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Sixth Inning Dooms Mustangs In 5-1 Loss At Macon

Sixth Inning Dooms Mustangs In 5-1 Loss At Macon

Despite a stellar outing from righty starter Davis Palermo (North Carolina), the Martinsville Mustangs couldn't overcome a three-run sixth inning in a 5-1 loss to the Macon Bacon at Luther Williams Field on Wednesday night.

Palermo, making his second start of the summer, allowed only one hit and struck out five in five innings of work. 

After the Bacon (6-4) scratched across a run on a wild pitch in the fourth, Macon added three more on a two-run triple and sac-fly in the sixth to make it 4-0.

The Mustangs (3-6) scored their only run in the seventh when Matt Ballance (Virginia Tech) trotted home on a passed ball to trim the deficit to 4-1.

Right-handers Sam Kaplan (Mars Hill), Dylan Tuttle (Guilford) and Ryan Evans (Grambling State) all saw action, pitching an inning of relief respectively. 

Macon added an insurance run in the ninth to secure a 5-1 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two squads.  

Martinsville returns to action on Thursday night in Lexington County. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Listen to the game on the Mustangs Baseball Network 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 or call 276-403-5250. The team can also be reached by email at 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, and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.