HiToms rally in ninth, take sole possession of first place in division with 6-4 win in Forest City

While the HiToms trailed 4-1 heading into the ninth inning, a five-run rally swung the game and first place in the West Division second-half race into HPT's favor, as they came away with a 6-4 comeback win in Forest City on Friday night.

After JP McGuire (Gardner-Webb), Luke Spiva (Winston-Salem State), and Bryce Butler (Catawba) all reached to load the bases, Luke Hancock (Mississippi State) walked to cut the deficit to 4-2. With Blayne Jones (Dallas Baptist) at the plate, he tied the game at four with a two-RBI single to score Butler and pinch runner Nick Ray (SE Louisiana).

With Jones and Hancock in scoring position, Danny Lynch (Southern Miss) came up with the eventual game-winning hit, as he drove both runners in with a two-RBI double of his own to give the Toms their first lead of the game. Josh Nifong (Duke) slammed the door on Forest City with two scoreless innings to secure the win. 

Forest City got on the board first with a solo home run in the fifth inning, but HPT got the run back in the sixth as Hancock slapped an RBI single to tie the game. 

HiToms starter Riley Isenhour (Wingate) put forth his second consecutive quality start, going six innings while allowing only one earned run and striking out four. 

But the Owls would strike for three runs in the seventh, taking a 4-1 lead as the game went to the ninth inning, before the heroics of Jones and Lynch gave HPT the win. 

HPT will be back on the road Saturday as they head into South Carolina to take on the Florence Redwolves. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.