Fueled by a three-hit night from outfielder Will Knight (VMI), the Martinsville Mustangs capped off the 2020 season with a dramatic 6-5 walk-off victory in ten innings over the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Saturday night at Hooker Field.
Right-hander Kyle Ruehlman (Gardner-Webb) made his third start of the summer, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and striking out five in five solid innings of work.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Mustangs (19-10-1) used an RBI sac-fly by Christian Easley (UMBC) and an RBI single from first baseman Matt Goodheart (Arkansas) to grab a 2-1 lead.
After the Mustangs added one more in the sixth on a wild pitch, the HiToms (20-7) pushed three runs across in the top of the seventh to regain the lead 4-3. Martinsville responded immediately however, as outfielder Logan Martella-Tasick (Mercyhurst) shot a two-run, two out single into left to give the Mustangs a 5-4 advantage.
Following an injury to righty Ryan Huffman (VMI) in the ninth, Knight made his way to the mound for Martinsville and limited the damage to just one run as the HiToms were able to tie the contest 5-5.
In the tenth, another position player Cole Hales (Caldwell CC) tossed an impressive scoreless frame to keep the game even. With two outs in the bottom half, Knight dribbled one up the right side for a game-winning RBI infield single to give the Mustangs a season-ending 6-5 win.