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Casad Feasts on Crabs

By Steve Shutt, 07/25/21, 4:45PM EDT

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Rocker hurler needs 102 pitches to beat SoMD, 8-2

WALDORF, Md. – Cooper Casad threw eight strong innings on Sunday afternoon, allowing just two runs, six hits and striking out six in leading the High Point Rockers to an 8-2 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The High Point offense was led by Jared Mitchell who drove in four runs with a two-run homer and a two-run double.  The Rockers have now won four straight series and have won nine of their last 12 games.

The Rockers opened the game by scoring four times in the top of the first.  Johnny Field led off the contest with a walk and Stephen Cardullo singled with Field moving to third.  Jerry Downs singled to right to score Field with Cardullo advancing to third.  Stuart Levy’s infield ground out allowed Cardullo to score the second run of the game.  Mitchell then launched his 10th home run of the year to plate Levy and put the Rockers up 4-0.

High Point added three more runs in the third.  Downs led off with a double and Levy walked.  Mitchell then doubled in both runners.  Randy Norris hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Mitchell.

Southern Maryland put up a single run in the third and another in the fifth.  Rubi Silva recorded both RBI, using a single and a sac fly.

In the eighth, James McOwen singled and moved to second on a throwing error by shortstop Michael Baca.  Giovanny Alfonzo then singled to center to score McOwen and give the Rockers an 8-2 lead.

Ryan Chaffee pitched a three up, three down ninth to close out the victory.

Casad needed just 102 pitches in raising his record to 4-0.  He has won three of his last four starts and four of five starts since moving into the rotation on July 3.

Downs finished the game with two hits and an RBI.  Alfonzo’s eighth inning RBI single extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games.

High Point will return to North Carolina and will open a three-game series at Gastonia starting on Tuesday, July 27.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:50 p.m.