Florence Demised by Eight-run Sixth Inning, Fall 10-5 to Savannah

Updated July 06 2017

The Florence RedWolves held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Savannah Bananas racked up an eight-run inning to give them a seven-run advantage and run away with the game in Grayson Stadium Thursday night.

Both teams waited until the fifth inning to really get any offensive production going, but Florence (16-14, 2-1) took full advantage of Ken LaPierre (3-0).  The RedWolves scored three runs in the inning that was jump started by back-to-back singles to right by Masen Hibbeler and Riley King. Brandon Chapman moved the runners into scoring postion on a sacrifice bunt, which set up a two-out RBI single to left by Storme Cooper. With runners on the corners, Cooper advanced to second on a wild pitch and both runners were driven in on a Zach Jacobs base hit to right field to take a 3-0 lead.

Savannah (14-15, 1-1) got within a run in the bottom half of the inning scoring twice on a two-RBI single up the middle by Chrisian Hollie. Brandon Cassala and Jacob Southern lead off the inning with back-to-back base hits and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. With two away, Hollie singled up the middle to make it a 3-2 game.

The Bananas jumped on top of Florence in the bottom of the sixth, putting up an eight-run inning, capitalized by a pinch-hit grand slam from Bryce Fischer. Savannah scored four more runs in the inning to take a 10-3 lead.

Florence scored twice in the seventh, but that would be where the rally would end. After Chapman and Cooper drew walks, Clay Casey belted a two-run double to the wall in left to bring the RedWolves to a 10-5 score. The double extended Casey’s hitting streak to 10 games.

RedWolves starting pitcher, Kolton Ingram (1-3) threw exceptionally well for the result that was handed to him. The left-hander from Columbus State pitched five strong innings giving up four runs on five hits, three walks, and a season-high, nine strikeouts.

Florence will be back home Friday, July 7th to take on the Savannah Bananas at 7pm. For more information and tickets visit www.florenceredwolves.com.

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Audie Wise