HAMPTON, Va. – The Tri-City Chili Peppers dropped its second straight contest on Sunday after the Peninsula Pilots picked up a 6-5 victory in a very unusual way. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, a balk was called on a Chili Peppers pitcher, moving the runner home and scoring the winning run for the Pilots.
Sunday’s game was the first of twenty matchups between the Pilots and the Chili Peppers this season.
The Chili Peppers got the scoring started early from War Memorial Stadium as Willie Havens (Elon University) drove in Wilson Galvan (South Carolina) with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first. The Pilots would respond with one run of their own in the bottom half.
Tri-City jumped back out in front in the third inning as they scored two runs, highlighted by Ben Williamson’s (William & Mary) two-out RBI double.
In the sixth inning, facing a 5-3 deficit, the Chili Peppers started to rally back as Logan Jarvis (Belmont) led off the inning with a double to the wall before coming around and scoring to cut the Pilots’ lead to one run.
Tri-City wasn’t done scoring as another run came across in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5, before the Pilots scored on the walk-off balk to win in the ninth.
Standing out for the Chili Peppers on the mound was relief pitcher Logan Ross (Troy University) who threw three innings out of the bullpen and allowed no runs on just one hit and two walks.
The Chili Peppers are back in action on Wednesday, June 9, at Shepherd Stadium against the Wilson Tobs.