The Catawba Valley Stars brought only 16 players to Finch Field, it was a split squad while the other half was down in Lexington battling the Blowfish.
Even with half a roster, nobody saw this coming. When 25 runs are scored by one team, you're going to get some crazy stat lines so here are a couple:
Bryce Butler 6-6, 3 RBI. The lefty lead-off man had gone 5-5 in the past, but even the OBP wizard never before reached the heights of six hits in a game.
Austin Pharr 3-6, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Pharr joined the HiToms Sunday morning and it took him under 6 hours to hit his first HPT homer in his first AB. He went yard again in the 7th for good measure.
Myles Christian 4-5, 3HR, 9 RBI. Not sure if the CPL was paying attention, but Myles was named the Player of the Week right around when he destroyed his 3rd homer of the day. So in the past week when you throw in today's clinic, Christian has racked up 8 HR and 20 RBI.
Zach McLean 2-5, RBI. The big righty from NC A&T had a nice first day with HPT, and would probably be getting more props if it weren't for all the other absurd numbers put up.
All 10 batters reached base for the HiToms today, but lost in the circus is the pitching staff holding Catawba Valley to just one run.
As Coach Tree says, today's pitcher was "Charlie Whole-Staff".
Gesell and Carraway both looking sharp as they made their first appearances with the HiToms.
As fun as that was, HPT gets a quick rest on Monday before diving into the CPL deep end. They head to Gastonia for a double-header on Tuesday, kicking off an 11 game crucible over just 12 days.
Your next chance to see the HiToms at Finch is on Dollar Dog Night, Wednesday vs the Gastonia Grizzlies.