ASHEVILLE, NC – Another high scoring game at McCormick Field entertained the Thirsty Thursday crowd but the Tourists came up short 16-12 against the Drive. Asheville dug themselves a deep hole early on, but made a valiant comeback before finally falling in the end.
Tourists starter Albert Campos did not make it through the first inning. Greenville put six runs on the scoreboard before the Tourists had a chance to swing the bats. The Drive tacked on three more in the second, going ahead 9-0.
Asheville was able to do a little damage in the third, scoring two runs in the frame. Kyle Parker hit an RBI single and Helder Velazquez scored on a Drive error. Greenville answered right back with three runs in the fourth inning, extending their lead to 10 runs at 12-2.
Led by skipper Joe Mikulik’s will to never give up, the Tourists went on a rally in the next two innings and scored nine runs total. In the fifth, Velazquez hit a solo Home Run, Mark Tracy had an RBI Fielder’s Choice, and Cristhian Adames delivered a two-run single.
In the sixth, the Tourists tacked on five more. Two Asheville runners scored on wild pitches, Tracy drilled a two-run double, and Joey Wong connected with an RBI double but made it to third on an overthrow from Drive right-fielder Bryce Brentz. Wong came in to score on one of the wild pitches and cut it to a one-run game.
The Drive capitalized on some shaky Tourists defense to score two in the seventh and then added two more in the ninth going ahead 16-11. Asheville was able to score once in the bottom of the ninth on a Rafael Ortega sacrifice fly, but that was all the Tourists would score.
The game featured 28 runs on 29 hits and the Tourists and Drive ended up splitting the series with each team winning two games.