Fueled by a couple of big innings in both games, the Martinsville Mustangs powered their way to a doubleheader sweep of the Edenton Steamers on Monday night at Hooker Field to remain perfect in the second half.
In Game 1, righty Kyle Lysy (Shippensburg) made his first start of the summer, going four innings and allowing four runs on six hits. The Mustangs were able to hand the right-handed starter some room to work with, scoring two runs in the second and four more in the third to lead 6-1 at the end of three.
Centerfielder Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) reached base all three times and laced both an RBI triple for the Mustangs first run, and an RBI double in the third.
After the Steamers trimmed the deficit to 7-4, closer Ryan Evans (Grambling St) entered for a two-inning save and locked it down, allowing only one hit and striking out two to notch his league-leading eighth save of the summer.
In Game 2, the Mustangs jumped ahead early with a three-run first inning when two runs scored on bases loaded passed ball and Chavers tripled home another one to make it 3-0 at the end of one.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Mustangs were able to blow it open when outfielder Daniel Vitello (Mars Hill) crushed a three-run homer to left to make it 6-0.
Lefty Michael Byrne (San Jacinto) made his third start of the summer, allowing three hits and two runs in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked four.
Martinsville will hit the road for a five game road trip with the 2018 All-Star Show sandwiched in between. The Mustangs will first travel to Hampton to face the Peninsula Pilots on Tuesday night at 7:05 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