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Pilots Rally Over Salamanders

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Peninsula Pilots used a four-run seventh inning to rally for a 9-6 road victory over the Holly Springs Salamanders on Thursday night.

Trailing 6-5 in the seventh inning, the Pilots used a two-run single by Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) to take the lead. A bases loaded walk by Zac Ching (VMI) and a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Embry (Liberty) allowed the Pilots to add insurance runs.

The late rally allowed Braun Miller (Malone) to pick up the victory. The left-hander tossed three scoreless innings and struck out four in relief. Nathan Eaton (VMI) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

Collin Liberatore (Pittsburgh) picked up the start and gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings before the late rally took him off the hook for the loss.

Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana) continued his hot streak with a RBI single in the first inning to put the Pilots on top early.

Peyton Issacson (Coastal Carolina) hit a two-run home run for the Salamanders in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. A solo shot by Cory Wood (Coastal Carolina) put the hosts ahead 3-1 in the third inning.

Peninsula mounted a two-out rally in the fourth inning as they tied the game on an error and a RBI double by Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville)

The Pilots retook the lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by McNamara. Conor Davis (Auburn) gave the visitors a two-run lead with a RBI single later in the inning.

Adam Sisk (James Madison) hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the frame to put the Salamanders ahead once again.

Peninsula mounted a four-run seventh inning to complete the comeback and snag a road victory.

The Pilots head to Wilson for a matchup on Friday night before returning home on Saturday night as they host Holly Springs for YMCA Night and Yoga Night.

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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.