HIGH POINT-THOMASVILLE, N.C. - "HiToms" and "home runs" are becoming nearly synonymous in 2018.
High Point-Thomasville blasted three more homers Friday night at Finch Field, including a grand slam, to stomp the Asheboro Copperheads 12-0 and extend its win streak to three games.
Christian's home runs put his Coastal Plain League season total at 14, tying the HiTom team record set by Chris Swauger in the 2007 season.
On the mound, starter Luke Gesell paced the HiToms by tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits, and striking out six batters. Austin Reich finished the shutout over the final two innings to improve High Point-Thomasville to 21-13 and drop Asheboro to 11-21.
The HiToms added to their tally in the middle innings, batting around in the 5th inning and scoring six of their 12 runs. Christian delivered the biggest blow of the frame with a three-run homer at the top of the High Point-Thomasville lineup.
Two Tar Heels then added to the tally with two outs in the inning. Jackson Hesterlee smoked his first hit of the season back up the middle to score Austin Pharr and extend the HiTom lead to 5-0. Kip Brandenburg immediately followed with a ringing double to the centerfield wall, plating McLean and Hesterlee.
Gesell returned to the mound in a groove, at one point retiring 11 straight batters to keep the Copperheads at bay.
High Point-Thomasville pulled away with Stanley's 7th inning grand slam before Christian went back-to-back with a solo home run to leave the score at 12-0.
High Point-Thomasville hits the road to face the Gastonia Grizzlies at Sims Legion Park Saturday night at 7:05 before a day off Sunday. Listen live to the game at mixlr.com/hitomsbaseball, with John Thomas and Adam Jordan on the call - pregame show begins at 6:50.