The Florence RedWolves dropped a hard fought 4-1 game to the Savannah Bananas on Friday night at Grayson Stadium.
Florence starter Colby Lee (Francis Marion) took the loss after allowing one run on one hit over 3 innings. Walks hurt Lee all game as he walked six, but the biggest one came in the third inning when he walked Sam Claycamp with the bases loaded to allow the first run of the game to score.
Savannah would score again in the fourth and fifth innings to push its lead to 3-0, while Kyle Luigs (North Georgia) would dominate the RedWolves offense striking out four and only allowing one hit over his 2.1 innings of work in route to earning the victory.
The RedWolves offense got on the board in the eighth inning when Matthew Honeycutt (Mars Hill) singled home McLendon Sears (College of Charleston) to make the score 3-1.
The Bananas would add a run in bottom of the eighth to push their lead back to three runs before the RedWolves came to bat in the ninth. In their last chance at bat, Florence would start a rally when Will Morgan (Old Dominion) and Patrick Causa (Mount Saint Mary's) both singled to bring the tying run to the plate.
However, that is where the RedWolves rally would end as Hunter Phillips (Chattahoochee Valley Community College) would strikeout Bryson Smith (Texas) to end the game and pick up the save.
Smith's strikeout in the ninth was the 17 strikeout of the game for Bananas pitchers.
The RedWolves were lead offensively by Griffin Hulecki (Ball State) who went 2 for 4 and Honeycutt who went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
The RedWolves (0-1) will return home on Saturday to take on the High Point-Thomasville HiToms at Francis Marion's Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium. It will be Grand Opening Night for the RedWolves and will feature special First Responders jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game and a post-game firework show.
Gates open at 6 pm and game starts at 7 pm.