Despite rallying to tie the game in the eighth, the Martinsville Mustangs fell 6-5 to the Peninsula Pilots on Thursday night in Hampton at War Memorial Stadium.
The Mustangs (15-16, 4-2) jumped ahead early when Chase Dawson (Valparaiso) doubled home a first inning run to make it 1-0. Catcher Nick Ciandro (Cal State Fulleton) smashed his first home run of the summer, a two-run shot in the second to make it 3-0 Martinsville.
The Pilots squeaked across three runs in the home half of the third however, to tie things up 3-3.
Lefty starter Tyler Smith (Cal State Fullerton) allowed five runs on nine hits in seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked one.
Trailing 5-3 in the eighth, the Mustangs put a couple runners on base with two outs before taking advantage of a Pilots throwing error to trim the deficit to one and then got an RBI single by Joe Boyle (Indiana St) to tie things up 5-5.
Reliever Kyle Hansen (Flagler) tossed an impressive home half of the eighth inning, striking out the side to keep the knotted up.
The game remain tied 5-5 until the tenth inning when the Pilots were able to manufacture a run on a sac-fly to walk it off, 6-5.
Martinsville will continue the road trip on Friday night with a first place battle against the Wilson Tobs at Fleming Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 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