The High Point-Thomasville HiToms and Forest City Owls played an unconventional double-header on Friday night- they picked up where they left off in a game suspended by weather on June 10th, and then played a second, 7-inning contest. The HiToms came away with a pair of wins, by scores of 6-5 and 6-1 respectively.
Forest City led 3-1 in the top of the 4th inning when the first contest resumed. They held their lead all the way into the bottom of the 9th, which they entered with a 5-2 advantage. However, when the Owls brought in pitcher Cy Smith, things quickly took a turn. Smith struck out leadoff batter Alex Stone, but a passed ball on the third strike allowed Stone to reach base. This dropped third strike snowballed into multiple walks and wild pitches, and HPT tied the game. With two outs and the bases loaded, a Cole Simpson ground ball was thrown errantly by the Forest City shortstop, and the HiToms walked it off, 6-5.
Game Two was just about all HPT. With the exception of a solo home run allowed to Will Butcher, starter Gabe Golob was excellent on the mound for the HiToms, going four innings deep with six strikeouts and just one walk. Hogan Windish had yet another great performance at the plate, going 4-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. He was just a triple short of the cycle. HPT’s setup-closer duo of Tristan Snyder and KJ Wells did what they do best, and each pitched a scoreless inning on the way to the 6-1 HiToms win.
High Point-Thomasville (9-3) will be back in action tomorrow night in Asheboro, where they take on the Copperheads after splitting a double-header on Monday.