Bananas Peel Out of Florence Early in 8-1 Rain-shortened Affair
FLORENCE, S.C.- For the fourth consecutive night the Florence RedWolves have dropped a contest to their opponent. Pitching remains to be the thorn in the side for Florence having an exhausted and depleted pitching staff. Savannah took advantage of free passes and miscues to come away with an 8-1 victory.
The Savannah Bananas (28-24, 15-10) left Sparrow Stadium Friday night with a 8-to-1 victory after severe weather ended the contest with the game being called official after seven complete innings played.
Savannah put it on the RedWolves early and often, while being aided by the RedWolves’ (23-28, 9-15) starter Rian Haire (3-2). Haire walked two, gave up a base hit and the defense surrendered an error to put the Bananas up 2-0 in the first inning.
A third run was pushed across home for Savannah in the second inning. Haire walked Jacob Southern and Utah Jones to lead off the inning. Terrence Pinkston then racked an RBI single into left field to score Southern. Jones was thrown out at third base trying to advance on the play. The Bananas took a 3-0 lead on the play.
Haire didn’t help himself out in the third inning either. With three more walks issued, along with a passed ball and wild pitch brought home a fourth run for the Bananas.
Matt Pita collected an RBI in the top of the fourth inning driving home Logan Mattix on a single to left field. With one out Mattix drew a walk from Haire, his ninth walk issued on the night. Mattix then stole second and was granted third base on the play after Jackson Williams was called for defensive interference. Pita pushed the score to a 5-0 advantage for the Bananas.
The RedWolves’ offense was held in check for most of the game as Tanner Routh allowed just one hit through four innings for the Bananas. Connor Rollings (1-0) came in for two innings to secure his first win of 2017.
In the fifth inning Hunter Losekemp put Florence on the board with a run-scoring double off the wall in left field. With one out Williams walked as Losekemp followed with his first extra base hit of the season to make the score 5-1. Losekemp finished the night 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run batted in.
Savannah struck for two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to take an 8-1 lead over the RedWolves moving to the top of the eighth inning. That is where Mother Nature took over and caused the contest to be called early.
With the loss to the Bananas, Florence has been officially eliminated from any chances of making a playoff appearance in the 2017 season.
The RedWolves have three games remaining in the regular season. Florence will travel to face Savannah on Saturday night and return home on Sunday at 6pm to take on the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Florence’s season will conclude on the road at Lexington County on Monday night. Visit www.florenceredwolves.com for more information and tickets.
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