CHARLESTON- The Asheville Tourists finished off their seven-game road trip on a high note Sunday evening. Asheville defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 6-1 behind a brilliant pitching performance, solid defense, and timely hitting.
Shelby Lackey earned his third win of the year with five innings out of the gate. Lackey allowed only one run which came in the second inning and did an outstanding job limiting the damage in that frame. The right-hander gave way to the bullpen in the sixth. Derrik Watson tossed two scoreless innings and Alexander Martinez finished the game out with a pair of shutout innings as well.
Offensively Asheville was paced once again by Daniel Montano . The Tourists outfielder finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles. Montano went 9-for-15 in the series and tallied five extra-base hits.
After falling behind 1-0, Terrin Vavra drove in Montano with a single in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Asheville them took the lead on a two-out RBI double by Coco Montes later in the inning. The Tourists tacked on two more in the fifth. Both runs scored on a two-out double by Vavra who finished with a game-high three RBI.
Asheville added two insurance runs late in the game. Grant Lavigne singled home Montano in the eighth inning to extend his reach base streak to 11 straight games. LJ Hatch plated Montes in the ninth with an RBI single of his own.
Defensively the Tourists made several outstanding plays. Danny Edgeworth made a running catch in the visitor's bullpen and LeeMarcus Boyd had a highlight reel diving grab. Asheville also turned three double-plays.
The series with Charleston ends in a two-two split and next up is a three-game home set versus the Lexington Legends. Monday's game against the Legends begins at 7:05pm.
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