FIVE COUNTY STADIUM—The Carolina Mudcats took care of business Friday night and took care of the visiting Winston-Salem Dash 9-3.
Cody Ponce went six and a third for the Mudcats to earn the win, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six. Winston-Salem hardly threatened after Jameson Fisher’s leadoff homer in the first, their final two scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Toby Thomas. The blows came against reliever Scott Grist, but were charged to Ponce as he had walked Zack Collins and Seby Zavala as he tried to fight through the seventh.
By that point the Mudcats offense had already done significant damage against Dash starter Jimmy Lambert, who was charged with six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the home team was quickly at an advantage when Lucas Erceg smashed a two-run homer after Troy Stokes Jr. had singled. Corey Ray doubled and scored in the third, aided by an error on third baseman Brady Conlan. Carolina added another in the fifth on Trent Clark’s impressive line drive shot to into the left-field scoreboard and two more in the sixth. Jonathan Oquendo and Monte Harrison both singled and scored, the former on a sacrifice fly by Max McDowell and the latter on a wild pitched by Dash reliever Zach Thompson. The home team iced it in the eighth, Oquendo’s leadoff walk opening the gates for Clark’s single and McDowell’s RBI double, punctuated by two more wild pitches from Thompson. Nate Griep got the save, having come on in the top of the eighth prior to the deluge.