HiToms win back and forth game with Asheboro:Daniel Frey on the CPL Trail

HiToms win back and forth game with Asheboro
Courtesy of Daniel Frey with HiToms Baseball

High Point/Thomasville, N.C. – The High Point-Thomasville HiToms (8-6) came from behind in the eighth inning to win 5-4 against the Asheboro Copperheads (9-4) in a see-saw battle on Friday night.

Zac Almond clubbed a solo homer over the right centerfield wall in the bottom of the second inning to put the HiToms on the board first. The HiToms have hit a home run in five straight games.

The Copperhead answer wouldn’t come until the top of the fifth when Vito Friscia hit a solo shot to tie up the game at one apiece.

Almond came up in the clutch again with a two RBI double off of the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth putting the HiToms in the drivers sear ahead 3-1.

HPT starting pitcher Kaylor Chafin threw six innings giving up two earned runs, four hits and struck out four batters.

The very next inning, Derek Perry delivered an RBI single to cut the deficit down again to one run. A wild pitch from HPT reliever Taylor Sugg (1-0) tied the game at 3 and then Ryan Colombo delivered the sacrifice fly out to bring around the go-ahead run. Asheboro went into the bottom of the eighth with a 4-3 advantage.

The HiToms weren’t trying to lose to the Copperheads on consecutive nights as a similar formula to how Asheboro went ahead is how they lost the lead. A wild pitch from Matt Horkey scored Teddy Hoffman for the tie and Derek Scheible played the role of hero with a RBI sac-fly of his own to regain the lead for High Point-Thomasville 5-4. The runs went against the Asheboro starter Bradley Hallman (1-1) for his first loss of the season.

Logan Welch came in to shut the door and pick up his second save of the season. He did so facing four batters in the top of the ninth to seal off the HiToms victory.

The HiToms travel to Fayetteville tomorrow on Saturday, June 18 to face the Swampdogs at 7 p.m.