HAMPTON, VA- On a night that hits were hard to come by, the Peninsula Pilots benefited from the Generals’ struggles to find the plate to earn a 3-2 victory over the Petersburg Generals on Wednesday night at War Memorial Stadium.
A combined 18 walks by both teams set the tone in the game as both teams only notched two hits apiece. The Pilots moved to 38-13 overall, 17-6 in the second half while the Generals fell to 14-35 with a 7-14 second half record. The Pilots moved to one game of tying their record for most wins in a season as they were winners 39 times last season.
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, Peninsula used patient hitting and some bruises to take a 3-2 lead. The Pilots used a total of four walks and two hit by pitches that brought in all three runs. Kyle Kempf (Southern Indiana) and PJ Higgins (Old Dominion) brought in runs with hit by pitches with the bases loaded while Taylor Ostrich (Old Dominion) drew a bases loaded walk.
The Generals broke a scoreless game with two runs in the fourth inning. Petersburg threatened with bases loaded and one out against Grayson Bailey (Lee) prompting the Pilots to go to the bullpen. Jordan Brooks (Georgia College & State) was the man on the mound and hasn’t been scored on since June 16th. The Pilots almost got away with no runs as the second out was recorded on an interference prompting the run not to count. Petersburg got a break as Greg Turlik (Maryland-Eastern Shore) drew a walk and Thomas Stallings (VMI) scored from second on a passed ball to take a 2-0 lead.
Derek Justice (Mount Olive) was credited with the win, moving to 2-2 on the season, with a scoreless inning of work. Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry) added three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and Thomas Busbice (Iowa Western CC) pitched the ninth for his 10th save of the season. Bailey gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings but had four strikeouts.
Stephen Brooks (Florida Southern) got the start for the Generals and gave up two runs in 4 1/3, allowing seven walks and striking out five. Caleb Lupton (Spartanburg Methodist) was charged with the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season. Justin Novak (Virginia) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing no runs and giving up a hit.
The Pilots will head to Wilson on Thursday for a doubleheader. The two teams will play two seven-inning games. The Pilots will be back home for their regular season finale on Saturday night for Fan Appreciation Night against Petersburg! 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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