COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 16, 2017) - Casey Schroeder drove in a season-high three runs to the Intimidators to a 7-2 win over the Columbia Fireflies on a game that began late Saturday night at Spirit Communications Park. Kannapolis (9-14 Second Half, 48-43) snapped a 4-game losing streak with the win, ending the team's longest road skid of the season after three road losses.
The Intimidators jumped in front early with three runs in the first and three more in the third to lead 6-1 through three innings. In the first, Micker Adolfo drove in Mitch Roman and Gavin Sheets on a 2-run double before later scoring on a Casey Schroeder grounder.
In the third, Kannapolis doubled it's lead as Schroeder doubled to cash Jake Burger and Luis Gonzalez. Schroeder came around to score on a Columbia error for a 6-0 lead. The Fireflies got on the board in the bottom of the third when Andres Gimenez singed, moved to second on a Desmond Lindsay walk, stole third, and came home on a Yelmison Peralta wild pitch.
Kevin Escorcia (4-3) earned the win, tossing 1 and 1/3 scoreless relief innings after Peralta worked the first 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three. Gabriel Llanes (4-7) took the loss for Columbia, allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits over 5 and 1/3 innings.
Lane Hobbs tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out three while allowing a hit, to pitch the Intimidators through the seventh and eight, and Matt Foster worked a scoreless ninth, fanning one.
The game began at 9:10 p.m. after a 2:05 delay due to thunderstorms that passed through the Carolinas early Saturday evening.
The Intimidators continue this 3-game series against the Fireflies on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Kannapolis is slated to send RHP Blake Hickman (1-4, 4.70 ERA) to the mound to face Columbia's RHP Gary Cornish (1-2, 3.42 ERA). The team returns to Kannapolis on July 19 for a 7-game home stand that features Star Wars Night with post-game fireworks on Saturday, July 22. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
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