An infield single from Houston Baptist's Christian Dumont in the bottom of the 10th scores Winston-Salem State's Luke Spiva from third to propel the HiToms past the Forest City Owls 4-3 Friday night at Finch Field.
The win puts High Point-Thomasville at 10-9 in the 2nd half of Coastal Plain League play and ties the team for first place with the Gastonia Grizzlies. HPT will face the Grizzlies at Sims Legion Park Saturday night.
The HiToms trailed for much of the game - they did not tally a run until the bottom of the 8th inning. Forest City pushed across runs in the 4th inning and 6th inning against Lee University's Logan Workman, who was a late addition to the HiToms lineup card as the starting pitcher. Workman was excellent over six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out nine batters.
With his start, Workman regained his title as the CPL's leader in strikeouts with 62 on the summer.
Gardner-Webb's Noah Davis relieved Workman in the 7th and fired back-to-back shutout innings to keep the Forest City lead at 2-0.
High Point-Thomasville finally broke through in the bottom of the 8th inning - with a bit of help from the Owl defense. With North Carolina's Angel Zarate at third base and Spiva and second with two outs in the inning, Southeastern Louisiana's Nick Ray hit a towering pop up to Forest City third baseman Jake Lyle. He dropped the pop fly, allowing Zarate to score from third to cut the Forest City lead to 2-1.
Dumont then grounded to Owl second baseman Jake Rucker, who bobbled the ball, allowing Dumont to reach at first and Spiva to score to tie the game before Ray was caught trying to advance home as well.
Davis then pitched a clutch 9th inning, striking out back-to-back batters with the go-ahead runner standing at third base.
Forest City tallied one run in the top of the 10th on a wild pitch by Davis, but the Gardner-Webb righty struck out CPL home run leader Kendall McGowan with two men in scoring position to end the inning and keep the score at 3-2.
In the HiTom half of the 10th, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Spiva bunted and reached first to load the bases with no outs. Catawba's Cam Mills then reached on a fielder's choice, but Zarate, the tying run, was thrown out at home plate.
Ray then tied the game by grounding into a fielder's choice that retired Mills at 2nd, but scored UNCW's Kip Brandenburg from third base.
Dumont followed with his game-winning infield single to the left of shortstop Elijah Henderson, whose throw to first was nowhere close to nabbing Dumont down the line.
The HiToms travel to Sims Legion Park to face the Gastonia Grizzlies in another crucial CPL West battle - the winner will take sole possession of first place in the division. First pitch is set for 7:05 - listen live on hitoms.com or at mixlr.com/hitomsbaseball.