HiToms beat Asheboro, win fifth straight

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 12:25 AM

The High Point-Thomasville HiToms fought through a pitchers duel after a week of offensive outbursts.

But they prevailed 2-1 against the Asheboro Copperheads on Saturday night at Finch Field for their fifth win in a row and possession of the fourth playoff spot in the Coastal Plain League’s West division.

Joey Havrilak had two hits and an RBI to lead High Point-Thomasville (11-9 second half, 23-25 overall) offensively, while Tripp Dunn also had two hits and Alec Paradowski had an RBI.

Preston Johnson (2-3) pitched eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and six walks while striking out five. Laetten Galbraith retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth for his seventh save.

The HiToms, who scored 22 runs combined in their last two games, scored a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to lead 2-0. Paradowski had an RBI single in the fifth, and Havrilak hit a solo homer in the sixth.

The Copperheads (11-11, 23-26), who also got eight innings from Matt Farmakis (1-1) on the mound, did pull within one in the eighth on an RBI single and twice had the tying run on base.

But High Point-Thomasville, which has Sunday off before visiting Martinsville on Monday, snuffed out both opportunities and held on for the win.