The Peninsula Pilots defeated the Holly Springs Salamanders 3-1 in a game that featured a combined 30 strikeouts between both teams.
The Salamanders pitching staff held the Pilots to four hits on the night. However, the key hit for the Pilots was a three-run double off the bat of Johnathon Embry (Freshman, Liberty) in the second inning. After that, Salamanders did not give allow a base runner, striking out eight Pilots in a row at one point. The Salamanders pitching staff finished the night striking out 16 Pilots.
Aside from a few two-out hits, offensively the lone bright spot was Josh Hollander’s (Sophomore, Kent State) home run in the top of the third to make the score 3-1 Pilots. It seemed every time the Salamanders had momentum, the Pilots found a way to neutralize it quickly.
The Salamanders return to action in Saturday night in Holly Springs. First pitch against the Wilson Tobs is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 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.