Morton homer lifts HiToms

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 12:48 AM

The game started off sloppily as the both the Owls and the HiToms each scored their first run without a base hit.
Forest City (24-21, 7-10) took the lead in the sixth when Joey Hawkins smacked a RBI double to left field and Maleeke Gibson followed him three batters later with an infield RBI single to give the Owls a 3-1 lead.
High Point-Thomasville (20-25, 8-9) stormed back in the bottom of the seventh when Glenn Batson (Clemson) hit a RBI double to bring the HiToms within one and scored the game tying run from third on a wild pitch two batters later.
Forest City retook the lead one frame later when catcher Zach Cerbo looped a RBI single to left giving the Owls a 4-3 lead. However, the HiToms had the last laugh in the bottom of the ninth. Trip Dunn (Catawba Valley) hit a one-out single to right field before Batson reached on an error at third base. With runners on first and second, two outs and a full count, Cody Brittain (USC Upstate) came through with the RBI single to right field that tied the game at four apiece.
The HiToms, winners of four of their last five games, look to keep their momentum going in Hooker Field Thursday against the Martinsville Mustangs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.