WILSON, N.C. – Wilmington's Danny Wondrack delivered a first inning three-run home run for the Sharks, but it wouldn't be enough in the end as Wilson plated four runs in the fifth inning to complete the 7-3 comeback for its fourth win of the season. The Tobs tallied a season-high 11 hits in the winning effort on Tuesday night at Historic Fleming Stadium.
It was another Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday courtesy of Da Bayou at the ballpark as Wilson rallied to score seven unanswered runs against the Sharks. Wilson also matched a season-high with seven runs scored in the contest.
A trio of Wilson players finished the night with a pair of hits as Brenton Doyle, Drew Brooks, and Caleb Dean paced the Tobs offensively. Dean was responsible for a pair of runs batted in, while Brooks and Doyle each notched one RBI. Patrick Frick, Carson Freeman, and Dudley Taw also plated a run in the contest for Wilson.
Wilmington tallied three first-inning hits against Wilson starter Chris Farrell as Wondrack cleared the bases with his third home run of the season over the left field wall to make it 3-0. Farrell responded by getting a fly ball to right field and strikeout to end the frame. The Tobs would go scoreless in the first and second innings before starting to chip away at the three-run deficit.
Doyle clubbed his team-leading second home run of the season in the third to get the Tobs onto the scoreboard. Freeman worked a one-out walk in the fourth and would later swipe second before scoring off a single from Taw to trim the deficit to 3-2.
Wilson started its comeback against Wilmington starter Trent Alley in the bottom of the fifth inning. Doyle kicked-off the frame with a double and would score off another double from Brooks to knot the score 3-3. Following a pair of fly-outs to left field, it appeared as though the Sharks would escape the inning without any further damage.
The Tobs had other plans, however, as Frick doubled home Brooks give Wilson a 4-3 advantage. Freeman and Dean tallied back-to-back run-scoring hits against Wilmington reliever Andrew Kaminsky to up the lead to 6-3. The Wilson bullpen and Gary Watkins would do their part to keep the Sharks' offense at bay as Watkins tossed three scoreless frames. Jared Gallagher and Luis Acosta kept the trend going to close out the game for the Tobs.
Dean added a second RBI on the night in the bottom of the seventh inning as his single plated Shamoy Christopher, who started the inning with a walk, to make it 7-3. Gallagher delivered a shut-down eighth inning for Wilson, fanning the Wilmington side in order.
Watkins (1-0) recorded the win after yielding one hit and fanning one batter, while Farrell took a no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits through four innings. The Tobs fanned nine batters in the game as Farrell and Gallagher combined for seven.
Alley (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering five runs off seven hits through 4.2 innings of work. Alley also issued four walks while fanning two batters. Colt Springs tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning for the Sharks. Ward Coleman finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, while five other Wilmington batters recorded a hit.
The Tobs return to action on Thursday night for Throwback Thirsty Thursday and City of Wilson Little League Night at Historic Fleming Stadium courtesy of RA Jeffreys and EmergeOrtho. 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.