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Frontier League

Thursday's local baseball roundup: Close belts 3-run double as Pilots blank Generals before 3,000-plus; Tides, Squirrels also win

Coastal Plain League: Liberty's Alex Close hit a three-run double in the fifth inning Thursday as the Peninsula Pilots (30-10, 9-3 in the season’s second half) routed Petersburg 7-0 before 3,239 at War Memorial Stadium. The Pilots reached the 30-win plateau for the ninth time and became the first CPL club to do it this year. The Generals fell to 9-31, 2-10. Longwood left-hander Brandon Vick of Newport News pitched five scoreless innings, working out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings. He improved to 4-1 and lowered his earned-run average to 0.64. Old Dominion's Taylor Ostrich gave the Pilots a 1-0 lead in the first with a home run to right field. In...