Coastal Plain League:
The Peninsula Pilots went ahead to stay in the seventh inning and won 8-2 Friday night over Wilmington at War Memorial Stadium, ousting the Sharks 2-1 in their Eastern Division semifinal series.
The Pilots, among the league's last four playoff teams, will begin the best-of-three East finals Sunday at home against East top seed Edenton.
Liberty's Alex Close blooped an RBI single, putting the Pilots ahead 3-2. VCU's Bill Cullen slugged a three-run homer to make it 8-2.
Jordan Negrini's RBI single in the first and Bradon Reitano's home run in the fifth put the Pilots ahead 2-0, but the Sharks scored twice in the seventh to briefly pull evenand left the bases loaded.
Jason Pridie, Eric Thames and Xavier Avery drove in three runs apiece as the Norfolk Tides (63-58) gained the IL wild-card lead with an 11-2 romp past Rochester in a series opener before 7,233 at Harbor Park.
Chris Dickerson was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and Zach Britton pitched five innings for the win.
Deck McGuire (7-9), a former Peninsula Pilot, beat his hometown team for the second time in two tries this season as host New Hampshire defeated Richmond 11-2.
McGuire, a former star for Deep Run High and Georgia Tech, yielded just four hits, including a Jarrett Parker home run, in eight innings.
The Squirrels (58-60), who had won nine of their last 10, squandered an opportunity to reach .500. The Fisher Cats, Toronto's Double-A affiliate, improved to 56-60.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun