The Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Forest City 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at Sims Legion Park. Gastonia (16-7) improved to 5-1 against the Owls in 2014 and remained in first place in the West Division of the Coastal Plain League.
Forest City (14-10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning but Gastonia rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning for the victory.
Thomas Bess (Lander) went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Grizzlies at the plate. Anthony Dimino (Belmont Abbey) was also 2-for-4. Chris Robinson (Morehead State), Weston Lawing (Lander), Colby Painter (Lander) and Henry Rundio (Gardner Webb) all had hits. Jacob Heyward (Miami) collected an RBI.
Connor Gilmore (Central Arkansas) pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win (2-0), scattering six hits and allowing just one run with four strikeouts and no walks. Craig Pearcy (Morehead State) notched his eighth save in eight opportunities this season.
Steven Pallares (San Diego State) went 2-for-2 for the Owls. Devin Wenzel (Cincinnati) had an RBI. Taylor Thurber (Appalachian State) took the loss (2-1) on the mound.
Gastonia and Forest City meet for a doubleheader Thursday at McNair Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.
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 68 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