CPL: HiToms losing streak reaches four
Since winning five straight, the HiToms have gone the opposite way in losing its last four. The last two coming Wednesday and Thursday in 13-3 and 10-9 results.
On Thursday, Eric Renegar completed a five-run comeback with an RBI double to break an 8-8 tie in the fifth and help race the Martinsville Mustangs by the HiToms 10-9.
After reliever Chase Cunningham retired the first two batters of the inning before yielding a single to Clayton Booth, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. With Booth running on a 2-1 pitch, Eric Reneger scooted a ball by third that rolled into the left field corner, allowing Booth to score from first and giving Martinsville a 9-8 lead.
Cunningham (2-2) worked 2.1 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts apiece for the loss. The HiToms fell below .500 at 13-14 and have lost four in a row. Patrick Dyer shut down High Point-Thomasville by tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering three hits while fanning four. Brad Torres worked the ninth for his first save as Martinsville improved to 8-18.
The HiToms put up back-to-back four-run innings in the second and third respectively to take an 8-3 lead. High Point-Thomasville sent nine men to the plate in each inning, being helped by three Mustangs errors and a two-run single by Cody Leichman in the second, and another Martinsville error and an Andrew Cox RBI single in the third.
In the bottom of the third however, the Mustangs started to get themselves back in the ballgame. HiToms starter Nick Miller hit Keelin Rasch with a pitch to lead things off and Will Nance and John Beaubien followed with singles to load the bases. Ozzie Gonzalez lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score a run and then Miller plunked Alberius to reload the bases. The next batter, Heath Burton, lined a two-run double to left before an RBI groundout by Booth cut the High Point-Thomasville lead to one at 8-7.
Beaubien laced a run-scoring single to left in the fourth to tie things up at eight. The left fielder, who finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, crushed a solo home run to left in the sixth to give Martinsville a 10-8 advantage.
With two outs and a runner on first in the ninth, Sam Foy tripled off the wall in right-center to make the score 10-9. However, Torres got Kyle Brandenburg to foul out to first to end the ballgame.
Wednesday, The Copperheads scored seven runs in the seventh to take a 13-0 lead en route to a 13-3 rain-shortened win over the HiToms at Finch Field.
Andrew Tomasovich (1-0) fired six shutouts innings, giving up just four hits while walking one and striking out six to earn the win as Asheboro improved to 15-8. Josh Frederick (3-2) surrendered six runs on 10 hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts apiece for the loss.
Alex Tomasovich, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, hit a two-run triple in the fifth to give Asheboro a 4-0 lead. The next batter, Luke Tendler, who finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, crushed a home run to really put the game out of reach.
The Copperheads sent 12 men to the plate in the seventh, scoring seven runs on six hits while being aided by two HiToms errors. The inning was highlighted by a two-RBI single by Oscar Sanay, who was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Ryan Cooper had an RBI single and Cameron Cecil, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, had a two-run hit to score the only runs of the game for the HiToms in the seventh, making the score 13-3.