Post 87 duo called up to play for HiToms
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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