WILSON, N.C. – Three runs in the top of the eleventh inning would complete a comeback for the Edenton Steamers on Thursday night against the Wilson Tobs at Historic Fleming Stadium. The Tobs led 5-3 through the fourth inning until the Steamers rallied to knot the score in the sixth.
The Tobs held their annual Host Family Appreciation Night at the ballpark along with EmergeOrtho Night. It was also Throwback Thirsty Thursday and Farm to Field Farmer's Market night courtesy of Deans Farm Market.
Playing under the International Tie-breaker Rule, both teams would leave the bases loaded in the tenth inning after starting with runners on first and second and no outs. With the bases loaded and Antwaun Tucker at the plate, Edenton reliever R.D. Lutze delivered a ball that would be sent into the left-centerfield gap. Edenton left fielder Devon Gardner sank the hearts of Tobs fans in attendance with a leaping catch to extend the game.
Tossing his third inning of relief, Luis Acosta emptied his tank on the mound for Wilson as the Steamers rallied for three runs off two hits and one error. Following an error, Rich Ciufo recorded an infield single that would allow Edenton to grab a 6-5 advantage. The Steamers added two more runs to up their lead to 8-5.
The Tobs last hope in the bottom of the eleventh inning would come from Kevin McGowan as he sent a ball to the warning track in left-center with a pair of runners on base. Anthony Jefferson tracked the ball down on a full sprint and would hold onto the baseball to end the contest and secure the 8-5 win for the Steamers.
Wilson rallied early in the contest to erase a 3-1 lead by plating four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tucker scored the tying run from third off a balk that would be called on the Edenton pitcher. An error by the Steamers allowed the Tobs to take a 5-3 lead as Brenton Doyle reached base, while Caleb Dean and Tucker scored on the play.
The Steamers broke through against the Wilson bullpen in the top of the sixth inning as a balk followed by a single to left center knotted the score 5-5. The Tobs left the bases loaded in both the eighth and tenth inning as they looked to try and plate the winning run in front of their home crowd.
Acosta (0-1) suffered the loss despite fanning four batters through three innings of work. Reliever's Cody Smith, Danny Cody, and Jared Gallagher recorded scoreless outings on the night for Wilson. Lutze (3-0) fanned seven batters through four innings of relief for the Steamers and held the Tobs hitless while issuing a pair of walks.
The Tobs travel to Martinsville on Friday night for a matchup against the Mustangs at 7:15 p.m. Wilson then heads to Peninsula on Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. meeting with the Pilots before returning home to host Fayetteville on Sunday for a pair of seven-inning contests beginning at 6 p.m. The Tobs will be hosting their sixth annual Home Run for Hunger Celebration as fans that bring a non-perishable food item will receive free admission into the 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.