Copperheads’ comeback falls just short in 6-4 loss against HiToms
The Asheboro Copperheads scored three runs in the final two innings and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth but could not to finish off the comeback as High Point–Thomasville held on for a 6-4 win at McCrary Park on Tuesday night.
Luke Trahan got the start for the HiToms and was phenomenal on the mound, giving up just one run over six innings and picking up the win.
Cole Parks (Winston Salem State) made his second start of the season Tuesday but was roughed up as he did not make out of the fourth inning and gave up three runs on seven hits.
J.P. McGuire hit RBI singles in the second and fourth innings to help the HiToms jump out to an early 3-0 lead.
Josh Hood (Penn) got Asheboro on the board in the bottom of the fourth when he launched his seventh home run of the season, an opposite field line drive to cut the deficit to 3-1.
But, Blayne Jones answered with a 2-out RBI triple in the sixth and then scored on a Danny Lynch double to extend the HiToms lead to 5-1. Jones added a run-scoring double in the eighth, which provided some insurance as High Point–Thomasville held a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Trey Polewski (USC Aiken) hit a leadoff double down the right field line as part of a three-hit night at the plate. Polewski scored on a Sean Phelan (Penn) RBI single to make it a 6-2 game heading into ninth inning.
Bryce Marsh (Pfeiffer) worked a scoreless top of the ninth, and the Copperheads refused to go quietly in the bottom half of the inning.
Tyler Cranston (Elon) drew a one-out walk, which was followed by Ben Harris (Virginia) launching his first home run of the season, a two-run big fly which cut the HiToms lead in half. Polewski reached on an infield single with two outs, which sent Jonathan Martin to the plate representing the tying run, but Martin struck out as the Copperheads lost 6-4.
Asheboro returns to action Thursday night as they travel to Forest City to take on the Owls at 7 p.m. The Copperheads will be back home Saturday night when they welcome the Holly Springs Salamanders to town.