WILSON, N.C. – Wilson Tobs third baseman Drew Brooks sent a 0-1 pitch over the wall in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie on Thursday night against the Peninsula Pilots at Historic Fleming Stadium. The four-run frame propelled the Tobs to a 6-2 victory against the Pilots on Throwback Thirsty Thursday and Wilson Chamber Night.
The Tobs recorded 10 hits in the contest, including two-hit efforts from Brooks, left fielder Dudley Taw, and second baseman Antwaun Tucker. Brooks tallied a game-high five runs batted in, while Tucker was responsible for the other Wilson run.
Catcher Steven Zimmerman would start the rally for the Tobs with a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Thanks to some aggressive base running and a home-field bounce, a single from Taw into right field allowed Zimmerman to advance to third base. With the bases loaded and two outs, Brooks sent a 0-1 pitch from Peninsula reliever Douglas Palmer over the left field wall to clear the bases and make it 6-2 Wilson.
Peninsula would get onto the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning against Wilson starter Sean Deely. Dominic Toso connected on a leadoff home run to give the Pilots a quick advantage in the contest.
The Tobs pieced together three consecutive hits in the bottom of the third inning against Peninsula starter Christian Ryder to take their first lead of the night. Following a single by Taw, Tucker doubled down the left field line to allow Taw to score from first on the play and knot the score 1-1. Center fielder Brenton Doyle delivered an infield single to put runners on the corners for Wilson with only one out in the frame. Brooks would give the Tobs a 2-1 lead with his sacrifice fly to right field.
Deely would exit the game for the Tobs after tossing five innings of one-run baseball. The Pilots started the top of the sixth inning with a single to left field against Wilson reliever Tripper Ergle. Peninsula later loaded the bases following another single and a hit batter. Toso helped the Pilots to knot the score 2-2 as he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, which allowed the runner to score from third base.
Ergle issued consecutive walks to load the bases for the Pilots but got Justin Cook swinging to end the inning and any further threat by Peninsula. Tobs reliever Cody Smith had a quick start to the top of the seventh inning, fanning each of the first two batters that he faced. Smith would be unable to get the third out of the inning as three walks would load the bases for the Pilots. Niko Jenkins entered from the bullpen to get a strikeout against Toso and leave the bases full for a second straight frame.
Luis Acosta and Jared Gallagher closed the door for the Tobs in the eighth and ninth innings as Peninsula would have just one batter reach in each of the two frames. Gallagher tallied a pair of strikeouts to go along with a fielder's choice in the ninth as Wilson secured the 6-2 victory and its first Coastal Plain League win of the season.
Jenkins (1-0) earned the win for Wilson after recording the final out of the seventh inning. Wilson pitching combined to fan 11 Peninsula batters in the game, including four from Deely. Palmer (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing the four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Palmer responded by tossing a clean eighth inning. The Pilots stranded 10 runners on base in the contest, while Jonathan Embry paced Peninsula with a pair of hits.
The Tobs head to Edenton on Friday night for a matchup with the Steamers at 7 p.m. before returning home to host the Martinsville Mustangs on Saturday, June 2nd. Wilson will host its 7th annual Beer & BBQ Festival thanks to Clint Godwin - Farm Bureau Insurance, Thomas Law, Mobile Mini, RA Jeffreys, the North Carolina Baseball Museum, and the NC Pork Council. There will be craft beer vendors along with all you can eat barbeque. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with first pitch set for 7 p.m.
The Wilson Tobs enter their 22nd season as a founding member of the Coastal Plain League. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate, a Pettit Cup Championship team, and more exciting entertainment for the Wilson Community. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Corporate Partners, and the Dedicated Fans throughout the city of Wilson. The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young & MVP winner Justin Verlander. For more information on the Wilson Tobs, visit our website www.wilsontobs.com.
Season tickets and ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (252) 291-8627, or by visiting www.wilsontobs.com/tickets.