COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA. – A three run top of the ninth moved the Peninsula Pilots (25-8), ahead of the Tri-City Chili Peppers (6-26) to bring the game to its 7-6 final score.
The scoring started with two runs in the bottom of the first off of back-to-back RBI groundouts from Logan Jarvis (Belmont) and Eliot Dix (Longwood) to make it 2-0 Tri-City.
Peninsula had a response however and struck two of the three runs surrendered by starter Ian Evans (Elon). The other run off of Evans came in the fifth, but the starter gathered his first quality start of the season going six strong, and racked up five strikeouts along the way.
With the game even at 2-2, Tri-City center fielder Carson Jones (Virginia Tech) broke the tie by unleashing his second longball of the season out over the scoreboard in right. The two run blast made it a 4-2 Chili Pepper lead.
Tri-City tacked on to two run advantage with a run across in the bottom of the fourth with Wilson Galvan’s (South Carolina) sixth homer of the year. Next inning, the Pilots got the run back in the fifth to bring the score to 5-3.
After a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, both sides exchanged runs in the eighth to move the score to a 6-4 Tri-City lead.
Then the top of the ninth saw the Pilots pour on three runs to take their first lead of the game and did not relinquish it in the home half of the inning.
The Chili Peppers will return to Shepherd tonight to take on the Wilson Tobs with first pitch set for 7 p.m. For more information, check out chilipeppersbaseball.com, and follow the team on social media for all the latest news and updates.