RedWolves Bash the Grizzlies 13-6

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FLORENCE, S.C.

Rain showers hovered over Sparrow Stadium for the majority of the game Saturday night, as the (21-20, 6-8 second half) Florence RedWolves put on a hitting parade, beating the (28-16, 11-5) Gastonia Grizzlies, 13-6 at Sparrow Stadium.

Gastonia jumped on early with a run in the first.  With one out, Jackson Mims tripled into right center and Blake Edwards picked up the RBI on a sac-fly to right. 

Florence responded with a two-spot of their own in the bottom half.  Kyle Prats again reaches base on a bunt single.  Andrew Castillo sacrificed himself, but an error on Gastonia’s pitcher, Jordan Newsome, led to both runners moving into scoring position.  Ben Holland drove in the first run for the RedWolves on a sacrifice fly into right, scoring Prats and moving Castillo to third.  On the ensuing batter, Nunziato, Castillo scored on a passed ball (2-1 FLO).  Nunziato struck out, followed by a Drew Wharton single to left, a Chris Adams walk, and a Ray Lanners strikeout. 

Gastonia wouldn’t let the lead slip for long, as they retook it in the top of the second.  Tyler Haswell walked Ryan Whitt to begin the inning and then hit Taylor Allum on the foot on a 0-2 count.  With runners on first and second and none out, Alex Reynolds roped a double into left center scoring both runners, taking a 3-2 lead. 

Nonetheless, Florence too wouldn’t be squandered by losing the lead, getting two more in the bottom of the second.  Kent Rollins worked a leadoff walk, allowing Kolin McMillen to sacrifice Rollins over to second.  Rollins then took off for third and was safe with a stolen base.  Kyle Prats came up to the plate and bounced one high off the infield grass, just over Newsome’s head, as his speed was too much for the Grizzlies, reaching first and getting the RBI scoring Rollins.  Andrew Castillo dug in, doubling down the left field line, scoring Prats all the way from first.  Castillo ended up on third after advancing on the throw home that couldn’t get Prats (4-3 FLO). 

The Grizzlies got one more in the third that started with another Mims hit, a double to center field.  After a ground out and strikeout, Mims then stole third and on a high throw from Ray Lanners, advanced home on the play to tie the game at 4-4. 

The RedWolves went down in order in the third, bur quickly got back on things, posting another two run inning in the fourth.  Rollins reached on his second walk of the night and stole second for his second swipe on the night.  Kolin McMillen put a seeing eye single into right, picking up the RBI as Rollins crossed the plate (5-4 FLO).  This brought on a pitching change from Gastonia, as they brought in the lefty, Austin Smith.  Prats, as you could almost see it coming, reached base on his third infield hit of the game, bunting for a single. Castillo dropped down his second sacrifice bunt of the night, moving McMillen and Prats into scoring position for Ben Holland.  Holland lifted a fly ball into centerfield and McMillen was able to tag up and score on the play giving the RedWolves a 6-4 lead going into the fifth.

The Grizzlies wouldn’t give up still, as they returned the favor with two runs in the fifth.  With one out, Babe Thomas grabbed a bat fro Casey Scoggins, and tripled to right field.  Mims put a single into right, scoring Thomas easily.  Mims stole second and third, setting up a Blake Edwards F8 sacrifice fly to tie the game a six. After another triple, the third given up by Tyler Haswell, the RedWolves went to Zac Burke out of the pen.  Burke came in and got Whitt to ground out to second to end the inning. 

Haswell finished the night one out shy of being the pitcher of record, going 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 E, 1 BB, 3 KK. 

The up and down game continued; Florence stuck their foot down on the pedal even harder, pouring on four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. 

Drew Wharton got it going with a single in to left, Adams sacked him over, and Nathan Wierzgac pinch-hit for Ray Lanners.  Wierzgac reached on an error by the shortstop, putting runners on the corners for Kent Rollins.  A gutsy play call by Head Coach Blake Maxwell paid off, as Rollins laid down the suicide squeeze scoring Wharton and reached first safely with the hit (7-6 FLO).  McMillen kept the hitting parade going with a sizzling single in to right field scoring Wierzgac and moving Rollins to third.  Prats again laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring another Florence run (9-6 FLO).  Andrew Castillo worked his way into the mix, singling to center making it a 10-6 game driving in McMillen. 

Gastonia went to the bullpen for Brandon Donahue in the sixth, but the RedWolves were not fazed. Nunziato bunted down the third baseline for a single and with one out, Adams reached on an error by the centerfielder and Wierzgac walked to load the bases.  Kent Rollins stood in, having his bat come alive as of late, scorched a bases clearing, 3-RBI double down the left field line extending the Florence lead by seven, 13-6. 

Zac Burke, Brett Porter, and Tyler Keele all came in and shut the Grizzlies down, giving up just one hit for the remainder of the game.

Burke moves to (2-0) with the win, Austin Smith picked up the loss (0-1).

The Florence RedWolves move to (22-20, 7-8 second half) on the season.  They will take the day off on Sunday, and be on the road Monday to High Point Thomasville to take on the HiToms at Historic Finch Field.

Tickets may be purchased online (florenceredwolves.com), by phone at (843) 629-0700, or at the ticket booth on game days, starting an hour before game time.

SAME DAY ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES MUST BE MADE BEFORE 2:00PM- All tickets can be picked up at the RedWolves ticket booth on game day. *

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