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Pilots lose late lead to Petersburg

HAMPTON, VA- The Petersburg Generals rallied for two runs in the 9th inning to come behind and steal a win from the Peninsula Pilots 3-2 on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.

The Pilots broke a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly by Kyle Johnson (Purdue) in the eighth inning but the Generals scored two runs in the ninth inning to steal the win from the Pilots. The Generals (3-6) have won three in a row, including last night’s 2-1 victory over the Pilots. The Pilots (4-4) beat the Generals on Monday night 7-3 before falling late the last two games.

The Generals scored both runs (both of them unearned) off of closer, Taylor Edens (VMI), who lost his first game of the season. The Generals led off with a single to the shortstop by Ryan Owens (Mount St. Mary), who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. A fielding error followed but Owens did not advance. After a pop out, the Generals were down to their final out. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base and forced the Pilots to intentionally walk Nick Christopher (Virginia State). David Martinez (Newberry) hit the game-winner with a bloop single to right field to score two runs and take the 3-2 lead. Edens got a strikeout to the end the threat.

The Pilots threatened in the ninth when Connor Myers (Old Dominion) beat out an infield single and stole second. He was stranded at second base when the final out occurred.

The Pilots broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Johnson. Garrett Brooks (East Carolina) led off the inning with an infield single. PJ Higgins (Old Dominion) followed with a walk to put two runners on. Taylor Ostrich (Old Dominion) advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Johnson lifted a fly ball down the right field line to score Brooks but that’s all the Pilots would get going into the ninth inning.

The Generals scored first in the third inning on an RBI infield single by Martinez. The Pilots would tie it up at one in the fifth inning when Brooks brought home Zach Lopes (Delaware) on a two-out single.

Ryan Cook (Richmond) got the nod and tossed five innings, giving up an unearned run on six hits and striking out six. Austin Heenan (VMI) followed with three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Dylan Collet (St. Leo) pitched seven innings of one-run ball while striking out seven on the night. Devin Repine (Maryland-Eastern Shore) was awarded the win after pitching two innings and striking out one.

The Pilots had multi-hit games from Myers, who was 2-for-3 and Brooks, who was 2-for-4. The Generals were led by Owens, who was 3-for-4 and Martinez, who was 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs.

The Pilots will hit the road and face Edenton on Friday night before returning home on Saturday night for the Ring Ceremony and game against the Morehead City Marlins. The 2013 champions will be receiving their rings! 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!

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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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