Grizzlies Sweep Florence, Advances To West Finals

Updated August 07 2015

The Grizzlies swept the best-of-three CPL West Division semifinals with an 11-4 victory over Florence in Game Two Thursday night at Sims Legion Park.

No. 2 Gastonia (33-25) advances to the West finals beginning Sunday against either No.1 Asheboro or No. 4 Lexington County.

The Grizzlies exploded for eight runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach for the No. 3 RedWolves, who knocked Gastonia from the playoffs in 2014.

Sammy Taormina (Liberty) went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and Brooks Kennedy (North Carolina) was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s to lead the hitting attack.

Michael Royal (Georgia Gwinnett) pitched seven innings, scattering eight hits while allowing four runs with eight strikeouts and no walks for the postseason win on the mound.   

Winners of the CPL West Division first-half championship, Gastonia clinched a postseason berth on July 29. The Petitt Cup playoffs began Aug. 5 featuring the top eight teams in the league in best-of-three, first-round series with the higher seeds holding home-field advantage. 

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Derek Smith