Due to a suspended rainout the night before, the Holly Springs Salamanders and High Point-Thomasville HiToms met at Ting Stadium for two games, Thursday, June 13, each leaving with one win.
Holly Springs took the first game, 4-1, on the strength of impressive pitching. Parker Thode, Brent Hurlong, John Gaddis and Brendan Bell combined to throw a three-hitter with the HiToms lone run coming unearned in the ninth inning.
Will Hoyle also went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Chris Crabtree tallied three hits, including a double and a run scored.
The script was flipped in Game 2 as Logan Workman dominated on the mound, leading the HiToms to a 6-3 victory. The righty struck out 12 Salamanders in 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and three walks.
Still, the Salamanders grabbed a second-inning lead courtesy of Ian Bailey. Bailey crushed a solo home run to left center, his second blast in three games.
However, Salamanders starter Will Shirah struggled with his control. He walked six batters, including three in the third inning before HiTom shortstop Myles Christian lifted a grand slam to right-center for a 4-1 HiTom advantage.
Benjamin Newbert tacked on another HiTom run in the fourth with a two-out RBI single off Baker Nelson and in the fifth Steve Mann had a deep fly ball trickle off his glove on the warning track, leading to a three-base error and the sixth run for the visitors.
Holly Springs tried to form another comeback as Mann tapped an RBI groundout, scoring Ian Bailey in the fifth. Chris Crabtree also rocked a single to right, scoring Faile in the sixth, but the Salamanders couldn't piece together a rally before the abbreviated seven-inning finish.
Holly Springs moves to 6-6 on the season. They travel to the Wilmington Sharks on Friday before a weekend homestand against the Fayatteville Swampdogs (6:30 pm first pitch), on Saturday, and the Sharks, on Sunday at 5:40 pm.
Saturday is also What Could've Been Night, as the Salamanders switch to another nominated nickname at inception, Hushpuppies, and unveil the food at the concession stand, which will remain on sale for the rest of the season. Sunday is also Father's Day and all dads can dance or play catch on the field pre-game with their son or daughter.