CPL: Weather delay hurts HiToms in loss
Chase Cunningham’s quality start couldn’t buoy the High Point-Thomasville HiToms after a lengthy weather delay as they fell to the Martinsville Mustangs, 4-1.
Cunningham (Belmont – 0-3) faced the minimum through four innings but faltered in the fifth. After Mustangs first baseman Max Beerman led off the inning with a double, Charley Gould drove him in with a RBI single giving Martinsville (15-19, 3-3) a one-run lead. High Point-Thomasville came back to tie it in the bottom of the sixth, however, and they didn’t even need a hit to do it.
Cody Brittain (USC-Upstate) drew a walk to start the frame. After Brittain stole second and advanced to third on a groundout, CPL West All-Star Alec Paradowski (Wofford) drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left tying the game at one apiece.
Not long afterward, the wind picked up and a storm hit Finch Field causing a one hour and 12 minute rain delay. Play would resume though and Cunningham took the mound for the HiToms in the top of the seventh. Martinsville’s Gould greeted him rudely with a leadoff double to left-center field before catcher Ryan Hissey followed him with a RBI double of his own giving Martinsville a 2-1 lead and pulling Cunningham from the game.
The Mustangs tacked on two runs in the top of the ninth from two outfield errors to provide the final 4-1 margin. Both squads now have four wins apiece in the season series.
The HiToms have Wednesday off before traveling to Sims Legion Park Thursday to face the Gastonia Grizzlies in a doubleheader.