Coastal Plain League:
Old Dominion's Jordan Negrini hit an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday night, giving the Peninsula Pilots a 1-0 victory over the Petersburg Generals at War Memorial Stadium.
The Pilots, at 13-4, are farther above .500 in the season's second half than any other CPL team.
Longwood's Matt Dickason began the decisive rally with a single, and fellow Chesapeake resident Garrett Brooks of East Carolina walked. With runners at second and third, the Generals intentionally walked ODU's Tyler Urps, setting up Negrini's opportunity. The Hawaiian delivered with a hit to center field.
York High graduate TJ Rinoski of Wingate, Richmond's Chris Bates, UNC Greensboro's Blair Betts, Clarke University's Zane Ridings and East Carolina's Grayson Bailey combined to pitch a shutout for the Pilots. Petersburg starter Rocco Cundari, from Southern Connecticut State, struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings.
The box score is here:
Because of numerous unplayable, wet fields, the District Three American Legion baseball tournament has been culled to a single-elimination format.
The reset schedule has both games planned for 6 p.m. Thursday. Fourth-seeded Poquoson Post 273 will face No. 1 Williamsburg Post 39 at Warhill High, while No. 3 Gloucester Post 75 meets No. 2 Denbigh Post 368 at Woodside High.
District administrator William White said the fields at Warhill, Jamestown and Woodside all were unplayable Wednesday. He said if there are no playable fields Thursday, the top two seeds (368 and 39) will play at 6 p.m. Friday for the championship.
If there are no games Thursday or Friday, Denbigh will join Williamsburg in the field for the state tournament. Williamsburg is guaranteed a state berth because it is the host for the tournament, which will be played July 29 through Aug. 3 on an outdoor field at the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.
The Cleveland Indians promoted rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett to the Class-A Lake County Captains, who play in the Cleveland suburb of Eastlake, Ohio.
Crockett, a former Poquoson High star and All-ACC pitcher for the Virginia Cavaliers, struck out 16 batters in 9 1/3 innings for Mahoning Valley in the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League. He allowed just one run -- it was unearned -- and five hits in his eight appearances.
The Pawtucket Red Sox beat Norfolk 5-3 at Harbor Park, dropping the Tides into a tie with Rochester for the IL's wild-card playoff berth.
Eddie Gamboa took the loss, yielding nine hits and four runs in five innings.
Thursday's matinee game likely will become the third consecutive Harbor Park game that included a knuckleballer. Steven Wright took the loss for Pawtucket on Tuesday, Gamboa pitched Wednesday, and veteran Charlie Haeger is scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox Thursday.
The Tides trailed 4-0 before a pair of Xavier Avery RBI hits and Chris Snyder's sacrifice fly in the sixth trimmed the Red Sox's lead to 4-3.
Dan Butler's home run put Pawtucket ahead 5-3 in the ninth, and Anthony Carter got his 15th save.
Also, the Tides are getting back standout hitter Danny Valencia as a by-product of the parent Baltimore Orioles' acquisition Tuesday of reliever Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) from Milwaukee.
The box score is here:
The Richmond Flying Squirrels rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat Erie 10-9 and avoid a sweep by the Seawolves in Pennsylvania.
Erie took its first lead of the day, 9-8, with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. But the Squirrels (48-56) scored the tying run when Javier Herrera crossed the plate on Melvin Mercedes' wild pitch, and Brett Krill's sacrifice fly -- his fourth RBI of the day -- brought in the go-ahead run.
Krill belted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning and scored three runs.
Tyler Collins batted 4-for-5 with five RBI for Erie (52-49), Detroit's Double-A affiliate. He had 10 RBI in the three-game series.
The box is here:
Southern Virginia Adult Baseball League:
The playoff field for the weekend is set, with the Deltaville Deltas heading a field that will include all of the league's six teams.
At 7 Friday night, the fifth-seeded 61's will face the No. 4 York Cannons at Kiln Creek Park. Also at 7 Friday, the last-place Hampton Braves will meet the No. 3 Peninsula Pirates at a site to be announced.
Saturday, the Deltas will meet the 61's-Cannons winner at 7:30 p.m. at Deltaville Ball Park, and the No. 2 Newport News Cardinals will face the Braves-Pirates victor at 7 p.m. at Deer Park.
At Kiln Creek Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, the losers of Friday's two games will meet.
The schedule is dependent on potentially poor weather staying away.
Here are Wednesday's scores from the Denbigh Youth Baseball League Invitational:
8-and-under Machine Pitch
York 10, Warwick 0
Williamsburg 15, Gloucester 13
Warwick Warriors 27, Denbigh 5
Williamsburg 12's 14, Williamsburg 11's 5
Warwick Moose 10, Denbigh 9
James River Rage Red 19, Hampton-Wythe 0
James River Rage Red 17, Denbigh 5