The Lake Norman Copperheads (25-13) pounded the Ballantyne Smokies (21-13) on Friday 12-4 at Hopewell HS.
Joe Bertone had a hot bat for the Lake Norman Copperheads. Bertone went 2-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the third inning and tripled in the eighth inning.
Mathew Ferraiolo brought the heat against the Ballantyne Smokies during his outing. Ferraiolo held the Ballantyne Smokies hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.
Erik Lunde led the Ballantyne Smokies' offensive threat, as he got on base four times in the game. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the fifth inning.
Josh Branch recorded his fourth win of the year for the Lake Norman Copperheads. He allowed one run over five innings. Branch struck out two, walked four and gave up four hits.
Johnny Piedmonte (2-2) was the game's losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in three innings, walked three and struck out one.