GILBERT – The Catawba Ridge Copperheads baseball team scattered 20 hits to win their portion of the Sandlapper Spring Break tournament championship at Gilbert High School.
Catawba Ridge beat host Gilbert 7-6 in the finals after going 2-1-1 in the tournament that lasted Saturday and Monday. The Copperheads are now 8-5-1 on the season with winning the tournament. Catawba Ridge opened the tournament with a 4-4 tie over Midland Valley and then beat Richland Northeast 8-1 in the second game as both games were played Saturday.
On Monday, the Copperheads fell 5-2 to Gilbert, but still advanced to the title game where they matched up with Gilbert again before getting the win.
Earlier in their first game against Gilbert, Catawba Ridge struggled to get five hits as no player had over one hit for the Copperheads. The team only had one extra base hit in the first game against Gilbert and starter Greyson Wild pitched for Catawba Ridge allowing five runs on seven hits in the loss.
In the title game against Gilbert, Catawba Ridge was led by Tyler Levy, Harrison Wilson and Trevor Testerman at the plate. Levy went 4-4 with a RBI, while Wilson went 3-5 and Testerman went 3-4. Wild went 2-4 and drove in two runs in the second game at the plate.
The Copperheads scored a run in the second through fifth innings and then added three runs in the sixth inning. Wilson got the save for Catawba Ridge pitching the final inning for the Copperheads.
Catawba Ridge returns to action April 12 at home to start a three-game series against Lancaster. The Copperheads are 3-2 in Region 3-4A this season thus far.
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