By Jerob Moon- Sports Information
CHARLOTTE, NC- The Pride, fresh off a 25-3 rout of the Charlotte Galaxy, start a four game series with the Carolina Vipers, Friday. The first doubleheader played at Charlotte Latin School was split with the Pride taking Game 1, 5-4 and the Vipers taking Game 2, 6-2.
Game 1 was a back and forth contest. David Posas had a great game, 3 for 4, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base. Posas made his presence known early, hitting a double to start the game and a solo homerun in the third to give the Pride a 2-1 lead early.
The game was close throughout. The Pride took the lead on three separate occasions and the Vipers would come back to tie the game three times as well. The deciding at bat was in the top of the sixth when Posas singled and scored Hayden Smith to give the Pride a two run cushion heading into the final half inning.
The Pride would need that extra run as the Vipers scored making it a one run ballgame. Alex Nodarse pitched two innings of solid relief and Jake Hammon came in and got the final out as the Pride won the hard fought game 5-4.
“This was a really well played college game. It was back and forth, both teams battled. The thing I liked about that game was every time the Vipers scored we answered,” Coach Hudak said. “That’s the mark of a good club.”
Tommy Guglielmello went a strong 4.2 innings with eight strikeouts and earned a second no decision. Nodarse won his second game in relief, and Hammon earned his first save as a member of the Pride.
Game 2 started off with a bang as left fielder Roury Glanton hit a two run homer to deep left center. It was Glanton’s second consecutive game with a homerun and he earned his ninth and tenth RBI’s.
Chris Clary answered with his own homerun of his own in the bottom of the third. Clary’s three run homer was part of a four run inning that gave the Vipers a 4-2 lead. Nick Cici would add a solo homerun in the fifth extending the Vipers lead 5-2.
Steven Estep started his first game for the Pride and pitched three innings, surrendering four runs, and struck out three batters. Nodarse came in the game for his second pitching appearance of the day. He was again strong from the mound, striking out four batters and allowing two hits through three innings.
The series now shifts to York Comprehensive High School as the Pride look to bounce back against the Vipers with a doubleheader at home. First pitch is at 5 pm.