Fuled by a seven-run fifth inning, the Martinsville Mustangs knocked off the Forest City Owls 8-2 at Hooker Field on Tuesday night.
Righty Davis Palermo (North Carolina) made his eighth and final start of the season, allowing only one first inning run and striking out three in four innings of work.
Tied 1-1 in the fifth, the Mustangs exploded for seven runs on the heels of a three-run home run by Keith Flaherty (West Chester), a Dominic Cox (Rice) two-run double and a Jack Capobianco (Belmont) RBI single.
Flaherty notched his third multi-hit game in four starts while catcher Kenny Bergmann (Newberry) finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles.
Right-handed relievers Davis Mikell (Castleton) and Ryan Evans (Grambling State) both worked two innings, allowing just three combined hits and one run while striking out seven to finish off the victory.
The Mustangs (8-15, 18-31) are off Wednesday and return home for the final time in 2019 on Thursday, August 1 at 7:15 p.m. to face the High Point-Thomasville HiToms. General admission is FREE for all fans and the final fireworks show of the season will follow the game.
Catcher Kenny Bergmann (@NewberrySports) discusses his 3-for-3 night at the plate in the #StangGang's 8-2 win over the @forestcityowls tonight as well as what it means to finish the season on a high note! pic.twitter.com/QwW4YDpwX0— Martinsville Mustangs (@MVilleMustangs) July 31, 2019
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.