Copperheads fall to HiToms 13-6 in 11 innings in season finale
A Joshua Baker grand slam capped a seven-run 11th inning for High Point–Thomasville as they clinched the season series victory over the Asheboro Copperheads with a 13-6 win on the regular season finale Saturday night at McCrary Park.
Greg Brown (Catawba) made his sixth start of the summer and gave up a run in the opening frame on a Blayne Jones solo home run. The HiToms plated two more runs in the third inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
Asheboro got a run back in the bottom half of the third on a Jonathan Martin (Georgia SW) home run to cut it to 3-1.
Brown settled down and held the HiToms to just the three runs over six innings and struck out eight batters.
The Copperheads were held quiet in the middle innings as well but broke through in the seventh on a Martin RBI groundout to make it a 3-2 game.
High Point–Thomasville got the run right back in the top of the eighth inning on a Luke Hancock run-scoring double.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Clayton Engel (Drury) delivered with an RBI single and two batters later, his Drury teammate, Brant Schaffitzel drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at four.
Bryce Marsh (Pfeiffer) allowed his first earned run of the season in the top of the ninth inning as the HiToms regained the lead. But Asheboro responded in the bottom half with a game-tying RBI single from Cam Morrison (Catawba) to send the game to extra innings.
In the tenth inning, Jones singled through the left side to score a run as the HiToms took a 6-5 lead.
In the bottom half, Myles Nicholson (Mt. St. Mary’s) drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game and the Copperheads had the winning run on third with just one out, but Martin grounded into a double play to send the game to the eleventh inning.
Nick Ray delivered a game-winning two-run single in the eleventh before Baker’s grand slam put the game beyond doubt as the HiToms scored seven times in the frame en route to a 13-6 win.
Asheboro (22-27, 11-12) ended the regular season with a loss and did not qualify for the playoffs as their 2019 season came to an end on Saturday night.