Copperheads, rain swamp HiToms
THOMASVILLE — The HiToms did little to get back on the right track Wednesday against Asheboro.
The Copperheads scored the first 13 runs of the game and tallied 17 hits while the HiToms struggled in nearly all facets in falling 13-3 at Finch Field in a game called in the bottom of the eighth due to lightning and heavy rain.
The HiToms (13-13) lost for the third game in a row, suffered their worst loss since falling 11-1 against Columbia on June 20, 2012, and were officially eliminated from the race for the Coastal Plain League West Division first-half title.
Josh Frederick (3-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings for the HiToms. Asheboro (15-8) struck for two runs in the first on a two-run single by Matthew Reistetter, then scored four in the fifth on a two-run triple by Alex Tomasovich and a two-run homer by Luke Tendler.
That was plenty of support for Andrew Tomasovich (1-0), who scattered four hits and struck out six over six shutout innings. The Copperheads then broke open the game in the seventh with seven runs, sending 12 batters to the plate, to lead 13-0.
Tendler had three hits and three RBIs, while Reistetter and Oscar Sanay each had three hits and two RBIs to lead Asheboro. Cameron Cecil had three hits and two RBIs to key the HiToms, who scored all three runs in the seventh. Ryan Cooper also had an RBI.
The HiToms look to rebound tonight at Martinsville. They will return home Friday against Wilmington before hosting USA Baseball on Saturday and Sunday.