Thursday's local baseball roundup: Fayetteville thwarts Pilots' comeback

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Coastal Plain League:

The Fayetteville SwampDogs scored five runs in the second inning at War Memorial Stadium and held on for an 8-5 victory Thursday night to cool off the Peninsula Pilots.

The Pilots (24-16, 10-3 in the second half), who had won three games in a row, still lead their division’s second-half standings. Fayetteville improved to 19-12, 2-2.

Peninsula trailed 8-0 before a fielder's-choice RBI by Jordan Negrini got the Pilots on the board.

They scored four runs in the seventh, which included four walks and two hits. But starter Aaron Myers of Longwood, a Denbigh High graduate, took the loss after pitching 4 1/3 innings and yielding all eight runs.

Chad Whitehead had two hits and two RBI for the SwampDogs. Shawn Talkington got the victory by yielding just one run in six innings.

The box score is here:

International League:

Former Tide Jason Berken pitched six innings of five-hit ball for the win as Charlotte beat Norfolk 6-2 in a series opener in Fort Mill, S.C.

Andy Wilkins homered for the Knights, the top affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and Yamaico Navarro had two hits for the Tides (51-47).

The box score is here:

Eastern League:

Edwin Escobar pitched 6 1/3 innings for his first Double-A win as the Richmond Flying Squirrels (45-53) boosted their winning streak to three by beating the Bowie Baysox 6-3 in a series opener before 9,144 at The Diamond.

East Carolina product Mark Minicozzi led the Squirrels by batting 3-for-3 and scored twice. Javier Herrera, who homered and Angel Villalona added two hits apiece.

The box score is here:

American Legion:

Williamsburg Post 39 swept a doubleheader from Hampton Post 31, winning 11-1 and then 10-0.

Trevor Otey threw a five-inning one-hitter in Game 2.

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