HiToms Host Forest City Owls in Coastal Plain League Home Opener
High Point/Thomasville, NC – After a dominant 13-3 exhibition win on Wednesday, the HiToms turn their attention back to the Coastal Plain League, battling the 3-4 Forest City Owls in a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday night. First pitch for Bark in the Park night is at 5:15 p.m. Game two is schedule for 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
The HiToms send in one of the best pitching staffs in the Coastal Plain League to Thursday’s game. Through five CPL games, High Point-Thomasville has 57 team strikeouts and just 13 walks, fewest allowed by a CPL team. 57 strikeouts in 36 innings is the best strikeout rate among the 15 teams in the league.
On the hitting side, HPT has the second-best slugging percentage in the Coastal Plain League West Division. Led by 2020 CPL Hitter of the Year Hogan Windish, HP-T has four home runs in CPL play in five games. In exhibition play, HP-T has gone deep five times, including two home runs last night against the Martinsville Ponies. A UNCG Junior, Windish is joined by players from all around the Triad area, with Luke Spiva (Winston-Salem), Chet Sikes (Trinity), and CJ Johnson (Greensboro) all contributing to the club’s 4-1 start.
In addition to the local flair, the HiToms have exceptional talent from outside the Piedmont Triad. All-American First Baseman Noah Ledford recently arrived to Finch Field from Georgia Southern, joining Mississippi State’s Von Seibert, UNC’s Colby Wilkerson, and Wake Forest pitcher Gabe Golob. Golob has been sharp in his first two outings, holding the competition without a run through his first ten innings with HP-T.
Tonight’s game is the first Bark in the Park Night! Furry friends young and old are welcome to roam the green pastures of Finch Field, a ballpark very well suited for our four-legged friends. The HiToms will look to gallop to a win in game one and two of our Coastal Plain League home schedule.
First pitch tonight is at 5:15 p.m. Game two will commence 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. For video coverage of the game, head to flobaseball.tv. Tickets can be purchased on the website and at the Finch Field box office.
Courtesy of Shaemus Kreider, with HiToms Media