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Late Rally Sends Tobs to 6-5 Victory against Asheboro

Late Rally Sends Tobs to 6-5 Victory against Asheboro

WILSON, N.C. –  Kevin McGowan's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Wilson Tobs to 6-5 victory at home on Sunday night against the Asheboro Copperheads at Historic Fleming Stadium. The Tobs have won six straight games (five at home) dating back to June 12th.

Fans enjoyed dollar hot dogs on Sunday as part of Wiener Wonka Night as wrappers were loaded with cash and Tobs prizes. It was also Bang for Your Buck Sunday thanks to State Farm Agent – Jana Lake and T.L. Herring & Company.

The Tobs recorded 12 hits in the game as Patrick Frick paced Wilson with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate. McGowan finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Brenton Doyle went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Antwaun Tucker delivered a two-RBI single for the Tobs while going 1-for-3 at the dish. Wilson now holds sole possession of first in the Coastal Plain League North Division after improving to 9-5.

Asheboro rallied to plate three runs in the top of the seventh inning as the Copperheads would take their first lead of the night (5-2) heading into the stretch at the ballpark. After stranding a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the frame, the Tobs pieced together a rally of their own. Tucker worked a two-out walk to keep the bottom of the eighth inning alive. Consecutive errors by the Copperheads allowed Wilson to plate two runs and trim the deficit to 5-4.

McGowan delivered the eventual game-winning hit for the Tobs as he sent a ball down the left field line, allowing Doyle and Brooks to score and put Wilson up 6-5. Jacob Charron looked to keep the rally going with his single to right center as he and McGowan would move into scoring position. Asheboro would end the inning with a strikeout as the Tobs left a pair of runners on base.

Wilson started the scoring as Tucker plated Frick and Carson Freeman in the bottom of the second to make it 2-0. The Tobs helped their starter Jason Cornatzer, who issued four walks through the opening two innings, including a bases-loaded situation in the second frame. The Copperheads trimmed the Wilson lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth against Cornatzer with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Facing the Wilson bullpen in the sixth, Asheboro knotted the score 2-2 with another sacrifice fly. The Copperheads continued their rally against the Wilson bullpen in the top of the seventh as a third sacrifice fly allowed the go-ahead run to score from third to make it 3-2. The Tobs would be unable to get out of the inning as Sean Phelan delivered a two-run single up the middle to make it 5-2.

Despite allowing a run in the top of the seventh, reliever Danny Cody tossed a clean eighth to keep the Tobs in the game. Cody fanned the Asheboro leadoff batter with a runner on third to send the game to home portion of the frame.

Frick started the frame with his fourth hit of the night, a double to left center. Following a pair of outs, the Tobs seemed like they would strand Frick at third following his leadoff hit. Tucker would give the Tobs life by working a walk to put runners on the corners. Asheboro recorded consecutive errors with two outs to give the Tobs new life as the deficit slimmed to 5-4. Following a pitching change, McGowan went with a pitch into left field to complete the comeback and give Wilson a 6-5 advantage.

Reliever Luis Acosta fanned a pair of Asheboro batters in the ninth inning en route to his second save of the season. Acosta tallied strikeouts number nine and 10 after recording a groundout to Frick to start the frame. Cody (1-0) earned the win after tossing 1.2 innings of relief and fanning a pair of batters.

The Tobs host the North Wake Fungo at 12 p.m. on Monday as part of Super Splash Day at the ballpark. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. as there will be a dunking booth, water features, games, inflatables, and interactions with the Tobs players during the game. The Tobs would like to thank the gameday sponsors Southern Bank and Jump N Fun For Kids.

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.