When the Peninsula Pilots play their home opener Wednesday night at War Memorial Stadium, they'll do so with a winning record: 1-0.
The Pilots began the Coastal Plain League season Tuesday with an 8-5 victory over the host Petersburg Generals, who will get a rematch Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton.
The Pilots' Jordan Negrini batted 2-for-3 with three RBI, and his Old Dominion teammate Connor Myers drove in two runs. Peninsula quickly took control with a five-run second inning.
TJ Rinoski, a former York High standout, got the win despite yielding four runs and seven hits in five innings. Longwood's Aaron Myers, a Denbigh High graduate, gained the save.
Nick Dini had two hits and two RBI for the Generals.
PILOTS 8, GENERALS 5
Peninsula 051 020 000 — 8 9 1
Petersburg 000 130 010 — 5 10 2
WP: Rinoski (1-0). LP: Adheem (0-1). S: Myers (1). Standouts: Peninsula, Negrini 2-4 (double, 3 RBI), Myers 1-4 (run, 2 RBI); Petersburg, Castro 2-5 (double, run); Dini 2-5 (double, 2 RBI). Records: Peninsula 1-0; Petersburg 0-1.
International League baseball:
The Norfolk Tides (32-20) stopped a five-game skid by rallying past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10-8 at Harbor Park, thanks to a four-run eighth.
Bruton High alumnus Mark Montgomery pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the RailRiders (23-27), the Yankees’ top affiliate, striking out four. Former VCU pitcher Cody Eppley took the loss, yielding all four runs in the eighth.
L.J. Hoes hit a go-ahead single to right in that inning, then Zelous Wheeler added a two-run double.
The Tides stayed in a first-place tie with Durham, which rallied with three ninth-inning runs to beat Buffalo 9-8.
Norfolk's box score is here:
Eastern League baseball:
Chris Gloor yielded one run in eight innings for the win as Richmond (27-23) won 2-1 at New Britain, extending the Flying Squirrels’ winning streak to four.
East Carolina product Mark Minicozzi belted a two-run first-inning homer for Richmond, and Gloor held off Minnesota's Double-A affiliate.
D.C. United won a penalty-kicks shootout 4-2 to beat the host Richmond Kickers before 4,752 at City Stadium after their 0-0 draw in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
A full summary is here: