MARTINSVILLE, VA. – A sacrifice fly from Drew Brooks followed by a two-run double from Carson Freeman in the top of the eighth inning wouldn't be enough for the Wilson Tobs to corral the Martinsville Mustangs on Thursday night as the Mustangs held on for a 7-3 victory.
Brenton Doyle paced the Tobs offensively with a pair of hits at the plate, including a double in the eighth inning. Hunter Coleman, Caleb Dean, and Jacob Nester also recorded a hit in the contest for Wilson. Dean notched his fifth double of the season to leadoff the top of the third inning.
The Tobs and starter Chris Farrell would escape a jam in the bottom of the first inning after Martinsville loaded the bases with a one-out single from Josh Falk. Farrell would get the Mustangs' Cross Factor to ground into a 6-3 double play to end the frame.
Martinsville took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off the strength of five singles against Farrell. The Mustangs increased the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third as Danny Vitello launched a two-run home run over the wall in left field.
Wilson looked to answer in the top of the fourth inning as Coleman got things going with a one-out single. Following a strikeout, Shamoy Christopher and Dean tallied back-to-back walks to load the bases. Martinsville escaped any damage in the frame with a strikeout to leave the bases full of Tobs.
The Mustangs would up their lead to 6-0 in the fifth inning and keep the Tobs off the scoreboard until the top of the eighth inning. Nester started the rally for the Tobs with a single and would move over to third following a double by Doyle. Brooks plated Nester with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1. Freeman then plated a pair of runs with his double to pull Wilson within three of the Mustangs. The Tobs would see the bases get loaded up once again following consecutive walks to Christopher and pinch-hitter Ben Faso. The Mustangs found a way out of the inning without allowing another run.
A run in the bottom of the eighth inning would complete the scoring for the Mustangs, who notched the 7-3 win at home against the Tobs. Farrell (0-2) took the loss on the mound for the Tobs, while Lowell Schipper (1-0) notched his first win of the season for the Mustangs.
Wilson is back at home on Friday night against the Peninsula Pilots at 7 p.m. It will be Diggin in the Diamond Night courtesy of Saslow's Jewelers in Wilson. Fans can pre-register at Saslow's for free tickets to Friday night's game along with the chance to participate in the postgame festivities for some great prizes.
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.