Despite trailing 2-0 early, the Martinsville Mustangs rallied for 12 unanswered runs in a 12-2 victory over the Catawba Valley Stars in exhibition play on Thursday night at Hooker Field.

RHP Bryan Juarez (Cumberlands) made his first start of the summer on the mound and picked up the win, allowing only two runs on three hits in five solid innings of work.

The Mustangs (1-0) scratched across three runs in the third to grab a 3-2 lead before a big six-run eighth inning, featuring RBI singles by Eliot Dix (Longwood) and Cole Zak (Pittsburgh) helped put the game away. Eliot finished the contest with two hits and three runs knocked in, while Zak added four RBI of his own.

Martinsville opens Coastal Plain League play Friday night on the road against the Asheboro Copperheads. First pitch from McCrary Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Full box score.