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.
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.
Newcomer Keith Flaherty (@k_flaherty23), after homering and finishing 2-for-3 in his debut last night, picked up three more hits and two RBI in tonight's 10-5 win over Peninsula! He discusses it all here. ���� #StangGang pic.twitter.com/wrzRLxpdEz— Martinsville Mustangs (@MVilleMustangs) July 27, 2019
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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.