Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains, and sometimes you even tie.
The HiToms and Kernersville Bulldogs finish in a 5-5 stalemate after nine innings at Historic Finch Field Wednesday night after High Point-Thomasville scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Bloomsburg sophomore Ben Newbert smacked a two-out, two-RBI double to the left-center field wall to tie the game in the final frame. Newbert finished 2-for-5 after arriving to High Point-Thomasville earlier in the afternoon to play his first game in a HiTom uniform.
Newbert's double came after UNCW product Kip Brandenburg grounded out to score Gardner-Webb's J.P. McGuire. earlier in the inning.
Prior to that three-run frame, the HiToms mustered two runs off the bat of reigning CPL Hitter of the Year Austin Pharr, who hit two towering solo home runs in the 5th and 7th innings to pace the HPT offense.
Kernersville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Hogan Windish solo home run in the top of the first. He would add another solo blast in the 7th inning en route to a 4-for-4 day at the plate, while driving in three of the Bulldogs' five tallies.
The other Bulldog runs came on a Kendal Tucker RBI groundout in the 4th inning and a Logan McNeeley solo home run in the 7th.
The HiToms open CPL play tomorrow evening on the road against the Gastonia Grizzlies at Sims Legion Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. - you can listen live to the HiToms broadcast of the game beginning at 6:50 by visiting mixlr.com/hitomsbaseball.