A few weeks ago, the Martinsville Mustangs likely would've lost a game like Monday's contest against Forest City. The Mustangs committed three errors and walked eight Owls, but still found a way to pull off a fourth straight win, taking down Forest City 7-6.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Martinsville gave the lead away with a bases-loaded hit by pitch and an error, but it didn't last long. The Mustangs began the bottom of the sixth drawing three walks to load the bases before Trey Woosley singled in Jack Sigrist to tie the game at 4-4. Tyler Riebock gave Martinsville the lead, scoring on a wild pitch. Kenny Bergmann made it 6-4 with a sacrifice fly, then Josh Killeen doubled home Woosley for a 7-4 advantage.
"I think they're a lot more calm," said Martinsville Head Coach Kregg Snook. "They aren't letting any moment get too big for them. It's a game of failure as they say, so when you want it so bad early in the season you kind of get out character a bit... now they can kind of settle in and just be them, good or bad."
Carlisle graduate Evan Dix earned the win in relief. Dix worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit, two walks with a strikeout. Bryson Sullivan worked a clean eighth inning, striking out a pair. Charles Hasty got his second save of the summer, working around a two-out hit to close the door in the ninth.
"Even though we made mistakes, we had the lead so it was important to keep pitching with the lead," Snook said.
Riebock gave Martinsville the early lead with an RBI single in the second inning. Forest City tied it in the fourth inning before giving it right back in the bottom half of the inning. Casey Harford stole second, and on the throw Jack Sigrist scored from third to take a 2-1 lead. Woosley followed with an RBI single to drive in Harford for the 3-1 advantage.
The Mustangs ended the first half of the season with two straight wins at Edenton and at Wilson, then got the second half started with a win at High Point-Thomasville. With Monday's win, that's four in a row, and a perfect 2-0 start to the second half.
Martinsville (12-15 overall, 2-0 second half) will be on the road Tuesday night at Forest City at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday at Savannah and then Thursday at Asheboro before returning home Friday for Salute the Troops night against Wilson at 7:15 p.m.