The High Point-Thomasville HiToms and Asheboro Copperheads faced off in a double-header on Monday evening at historic Finch Field. In an eventful night of baseball, the Copperheads took Game One by a score of 10-6, while HP-T won Game Two 13-1 in five innings by way of mercy rule.
The Copperheads jumped on HiTom starter Luke Davis early in Game One, scoring all 10 Asheboro runs in the first three innings. High Point-Thomasville rallied late, but Asheboro was able to snuff out a comeback in the bottom of the 7th thanks to fantastic defense by Asheboro.
On a sharp line drive by Cole Simpson with the bases loaded, Ranel climbed the left field hill, keeping his concentration to rob Simpson of an extra base hit. With two outs, the HiToms attempted a further rally. Ellis Stokes singled in the sixth run of the game for HP-T but was thrown out at second base by Copperhead right fielder Will Stewart.
In game two, things looked bleak for HP-T again, as Max Harper hit a solo shot in the 1st inning to put the Copperheads up 1-0. However, the HiToms took control from then on, riding good plate discipline and a lack of command from the Copperhead pitchers to a mercy rule victory. Their 13 runs were scored on just four hits, as they drew nine walks in just four offensive innings.
High Point-Thomasville will be back in action Wednesday night in Martinsville against their CPL foes, the Martinsville Mustangs, at 7 p.m.