High Point-Thomasville dropped its Friday night game against the Gastonia Grizzlies at Finch Field 10-8, despite jumping out to an early 5-0 lead.
Proceedings started as well as they could for the HiToms - Middle Tennessee State's Myles Christian homered to lead off the bottom of the first for his 6th home run of the season and 24th home run of his HiTom career. With the big fly, Christian became the all-time leader for home runs in a CPL career, breaking the record previously set by former HiTom Richard Jones from 2007-2009.
Two innings later, HPT added to its lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 3rd in quick succession. A double by Grand Canyon's Drew Smith scored Zarate, and another double by new arrival Luke Hancock (Mississippi State) brought home Smith.
Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont drove in the final run of the frame on a bases-loaded walk to score Hancock.
Gastonia responded with three runs in the top of the 4th on a Luke Leisinring home run - the HiToms got one back in the 5th on an RBI single by Charlotte's Jacob Whitley, which scored Southeastern Louisiana's Nick Ray.
But the Grizzlies stuck for three more runs in the 7th to tie the game at six and scored four more in the 8th to take a 10-6 lead.
UNCW's Kip Brandenburg smacked a two-run homer in the 8th to cut the HiTom deficit to 10-8, but High Point-Thomasville was unable to even things up in the 9th despite bringing the tying run to the plate.
UP NEXT: The HiToms face Forest City on the road at McNair Field tomorrow beginning at 7:05 - HPT returns to Finch Field to play the Martinsville Mustangs Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Bring your furry friends to the park - it's Thomasville Vet's Pet in the Park Sunday!