HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point Rockers and Gastonia Honey Hunters split a doubleheader Tuesday night at Truist Point. The Rockers took game one by a score of 8-2 as Mickey Jannis won his 12th game of the year while Gastonia claimed the nightcap 7-0.
Gastonia maintained its 3.5 game lead over the Rockers. The Honey Hunters are 33-18 in the second half in the Atlantic League’s South Division with the Rockers in second at 29-21.
In the opener, Jannis set the club record for wins in a season with his 12th victory, a three-hitter. The knuckleballer allowed just one hit through the first five innings before allowing a solo homer to Jack Reinheimer in the sixth and another solo shot by David Washington in the seventh. Jannis walked two and struck out six in going the distance for the first time this season.
Jannis was supported by a nine-hit attack from the High Point offense. The Rockers scored in the first on a solo homer by Ryan Grotjohn then added four runs in the fourth. Shed Long, Jr. doubled home a run to put the Rockers up 2-0. With two men on, D.J. Burt lined a single up the middle that centerfielder Zach Jarrett overran, allowing Burt to circle the bases, and driving in two more runs and giving the Rockers a 5-0 lead.
Brian Parreira hit a massive three-run homer in the seventh to give the Rockers the 8-2 win.
In game 2, Gastonia starter Brett Daniels (W, 6-1) and a pair of relievers held the Rockers to two hits in a 7-0 Honey Hunter win. Grotjohn hit a squibber down the third base line that stayed fair as he beat it out for an infield single in the second inning. He added a two-out single in the fourth.
Reinheimer hit two more home runs in the nightcap and drove in three to lead Gastonia’s 10-hit attack. Mitch Atkins (L, 1-3) went four innings and allowed just three hits and two runs while walking two and striking out four.
Game three of the four-game series with Gastonia is slated for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday, September 6 at Truist Point. The game will be streamed live on FLO Baseball and also available on the Mixlr app.