CPL: HiToms grab third consecutive win
A three-run fourth inning broke a tie Wednesday night and lifted the Thomasville HiToms to a 6-3 win over the Columbia Blowfish at Finch Field.
Sam Foy and Evan Stephens both had RBI singles in the decisive fourth inning for Thomasville. Ryan Cooper also drove in a run with a run-scoring single in the fourth and finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a two-run double to give the HiToms their first lead in the third.
"I've just been trying to drive the ball and barrel it up," Cooper said. "If there's two strikes, you put the ball in play. You never know when something good is going to happen."
After Thomasville briefly took a 3-2 lead in the third on Cooper's double, Columbia answered in the fourth when Zack Smith's flyball to right field evaded the glove of Victor Zecca and skirted to the wall. Allen Staton scored on the play to knot the score at 3.
Bloop hits from Foy, Stephens and Cooper in the fourth gave the HiToms their final margin. Bennett Hixson pitched scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, setting up Hunter Rice to close things down in a perfect ninth.
"The back end of our bullpen is very good," said Thomasville coach Zach Brown. "With Hixson and Rice, those two guys, if we get to a lead in the eighth inning...I feel pretty good about it."
Starter Tyler Brosius made his HiToms debut Wednesday by pitching five innings, surrendering three runs on five hits. He fanned six.
With the win, Thomasville moves to 4-4 on the season. Brown says his team has never lacked confidence and is pleased with where his group stands through eight games.
"We've had a chance to win. It was just a feeling of when we were going to get the big hit," Brown said. "The past three nights, we've been playing very well. Tonight, we just had some good swings and I think that got it rolling."
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