The High Point-Thomasville HiToms rolled past the Gastonia Grizzlies at Finch Field Wednesday night, winning 5-1 behind strong pitching performances from Lee University's Logan Workman, USC Upstate's Will Lancaster, and Gardner-Webb's Noah Davis.
Workman started the game and fired five innings, allowing the only run of the game to Gastonia in the top of the first on an RBI groundout. Lancaster and Davis each followed with two shutout frames to hold the Grizzlies' offense at bay.
HPT scored three runs in the fifth inning, all with two outs, following RBI hits by North Carolina's Angel Zarate and Dallas Baptist's Blayne Jones. Zarate's double brought home Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont, while Jones' single scored UNC-Asheville's Anthony Cuozzi.
The HiToms pushed across the third run of the inning after Mississippi State's Luke Hancock reached on an error by Gastonia shortstop Jeff Cyr - Zarate scored from third on the play to give HPT a 3-1 lead.
High Point-Thomasville added another run in the sixth after a wild pitch caromed over the netting behind home plate and into the Finch Field grandstand, allowing Southern Miss' Danny Lynch to trot home from third.
The final tally for HPT came in the seventh, after Middle Tennessee State's Josh Baker forced a single through the infield to score Hancock.
The HiToms earned their first win against Gastonia on the season - HPT will face the Grizzlies three more time in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season.
The HiToms hit the road to face the Forest City Owls tomorrow night at McNair Field before returning home to play the Asheboro Copperheads Friday night at 7:00 - gates open at 6:00!