HIGH POINT-THOMASVILLE, N.C. - Evan Stephens crushed two home runs in a 2-for-4, three-RBI day and Sam Foy went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the HiToms to an 8-6 victory over the Florence RedWolves at Finch Field in High Point-Thomasville.
The HiToms were backed by a strong pitching performance by Josh Frederick (3-1), who worked 6.1 innings, allowing only two unearned runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Hunter Rice worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save as High Point-Thomasville improved to 9-10. Tyler Jackson (1-2) surrendered seven runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts to take the loss as Florence dropped to 11-7.
Foy got the scoring started by lining a pitch over the right field wall to give the HiToms a 2-0 lead in the second. An inning later, Stephens did the same and High Point-Thomasville led 3-0.
With the score 4-2 in the seventh, Stephens launched his second home run of the night on a fastball from Jackson to increase the HiToms advantage to 6-2. An RBI single by Foy four batters later pushed the lead to 7-2.
However, the HiToms comfortable cushion was threatened almost immediately. After striking out pinch-hitter Joey Miggliaccio to lead off the eighth, Alex Pridemore walked each of the next two batters before a single by Blake Massey loaded the bases. After falling behind in the count 3-1, Pridemore laid a fastball over the middle of the plate that Zachary Bellinger cranked into right-center field for a grand slam, making the score 7-6.
The HiToms were able to add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on an error by Massey, which allowed Andrew Cox to score.
High Point-Thomasville begins a three-game series with the Martinsville Mustangs tomorrow. The teams play in Martinsville tomorrow before playing a doubleheader Friday at Finch Field.
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