HiToms escape Forest City with 3-2 win
Forest City, N.C. – Relief pitching anchors the High Point-Thomasville HiToms (3-2) to a 3-2 road win against the Forest City Owls (2-1) on Saturday night.
Just like their first visit to Forest City, the HiToms scored the first run of the ball game on a ground ball from Myles Kutscher with the bases loaded. Brad Jarreau scored but David Fry was thrown out at the plate on the same play to end the inning as the HiToms stayed aggressive on the base paths.
The 1-0 lead would hold until the bottom of the fourth when Seth Hoagland drove in the tying run on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field. Forest City snagged the lead playing small ball with an RBI sac bunt dropped down by Adan Ordonez.
In the top of the sixth inning Cesar Trejo singled to right field and an errant throw from right field scored David Newcomer from second base to tie the game up at two apiece.
It wouldn’t take long for the HiToms to put another run on the board on an RBI single by Kutscher but he was thrown out trying to reach second base.
Ryan Kahny went four innings in a starting role for HPT and Chris McGrath relieved him for two innings. In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Austin Reich was brought on the bullpen and he struck out Adam Groesbeck to end the inning.
With the HiToms up 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning with one, Taylor Sugg was called upon to shut the door. Sugg struck out C.J. Young on a pitch in the dirt and catcher Zac Almond lured the runner at first into a rundown who was tagged out at first to end the game.
McGrath (1-0) from Duke picks up the win in his first appearance as a HiToms going two innings with two strikouts. Burk Fitzpatrick (0-1) is handed the loss after putting in four innings of work but he surrendered the go ahead run on two hits.