Grizzlies Edge Florence, Win First Half Division Title And Clinch Playoff Berth

Updated June 29 2015

Casey Scoggins (Tampa) got Gastonia’s first hit of the night in the 8th inning and scored the team’s only run in a 1-0 victory over Florence that clinched the CPL West Division first-half championship for the Grizzlies.

That means Gastonia (17-11) earns a postseason bid in the CPL Petit Cup playoffs beginning Aug. 5.

Jeremy Howell (Kennesaw State) had the Grizzlies’ only other hit of the game.

Hayden Cleveland (Franklin) had a no-decision with six innings on the mound in which he allowed only three hits and no runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Ethan Wortkoetter (Presbyterian), Nathan Helke (King) and Jimmy Doolittle (Wingate) combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief. Helke got the win (2-0) and Doolittle picked up the save (2). 

Gastonia travels to Lexington County Tuesday before returning home Wednesday versus Petersburg at 7:17 p.m. 

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Derek Smith