Beyond the Scoreboard: Rare air – Asheville Tourists in first place

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A strong start to the second half of the South Atlantic League schedule has left the Asheville Tourists in some new and unfamiliar places – tied for first place and over .500.

The Tourists (3-1) opened the second half last week by taking two of three games in Greenville, S.C., and then came home to McCormick Field to defeat Charleston, S.C., 6-5 on Sunday in 11 innings.

The three-game win streak matches the team’s longest run of success this season.

That left Asheville tied for first in the SAL’s Southern Division and over .500 for the first time all season. The team struggled through the first half of the schedule, starting 3-14 en route to a 27-42 record.

After losing the opener to the Drive, Asheville won 6-2 on Friday night and claimed a 13-10 win on Saturday after scoring four runs in the ninth inning.

On Sunday, the Tourists rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to win in extra innings when Shael Mendoza squeezed home Casey Golden with the eventual winning run.

The Tourists’ brief three-game homestand vs. Charleston continues with 7:05 p.m. starts Monday and Tuesday.

After a road trip to Columbia, S.C., and Lexington, Ky., Asheville returns to McCormick Field in time for the July 4th holiday.

The Tourists host Rome, Ga., on Independence Day, with a post-game fireworks show. There is another fireworks show after the July 6 game vs. Rome.