CPL: HiToms drop final exhibition of summer
They all count from now on.
The High Point-Thomasville HiToms completed their exhibition schedule for the 2014 summer Sunday afternoon at Finch Field. Kernersville from the Carolinas-Virginia League was in town and hung on for a 5-4 victory. The Tommies had the tying run aboard in the ninth inning with two outs, but a strikeout ended the evening. High Point-Thomasville ends the exhibition slate 2-1.
Kernersville did most of its damage in the second inning as starting pitcher Matt Orth (UNC) struggled with his command. After striking out the first batter of the inning, he allowed consecutive walks before Ben Temple drove home a run with a bloop single. Yet another walk – Orth's fifth of the day – loaded the bases and ended the day for the righty.
Mike Reitcheck (Penn.) entered from the bullpen to try his luck finding the strike zone. He walked home a run, but eventually settled in nicely. A fielder's choice resulted in a third run in the second inning for the Bulldogs, but Reitcheck got a lazy fly to center to end the threat.
The HiToms pushed across a run in the home half started by Jared Allen (Middle Tenn.) reaching to lead off. He wound up at third after Dale Urquhart's (WCU) single, then came home on a ground out by Matt Vernon (N.C. State).
Kernersville picked up a run in the fifth making it a 4-1 game, but the HiToms made a run at the Bulldogs in the sixth to close within one.
Pete Guy (UNCA) turned a check swing into an infield single as he beat the throw to first. The toss went wide of the bag at first base, allowing Cody Brittain (USC Upstate) to scoot in from third. Allen drew a walk and scored on a sharp single by Urquhart, leaving the HiToms a run behind at 4-3. There was still only one out, but the next two batters were retired to leave runners at second and third.
Kernersville scored a crucial insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single. It proved to be the winning run, as the HiToms scored once in the ninth.
After an off day, High Point-Thomasville completes a three-game road trip Thursday at Martinsville, before returning home to start a five-game homestand Friday against Florence.