EDENTON, N.C. – Brenton Doyle's two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning wouldn't be enough offense for the Wilson Tobs on Monday night as the Edenton Steamers recorded a 5-2 win in a Coastal Plain League matchup at Historic Hicks Field.
Doyle finished the contest 1-for-3 at the plate with one run scored to go along with his two runs batted in. First baseman Ben Faso and second baseman Kevin McGowan each tallied a hit for the Tobs as McGowan delivered a double in the top of the eighth inning.
Trailing 3-0 entering the top of the fourth inning, Faso notched the first hit of the night for the Tobs with a single up the middle. Doyle would follow with an opposite-field home run off the scoreboard in right field.
Edenton plated a run in each of the first three innings of play as the Steamers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off, an error by the Tobs in right field. The Steamers added to their lead in the second as a throwing error by the Tobs with a runner attempting to steal third base allowed the run to score.
A wild pitch upped the Edenton lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. The Steamers rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning as Nick Caruso made it 5-2 with a single down the right-field line.
Steamers starter Jake Miller (1-0) surrendered just two hits through six innings while fanning 10 batters and walking none. Reliever RD Lutze yielded just one hit in his two innings of work and added five strikeouts for Edenton. Ryan Scharf tallied his first save of the season by tossing a clean ninth inning.
Caruso finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Anthony Jefferson and Rich Ciufo each notched a pair of hits for Edenton.
Wilson Starter Jason Cornatzer (0-1) was handed with the loss despite allowing only one earned run on the night. Cornatzer allowed three runs off four hits through three innings of work. Carson Freeman allowed a pair of runs in the fourth inning before tossing a pair of clean frames, while Tripper Ergle retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Tobs return home to host the Morehead City Marlins at Historic Fleming Stadium on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. It will be the second Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday of the season, courtesy of Da Bayou along with Wilson County Schools Read Around The Bases Night. The Tobs would also like to thank State Farm Insurance Agent Jana Lake for sponsoring Tuesday night's game.
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.