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Mustangs Earn Split Of Two-Game Series Against Peninsula

Mustangs Earn Split Of Two-Game Series Against Peninsula

Following a 5-3 loss on Thursday night to the Peninsula Pilots, the Martinsville Mustangs bounced back with a 10-5 victory on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium to earn a split of the two-game series. 

Right-hander Tomas Sorcia Jr. (Newberry) made the start for Martinsville on Thursday, allowing four runs on six hits and striking two in five innings of work.

The Mustangs (7-14, 17-30) grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second after newcomer Keith Flaherty (West Chester) sent a solo homer over the wall in left-center and shortstop Jack Capobianco (Belmont) reached on a fielders choice.

After a three-run fourth inning gave the Pilots a 4-2 lead, center fielder Will Schroeder (North Carolina) homered for the first time this summer in the sixth to make it 4-3. Schroeder finished the game 3-for-4.

Peninsula scratched across an insurance run in the eighth and the Mustangs couldn't rally in the ninth as they dropped a fourth straight game.

On Friday night, lefty Gavin Arsenault (Maine-Farmington) made his fourth start of the summer and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out seven in five innings.

Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Mustangs used RBI singles from Trey Woosley (Murray State), Davis Mikell (Castleton) and Flaherty to pull ahead 3-2.

After the Pilots responded and grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth, Woosley smashed his team-high seventh home run of the season to right to tie the game 4-4 on the first pitch in the fifth. 

An RBI double by catcher Josh Killeen (Wichita State), a two-run double by second baseman Alfonse Sadallah (La Salle), and an RBI single off the bat of Schroeder in the seventh helped Martinsville put up a four-spot and take a commanding 8-4 lead.

The Mustangs added insurance runs in the eighth on a sac-fly RBI from Flaherty and a bases loaded walk in the ninth to win it 10-5 in their final matchup with the Pilots.

Martinsville returns home to Hooker Field on Saturday night to face the Edenton Steamers at 7:15 p.m. on Superheroes Night.