Almond walks it off for HiToms
from Daniel Frey with the HiToms Baseball Organization led by President Greg Suire….
High Point/Thomasville, N.C. – Zac Almond’s long single allows the High Point-Thomasville HiToms (11-6) to win in walk-off fashion over the Martinsville Mustangs (9-7) 1-0 on Monday night.
It was a pitcher’s dual from the beginning with HiToms starter Jacob Norman striking out the side in the bottom of the third inning.
The first scoring chance came for the HiToms in the bottom of the fourth but Marcus Reyes (0-2) worked out of the two on, nobody out jam to keep the game scoreless.
A similar situation occurred in the bottom of the fifth with David Fry at third bases with one but Drew Frederic missed the bunt attempt and Fry was tagged out in a rundown.
Norman threw five innings, only allowing two hits and struck out six Mustangs. Taylor Sugg (2-0) would go the rest of the way in relief for HPT.
The drama picked up in the bottom of the ninth with the game still scoreless and Reyes still on the mound for the Mustangs. Carson Jackson reached on a high throw from Martinsville third baseman Luke Mangieri and Teddy Hoffman bunted him over into scoring position at second. A passed ball pushed Jackson to just 90 feet away from scoring the winning run. Zac Almond got under the ball and sent it to center field over the head of Vince Augustine to send the hometown fans home happy. 1-0 was the final on the walk-off hit by Zac Almond for his 18th RBI of the season to lead the team in that category.
High Point-Thomasville has won six of its last seven games and four in a row in the middle of the Coastal Plain League first half.
The HiToms have an off day tomorrow before squaring off with Martinsville again on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. in Thomasville at Finch Field.