Former HPT HiTom Maton Pitching in 2021 World Series
High Point/Thomasville, NC – Former HPT HiTom Phil Maton will be on the world’s brightest baseball stage this fall as the former HiTom pitches out of the bullpen for the American Legion champion Houston Astros against the Atlanta Braves in the 2021 World Series.
A Louisiana Tech product from Paducah, KY, Maton was traded to the Astros down the stretch from Cleveland and appeared in 27 games for the AL West Champion Astros recording 24 strikeouts, four wins and a 4.97 earned run average in 25 innings pitched. Before venturing to Houston, Maton posted impressive numbers for the Indians appearing in 38 games and registering 61 strikeouts in 40 innings of work.
A five-year MLB veteran, Maton arrived at Finch Field as an unheralded reliever from Louisiana Tech but promptly thrived in 2014 under Head Coach Austin Love. Posting a 4.50 earned run average with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings with the Tommies, Maton continued his ascension at Louisiana Tech in the spring of 2015 striking out 90 in 88 innings pitched and allowing only 36 earned runs. Maton’s rise to prominence resulted in a 20th round selection by the San Diego Padres in the 2015 MLB draft.