Despite taking a 4-2 lead into the ninth, the Martinsville Mustangs fell 9-8 in 11 innings to the Peninsula Pilots at Hooker Field on Thursday night.
The Mustangs (3-3) fell behind 2-0 in the fourth when Pilots DH Manny Lopez sent a two-run homer over the fence in left off right-handed starter Tom Butler (Occidental CC).
Making his second start of the summer, Butler allowed just the two runs on three hits and struck out three in four innings of work.
Martinsville responded immediately in the home half of the fourth, as an RBI groundout by first baseman Ethan Whitely (UT-Martin) and an RBI single off the bat of catcher Hank Moore (Lincoln Memorial) evened things up 2-2.
The Mustangs pulled ahead for the first time in the fifth when second baseman Casey Harford (UT-Martin) roped an RBI single to left and third baseman Tyler Riebock (Ouachita Baptist) sent a sac-fly to center to make it 4-2.
After Calvin Marley (Wichita State) walked two batters and exited with one out in the top of the ninth, closer Ryan Evans (Grambling State) entered the game looking for his second save of the season. A throwing error by Mustangs shortstop Colin Allman (Newberry) however, allowed the Pilots to tie the game up 4-4 before Evans issued a bases loaded walk to give Peninsula a 5-4 ninth inning advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Mustangs rallied for one run on a two out, pinch-hit RBI double by Kenny Bergmann (Newberry) to it up 5-5 and send the game to extras.
After both teams escaped big tenth inning jams, the Pilots exploded for four runs in the top of the 11th off reliever Dylan Tuttle (Guilford). The right-hander was one of seven pitchers used by the Mustangs.
An Allman sac-fly and a Josh Smith (Georgia State) two-run single trimmed the deficit to 9-8 in the bottom of the 11th, but the Mustangs rally fell short.
With their losing streak snapped at three games, the Mustangs head to Fayetteville on Friday night to face the SwampDogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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.