The High Point-Thomasville HiToms (4-1) reigned supreme on Monday night in game one of a doubleheader, before a torrential downpour postponed game two versus the Martinsville Mustangs (1-4). Jake Tate was sharp on the mound, earning the win with four solid innings. The HiToms did not walk a batter on the evening while striking out ten.
HP-Thomasville began the scoring with an RBI single from Noah Ledford in the third. In the fourth, the HiToms added to the total, punching in three runs. Ellis Stokes started the fourth inning party with an RBI fielder’s choice, followed by a big hit from the 2020 CPL Hitter of the Year. Hogan Windish sliced a Stephen Klenske fastball to the right-center field fence for a triple, bringing in Stokes and Luke Spiva. Spiva extended his hitting streak to six games with two singles in the seven-inning contest.
Ellis Stokes was once again tough to beat on the basepaths. Stokes was walked to begin the fifth, stole second base then advanced to third base on Luke Spiva’s second base hit. Two pitches later, Spiva stole second base and Stokes alertly scampered home on the catcher’s throw to second. Stokes’ steal of home plate was the fifth of the season for Stokes in just five Coastal Plain League games, leading the team and ranked fourth in the league.
Game two of today’s doubleheader will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. Next up for the 4-1 HiToms is a seven-inning exhibition against the Martinsville Ponies. The game begins at 7:45 p.m. after the Central Carolina Conference high school baseball championship game at 5:00.