WILSON, N.C. – Despite a run-scoring single from Brenton Doyle in the bottom of the sixth inning that would pull the Tobs within a run of the visiting Morehead City Marlins, it wouldn't be enough as the Marlins recorded an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night in Coastal Plain League action at Historic Fleming Stadium.
The Tobs celebrated students from the Wilson County School District throughout the night as part of their Read Around the Bases Celebration. It was also the second Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday of the season courtesy of Da Bayou. State Farm Insurance Agent Jana Lake also sponsored Tuesday night's contest.
Doyle paced the Tobs offensively for a second-straight night, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and one RBI. Shamoy Christopher and Antwaun Tucker each recorded two-hit nights for Wilson. Christopher went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Tucker delivered an RBI to go along with his 2-for-4 effort. Kevin McGowan and Jacob Nester each added a hit for the Tobs in the contest.
Morehead City took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Wilson starter Chris Farrell. The Marlins tallied a two-out single to right field to score a pair of runners against Farrell. The Tobs responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the frame against Marlins starter Sawyer Gipson-Long. Christopher laced a single to center to plate Doyle.
Tucker would come through in the clutch for the Tobs in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out run-scoring single to score McGowan, who started the frame with a single. An RBI single from Joe Mason in the top of the third inning would give Morehead City a 3-2 advantage. The Marlins added a pair of runs against Farrell in the top of the fifth inning thanks to an error and fielder's choice.
Trailing 5-2, Christopher singled to score Doyle and trim the deficit to two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Morehead City increased its lead to three in the top of the sixth inning against Wilson reliever Gary Watkins. Danton Hyman legged-out an infield single to score a runner from third base and make it 6-3.
Wilson would mount another rally in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Marlins bullpen. Despite striking out Tucker, Morehead City saw Nester steal third on the play and score off a throwing error by the catcher. Doyle would follow by trimming the deficit to one with a single to left field to score Carson Freeman and make it 6-5.
The Marlins added the insurance that they would need to close the game in the top of the eighth inning as Hyman delivered a two-out two-RBI double down the left field line to make it 8-5 in favor of Morehead City. Jared Gallagher would take over on the mound for Watkins and need just one pitch to get the Tobs out of the inning.
Garrett Letchworth (1-0) was handed the win after tossing one frame for the Marlins and yielding an unearned run off one hit. Brandon Marklund tallied his first save of the season after tossing a clean bottom of the ninth inning.
Farrell (0-1) took the loss for the Tobs after allowing five runs (two earned) through five innings. Farrell fanned three batters and walked two, while Watkins tossed 2.2 innings of relief for the Tobs. Gallagher would keep the Marlins off the scoreboard through the final 1.1 innings of the contest.
Wilson will look to avenge its loss to Morehead City by paying a visit to the Marlins on Wednesday night. First pitch between the two is set for 7:05 p.m. The Tobs return home on Thursday to host Edenton at 7 p.m. It will be Throwback Thirsty Thursday at Historic Fleming Stadium along with a School's Out Summer Kickoff "Swing for the Fences" Celebration. There will be a post-game band as part of the RA Jeffreys Band Series along with the Farm to Field Farmer's Market thanks to Deans Farm Market. Special thanks to our gameday sponsors, S.T. Wooten, Bojangles, and the Wilson Medical Center.
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.
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