The HiToms defeated the Salamanders 8 – 3 Friday night in front of a near sell out crowd during Christmas In July night at Ting Park. The HiToms scattered eleven hits, while taking advantage of eight Salamander walks, and two errors to produce the majority of the offense for the visitors. HiTom starting pitcher Riley Isenhour was extremely effective on the evening using pinpoint accuracy and a devastating curve ball to shut out the Salamanders for seven innings.
Salamander starting pitcher Chris Joyner and HiTom pitcher Riley Isenhour held each team scoreless through four complete innings. However, in the top of the fourth inning the HiToms would use a Blayne Jones home run and an RBI single from designated hitter Danny Lynch to plate the first two runs of the game. The HiToms would then send eight hitters to the plate in the sixth inning and nine in the seventh to produce six additional runs. Two more runs were added in the eighth inning to put the HiToms up 8 – 0. In the bottom of the eighth inning the Salamanders would get on the board when Ian Bailey took an Isenhour curve ball on the inner half of the plate and drove it over the Ting Park scoreboard for a three-run homerun.
Salamander pitching had only given up one run in 24 innings when the scoring barrage began to unfold for the HiToms. HiTom third baseman Danny Lynch lead the assault with four hits and five RBI's on the evening.
The Salamanders will have Sunday off before facing the Wilson Tobs Monday evening in the first of four home games at Ting Park next week. The HiToms will head home to face the Peninsula Pilots tomorrow afternoon with a 5:00 p.m. first pitch.