Despite grabbing an early 2-0 lead and battling back from a couple deficits, the Martinsville Mustangs dropped a wild one 17-8 in their final meeting with the Forest City Owls on Monday night at McNair Field.
The Mustangs (10-12, 21-26) jumped ahead in the first after back-to-back-to-back singles by Daniel Vitello (Mars Hill), Chase Dawson (Valparaiso) and an RBI single by Bobby Morgensen (Florida Atlantic). A Cross Factor (Oklahoma St) sac-fly extended the lead to 2-0.
Righty starter Charles Hasty (Wayne St College) made his first start of the summer, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and striking out four in 4.1 innings of work.
Trailing 6-4, the Mustangs fought back with an RBI single by Josh Falk (South Dakota St) in the fourth to trim the deficit to one. In the fifth, Dawson notched another RBI single to tie things up 6-6.
The Owls blew it open in the home half of the fifth, loading the bases a couple times and scoring five times to make it 11-6.
Trailing 15-8, position player Sage Bruhl (Richmond) entered to pitch the eighth inning, allowing two runs on four hits.
Martinsville will have Tuesday off before returning to action on Wednesday night at Hooker Field for a doubleheader against the Asheboro Copperheads. First pitch in Game 1 is scheduled for 6:15 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