrison (Catawba) RBI single. Things remained relatively quiet until the bottom of the 8th when a home run and a sac fly tied things up at 7 for the HiToms.
Both teams went quietly in the 9th inning to send the Copperheads to extra innings for the 7th time already this season. At first it looked like it would be more of the same for the snakes, who popped up a bunt and failed to score in the top of the 10th. This gave the HiToms an excellent opportunity to win the game, with 2 runners on and nobody out. But they too failed to capitalize and sent the game to the 11th inning, only the second CPL game all year to make it past the 10th. The Copperheads fared much better in the 10th, scoring 4 times to take an 11-7 lead. Kirby Lambert (Pfeiffer) had a 2-RBI single and Cam Morrison and Chris Adams (Penn) each had RBI singles of their own. Cam Reid (Pfeiffer) pitched a stellar 3 innings to close out the game, allowing only 1 hit and no walks, while striking out 2.
The Copperheads start the second half 1-0 while the HiToms fall to 0-2 . The snakes travel to Fayetteville on Tuesday before returning home to host Gastonia on Wednesday for their big July 4th celebration with fireworks after the game.