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Saturday Pebble Report: Asheville clinches 2nd half Southern division pennant in the Sally

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Colorado Springs, L 6-9
The Sky Sox attempted a comeback over the last three innings of the game, but ultimately fell short by a few runs. Greg Smith was roughed up for seven runs in four innings, five of the seven coming the the third inning.

Mike McCoy hit two doubles and Edwin Bellorin drove in three runs.

Tulsa, L 2-3
Chaz Roe allowed eight hits but he saw only two runs cross home plate. Tommy Baumgardner and Edgmer Escalona pitched three innings of scoreless relief, with the former striking out two, the latter three. Andrew Johnston lost the game after starting the inning with a wild pitch, watching Dayton Buller allow a ball passed him, and then a ground-rule double after an out and a walk.

Modesto, L 5-17
Brutal game for Ethan Hollingsworth: 4.1 IP, 14 H,11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR. There wasn't an inning he pitched in that was scoreless. And Chris Malone didn't stop the bleeding in the fifth inning, or even after that inning. He allowed two inherited runners to score and saw six more runs score over the last innings of the game.

Modesto batters combined to strike out 15 times and had their best inning in the third when Scott Beerer hit an RBI double and two runs scored on a fielding error.

Asheville, W 4-0
Dan Houston threw seven innings of three-hit ball. He walked three and struck out six. Michael Marbry picked up the save after pitching 1 2/3 innings and striking out two.

Delta Cleary had no hits in one AB, but walked three times. He drove in a run, along with Scott Robinson (who stole his 44th base), Kiel Roling (who had two hits), and Mike Zuanich. Everyone in the lineup struck out at least once to combine for a total of 12 K's.

With the win, Asheville went one game above .500 and secured a spot in the SAL playoffs.

Tri-City, W 7-3
Dan Perkins allowed three runs in the fourth inning, his last inning of work. He also struck out four. Eric Federico, Paul Bargas, and Charlie Ruiz held Boise scoreless and to only three hits over the last five innings.

Kent Matthes hit his fifth homer of the season, and Tim Wheeler and Leonardo Reyes each hit a double. Those were the only extra bases hits for Tri-City last night. Joe Scott struck out four times.

Casper had its game postponed.