WILSON, N.C. – Two five-run innings would be more than enough offense for the Holly Springs Salamanders on Sunday night against the Wilson Tobs. The Salamanders plated a season-high 13 runs as they handed the Tobs a nine-run loss at Historic Fleming Stadium.
They Tobs held their first Bang for Your Buck Sunday of the season while also hosting Bark in the Park and Faith & Family Night. The Cottage Animal Clinic, Professional Drug Screening Services, Inc., Life 103.1, State Farm Agent – Jana Lake, and EmergeOrtho sponsored the night's festivities.
Designated hitter Kevin McGowan finished the night 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in for the Tobs, while second baseman Jacob Nester delivered a pair of hits including a run-scoring single in the bottom of the second inning. Brenton Doyle, Patrick Frick, and Dudley Taw each recorded a hit on the night for Wilson.
The Tobs worked 12 walks in the contest and were able to produce a total of 20 baserunners but stranded 16 of them on base. Wilson would bat around in the bottom of the second inning and score three runs as they trimmed the Holly Springs lead to 6-3.
Nester plated the first run for Wilson following a single up the middle that scored Frick and moved Taw to third. Later in the inning, McGowan laced a single through the left side that would allow Taw and Nester to score and cut the deficit to three runs.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brooks pieced together a walk with the bases loaded to record his team-leading seventh RBI of the season as Taw scored from third.
Wilson reliever Danny Cody retired the Salamanders in order in the top of the third inning as he notched two swinging strikeouts and one looking. Niko Jenkins would help the Tobs get out of a jam in the top of the fourth inning by striking out back-to-back batters following a three-run home run from the Salamanders.
Austin Vernon and Caleb Dean also tossed scoreless frames for Wilson as Tobs pitcher's fanned 11 batters in the game while issuing just five walks. Starter Jason Cornatzer (0-2) suffered the loss for Wilson after yielding six runs on seven hits through two innings of work.
The Tobs head to Fayetteville tomorrow night for a meeting with the SwampDogs at 7 p.m. Wilson returns home for a pair of games on June 12th and 14th. Wilson hosts Wilmington at 7 p.m. for Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday courtesy of Da Bayou. On Thursday the Tobs will hold a City of Wilson Little League Night as Little Leaguer's will receive free admission. There will also be a Farm to Field Famer's Market thanks to Deans Farm Market. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch scheduled 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.