Fueled by a six inning, two-hit performance out of righty Jake Lipetzky (Oklahoma Baptist), the Martinsville Mustangs squeezed past the Asheboro Copperheads 3-1 on Thursday night in front of 2,213 at McCrary Park to finish off a three-game road trip.
Lipetzky allowed only one run on two hits and struck out nine in picking up his second win of the summer.
The Mustangs (3-2, 13-18) opened the scoring in the second when right fielder Trey Woosley (Frontier CC) smashed his team-high sixth home run of the season to right-center to make it 1-0.
After Asheboro tied things up 1-1 in the bottom half of the second, the Mustangs took advantage of a Copperheads' error in the fourth to retake a 2-1 lead.
A wild pitch in the seventh allowed Kenny Bergmann (Newberry) to score from third and gave Martinsville a big insurance run.
With the Mustangs ahead 3-1, the Copperheads (1-3, 12-18) put together a bases loaded, two-out rally in the eighth. After right-hander Charlie Hasty (Wayne State College) entered the game, a diving snag by Woosley on a liner to right kept Asheboro off the board.
Hasty struck out the side in the ninth for a four-out save, his third of the season.
Martinsville returns home to Hooker Field on Friday night, July 5 at 7:15 p.m. to face the North Division rival Wilson Tobs. Purchase your tickets for Salute the Troops Night and a postgame fireworks show 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.