HiToms Add Two Out of Chapel Hill
HIGH POINT-THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A pair of Tar Heels will join the High Point-Thomasville HiToms for the 2014 season. Wood Myers and Matt Orth out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will take the field after their collegiate season ends.
“We’re thrilled to have these two Tar Heels joining us for the summer,” said HiToms GM, Nick Gaski. “UNC is one of the elite collegiate programs in the country and we expect Wood and Matt to be integral members of our 2014 Coastal Plain League squad.”
Myers, a Chapel Hill, N.C. native, comes to the HiToms after a successful freshman campaign and will see a significant amount of time at second base. To date, he ranks among the Tar Heels’ top five in six offensive categories this season including batting average (2nd, .302), runs scored (3rd, 27), and on-base percentage (4th, .370). Out of Jordan High School, Perfect Game ranked Myers as the No. 8 player in North Carolina. In addition, he was named the Pac 6 Player of the Year in 2012 and garnered all-state honors both that year and the next.
Orth sat out the Tar Heels’ 2014 season with a medical redshirt, but will be ready to take the field with the HiToms to start the campaign. The southpaw pitcher will factor into the rotation but can also play first and could bring middle-of-the-order power to the lineup. He returns home to the High Point-Thomasville area after attending Southwest Guilford High School, where he garnered 4A All-State honors and was named the Piedmont Triad Player of the Year his senior season. Additionally, Orth was ranked the No. 26 player in the state by Perfect Game and was also named to its Underclass High Honorable Mention Team in 2011 and 2012.
The HiToms open the season in an exhibition game against the Kernersville Bulldogs on May 25 at Finch Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
About the High Point-Thomasville HiToms
A historic baseball franchise in the heart of the Piedmont, the High Point-Thomasville HiToms are an organization committed to baseball player development. With five championship-caliber teams, accentuated by its three-time champion Coastal Plains League affiliate, the HiToms strive to give each player an opportunity to excel on and off the field. Home games are played at Finch Field in Thomasville, N.C.
About the Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had nearly 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us on Twitter @CPLBaseball.