Gastonia Rallies To Win Game 3

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GASTONIA, N.C.

The Grizzlies rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Forest City 11-8 Friday night at Sims Legion Park and will advance to the CPL Petitt Cup West Division finals beginning Sunday.

Gastonia (33-23) meets Florence in Game One at Sims Legion Park at 6:30 p.m. Game Two, and if necessary, Game Three, will be played in Florence on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The winners of the West and East finals compete for the Petitt Cup Championship Aug. 14-16. Peninsula and Wilson square off for the East title starting Sunday. 

The Grizzlies scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to erase the deficit and eliminated the Owls 2-1 in the three-game series.

Chris Robinson (Morehead State) went 2-for-5 with four RBI at the plate. Henry Rundio (Gardner Webb) was 3-for-6 with three RBI and Anthony Dimino (Belmont Abbey) had two hits and two RBI.

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 72 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
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