WILSON, N.C. – The Peninsula Pilots squandered multiple opportunities in a 4-2 loss to the Wilson Tobs on Friday night.
Despite out-hitting the Tobs 13-12, the Pilots left 15 runners on base, including two innings in which the bases were left loaded.
Drew Delsignore (Mercyhurst) blasted his 11th home run of the season to put the Pilots ahead 1-0 in the second inning. Delsignore’s blast marked the ninth straight game that the Pilots were the first team to find the scoreboard.
Wilson took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning. Singles by Christopher Ballard (Georgia Southern) and Dawnoven Smith (North Carolina A&T) put runners on the corners with one out. Back-to-back RBI singles by Carson McCurdy (Mount Olive) and Jake Holtzapple (North Carlina) gave the Tobs their first lead of the night. A passed ball scored another run before Perry Hunt (North Carolina A&T) put the Tobs up 4-1 with a RBI single.
Peninsula cut the deficit to two with a run in the fifth inning. Scott Dubrule (Jackonsville) led off with a single through the right side. After a walk to Matt Schneider (Mercyhurst), Logan Augustine (Lincoln Memorial) loaded the bases with a single. Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana) followed with a single but Augustine was called out for interference negating the run. After a pop out, Delsignore brought in a run with a walk but the Pilots couldn’t cash any more as they lead the bases loaded for the second time of the nigh.
Tyler Garbee (Pittsburgh) took the loss for the Pilots after allowing four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. The bullpen did a tremendous job in keeping the team in the game but opportunities were squandered. Nolan Flachofksy (Lenoir-Rhyne) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief followed by Vinnie Tarantola’s (Liberty) two scoreless innings. Nathan Eaton (VMI) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
The Pilots will travel to Edenton on Saturday night to take on the Steamers at Historic Hicks Field before returning home to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs on Monday and Tuesday nights at War Memorial Stadium.
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The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 97 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.