Asheville, NC - In a clean, brisk, two hour and nine minute game, the Asheville Tourists (24-18) did all of their work in one inning and defeated the Greenville Drive (21-20) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The Tourists put up a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth against Ty Buttrey (0-3) to take a lead they wouldn't give back. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Correlle Prime lined a two-run double to right field for the first runs of the game, and two batters later, Raimel Tapia lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Prime.
The star of the day for Asheville was starter Konner Wade (3-4), who fired seven shutout frames and giving up two hits and one walk while punching out five.
Jonathan Aro did yeoman's work in relief of Buttrey, finishing the game with four and two-third shutout frames while allowing only one hit and one walk with six strikeouts.
The Drive scored against Carlos Estevez in the top of the eighth when Jordan Weems smacked a one-out triple and came in on a wild pitch.
Troy Neiman threw the final inning and two-thirds for Asheville to pick up his first save of the year. Wilfredo Rodriguez led the Tourists offense with three hits.
Game three of the four-game series begins at 7:05 on Monday night in Asheville.