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HiToms Take Opener 13-1

Riley Isenhour set the tone early on a sunny Sunday afternoon, cruising through three innings of shutout ball in his return to Finch Field.

Coach Rountree said the game would be a sort of bullpen-day, and Josh Nifong took the mound in the 4th to pick up where Isenhour left off.  

The HiToms' bats took a little while to heat up, but when they did they were impossible to slow down.  Trey Hinton and Jacob Whitley led off the 4th with back-to-back doubles, breaking the ice in what became a three run inning.

The Fungo's pitch location and defense gave the HiToms plenty of oppurtunities on the basepaths, and HPT took advantage. 5 of the 13 runs scored either reached base on a walk, hit by pitch, or error.

Even with plenty of cushion, Nifong didn't take his foot off the gas, striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Tyler Garam allowed the only Fungo run on the day, but hung tough, having to maneuver his way out of multiple bases-loaded spots.

9 out of the 10 batters for HPT reached base, but in a game when you want to give everyone a shout-out it was 2nd baseman Bailey Welch, batting out of the nine-hole, who led the team in reaching base safely three times, scoring on all three.

The HiToms get a break for Memorial Day and return to Finch Field for another exhibition match on Tuesday hosting the Deep River Muddogs, and the Kernersville Bulldogs on Wednesday.