Four RedWolves with Multi-Hit Game, Claw Gastonia in 8-5 Win
FLORENCE, S.C.- Behind an 11-hit offensive surge, four RedWolves had a multi-hit game and Florence used a seven-run fourth inning to scratch the Gastonia Grizzlies 8-5 on Super Hero Night at Sparrow Stadium on Monday.
Florence (20-17, 6-5) struck early in the bottom of the first inning, plating a run on a sacrifice fly out from Clay Casey. Masen Hibbeler and Zach Jacobs led off the inning with base hits and both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch from Grizzly (21-18, 4-6) starter, Brandon Stephens (1-3). The next batter in Casey lined a ball to left and Hibbeler scooted home, avoiding the tag to put the RedWolves on top, 1-0.
The RedWolves were able to bash Gastonia for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning sending 11 batters to the plate. Riley King led off the inning beating out an infield single and Storme Cooper followed by reaching on a sacrifice and an error by the third baseman Chaz Davey, placing runners in scoring position. After a walk was issued to Mason Meadows that loaded the bases, Cornell Nixon delivered the tie-breaking RBI single to left, taking the lead 2-1. Hibbeler added to the hit parade, lashing an RBI base hit to left as well (3-1). Jacobs plated a run by drawing the second walk of the inning to make it 4-1. With one out, Tyler Webb supplied another run-scoring base hit, this time to right field, allowing Nixon and Hibbeler to score to make it 6-1. After a ground out, King recored his second hit of the inning, driving in Jacobs and Webb on a single up the middle to put Florence up, 8-1 entering the fifth inning.
Gastonia chased the RedWolves starter, Rain Haire (3-1) out in the seventh inning. Haire threw solid, going six and a third while giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits, issuing three walks and picking up five strikeouts.
The Grizzlies scored a run in the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1 on a sacrifice flyout from Austin Riggins. Ryan Cox led off the inning with a base it and Matt McGarry singled with one out to put the runners on the corners for Riggins.
In the fifth Gastonia cut Florence’s lead in half, pulling the score to 8-4 on a three-run home run from Davey. After Nick Beinlich singled and Harris Yett drew a walk, Davey put lumber to the ball and drove the ball over the left field wall.
The Grizzlies scored once more in the contest, pushing a lone run across in the seventh. With one out, Beinlich reached on a walk. James Williams came in relief of Haire at that point. His first batter faced in Yett, singled to center. Davey stepped in and sent a hard liner to left scoring Beinlich, but Yett was thrown out from left field by a great throw from Nixon.
Williams threw 1.2 innings, giving up two hits, a walk and struck out three Grizzlies. Jack Henry Beasley closed out the game for Florence and picked up his sixth save on the summer, while striking out two.
A collective 8-for-16 with seven RBI, five runs scored, two walks and a stolen base on the night; Masen Hibbeler, Zach Jacobs, Tyler Webb and Riley King combined for eight of the 11 RedWolves hits on Monday night.
Florence will have the day off on Tuesday, but will be on the road to Fayetteville Wednesday and Savannah on Thursday. The RedWolves will return home on Friday, July 21st for Outdoor Night. Come celebrate all activities you can do outside. Join us for the Pepsi Game of the Week, Lil D’s Dugout American Grill BBQ Friday and Fill the Kayak Friday presented by River Rats Kayaking. Visit www.florenceredwolves.com for more information and tickets.