CPL: RedWolves sweep HiToms to reach West Division championship
Both teams combined for 23 hits but the top-seeded Florence RedWolves defeated the High Point-Thomasville HiToms 8-3 to sweep the Coastal Plain League West Division Series two games to none and advance to the West Championship Series.
The HiToms jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Joey Havrilak (Akron) hit a RBI sacrifice fly to center field. Florence responded just as quickly in the bottom half when Andrew Cox smacked a game-tying RBI single to right field. In the bottom of the second inning, RedWolves third baseman Jordan Gore gave his team the lead for good with a RBI sacrifice fly and his teammate Brandon Rawe followed three batters later with a RBI single.
Florence levied a balanced offensive attack, recording at least one hit in every inning.
HiToms starting pitcher Jordan Simons (Louisville) took the loss only going one and two-third innings allowing three earned runs on six hits.
The HiToms finish their season at 26-31 making the playoffs for the second straight season.
Tyler Moore went 4-for-5 for Florence while Dean Wilson contributed three hits.
The series win marks the first time the RedWolves have advanced to the next round since the new playoff format was put in place in 2008.