High Point-Thomasville fell just short against the Peninsula Pilots Sunday night at Historic Finch Field, losing 7-6.
HPT drew with one following by a two-run home run by UNCW's Kip Brandenburg in the bottom of the 8th, but could not muster a baserunner in the 9th inning to complete the rally.
Brandenburg blasted two home runs in the game, the first of which was a solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd. His home runs gave him a total of five on the season.
Peninsula also used the long ball to its advantage, scoring six of its seven runs via home runs, including a grad slam from right fielder Cole Secrest in the 6th inning that gave the Pilots a 6-4 lead they would never surrender.
The HiToms started the scoring in the 1st on an RBI single by Mississippi State's Luke Hancock that drove home Catawba's Bryce Butler. Peninsula answered with a solo home run from Nick Biddison in the top of the 2nd before Brandenburg's solo blast put the HiToms back up 2-1.
Peninsula tied it up in the top of the 3rd before HPT re-took the lead in the bottom of the 4th on a single by Southeastern Louisiana's Nick Ray, which scored Middle Tennessee's Josh Baker and Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont.
High Point-Thomasville would hold that 4-2 lead until the Secrest grand slam in the 6th. Peninsula added to that 6-4 in the 7th with Biddison's 2nd solo home run of the evening.
High Point-Thomasville will be off Monday before returning to action against the Asheboro Copperheads Tuesday night at McCrary Park at 7:05. After another off day Wednesday, the HiToms return home to face the Gastonia Grizzlies Thursday at Finch Field at 7:00 for our second Faith and Family Night of the season!