Powered by a solid five inning start from righty Matt Tuggle, the Martinsville Mustangs opened up the second half of the season with a 3-1 win over the High-Point Thomasville HiToms on Sunday night at Hooker Field.
Tuggle (Averett), making his second start of the season, allowed just three hits and one first inning run in five innings of work. He struck out three and wiggled out of a few jams to keep the deficit at just 1-0.
The Mustangs (12-14, 1-0) broke through in the bottom of the fifth when two runs came home on an error by HiToms shortstop Sam Taylor. Outfielder Daniel Vitello (Mars Hill) drove home another run in the sixth with an RBI single to make it 3-1.
Leading 3-1, righty closer Ryan Evans (Grambling St) entered and set down the HiToms in order to preserve the win, and pick up his seventh save of the summer.
Martinsville will return to Hooker Field on Monday night for a doubleheader against the Edenton Steamers. First pitch in Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Martinsville Mustangs are celebrating 14 summers of baseball at historic Hooker Field in 2018. Follow the Mustangs @MVilleMustangs on Twitter and @MartinsvilleMustangs on Facebook and Instagram. The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 113 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com