High Point-Thomasville scored eight runs in the first three innings and cruised past the Gastonia Grizzlies 10-4 at Finch Field Thursday night to pick up its second straight win.
With the win, the HiToms moved to 6-and-7 in the 2nd half of the Coastal Plain League season and into a tie for 1st place in the West division with the Forest City Owls. HPT travels to McNair Field to face Forest City Friday night at 7:05.
The HiToms used two home runs, a 3-run blast from Dallas Baptist's Blayne Jones and a 2-run missile from Gardner-Webb's JP McGuire, to keep the Grizzlies at bay. HPT also scored three runs on Gastonia wild pitches in the first two innings of the game.
The Grizzlies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st on a sacrifice fly, but High Point-Thomasville responded in the bottom of the frame. Mississippi State's Luke Hancock scored on a wild pitch from third base to tie the game up at one. Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont followed with an RBI single with the bases loaded to score Jones and put HPT in front 2-1.
Gastonia took the lead back with a 2-run single in the 2nd, but HPT seesawed back ahead in the bottom half, tallying three runs, two of them on wild pitches. McGuire and Bloomsburg's Ben Newbert were simply able to trot home and give the HiToms a 4-3 advantage before Southern Miss' Danny Lynch continued his hot hitting, doubling home Hancock to make it 5-3.
Lynch has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
The HiToms kept their foot on the gas in the 3rd, as Jones stroked his 3-run homer on the first pitch he saw, bring home McGuire and Hancock and making it an 8-3 HPT lead.
Pitching took over for the homestanding HiToms after that, as Mississippi State's Tyler Spring fired two scoreless innings to keep Gastonia off the board. Missouri's Nick Lommen succeeded him and allowed just one run, and Tiffin's Michael Boswell slammed the door with three scoreless innings.
McGuire effectively put the game out of reach with his first home run of the summer, tatooing a ball over the left-centerfield wall in the bottom of the 7th to score Newbert and make it 10-4.
UP NEXT: High Point-Thomasville heads to McNair Field for a crucial divisional game with the Forest City Owls Friday night at 7:05 p.m. See below for the jumbled CPL West division standings. Listen live right here on hitoms.com or at mixlr.com/hitomsbaseball.
HPT road trips to Florence Saturday night before returning home to face the Asheboro Copperheads Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
CPL West Division Standings
Forest City Owls 6-7
High Point-Thomasville HiToms 6-7
Gastonia Grizzlies 5-6
Asheboro Copperheads 5-6