Florence Rallies Past HiToms

Updated July 11 2014

Dean Wilson delivered the crucial blow late Friday as the Florence RedWolves bested the High Point-Thomasville HiToms 6-2.

The HiToms (15-21, 3-5) tacked on single runs in the first and the third with sacrifice flies from Bradley Morton (jr., Appalachian State) and Des Roberts (rs jr., UNC-Charlotte). Armed with that 2-0, starting pitcher Matt Orth (rs fr., North Carolina – 0-2) coasted through the first five innings scattering just three hits.

In the top of the sixth, however, the tables turned. With runners on second and third, Florence’s Andrew Cox drove a RBI single to right field cutting the deficit in half. Two batter later, Connor Sullivan tied the game with a fielder’s choice RBI. One frame later, a wild pitch with the bases loaded gave the RedWolves a 3-2 lead before second baseman Dean Wilson stroked a two-run double to left field to push the lead to 5-2.

Orth went six and one-third innings allowing those five runs on seven hits against four walks and one strikeout.

The HiToms look to bounce back Saturday before the All-Star Break as they finish their home-and-home series with the RedWolves at Sparrow Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 P.M.

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Nkwa Asonye