Updated July 05 2014
Hunter Bryant hit his league-leading sixth home run of the season Saturday as the Forest City Owls beat the High Point-Thomasville HiToms 8-6.
The HiToms took an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame when Des Roberts (rs jr., UNC-Charlotte) hit a RBI single to center field. Forest City didn’t take long to respond, however, as first baseman Hunter Bryant clocked a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first, tying the game at one apiece. The Owls continued their offensive assault scoring twice in the second and once in the third.
High Point-Thomasville was held at bay trailing 4-1 until the top of the sixth. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Roberts’ sacrifice fly to center field notched the HiToms’ second run of the game. Two batters later with the bases loaded, right fielder Austin Crutcher (jr., Bellarmine) smacked a bases-clearing triple driving in three and giving the HiToms a 5-4 lead. It didn’t last long though as Forest City grabbed the lead back for good scoring two runs in the bottom half and added single runs in the seventh and the eighth.
The HiToms look to get back in the win column Monday as the Asheboro Copperheads come to Finch Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 P.M.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: