THOMASVILLE — At various points this summer, the High Point-Thomasville HiToms have gotten tremendous pitching to go along with a powerful offense.
Most recently, a series of all-around performances resulted in a four-game Coastal Plain League winning streak, with wins against Martinsville and Forest City, as well as a pair of wins over Asheboro. HiToms skipper Scott Davis credits his pitching staff for providing the boost needed to dominate the competition and find consistency.
“We went on a four-game stretch where we were just killing the baseball,” Davis said. “Plus, we were getting great starts from our pitchers. If our pitchers can get us five-to-six innings, our offense is going to put up some runs, typically.”
As evidenced by the 45 runs over those four games, HPT is capable of scoring with the best of them. When every aspect of the game is clicking for the HiToms, the ceiling is limitless.
In its Independence Day game against Forest City, eight pitchers combined to hold the Owls to eight runs, bested only by the 11 put up by the home team. Hogan Windish, Matt Corder, Von Seibert and Chet Sikes all homered in that one, and Thomas Caulfield hit two blasts to beat the Owls.
The day before, it was Alex Stone with six RBIs and CJ Johnson with four RBIs who paced HPT to an 16-3 drubbing of Martinsville. Only an exhibition loss to Statesville on Wednesday broke up the winning ways.
“Tonight we got a lot of guys in the game and that type of thing,” Davis said following a 3-2 loss to Statesville. “We just wanted to get some guys some cuts, and that was what we accomplished. You don’t want to lose, but in this league, you’re going to go through some peaks and valleys. Any time you’re playing CPL games, when you get good starting pitching, you’re going to be in the game.
“In that stretch of four or five wins in a row there, we were putting up double-digit runs. Our pitchers were also throwing the ball really well.”
One of those starting pitchers who has shone brightly is Gabe Golob, who blanked the Mustangs through six innings. He improved his already-stellar season ERA to 2.16 with that outing, his longest of the season.
Prior to his start, Will Lancaster continued his brilliance on the mound by putting together six innings against Asheboro, allowing only one earned run in his most recent start.
“If we can get good starts from our starting pitchers and not have to go into our bullpen early in the game, then our offense can match up with anybody,” Davis said. “That’s pretty much what we’ve been doing — getting good starting pitching, getting key hits, and our major guys have been hitting the ball very well,” Davis said. “If we can keep guys healthy down the stretch and if we can keep everybody here, then I feel good about our chances.”
The excitement for Davis comes at a time when the HiToms will face many of the same opponents they just scored wins over. Over the final three weeks of the season, HPT will play Asheboro and Forest City four times each and Martinsville five.
Tonight the HiToms again take on the Mustangs at 7 p.m. at Hooker Field. They return home tomorrow night for an exhibition with the Boone Bigfoots at 5 p.m. at Finch Field.
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.