Greensboro College junior Will Hicks fired a complete game on the mound, and North Carolina junior Dylan Enwiller drove in four runs to pace the High Point-Thomasville HiToms (16-12) to an 8-1 road victory against the Lexington County Blowfish (8-18).
The win marked the first of the second half for the West Division first half champions and snapped a two-game losing skid. The loss was Lexington County's seventh straight.
Hicks took a shutout into the eighth inning before allowing a solo home run as the lone tally of the night for the Blowfish. He finished the night with seven strikeouts after tossing 106 pitches, the most of any HiToms pitcher this season.
While Hicks shut down the Blowfish, two-out hitting proved to be the catalyst for the HiTom offense. All eight runs were scored with two outs.
Wofford junior Reed Massey started the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the top of the second to score Northwestern State junior Sam Taylor. Massey also made a terrific leaping catch to end the fourth inning with two runners on base, perhaps the only real threat the Blowfish mounted in the first eight innings.
High Point-Thomasville used small ball to get on the board in the sixth. After Charlotte sophomore Jacob Whitley singled to open the frame, Liberty redshirt freshman E.P. Reese reached via a bunt single, and Taylor moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt of his own.
Enwiller then drove both runners in with two outs on a single up the middle to extend the HiTom lead to 3-0.
The floodgates snapped in the seventh, as six straight High Point-Thomasville batters reached base with two outs, four via base on balls. Nine HiToms hitters drew walks in the game, the most in a single game this season.
Whitley started that string with an RBI single to score Columbus State junior Austin Pharr. Massey came to the plate a few walks later and drew one of his own to score the second run of the inning.
Enwiller followed with another two-RBI single back up the box to make it 7-0.
Middle Tennessee State redshirt sophomore Manuel Lopez got in on the act in the eighth, roping a double to the right field wall. He scored on a Reese single to complete the High Point-Thomasville tallies on the night.
The win moved High Point-Thomasville to 1-2 in the second half of the season, while dropping Lexington County to 0-2.
High Point-Thomasville returns to historic Finch Field Wednesday night to face the Martinsville Mustangs in a special Fourth of July celebration. General admission tickets are still available for $9, with box seats costing $10. Tickets are also good for Saturday's game against the Gastonia Grizzlies.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 Wednesday night, with gates opening at 5:00. Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling 336-472-8667 or at the gate prior to the game.