COLUMBIA, SC- The Peninsula Pilots capped a record setting season with the ultimate goal: the 2013 Petitt Cup with a 2-1 extra inning victory over the Columbia Blowfish.
The Pilots won Game 1 by a 5-4 score on Thursday night back at War Memorial Stadium. Torrential rain forced the cancellation of Game 2 last night in Columbia. Because of the rain, both Game 2 and if necessary, Game 3, would be played on Saturday afternoon as 7-inning games.
The Pilots wouldn’t let a day of rain or a shortened game disrupt their championship chances and they proved worthy as the won an eight-inning game 2-1 in Columbia.
The first three innings proved to be a pitcher’s duel between Brandon Vick (Longwood) and David Duncan (Florida A&M). Through the first three innings, the Blowfish out hit the Pilots 4-0 but was unable to push across any runs to show for it.
The Pilots struck first with a RBI single by Josh Silver (Lee). Alex Close (Liberty) walked to start the 4th inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Silver drove a ball to the right-center gap allowing Close to score from second to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead.
The Blowfish answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning. DC Arendas (South Carolina) singled to lead off the inning and then Connor Lewis (Lander) was hit by a pitch putting two runners on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, a fielder’s choice error allowed Arendas to score. Smith hit a ground ball to the third baseman and the throw got away from the catcher to try to get Arendas but the Pilots were able to recover and nab Lewis trying to score.
After three eventless innings, the Pilots struck across a run in extra innings. Back to back base hits by Bradon Reitano (Mount Olive) and Close put two runners on with one out for Jordan Negrini (Old Dominion). While Negrini was at bat, a wild pitch advanced the runners a base allowing Negrini’s fly ball to right field to score Reitano easily to put the Pilots ahead 2-1.
Aaron Myers (Longwood) pitched a perfect 8th inning to close out the game giving the Pilots their first ever CPL Petitt Cup in 14 seasons.
The Longwood tandem of Vick and Myers combined to throw eight innings (five for Vick and three for Myers) and allow five hits with six strikeouts.
Duncan pitched all eight innings for the Blowfish and was charged with a hard-luck loss. He gave up two earned runs on four hits and struck out 11 Pilots on the afternoon.
The Pilots ended a record-setting season with their first ever CPL Petitt Cup. For more information regarding the season, please visit www.peninsulapilots.com. For up to the minute details on Pilots Baseball be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PeninsulaPilots. Use the #PilotsNation to spread the word about the Pilots!
The Peninsula Pilots are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 13th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 62 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).