CPL: Chair City club earns two weekend victories
Champ Rowland had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the HiToms to an 8-2 victory over the Fayetteville Swampdogs Sunday.
The HiToms got off to a great start in the first. Mike White led off the ballgame with a walk and then stole second. Fayetteville starter Randy Hair then hit Kyle Brandenburg with a pitch before a Robbie Streett sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. Kyle Martin cashed those two baserunners in with a single to right, making the score 2-0. A Jared Allen walk and Andrew Cox single then loaded the bases with one out. The next batter, Rowland, singled to right to drive in Martin. The HiToms then scored their fourth and fifth runs of the inning on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively.
With the HiToms up 6-2 in the fourth, Rowland continued his strong day at the plate, driving a single to left-center to plate Cox and Allen and put the HiToms up 8-2. Rowland finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Nick Miller (2-2) went six innings, allowing only two unearned runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts for the victory as the HiToms won consecutive games for the first time since July 12. High Point-Thomasville finds themselves at 21-25, 8-10 in the second half, heading into the final full week of the regular season.
The losing pitcher was Hair (1-1), who gave up eight runs, five earned, on five hits over four innings. Hair walked six against two strikeouts as Fayetteville fell to 26-16, 9-5.
Saturday, Streett drove in five runs to lead the HiToms by the Martinsville Mustangs, 9-8 at Hooker Field.
With the game tied at five in the sixth, Mustangs reliever Taylor Saucedo hit Andrew Cox with a pitch to lead off the inning. Max Gagnon then laid down a bunt. Fielding the ball, Saucedo chucked it by first baseman Brent Langston and into right field, allowing Gagnon to reach and Cox to go to third. Mike White then ripped a single into right to score Cox and give the HiToms a 6-5 lead. A sacrifice bunt by Kyle Brandenburg and an RBI groundout by Streett, who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs, put the HiToms up 7-5.
High Point-Thomasville got off to a fast start in the game. White led off the game with a single, and stole second, going to third on a throwing error by Martinsville catcher Austin Allen. Brandenburg popped up but then Streett singled home White as the HiToms took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Martin then singled before a Sam Foy hit drove in Street. After Dykota Spiess struck out, Champ Rowland knocked in Martin with a hit down the right field line to put the HiToms up 3-0.
With the HiToms trailing 4-3, Cox led off the fourth with a single before Gagnon struck out looking for the first out. Saucedo then hit White with a pitch before yielding a bunt single to Brandenburg to load the bases. The next batter, Streett, crushed a double down the left field line to give the HiToms a 5-4 advantage.
Streett drove in his fifth run of the game with a double down the right field line to score Brandenburg and give the HiToms a 9-5 lead in the eighth.
Eric Renegar hit a two-run single in the ninth to cut the lead in half at 9-7. After Bennett Hixson got Keelin Rasch to lineout to center, Brent Langston hit a flyball to right that figured to be the final out of the game. However, Cox fell down right under the ball, dropping it and allowing another run to cross the plate to make it a one-run game. Hixson walked Ozzie Gonzalez to put the potential winning run on base but got Johnathan Beaubien for his second save of the season.
Dylan Stoops (4-1) earned the win by tossing six innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits. The southpaw struck out five against one walk as the HiToms improved to 20-25, 7-10 in the second half. The losing pitcher was Saucedo (1-4), who surrendered four runs, two earned, on four hits with a strikeout in three innings of relief.