MACON-FLORENCE 6-4-19

Florence's Miguel Soto slides into home for a Red Wolves run.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence’s Miguel Soto and Jake Swartz drove in two runs apiece, and the RedWolves won 6-2 against Macon on Tuesday night at Sparrow Stadium.

The win improved Florence to 2-3 on a night coach Ryan Vruggink coached against his former team for which he was an assistant last season.

Florence, which on Tuesday scored one in the second, and then two more in the fourth to take the lead for good, improved to 2-1 at home. Macon, meanwhile, saw its three-game winning streak came to an end.

Soto drove in runs in the second and the fourth, and Swartz hit a two-run double to left center in the seventh.

Florence set up its runs in the second and fourth when the leadoff batter reached.

After the RedWolves’ Grant Epps singled to start the bottom of the second, he reached third after a botched pickoff attempt. Then, he scored on a Soto single to give Florence a 1-0 lead.

But after the Bacon’s Zachary Cornell doubled to spark things the top of the fourth, he scored on a Nathan Schreckengost single to tie the game. Macon then took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Cory Bivins.

Florence reclaimed the lead in the bottom half on an RBI double by Grey Epps and run-scoring single by Soto. Soto, later in the inning at second, tried to make it home on a Lex Tuten single, but he was tagged out at home to end the inning.

“Miguel had a good day,” Vruggink said. “I got him thrown out at the plate, I didn’t know the left fielder had that good of an arm. But (Soto) got a couple of timely hits. He’s a young and good ballplayer.”

Then in the seventh, Swartz hit his two-run double. to make it 5-2.

Soto, who finished 3 for 4, hustled to second in the eighth after reaching on a single to give Florence runners at second and third with one out and take away the double-play option. The next batter, Zachary Durfee, drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to give the RedWolves their 6-2 advantage.

“We swung the ball well tonight,” Vruggink said. “And on the times we didn’t get hits, we hit the ball hard. We had guys who did a good job just grinding it out when they’re at bat.”

Culver Hughes was the winning pitcher after taking over for starter Brenden Kennedy to start the fifth. Then, Connor Holden struck four batters during the final two innings to earn his second save of the season.

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Scott covers prep sports, takes action photos and produces videos. An APSE award winner in sports writing, photography and videography, he played college tennis on scholarship and earned degrees from Young Harris College (Ga.) and Berry College (Ga.).

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