ZooKeepers Thrash Hi Toms

As they have done so many times this season, the ZooKeepers made the short trip up to Thomasville to play the Hi Toms.

This is the second consecutive game at Finch Field for the ZooKeepers and the first game back post all star break.

The ZooKeepers had five players represented at this years all star festivities and came back with some hardware.

Reliever Mason Manriquez won a pitching contest at this years all star game.

Moving on to tonight’s game, Ethan Davis got the ball to face off against Brantley Willis.

Hot Start

Both teams swung the bat exceptionally well the first few innings of the game.

In the bottom half of the first inning the Hi Toms managed to score two runs off a single and a wild pitch.

Only allowing two runs seemed to be a small victory for Davis on the mound as the Hi Toms left the bases loaded to end the inning.

When Davis managed to leave the bases loaded the ZooKeepers dug out went into an uproar and got to work.

The second inning was a run barrage for the ZooKeepers.

A total of EIGHT RUNS came across the plate in the half inning.

The eight run half inning was highlighted by a Dylan Driver grand slam.

Driver sent one over the left field wall and the dugout erupted.

The last time the ZooKeepers saw Willis on the mound they struggled, this time not so much.

Sustained Dominance

The eight run inning was not the only run barrage for the ZooKeepers during the game.

In innings 4-6 the ZooKeepers managed to tack on five more runs highlighted by three RBI singles.

After six innings the scoreboard read 13-2 in favor of the ZooKeepers.

The run rule was in affect heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

If a team is ahead by 10+ runs in the seventh inning or later then the game ends there.

The ZooKeepers were ahead 13-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Win Scott came into the game to try and close it out but allowed a three run homer that allowed the game to continue.

The ZooKeepers were determined to run rule the Hi Toms which meant they would have to put more runs up.

Not only did the ZooKeepers put more runs up but they did so in style.

In the top of the eighth both Zach Evans and Nick Capozzi hit two run home runs.

The lead was 18-5 and Scott got another chance to close it out.

Scott came in and faced four batters to close out the game.

Wrap Up

After it was all said and done the Zookeepers won 18-5 in eight innings.

With the victory they close to just two games back in the race of the playoff spot.

Tomorrow the Zookeepers will welcome the Hi Toms to McCrary Park for a rematch.

First pitch is at 7pm and tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

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