HAMPTON, Va. – Behind a strong offense and a solid performance from Braun Miller, the Peninsula Pilots snapped a three-game losing streak with a rain-shortened 9-1 victory over the Wilson Tobs on Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium.
Looking to snap the losing streak, the Pilots turned to Miller to get the Pilots back on the winning track. With the Pilots scoring runs in the first four innings, Miller cruised through five innings to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed an unearned run and did not allow a hit until Chad Frazier (Concord) recorded a single with two outs in the fifth inning.
Peninsula immediately put their foot on the gas pedal as they scored in the first four innings against the Tobs. Back-to-back walks to Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) and Matt Schneider (Mercyhurst) started the first inning for the Pilots. After a sacrifice bunt by Logan Augustine (Lincoln Memorial) moved the runners into scoring position, Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana) tripled down the right field line to score both runners. A couple batters later, Spencer Horwitz (Radford) delivered an opposite field single to score McNamara for an early 3-0 lead.
Wilson got a run on the scoreboard in the second inning on an error to cut the deficit to 3-1.
McNamara struck again in the second inning by plating two runs with a double to left field. Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a groundout by Griggs. After Schneider drew his second walk of the season, McNamara hit a double to left field for an early 5-1 lead.
Peninsula tacked on a run in the third inning with a RBI single by Griggs.
The Pilots continued to put pressure as they scored three runs in the fourth inning. Augustine led off with a single before McNamara reached after being hit by a pitch. Conor Davis (Auburn) made the Tobs paid with a two-run triple to right-center. After a pitching change, Spencer Horwitz hit an opposite field double to score Davis for a 9-1 lead.
Rain halted play in the sixth inning before the umpires called it an official game after a 20-minute delay.
The Pilots will be off the next few days as the CPL All-Star Break takes place in Holly Springs, N.C. The team will be represented by seven players. Peninsula will continue the second half with a home game on Wednesday night against Wilmington for Star Wars Night and Bethel Baptist Night!
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