THOMASVILLE — High Point Post 87 had a much harder time in its rematch with Davidson County Post 8.
The HiToms fell behind six runs in the first three innings, struggled to get anything going against the WarHawgs’ pitching and lost 7-0 in American Legion baseball Tuesday evening at Finch Field.
“I think we lost in every phase you could think of tonight,” Post 87 coach Rob Shore said. “Offensively we were not with it, which is disappointing because we’ve had two really good games in a row. But that says a lot about their pitcher.
“We haven’t seen much lefty pitching all year. We went up there, were swinging early in the count, and that was exactly opposite of what I was telling them to do. We weren’t good at the plate, and their pitcher was really good.”
After beating Davidson 9-5 on Sunday at Holt-Moffitt Field — their third victory in a four-game winning streak — the HiToms faltered this time against Davidson left-handed pitcher Wilson White, who threw a complete-game shutout.
“More than any other sport I’ve been a part of, the pitcher is the most key component to what can change a game,” Shore said. “In basketball, you’ve always got your point guard. In football, you’ve always got your quarterback. It doesn’t matter — you don’t have 10 different quarterbacks.
“But in baseball that position changes the outcome more than any other position in any other sport. And that showed tonight. We didn’t hit and they did. We got behind and it felt like our guys were pressing.”
Post 87 got the leadoff batter on base in three of the first four innings. But it couldn’t do anything behind that. Meanwhile the WarHawgs capitalized on their opportunities — scoring three in the first, one in the second and two in the third.
Davidson tallied nine hits for the game, making the most of a handful of miscues, while the HiToms finished with five hits.
“When you compound those two things (walks and errors),” Shore said, “and they’re hitting the ball like they did tonight behind all of that, you’re not going to win that game.
“What they did great tonight was, when we made our errors and we walked people, they were hitting behind that. That says a lot about how well they were playing tonight. They played outstanding tonight, and they were definitely the better team.”
Cam Hepler went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the WarHawgs. Jacob Pennell and Dylan Barker had two hits apiece. White and Drew Rabon, a former Ledford standout, each had a hit and an RBI.
Hepler’s RBI double and Rabon’s RBI single highlighted the first. White singled in a run in the second, and Hepler singled in a run and Davidson scored another on an error in the third. The WarHawgs also scored two on wild pitches.
Avery Adams had two hits to lead Post 87 (10-4 overall, 6-2 Area III North), which dropped out of a first-place tie with Randolph County. Chase Wade doubled, and Carter Bass and Derek Martinez each had a hit.
Now with just one league game left in the regular season, the HiToms will look to a close with a win tomorrow at Eastern Randolph.