Pilots hand Wilson 8-6 win


HAMPTON, VA- The Wilson Tobs used a five run seventh inning to come from behind to take an 8-6 win over the Peninsula Pilots on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.

With the Pilots leading 5-3 in the seventh, the Tobs manufactured five runs with a ball never leaving the infield and with some help of Pilots miscues to take the lead they would not relinquish.

The Pilots answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly by Jason McMurray (Iowa Western CC) but could not get any closer. Peninsula fell to 35-12, 14-5 in the second half while Wilson improved to 23-22 overall, 8-9 in the second half with the win.

The Pilots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Brandon Stephens (Georgia) knocked in a run with a single to put the Pilots ahead 1-0. Kyle Kempf (Southern Indiana) added a run with a sacrifice fly before Connor Myers (Old Dominion) gave the team a 3-0 lead with a single up the middle.

Wilson knotted the game in the fourth inning with a three-run inning. Kenny Hostrander (Eastern Kentucky) gave the Tobs their first run of the game with a RBI groundout. Adam Pate (North Carolina) added a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2 before Seth LaRue (Campbell) tied the game with a single to left-field.

Peninsula retook the lead with two runs in the fifth inning with a RBI single by Taylor Ostrich (Old Dominion) that scored ODU teammate, Myers. Alex Close (Liberty) added a run with a single through the left side to give the Pilots a 5-3 lead.

Cameron Langfels (Eastern Kentucky) was credited with the win as he moved to 1-0 on the season after the Tobs took the lead in the seventh. He tossed three innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits. Chris Williams (NC State) notched his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

Ryan Cook (Richmond) was charged with the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. Wes McGuire (Lenoir-Rhyne), Grayson Bailey (Lee), Austin Heenan (VMI), and Jordan Brooks (Georgia College & State) all kept the Tobs off the board with scoreless appearances.

Connor Myers led five Pilots with multi-hit nights with a 3-for-5 night. Ostrich, PJ Higgins (Old Dominion), Close, and Kyle Johnson (Purdue) added 2-for-5 efforts. The Pilots had a 14 hit attack but stranded 10 runners in the loss.

The Pilots will stay at home and host the Wilson Tobs on Saturday night for a night sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding. For more information regarding the season, please visit www.peninsulapilots.com. For up to the minute details on Pilots Baseball be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PeninsulaPilots. Use the #PilotsNation to spread the word about the Pilots!

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