Updated August 04 2017
The Peninsula Pilots subdued the Holly Springs Salamanders by a score of 9-5 on Thursday evening at War Memorial Stadium.
Cory Wood (Freshman, Coastal Carolina) struck first in the opening frame, walking and stealing second before scoring on a groundout by Dalton Hoiles (Junior, Shippensburg). After falling behind 2-1, the Salamanders tied the game in the second inning by way of a Zach Tondi (Junior, James Madison) solo shot.
Peninsula regained a one-run lead, but in the top of the third it was Hoiles who sent one out of the ballpark. The homer, Hoiles’ thirteenth of the season, broke the Salamander franchise single-season home run record previously held by Collin Woody.
The teams traded runs most of the night in this back-and-forth contest, but a seventh inning homer by Peninsula’s Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana) is what put the hosts ahead for good. The Pilots added three more insurance runs in the following inning.
Josh Little (Senior, NC Central) started the game for the Salamanders, going four innings and striking out two while walking four Pilots. Matt Ranson (Freshman, Lenoir Rhyne) and Jake Isbell (Freshman, Pitt CC) also made relief appearances for Holly Springs.
The Salamanders head back home for a Friday evening duel with the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The first pitch at Ting Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.