Snakes strike in eighth and ninth to shock Fish

Updated June 29 2017

After a tough loss on the road in High Point-Thomasville Wednesday night where the Blowfish lost a game only smacking two hits, Lexington County set their sights on the Asheboro Copperheads at the Fish Tank.

Lexington County basically led wire to wire but surrendered two runs in the eighth and ninth innings to give up the lead and lost in ten innings 5-4.

The Blowfish got off to a fast start in the bottom of the second inning.

After Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) reached on an error, Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) launched a towering two run home run over the right field to give the Fish a 2-0 lead. Marshawn Taylor (Grambling State) added a run for the Blowfish in the inning with an RBI single right up the middle to extend the Blowfish lead to 3.

Asheboro fought right back for two runs in the top of the third. Clark Brinkman (Creighton) smacked a two run single to left center to cut the Blowfish lead to one.

Lexington County added a run in the fifth when Ellis smacked a single that plated Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) to re-extend their lead to two runs again.

But Asheboro went on a warpath in the eighth and ninth innings. The Copperheads plated a run in the eighth to cut the Fish lead to one and in the ninth Clark Brinkman (Creighton) slapped a ball past Hogan at first base to plate the tying run in the ninth.

Lexington County had two on with one out in the bottom of the ninth and were unable to score so they greeted their first extra inning affair of 2017.

Asheboro wasted no time after a Caleb Webster (UNC-Greensboro) leadoff double, Alex Balter (Tennessee-Wesleyan) gave the Snakes their first lead on an RBI single in the top of the tenth.

Lexington County went down in order to finish out the game and fell 5-4 in tough fashion at home. Tomorrow night they cap off the first half on the road in Savannah. Pregame on z93.1 FM The Lake begins at 6:45 and first pitch from Grayson Stadium is slated for 7:05.

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Brian Principe