HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point Rockers scored in double figures for the third time in the last four games in subduing the Lexington Counter Clocks 11-7 on Thursday night at Truist Point. The win moved the Rockers into a tie for first in the Atlantic League’s South Division. The Gastonia Honey Hunters split a doubleheader at Lancaster on Thursday and both clubs share the top spot with matching 34-15 records.
Big innings were the rule of the day. The Rockers scored five runs in the first and four more in the second while the Counter Clocks countered with four in the top of the third.
High Point’s five-run first inning was highlighted by a two-run triple from Zander Wiel, an RBI ingle from Beau Taylor and a two-run single from Daikan Yoh. In the second, it was Taylor’s second grand slam of the season that brought in all four runs as the Rockers built an early 9-0 lead.
The Counter Clocks scored four times in the third off High Point starter Matt Solter (W, 3-1). Connor Owings drove in one run with a triple, J.C. Encarnacion delivered an RBI single and Thomas Dillard slammed a two-run homer.
The Rockers finished their scoring with a pair of runs in the third. Singles by Shed Long, Jr. and Michael Russell put two men aboard and Ben Aklinski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Taylor then delivered a two-run single for his sixth and seventh RBI of the night.
Lexington starter J.C. Sulbaran (L, 0-1) allowed 12 hits and 11 runs in his two innings of work. He left the game in the top of the third when Russell hit a line drive off Sulbaran’s knee that went for an infield single.
Bryce Hensley, Cam Bedrosian and Jameson McGrane each threw a shutout inning in relief. Ryan Dull pitched the ninth for the Rockers and allowed three runs, all unearned, following an outfield error.
Russell, Wiel and Taylor all had three hits for the Rockers and Taylor’s seven RBI tied the club record set by Stephen Cardullo against Gastonia on Sept. 19, 2021.
High Point, which went 7-2 on the homestand, will head to Southern Maryland for a three-game series with the Blue Crabs starting Friday night.