Right-hander Jake Lipetzky (Oklahoma Baptist) tossed five scoreless innings and outfielder Josh Smith (Georgia State) smashed a second inning grand slam as the Martinsville Mustangs cruised to an 11-3 victory over the Peninsula Pilots at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
The Mustangs (1-2) jumped ahead in the first inning after Colin Allman (Newberry) and Smith drew back-to-back walks off Pilots starter Charles Hall. Allman later scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
After the Mustangs loaded the bases in the second, Allman singled home another run to push the lead to 2-0. With the bags still full, Smith smashed a line drive grand slam over the wall in left to make it 6-0 Martinsville.
Allman reached base four times in the game and made an excellent one-handed scoop and throw from shortstop for the final out of the seventh, while Smith collected four RBI, two hits and drew two walks.
Lipetzky, a rising senior, recorded his first win of the summer, allowing only one hit in five innings of work and striking out seven.
Lefty Stone Selby (Belmont) worked his first two innings of the summer on the mound, allowing one hit, a run on a balk call and fanning two. Relievers Ryan Evans (Grambling State) and Calvin Marley (Wichita State) tossed the eighth and ninth innings respectively.
Leading 7-2 entering the ninth, the Mustangs pulled away by putting up a four-spot in the top of the ninth. A two-run double off the bat of Kenny Bergmann (Newberry), an RBI single by Matt Ballance (Virginia Tech) and an RBI groundout by Dalton Lansdowne (Newberry) helped the Mustangs secure their first victory of the 2019 season.
Martinsville returns home on Monday night to face the High Point-Thomasville HiToms in a doubleheader at Hooker Field. First pitch in Game 1 is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.
About the Mustangs:
The Mustangs are celebrating 15 seasons of Coastal Plain League baseball at historic Hooker Field in 2019. For news and ticket information visit www.martinsvillemustangs.com or call 276-403-5250. The team can also be reached by email at email@example.com. Follow the Mustangs on on Facebook and Instagram @MartinsvilleMustangs and on Twitter @MVilleMustangs.
About the CPL:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, 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 118 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 www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.