The Salamanders ended their season with arguably their best performance of the year Saturday night at Ting Stadium in front of a four deep standing room only crowd. The Manders generated eleven runs on twelve hits while riding one web gem after another from second baseman Will Hoyle. The end result was an impressive 11 – 10 victory over the Peninsula Pilots.
The Pilots and the Salamanders seem to answer each other's scoring production throughout the evening until the Salamander's two run eighth inning gave them a three-run lead into the top of the ninth. However, three walks in a row issued by Salamander closer Kyle Davis put the tying run on first base for the Pilots with nobody out. A sacrifice fly by Jake Boone and an RBI fielders choice from Drew Ashley reduced the Manders lead to 11-10. A stolen base from Pilot right fielder Cole Secrest put the tying run in scoring position with two outs. However, Davis struck out Pilot catcher Sy Snedeker on a full count to put the victory in the books for the Salamanders.
Salamander third baseman Jake Holtzapple's timely hitting generated five RBI's on three hits on the evening. Mander designated hitter Chance Bryant, shortstop Tyler Smith, and catcher Landon Smith each had multiple hit nights for the Salamanders.
The Salamander crowd was the tenth man on the field this evening generating an electric atmosphere that the Manders fed off of all evening long. The game was the final outing of the year for the Holly Springs Salamanders.