The High Point-Thomasville HiToms (7-3) come off their third loss of the season into a modified Friday doubleheader against the Forest City Owls (4-8) at 5 p.m. Game one will be innings 4-9 of last Thursday’s rain-postponed game. The regularly scheduled game two will be a seven-inning contest, started thirty minutes after the first game ends.
The HiToms bring their hot bats into tonight’s doubleheader. HP-T nearly came back from a nine-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth. Noah Ledford smashed his first Coastal Plain League home run, a grand slam to cut the lead to three. With the HiToms’ batter representing the tying run, a flyout ended the game.
After a six-run ninth, the HiTom raised their season average to 8.4 runs per game, the best mark in the CPL. HP-T will look to take advantage of an Owls pitching staff that has struggled so far this season. In 12 games, Forest City has a 9.88 team ERA, worst in the league by over two earned runs a game.
Gabe Golob will start game two for HP-T. The future Wake Forest right-hander has a minuscule 0.90 ERA in ten innings on the mound in Coastal Plain League play. The Driveline trainee was electric in his first start of the season against the Owls, striking out eight in five shutout innings.
The Owls will start game one in the fourth inning with a 3-1 lead, due to a Jacob Pennington three-run homer in the second inning. Game two will be a seven-inning affair after game one concluded. HP-Thomasville’s modified doubleheader with Forest City begins at 5:00 p.m. The regularly scheduled HiToms and Owls game will be seven innings and begin 30 minutes after game one. For live video coverage of tonight’s games, head to FloBaseball.tv, and search ‘HiToms’.