Zooks Dominate Exhibition Game

The Asheboro Zookeepers hosted the Catawba Valley Stars for the second time this season.

This would be the third exhibition game of the season for the Zookeepers and they started off with a bang by winning the first two.

The timing of the exhibition game was great coming off a loss in Martinsville and right before the Zookeepers face the mustangs again.

Last time these two teams faced off the Zookeepers won big by a score of 15-0.

The Game

On this night the stars aligned for the Zookeepers especially with some of their newcomers on the roster.

The Zookeepers started four new players during this game, all of which showed up the same day as the game.

On the mound Thad Lewis got the ball and was looking to bounce back from his previous start.

Lewis did tremendous on the mound going

  • Four innings
  • One hit
  • One run
  • One walk
  • Six strikeouts

Tyler Behm also got a crack on the mound for just one inning and he struck out two batters.

In order to save arms out of the bullpen the Zookeepers elected to use catcher Matthew Rivera and third baseman Hunter Atkins on the mound.

Rivera and Atkins combined for:

  • Two innings
  • No runs
  • Three hits
  • Two strikeouts

Exceptional pitching from two players that do not normally pitch every day or at all.

The real story of the night were the bats for the Zookeepers.

Eight of the nine Zookeepers hitters had hits during the game and three had at least three knocks.

Here is how the hitting broke down.

  1. Laimo: 2-4, 3RBI
  2. Harding: 3-4, 5RBI
  3. Heath: 2-4, RBI
  4. Hankerson: 1-3, 3RBI
  5. Capozzi: 0-3
  6. Dilley: 3-4, RBI
  7. Davis: 2-4, RBI
  8. O’Brien: 3-5, RBI
  9. Fuler: 2-3, 2RBI

After it was all said and done the Zookeepers score 17 runs on 18 hits.

They dismantle the Stars for the second time this season with a combined score of 32-1.

Wrap Up

The Zookeepers will not turn there sights to the Martinsville Mustangs again, this time at home.

First pitch is scheduled for 7PM on Thursday Night.