The High Point-Thomasville HiToms won a baseball game with a football score Saturday night at Finch Field.
HPT blasted four home runs and scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to hold off the hot-hitting Forest City Owls 14-10 on Saturday night. The win snapped the HiToms' four-game losing streak to open the second half of Coastal Plain League play.
North Carolina's Angel Zarate rapped a single into center field to score Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont to give High Point-Thomasville an 11-10 lead in the bottom of the 8th. Mississippi State's Luke Hancock drove home another run by grounding a ball into shallow right field off the glove of Forest City second baseman Gehrig Christopher. A wild pitch and a dropped third strike brought home two more HPT runs before Gardner-Webb's Noah Davis closed out the final inning.
The four-run 8th came after Forest City's Paul Salata tied the game with a grand slam in the top half of the inning. Salata finished the night with two of the Owls' five home runs.
Forest City opened the scoring with two home runs in the first inning - a two-run shot from Elijah Henderson and Salata's first home run, a solo blast, to take a 3-0 lead.
High Point-Thomasville responded with a run in the bottom half after Zarate led off the inning with a double and ultimately came around to score on a wild pitch by Owl starter Canaan Silver.
HiTom starter Luke Trahan (Dallas Baptist) proceeded to hang up three straight scoreless innings on the mound, and the HPT offense went to work.
In the 2nd, Southeastern Louisiana's Nick Ray hit his third home run of the season, a deep blast to left field, to score Middle Tennessee State's Josh Baker and tied the game 3-3. Southern Miss' Danny Lynch promptly followed that with his own home run to put the HiToms up by a run.
Jones would join the party at the plate with his own two-run homer in the 4th to score Dumont.
Forest City struck back, as Kendall McGowan and Jake Rucker each added home runs in the top of the 6th inning to make it 8-6 in favor of the HiToms.
But as they did all night, High Point-Thomasville responded, tallying two runs in the bottom of the frame - one on an RBI groundout by Jones, the other on Lynch's second home run of the day.
The HiToms banged out 13 hits as a team and received multi-hit performances from five different players - Zarate, Jones, Hancock, Lynch, and Dumont.
UP NEXT: Six HiToms will head to the CPL All-Star Showdown in Savannah, Georgia, from Sunday, July 7 to Monday, July 8: Logan Workman, Evan Estridge, Josh Baker, Angel Zarate, Myles Christian, and Blayne Jones.
Christian will compete in the CPL Home Run Derby on Sunday night - follow the CPL on Twitter @CPLBaseball and visit coastalplain.com for live coverage of all your HiToms in Savannah!
HPT returns home to Finch Field to face the Gastonia Grizzlies at 7:00 Wednesday night for another Shuler Meats Dollar Night, featuring $1 hot dogs, $1 fountain drinks, and $1.50 beer!