CPL: Errors plague HiToms in loss to Copperheads
The HiToms committed five errors and left seven runners on base en route to a 5-1 defeat, the team's ninth loss in 10 games, at the hands of the Asheboro Copperheads at Finch Field Tuesday.
After Alex Raburn put the HiToms up 1-0 with an RBI single in the third, Luke Tendler answered with a two-run home run to put Asheboro up in the fourth. Four of Tendler's six home runs on the season have come in the seven games he has faced the HiToms.
The score stayed that way until the ninth. Oscar Sanay led off against Jonathan Rosenberger, pitching in his second inning of relief. Sanay hit an easy fly ball into shallow right field that Mike White just flat-out missed. Two ground balls advanced Sanay to third before Rosenberger walked Dalton Rouleau. Pinch-hitter Kenny Jackson followed with an RBI double to make it 3-1 Copperheads. Ryan Karl then popped a ball up in the infield. Raburn camped out under the ball, only to have it fall out of his glove for the HiToms second error of the inning. The gaffe made it 4-1. The next batter Austin Bossart singled to right-center, scoring Jackson when White couldn't handle the ball, the team's third error of the inning and fifth of the game. That made it 5-1 in favor of the Copperheads.
The HiToms' five errors equaled the amount of hits they had for the game.
David Roseboom (1-0) scattered five hits in five innings, allowing just an unearned run with five strikeouts and a walk for the win. Ryan O'Shea worked three scoreless innings for his second save, as the Copperheads won for the seventh time in eight tries, improving to 3-1 in the second half of the season, 21-9 overall. Nick Miller (1-1) surrendered just two runs on two hits with a walk and strikeout apiece in five innings to take the loss. The HiToms fell to 14-19.