The Grizzlies overcame a seven-run deficit to rally and defeat Fayetteville 10-9 Saturday night at Sims Legion Park. The victory kept Gastonia (18-9) in a first-place tie with Florence in the West Division of the Coastal Plain League with one game remaining in the first half of the season. Division winners in each half of the season clinch berths in the Petit Cup Playoffs which begin August 6.
Zade Denton’s (UNC Pembroke) sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Henry Rundio (Gardner Webb) and the Grizzlies capped off the come-from-behind win.
Rundio finished 3-for-5 with two RBI. Chris Robinson (Morehead State) went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Weston Lawing was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Anthony Dimino (Belmont Abbey) 2-for-4 with two RBI. Zach Daly (North Carolina) also had a hit and an RBI. Thomas Bess (Lander) collected a pair of hits and Zach Schritenthal (Memphis) reached base safely.
Charlie Richardson (Limestone) earned the decision (1-0) in relief with four innings on the mound, giving up just two hits and no runs with two strikeouts.
Gastonia welcomes Martinsville to Sims Legion Park on Monday.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at