In a back-and-forth Opening Night affair, the Martinsville Mustangs fell one run short in a 7-6 ten inning loss to the Asheboro Copperheads on Thursday night at Hooker Field.
The Mustangs (0-1) fell behind 3-0 early after righty starter Caleb Goedeken (Doane) allowed three runs in the first inning. Martinsville responded quickly in the home half of the first however, as second baseman Chase Dawson (Valparaiso) and third baseman Joe Boyle (Indiana State) both picked up a pair of two-out RBI singles to trim the deficit to 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs grabbed their first lead of the night when Dawson doubled home two more to make it 5-4 Mustangs. Dawson finished with two hits and three RBI.
Tied 5-5 entering the tenth, the new International Rules came into play when both teams started the inning with runners on first and second. After laying down a sac-bunt, the Copperheads (1-0) charged ahead 7-5 when Todd Elwood lined an RBI triple to left. After Dawson laid down a sac-bunt of his own in the bottom of the tenth, the Mustangs rally was halted with a couple of groundballs.
Martinsville will hit the road for a contest at Forest City on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
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