Wilmington, NC-- In their lone matchup of the summer, the Asheboro Copperheads (13-12) held the Wilmington Sharks (12-12) to just two hits Thursday night en route to a 2-1 Asheboro victory.
Wilmington's lone run came in their first opportunity. Brett Smith put the bat on the ball and the Asheboro shortstop couldn't handle it. He would advance to third on an Alex Raburn double in the gap, and be knocked home on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Stupeisnki.
Copperhead first baseman Justin Bellinger, a Shark in 2014, hit a solo home run to left center field to tie the ballgame.
On the mound, Sharks starter Connor Johnstone provided five innings of work, relenting one run on four hits, while striking out five and walking none.
Asheboro starting pitcher Ryan Colombo earned the win Thursday night, throwing seven innings, allowing a single run on a pair of Sharks hits, striking out two Sharks along the way. Andrew Locklear's single in the fifth was Wilmington's second and final hit.
The go-ahead run was plated in the eighth after Trey Jones saw two batters, walking both of them, and one scored on a Bellinger single up the middle. For this, Jones would be credited with the loss.
The Sharks look to recover Friday night as they host the Holly Springs Salamanders, the newest member of the Coastal Plain League. For tickets, call 910-343-5621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.