HIGH POINT-THOMASVILLE, N.C. - High Point-Thomasville's (12-8) power-hitting prowess pesisted Friday night at Finch Field, as Columbus State's Austin Pharr and Middle Tennessee State's Myles Christian smacked home runs to pace the HiToms to a 7-6 victory against the Asheboro Copperheads (7-11).
Pharr's two-run home run was his fourth in as many games, while Christian's blast was his seventh on the season and proved to be the difference in a one-run game.
High Point-Thomasville has not lost since Sunday against the Gastonia Grizzlies, rolling off five straight victories, including two wins against the Forest City Owls and back-to-back one-run wins against the Copperheads.
The win kept the HiToms' lead in the Coastal Plain League West at two games, with second place Forest City sitting at 9-9 overall. High Point-Thomasville has five games remaining before the first half ends June 30. Forest City will play eight games in that stretch.
The back-and-forth affair began with crucial two-out hits for the HiToms, led by a two-RBI, two-out single by Wofford's Reed Massey in the bottom of the 2nd. Asheboro quickly answered in the next half-inning with a run on a single by Penn's Sean Phelan to draw back within one.
The two-out hitting struck again in the bottom of the third, as Columbus State's Frank Wager drove in his college teammate Pharr to extend the lead. The two teams traded runs again in the fourth - one on a groundout by Asheboro's Caleb Webster, the other on the third two-out hit of the night for the HiToms, courtesy of Kankakee's Bryce Butler.
Two Copperhead runs in the top of the fifth tied the game at four, but Pharr promptly untied the game with his two-run home run in the bottom of the inning. The round-tripper brought his season RBI total to 21, which leads the Coastal Plain League.
The game went quiet until Christian unloaded his home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th. That homer proved to be valuable insurance, as the Copperheads used a couple of hits and a HiTom error to draw back two runs in the top of the 8th.
The tying run reached second base for Asheboro in the final frame, but Greensboro College's Will Hicks struck out Trevecca's Ethan Harrison on a breaking pitch diving out of the strike zone to seal the game.
High Point-Thomasville gets a well-deserved day off Saturday after playing 12 games in 11 days. The HiToms return home to Finch Field to face Forest City in a pivotal West Division clash at 4:00. General admission tickets are $7, while box seats cost $8.
If you cannot make it to the game, watch the action live on HiTomTV on the home page of hitoms.com beginning at 3:45. Just click the white HiTomTV banner.