HiToms secure spot in playoffs
Not long ago, the HiToms were in the midst of a downward spiral that was threatening their postseason hopes.
They had lost nine of 10 games, were giving up run after run, and could not bring in enough runs to keep pace. Currently in a stretch of winning five of their last six, Thomasville now finds itself not only hitting its stride at the right time, but officially in the playoffs after Thursday’s 3-1 win at Forest City.
“It feels good to go ahead and lock up a playoff spot,” said first-year manager Zach Brown. “They are playing well right now. They are loose and just having fun. You want to play good at the end of the year. We have a spot and now we want to keep winning and carry over the momentum.”
Brown has preached for weeks that he was not concerned where this team would end up. He knew the talent that was assembled for this season would catch on at some point. Now, with just days left in the regular season, they are indeed playing to their potential and are one of the hottest teams in the summer collegiate league.
“I knew it would click sooner or later,” said Brown. “Baseball is confidence, and once they got a little bit of confidence rolling they have started to put it together. I knew that when the season started. This team has a lot of talent, and when you combine that with confidence they are hard to stop.”
After giving up eight runs in a 9-8 win over Martinsville last Saturday, the HiToms have only given up nine runs combined in the last six outings. Five of those came in the lone loss at Columbia. Pitching has been balanced throughout the season, but the staff is beginning to improve a little more each day. With a best-of-three format in the playoffs, Brown likes their chances.
“Starting pitching has been good all year,” he said. “Coach [Kyle] Deese has done well keeping them on routine and not overthrowing. He has done a great job for us.”
The Tommies will play at Forest City today, host Columbia Sunday, then close out the regular season at Asheboro Monday.