CPL: Tommies get positive result in home finale
Set to begin a best-of-three series today, the HiToms and Columbia gave fans a preview of the battle to take place over the next three days on Sunday.
A meaningless game of sorts with playoff positions already locked up, the teams played it out as if a playoff spot were at stake. In the end, the Tommies pulled away for a 6-3 win, taking the momentum into the postseason. It was the seventh win in the last nine games for Thomasville.
“We played well and we have been playing well our last 15 games, excluding the Petersburg fiasco,” said HiToms manager Zach Brown. “We have been doing some very good things.”
Tied at one apiece, Mike White catapulted the HiToms ahead for a second time on the evening, lifting his fourth home run of the summer over the right field wall for a solo shot.
Columbia came within inches of getting the equalizer in the sixth. Michael Wilson was hit by a pitch with one out in the frame. Eros Modena proceeded to drive a Chase Cunningham pitch to the wall for a double. Hustling around the bases, Wilson approached the plate that catcher Max Gagnon had blocked. Wilson’s foot was able to get through and touch the plate, but the umpire ruled Gagnon had applied the tag before the touch.
No decision would be needed by the umpire in the seventh. D.C. Arendas just cleared the fence for a two-run homer off of reliever Bennett Hixson, giving the Blowfish their first and only lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the HiToms (26-27) would regain the lead and keep it for good. Alex Raburn walked and later scored on a passed ball. The go-ahead run was credited to Gagnon, after he doubled off the left field wall and scurried home on a Sam Foy sacrifice fly.
Insurance came in the eighth inning. Dykota Spiess opened with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly. The throw on the play went to third but sailed high, allowing Andrew Cox to score on the play as well.
Nick Miller entered in the eighth inning and picked up his first save of the season.
“Now is the time you want to be playing well and they are,” said Brown. “They have confidence and are having fun with it.”
White, Gagnon and Evan Stephens had multi-hit games for the HiToms. Columbia (30-20) was held to only three hits.
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