Series now tied at 2-2 and the road team has won every time…..Game five tonight at West Forsyth….
THOMASVILLE â€“ A few of the perceived weaknesses that plagued High Point Post 87 earlier in the summer reared their ugly heads Wednesday night, and the Junior HiToms could not close out West Forsyth Post 522 in Game 4 of the second-round series.
A handful of crucial defensive miscues and a subpar outing from the recently lights-out David Coffey left the crowd at Finch Field stunned at Post 87â€™s 9-5 defeat and left the door open for a deciding Game 5 to be played at West Forsyth High School tonight at 7.
â€œWeâ€™re up 3-1 in the fifth and we make three, four errors in that one inning and it just kind of snowballed,â€ Post 87 coach Rob Shore said. â€œYou canâ€™t do that in the playoffs. You canâ€™t give away stuff like that.â€
Having been staked to a two-run lead, Coffey settled in after allowing an early run and cruised through the next three frames before running into trouble in the fifth. West plated five runs in the inning, all with two outs.
Back-to-back hits from J.T. Tuttle and David Cook set up leadoff man Hunter Dull. A single from Dull brought home Tuttle, and an error on the ensuing play scored Cook to tie the game at 3-3.
Coffeyâ€™s walk of Jonathan Holt then loaded the bases, and cleanup hitter Dustin Myers tapped weakly back to the mound. Unfortunately for High Point, Coffeyâ€™s throw to first that would have ended the threat sailed wide and rattled around in the right-field corner to allow all three runs to score, giving Post 522 a 6-3 edge.
â€œYeah, itâ€™s really hard,â€ Coffey said of the thin margin for error. â€œWeâ€™re going to have to come out (in Game 5) with a lot more energy than we had tonight.â€
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