August 14, 2013 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain) - Peninsula Pilots
The Peninsula Pilots defeated rivals, Edenton Steamers, in Game 3 of the East Division Semifinals 4-1 on Tuesday night in Edenton allowing the Pilots to advance to the Petitt Cup Championship Series.
With the win on Tuesday night, the Pilots will advance to the 2013 Petitt Cup Championship Series against the Columbia Blowfish. The series begins on Thursday night in Hampton before heading to Columbia for games 2 and 3 on Friday and Saturday night.
Scott Burkett (Longwood) broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning with a two-run double with two outs to put the Pilots ahead 3-1. Jordan Negrini (Old Dominion) started the inning with a single up the middle. After two flyouts, Matt Dickason (Longwood) beat out an infield single, putting two runners on for Burkett. Burkett lined a 2-2 pitch to center field wall, scoring Negrini and Dickason, putting the Pilots on top by two.
The Pilots added an important insurance run in the 7th with the help of an error by the Steamers. Bradon Reitano (Mount Olive) walked and then stole second. After a fly out, Negrini hit a slow roller to third base and on the throw over, the 1st baseman couldn\'t corral the throw and the ball skipped away. Reitano was able to scamper home for an important insurance run as the Steamers infield went scrambling after the ball.
The Pilots broke through with a RBI single by Reitano in the 3rd inning. After a strikeout to start the inning, Garrett Brooks (East Carolina) and Patrick Grady (Lander) reached on back to back walks setting up Reitano\'s single.
The Steamers knotted the game at one in the 5th inning with a Nick Thompson (East Carolina) RBI single which scored Alex Delgado (Emmanuel), who singled and advanced on a wild pitch.
was led with 2-for-4 efforts by Thompson and Nick Miller (Northern Colorado). The Pilots had a 2-for-4 night from Grady as well as the most important hit of the night from Burkett to put the Pilots ahead.
Jared Lyons (Liberty) got the call for the Pilots in the rubber match of the series. He responded well dealing 5 2/3 innings, giving up a run on five hits and striking out two, putting the Pilots in a position to win. Wes McGuire (Spartanburg Methodist) followed in relief with a big out to keep the game tied in the 6th. Brandon Vick (Longwood) followed with three scoreless innings for the save, striking out Delgado for the last out of the game to get out of the jam.
John Williams (George Mason) was charged with the loss, tossing six innings, giving up three runs and striking out four. Jeremy Bales (Lee) followed with two innings giving up an unearned run. Rohn Pierce (Canisius) followed with a scoreless 9th inning.
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