Intimidators Sweep Charleston with Sunday Win
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Backed by another impressive outing from a Kannapolis starter and four players recording two hits, the Intimidators swept Charleston Sunday evening with a 5-2 victory at The Joe.
Kannapolis got the scoring going in the top of the second thanks to a couple walks from Charleston's starter, Harold Cortijo (L, 4-4). After walking Corey Zangari and Ramon Beltre, Gunnar Troutwine doubled (15) on a groundball down the third base line, helping score two runs for Charlotte.
The RiverDogs returned the favor in the bottom of the third with a run of their own against Kannapolis' Davis Martin (W, 8-9), using a single from Frederick Cuevas and a double from Brandon Lockridge to do so.
Two innings later, Lenyn Sosa kept his hot-streak alive with a line drive single to left field with one out. With Cortijo still on the bump, Alex Destino homered (16) to center field on a 2-0 pitch to give Martin three runs to work with.
Martin looked sharp all evening on the hill for Kannapolis, as the righty from Texas Tech hurled 7.0 innings of six-hit ball, striking out seven batters and only allowing one run. Martin pounded the zone all day, throwing 60 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
In the seventh, Ian Dawkins collected his 36th double of the season (South Atlantic League high) and second hit of the day with a ball hit down the left field line. One batter later, Sosa followed suit with his second hit of the day on a groundball up the middle to score Dawkins and extend the lead to four runs, 5-1.
J.B. Olson took over for the Intimidators on the mound in the eighth, recording two strikeouts and giving up one double to Lockridge to keep the score 5-1 heading into the ninth.
In the last frame, Hansen Butler replaced Olson and allowed one run on two singles and a double. Hansen also punched out three batters in the inning, including the last two batters with runners in scoring position.
After the three-game sweep, Kannapolis will head back home to Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health for the stadium's and team's last ever home series as the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Intimidators will host Hagerstown with game one of the four-game series starting Monday at 7:00 p.m.
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