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Strong pitching performance by Grauer, Tobs spoiled in 3-0 loss at Martinsville

Strong pitching performance by Grauer, Tobs spoiled in 3-0 loss at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA. –  Wilson Tobs starting pitcher Tyler Grauer took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday night, but it wouldn't be enough as the Martinsville Mustangs plated three runs in the frame en route to a 3-0 victory despite recording just one hit in the contest.

Brenton Doyle and Patrick Frick combined to record five of Wilson's seven hits in the contest as Doyle went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot for the Tobs. Frick finished 2-for-4 at the dish, while Hunter Coleman and JT Stone each tallied their first hits for Wilson.

The Tobs looked to get a quick start against Martinsville starter Garret Sendelbach by loading the bases in the top of the first inning. Doyle started things with a single up the middle and would later advance to second after Drew Brooks was hit by a pitch. Frick reached safely at first on a ball that would be mishandled by the Mustangs' shortstop.

Sendelbach answered by fanning back-to-back batters to put a pair of outs on the scoreboard. The Mustangs would get out of the inning without allowing a run as Coleman sent a ball down the third baseline that would be snagged by the third baseman for a force-out at third.

Grauer retired the first seven Martinsville batters before allowing a baserunner as catcher Will Doherty worked a walk and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Grauer worked around the runner in scoring position by fanning the Mustangs' Parker Chavers to end the frame.

Entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Martinsville tallied its first hit of the contest as Daniel Vitello singled on the first pitch of the inning into left field. The Mustangs loaded the bases against Grauer and the Tobs as Chase Dawson reached on a throwing error with one out. Martinsville took a 2-0 lead as another error allowed a pair of runners to score and chase Grauer from the contest. Reliever Danny Cody recorded the second out of the frame before the Mustangs added another run as Dawson swiped home to make 3-0.

Wilson tallied a pair of hits in both the eighth and ninth innings against the Martinsville bullpen but would be unable to push across any runs as Ryan Evans closed the door by getting a pop-up and a groundout to end the contest.

Grauer (2-1) suffered his first loss of the summer for the Tobs despite allowing just one earned run off one hit through 5.1 innings of work. Cody, Jason Cornatzer, and Caleb Dean combined to toss 2.2 innings of shutout baseball for the Tobs.

The Tobs travel 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.