CPL: Chair City club defeats Petersburg in home finale
High Point-Thomasville concluded its home schedule Sunday afternoon at Finch Field, needing a win to keep playoff hopes alive.
Clemson's Brody Koerner carried them the entire way. The right-handed hurler went the distance, striking out nine along the journey to help get the HiToms into the Petitt Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 shutout of the Petersburg Generals. Koerner's effort was desperately needed with the offense struggling all evening long. Logan Taylor was the only HiTom with multiple hits. Alec Paradowski had an RBI.
Koerner and Petersburg's Dylan Collet were locked into a pitcher's duel as neither team could find consistency at the plate. Through five innings, only four baserunners got into scoring position.
The Generals were on track for a run in the fourth inning. David Martinez and Connor Andrus began the frame with a single and walk respectively. After getting Jeremy Wolf to bounce into a 5-3 double play, Koerner fanned Thomas Stalling to abruptly end the inning.
In the sixth, the Tommies were able to break through and finally put some runs on the board. Taylor's leadoff single set up a bunt situation. Bradley Morton got it down and Collet darted off the mound to retrieve it. Collet wound up fumbling the ball and Morton reached safely.
Again the HiToms were in a sacrifice situation with Paradowsi who squared around to give himself up. He pulled the bat back because Taylor and Morton teamed up for a double steal. Paradowski's chopper to second base moments later scored Taylor, and the throwing error by the second baseman on the play allowed Morton to score as well.
The 2-0 lead held up as Koerner finished off the complete game.
Notes: Five former HiToms from the 1965 season were recognized before the start of the game. They were John Livingston, Rich Ashcroft, Jim Glover, Dick Sommer and Steve Free.