Florence rallied from a three-run deficit to force extra innings and then scored a run in the 10th to defeat the Asheboro Copperheads 5-4 Saturday night at McCrary Park in the final game in the first half for both teams.
Left fielder Andrew Cox doubled in Jordan Gore with what proved to be the winning run. Michael Morrison came on to retire Asheboro in order in the bottom of the 10th to record his ninth save of the season. Ryan Griffith pitched two innings in relief to get his sxith win.
The victory gave the RedWolves an 18-9 first-half record, tied for first with Gastonia in the CPL West. Asheboro finished the first half at 12-15, losing its last three games.
Asheboro used a four-run fourth-inning rally to take a 4-1 lead, but the RedWovles scored twice in the sixth and once in the eight to tie it up and force extra innings. The two runs in the sixth scored when a throw-in after an outfield fly bounded away from the Asheboro third baseman and rolled out of play, scoring runners from both second and third.
Ryan Harper took the loss for the Copperheads, who lost their second one-run decision in as many nights. Asheboro starter Matthew Gorst pitched seven solid innings.
Anthony Marks, the CPL’s leading hitter, drove in two of Asheboro’s fourth-inning runs with a double. Kyle Hamner and Rouric Bridgewater also had RBI singles in the inning.
Bridgewater and G.K. Young had two hits each for Asheboro, while Cox paced the RedWolves’ 14-hit attack with three hits. Gene Cone, Dean Wilson and Connor Sullivan had two hits apiece.
Asheboro has Sunday and Monday off before beginning second-half play at Florence on Tuesday night. Florence will open the second half at home Monday night vs. Columbia before the Copperheads visit on Tuesday night.
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