Post 87 duo called up to play for HiToms

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Tyler Britton and Pete Guy were embracing and saying goodbyes to their Post 87 teammates after Saturday’s doubleheader loss to Kernersville that ended the legion season. Just steps away was a man with exciting news on a heartbreaking day.
HiToms President Greg Suire approached both and informed them of two open spots on the roster. They gladly accepted.
For Guy — a star at Ledford High School — the news came as a shock.
“We had just gotten done talking with each other and saying our goodbyes and Greg approaches me for the big HiToms,” he said. “Hands down I took it. “I did not know that it was something that would happen this soon. I thought it was something for next year. Getting the chance to come up and play is awesome.”
Britton had talked with Suire before the season started on becoming a HiTom perhaps next season. Everything just happened to fall into place where he could get a head start this year.
“At the beginning of the year Greg and I talked about the opportunity and getting some experience in the CPL,” said Britton, who attended high school at High Point Christian. “Obviously the goal was to win a legion state championship, but we fell short of that. Since we were cut off we just decided that I would go ahead and get some experience.”
The two were an instant hit in their debut Monday against Fuquay-Varina in an exhibition game. Guy hit a home run and Britton got the win going five innings, striking out five in the 9-1 victory.
Guy had come up empty in his first two plate appearances, but picked out a pitch he liked in the sixth inning. His two-run shot increased the Tommies lead to 5-0.
“I was up 2-0 in the count and he threw me a fastball,” said Guy. “I was just trying not to break my bat and put a good swing on it. I did not think it was going to go out but it just carried.”
Britton was consistent in his five frames, not allowing a single run. It felt like any other night for the right-hander who pitched out of the bullpen for Catawba College last season.
“It was not that much of a difference for me,” he said. “It was a little bit different getting used to the new baseballs, but other than that it was not different at all.”
Having his battery-mate — Guy — from legion ball behind the plate to catch him helped ease any nerves he may have had.
“Having a catcher out there that you have been working with all season long definitely helps,” said Britton. “He understands the way I like to pitch and that was a bonus coming to a new team. I was fortunate to have him.”
Entering Friday’s slate of Coastal Plain League games, Britton has not yet appeared in an official league contest. Guy — a recent addition to the UNC Asheville roster — has appeared in two games and started one. He has one walk in two official at-bats.

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