Super Hero Victory by HiToms
HiToms win on a walk off by Nick Lopez, 5-4 over the Forest City Owls
THOMASVILLE, NC, – Super Hero night would live up to its name as the HiToms (3-6) won 5-4 on a Nick Lopez (Creighton) walk off single over the Forest City Owls (2-7).
The first inning was completely in favor of the Forest City Owls as they would take control early with a 4-0 lead. Brady Policelli hit a two run home run to start the scoring. The march would continue, as the Owls would then put two more up on the board to finish the first.
Neither team would score until the bottom of the eighth where the HiToms would start their comeback. Kenon Menard (Southeastern Louisiana) would hit a two run home run which brought home Nick Lopez (Creighton). Drew Ellis (Louisville) struck out for the third out to end the eighth and send the game to the top of the ninth.
Ryan Hedrick (Presbyterian College) came in providing relief for Mac Sceroler who had an unparalleled ten strikeouts on the night. Hedrick would strikeout two in the ninth to hold the Owls to their four runs.
We would then go to the bottom of the ninth with a ballgame. The scoring would begin with a Hunter Slater (Southern Mississippi) solo home run. Daniel Millwee (Arizona) was then hit by pitcher Reed Howell (Appalachian State) to advance to first. Dalton Mosbarger laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Millwee to second. David Newcomer was 0-3 at the plate on the night but worked a walk when it matter most. After a Grant Schreiver (Louisville) strikeout, Kody Ruedisili (Wofford) would get hit by a pitch and load the bases.
With the script written for him, Nick Lopez (Creighton) stepped up to the plate with the game in his hands. On a two and one count Lopez would blast a ball deep into left for the walk off, which scored Millwee and Newcomer.
“I was just trying to put the best swing on the ball with a two one count. We had runners in scoring position being down by one so I wanted to do this for the team,” said Lopez after his walk off.
The HiToms travel to Holly Springs tomorrow night as they work their way back to .500 on the season and then come home to face off against CPL rival Asheville Sunday night at 5:00 p.m.