THOMASVILLE - E.P. Reese was answering a question after Thursday's game when several of his High Point-Thomasville HiToms teammates playfully pretended to record him.

He couldn't help but smile.

"We're like a huge family," Reese said, moments after going 3-for-4 in the HiToms' 7-3 win over the visiting Forest City Owls.

Reese's joyful attitude would make sense to anyone considering the former North Davidson star hardly got on the field in his first two years of college.

First came a year at North Carolina State, where he ended up red-shirting. Reese then transferred to Liberty in hopes of playing a significant role. He played in all of 10 games and got eight at-bats with two hits.

It wasn't supposed to be that way for Reese, a highly regarded outfielder who helped lead North to the 2016 4-A state championship. But his fortunes may be about to change. Reese is transferring to Winston-Salem State, where fellow outfielder Randy Norris just got drafted in the 19th round by the San Francisco Giants.

"At Liberty, I didn't get a lot of at-bats or anything," Reese said. "Winston-Salem State reached out. Randy did real well and got drafted. I'm hoping for the same thing next year. Put up some good numbers. They want me to lead off and play center field. I'm just trying to get the reps right now."

He's doing that. Reese was batting .330 heading into Friday's game with Asheboro. He's playing mostly every day for the HiToms.

"E.P.'s having a real good year," said HiToms president Greg Suire. "The main thing about him is his consistency. He's learning to square up on the ball. He didn't get a lot of at-bats in his first two years of college. You've got to have a lot of at-bats. He's getting that this summer. When you do, you show progress."

To Reese, it's all about hard work.

"I'm just coming here early," said Reese, who is in his second season as a HiTom. "The coaches, especially coach Jones, have been helping me with my swing in getting direct contact with the ball, not grounding it. Just trying to make good contact."

That's showing up in the games.

"E.P. has really come in here and played hard," said HiToms head coach Brian Rountree. "He's getting pretty comfortable at the plate. He runs the bases well. He deserves to be successful."

The HiToms are certainly glad to have him.

"Let me tell you this," Rountree said. "In the two summers I've had him, E.P. shows up every day. I can look out in the outfield and he's chasing down fly balls like it's his last one."

Reese has found out the path to success can change. He certainly didn't expect to get hardly any playing time after what he accomplished at North.

And, no, he didn't like it.

"It was frustrating for me and my family," Reese said. "But with God's plan and God's will, everything will work out."

It certainly is playing out that way on the field and Reese is counting on the momentum to carry over into next spring with WSSU.

"I think it will help tremendously ..." Reese said.

The HiToms teammates about had him surrounded after that question. One even pretended to be holding a TV-style boom microphone.

"Go HiToms, you know," Reese said with a sheepish grin, as his teammates scurried away.

Reese is going, too.

Mike Duprez can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 218 or sports@the-dispatch.com. Follow Mike on Twitter@LexDispatch_md.