High Point-Thomasville allowed just one hit in game two of a doubleheader at Finch Field to earn a 3-1 win against the Asheboro Copperheads at Finch Field Saturday after dropping game one 15-6.
Dallas Baptist's Luke Trahan fired five hitless innings to start game two and allowed the only run of the game in the top of the 1st inning. UNCW's Rian Haire followed with a scoreless inning before Trahan's DBU teammate J.T. Penick earned the save. All three pitchers made their Coastal Plain League debuts.
Northeast CC's Drew Smith laced a two-RBI single down the left field line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 3rd to put the HiToms up 2-0. HPT would tally its insurance run in the 5th when Middle Tennessee State's Myles Christian smoked a double into the gap in left-center to score Catawba's Jeremy Simpson.
Simpson and Southeastern Louisiana's Nick Ray recorded the other two HiTom hits in game two. Asheboro's lone hit game in the top of the 6th inning off the bat of North Carolina A&T's Dustin Baber.
The HiToms dropped game one to Asheboro 15-6 to start the day despite erasing an early 5-0 deficit. The Copperheads jumped out to that lead through three innings, scoring two runs in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and two more in the 3rd.
HPT rallied with five tallies in the bottom of the 3rd, including two off a Smith triple to the centerfield wall. Smith came home two pitches later when Louisburg's Josh Baker smacked a home run to right-centerfield, his seconds straight game with a home run.
Asheboro posted three more runs in the 5th to take an 8-5 lead. HPT responded with a run in the 6th on a Christian RBI single, but the floodgates opened in the final frame, as the Copperheads struck for seven runs to put the game well out of reach.
High Point-Thomasville remains at Finch Field Sunday to host the Gastonia Grizzlies on Father's Day. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. - gates open at 4:00 p.m. General admission tickets start at $7.00.