CPL: Snakes continue dominance over HiToms
Austin Bossart homered, David Roseboom gave Asheboro six solid innings and the HiToms made five errors in an 11-4 loss to the Copperheads at McCrary Park Thursday.
Trailing 1-0 after a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly in the top of the first, the Copperheads wasted little time putting their stamp on the game. K.J. McAllister and Bobby Ison led off the bottom of first with singles. An error by HiToms shortstop Champ Rowland loaded the bases before a run scored to tie the game on a fielder’s choice. The next batter, Alex Tomasovich, hit a single to score another run. Evan Stephens’ throw back to the infield missed the cutoff man and sailed all the way to the backstop, allowing another run to come in, making it 3-1 Asheboro. An RBI groundout by the next batter Colin Herring put the Copperheads in charge 4-1.
The Copperheads added to their lead in the very next inning. Ryan Karl led off with a double. Bossart, who went 2-for-4, then drilled his second home run of the year to make it 6-1. Both of Bossart’s homers have come against the HiToms. A double steal with runners on the corners scored the third run of the inning for the Copperheads.
The HiToms, down 8-2, loaded the bases against Asheboro reliever Matthew Pope in the seventh, forcing the Copperheads to call on Garrett Lovorn out of the bullpen. A run scored on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Rowland. Stephens, who finished 2-for-4, then laid a perfect bunt to the third base line to score Alex Raburn from third, making the score 8-4.
Dalton Rouleau, who went 2-for-4, hit a two-run single to increase the Copperheads’ lead back to six at 10-4 in the bottom half of the seventh. Rouleau stole second and scored on a throwing error by HiToms catcher Pete Guy on his attempt to swipe third as the Copperheads went up 11-4.
Shaefer Shepard (0-1) surrendered eight runs, six earned, on seven hits with two walks to take the loss. The right-hander, making his HiToms debut, did not strike out a batter. The HiToms dropped to 2-9 against the Copperheads this season. They are 19-24 overall and 6-9 in the second half of the season.
David Roseboom (2-1) scattered six hits over six innings, allowing two runs with no walks and five strikeouts to pick up the win. Asheboro improved to 28-14, 10-6.