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Pilots fall to Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA- The Peninsula Pilots’ bats fell quiet in a 2-1 road loss to Petersburg on Wednesday night.

After breaking out with 11 hits on Monday against the Generals, the Pilots pushed across their first run two batters into the game. Garrett Brooks (East Carolina) led off the game with a double to left field. After stealing third, Brooks scored on a Zach Lopes (Delaware) groundout to put the Pilots ahead 1-0. After that, the Pilots would only get two more hits on the night.

The Generals answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning as four consecutive Generals notched a hit. Ryan Owens (Mount St. Mary) doubled to left field and advanced to third on a single by David Martinez (Newberry). With runners on the corners, Steven Cooper (Anderson) singled down the right field line to knot the game at one. The very next batter, Connor Andrus (Winston-Salem State), singled to center to plate another run and giving the Generals a 2-1 lead.

Derek Justice (Mount Olive) got the nod for the Pilots tonight and was greeted with four consecutive hits. After that he was able to calm down and pitch four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two but was charged with his first loss of the season. Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry) followed in relief and was very impressive. He tossed four innings of two-hit ball striking out six on the night.

Ryan Gray (Trinity) got the start for the Generals and responded with seven innings of one hit ball. He only gave up three hits and struck out eight batters on the night and evened his record to 1-1 on the young season. Colin Bigelow (Southern Virginia) earned his first save of the season by keeping the Pilots off the bases.

Lopes and Brandon Stephens (Georgia) each notched a hit for the Pilots. Andrus, Cooper, and Martinez had at least two hits on the night for the Generals.

The Pilots will return home to face the Petersburg Generals for the third straight game. Thursday’s game will be College Night as well as Thirsty Thursday! Show off your school spirit and celebrate with $1 drinks! 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!

About the Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, 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 nearly 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at coastalplain.com and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).



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