The first game of the double header between the Kannapolis Intimidators and the Savannah Sand Gnats was played Monday afternoon at Grayson Stadium.
Fans saw an excellent pitching duel between Intimidators Justin Collop and Gnats John Church. Collop signed for $122,500 and was a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft. He is ranked as the 30th best prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization by Baseball America Prospect Handbook(2010). Collop pitched 7 innings, gave up 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 4.
Savannah scored their run in the 4th inning when DH Jordan Abruzzo was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a walk to lfJ. R. Harris.Abruzzo scored on a double by rfNick Santomauro.
John Church had great control, a great curve ball and kept the ball low in the strike zone. He induced 13 ground ball outs(5 to shortstop and 5 to second base). Church pitched a shut out in the 7 inning game, allowed one hit in the first inning walked 1 and struck out five. His record is now 7-1.