Photo by Ben Brown

The Sanford Spinners won their 2023 home opener on Friday 7-5 over the Clayton Clovers, the first in a weekend series of games the Spinners took 2-1.

The Spinners, now in their third year in the collegiate level Old North State League, took the lead Friday with a five-run seventh inning, including a three-run homer from catcher Coleman McGinnis, after trailing Clayton since the start of the game.

On Saturday, the Spinners lost a slugfest against the Sandhills Bogeys in Pinehurst, scoring a respectable nine runs but losing 19-9.

The Bogeys currently lead the Old North State League’s Central Division at 5-1.

The Spinners bounced back on the road Sunday with a 12-4 win over the Oak City Gliders. In that game, outfielder Stephen Kriner had two singles and three RBI, while outfielder Noah Kessler and outfielder Tyler Taylor each had two singles and two RBI. Shortstop A.J. Ciaccio and third baseman Landon Jones each contributed an RBI.

The Spinners opened the season on May 21 with a 13-2 road victory over Clayton. That was followed by an 11-4 loss on the road to the Hendersonville Honeycrisps. The weekend games bring the Spinners’ record to 3-2 on the season, good for second place behind the Bogeys.

The Spinners will be back at Tramway Park adjacent to Southern Lee at 7 p.m. Monday for a home game against Oak City before a two day rest. The next game after that is a 7 p.m. Thursday home game against the Bogeys.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $4 for kids, and can be purchased through the team’s website or on gameday.