The Martinsville Mustangs pushed their winning streak to three games, sweeping a doubleheader against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Monday night at Hooker Field.
In the first inning of Game 1, outfielder Josh Smith (Georgia State) was hit by a pitch, Trey Woosley (Frontier CC) doubled and Casey Harford (UT-Martin) reached on a Tobs throwing error that allowed the Mustangs to grab an early 2-0 lead. Harford later scored to make it 3-0 when Ethan Whitley (UT-Martin) reached base on a fielders choice.
Right-hander Davis Palermo (North Carolina) made his first start of the season, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out six. The Chapel Hill native retired the first nine batters he faced.
The Mustangs blew the game open in the fourth inning when shortstop Colin Allman (Newberry) continued his impressive ways at the plate, tripling home three runs to make it 6-0.
A Whitley sac-fly and a Tyler D'Alessandro (Salem) RBI base knock in the fifth pushed the lead to 9-0 as the Mustangs cruised to a victory in the first game of the twin bill.
In Game 2, the Mustangs used a two-out RBI double off the bat of Harford to again take a first inning lead.
The HiToms (0-4) responded however, scoring twice in the top of the second off righty starter Evan Dix (Queens) to retake the lead. Dix allowed two runs on one hit in two innings of work, walking four and striking out one.
After an RBI single by Allman tied the game at 2-2 in the home half of the second, catcher Hank Moore (Lincoln Memorial) crushed a three-run double to the wall in left-center to give the Mustangs a 5-2 advantage.
Righty Sam Kaplan (Marks Hill) secured his first win of the season, working three perfect innings in relief and striking out five. Bryson Sullivan (Lincoln Memorial) tossed a scoreless sixth before Ryan Evans, the only returner from Martinsville's 2018 squad, locked down his first save of the summer in the seventh.
The Mustangs return home to Hooker Field on Thursday, June 6 at 7:15 p.m. against the Peninsula Pilots for Educator Appreciation Night. Purchase your tickets here.