The HiToms struck for two runs in the first inning against the West-division-leading Gastonia Grizzlies at Sims Legion Park Wednesday afternoon, but couldn't hold the lead, dropping the game 6-3.
But Gastonia held the HiTom bats quiet through the middle innings and chipped away at HPT starting pitcher Riley Isenhour (Wingate), who managed to keep one of the best offenses in the league at bay for much of the game.
The Grizzlies struck late though, scoring two runs in the 7th inning in Isenhour's final frame to take a 4-2 lead. UNCW's Kip Brandenburg doubled home Baker in the top of the 8th to cut the deficit to one, but Gastonia added two more runs in the 8th to secure a 6-3 victory.
High Point-Thomasville returns home to Finch Field to face the Asheboro Copperheads in a doubleheader Thursday - first pitch of game one is set for 6:00, with gates opening at 5:00! HPT then faces Gastonia once more Friday night at Finch Field, beginning at 7:00!