ZooKeepers find peaks in rough stretch

Ethan Snyder is the only pitcher with both a victory and a save for the Asheboro ZooKeepers. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

ASHEBORO – The Asheboro ZooKeepers didn’t win a game in the Coastal Plain League’s second half until their fourth game.

At least they did so in style.

The ZooKeepers defeated first-half West Division champion Forest City 7-6 in Saturday night’s game at McCrary Park.

Alex Lodise hit his first home run with the ZooKeepers. Teammates Jay Dillard and Owen Blackledge both had two hits.

Jacob Halford was the winning pitcher in relief. Spencer Floyd notched a save by recording six outs.

“He’s just aggressive out of the (bullpen),” Asheboro coach Korey Dunbar said of Floyd. “He trusts his stuff. We trust his stuff. He comes out and just attacks guys.”

Asheboro lost its first two matchups with Forest City this year.

Jared Beebe homered twice and Tyler McPeak also went deep in Asheboro’s 14-7 loss to the Lexington County Blowfish. The team announced a season-high crowd of 1,400 at McCrary Park for that game last Friday night.

The Holly Springs Salamanders defeated the ZooKeepers 2-1 on July 4 despite Dallas Callahan’s run-scoring double.

This weekend, the ZooKeepers will be home to face the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Saturday night and the Martinsville Mustangs on Sunday night.

By Randolph Record