Twice is nice
With back-to-back wins over the Lexington Blowfish last week, the Florence RedWolves have hopes of reaching the .500 mark before the July 7 Coastal Plains League All-Star Game break.
The RedWolves (8-11) outslugged Lexington 13-11 Friday, winning in dramatic fashion on a walk-off three-run homer by Michael Richardson in the 10th. On Saturday, Boyce Kobleur delivered seven strong innings as Florence won going away, 10-1.
Lexington, in last place in the CPL’s South Division, fell to 5-12 this season.
Heading into Wednesday’s game against the division-leading Savannah Bananas, the RedWolves and Blowfish will have played each other five times in four days. Florence hosted the Blowfish on Monday. The two teams played a doubleheader in Lexington Tuesday.
On Friday, there were plenty of pre-fourth fireworks as both offense exploded for a combined 24 runs.
In the back-and-forth contest, the RedWolves tied the game at 10-10 in the bottom go the seventh as Miguel Soto scored on a sacrifice fly by Reid Hardwick.
Lexington took a one-run lead in the to of the 10th, setting the stage for Richardson game-winning blast.
Reliever Connor Holden picked up the win for Florence.
On Saturday, there were far fewer dramatics as the RedWolves took the lead early. Starter Kobleur then held Lexington’s bats in check as Florence pulled away for an easy victory. He allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings while collecting six strikeouts.
Florence returns to Sparrow Stadium Thursday when the RedWolves host Savannah. The two teams head to Savannah Friday. Florence hosts Macon on Saturday. Thursday’s game will be Tidal Wave Free T-shirt Giveaway night. Saturday is Super Hero Night, with fans encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero.