WILSON, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs recorded their first walk-off win of the season on Wednesday night as JT Stone and Jacob Charron sparked a ninth-inning rally for the Tobs in a 3-2 victory against the Fayetteville SwampDogs at Historic Fleming Stadium.
The Tobs treated their fans to a Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza thanks to Thomas Law Attorneys. Over 3,700 fans watched the Tobs record their third-straight victory in a game that lasted just two hours and twenty-three minutes.
Kevin McGowan and Ben Faso each recorded a pair of hits in the contest for the Tobs as McGowan blasted his second home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning. Faso went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning after tallying a one-out single. Stone finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk but delivered the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Tobs scored the first run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth as McGowan homered for the second consecutive game. He sent a pitch from Fayetteville starter Tyler Shuck over the wall in right field to make it 1-0. The SwampDogs answered with a run in the fifth against Wilson starter Sean Deely to knot the score 1-1. A double off the bat of Jay Hayes allowed Logan Jarvis to score from first base.
Deely responded by retiring each of the next six Fayetteville batters to keep the score even at 1-1. Wilson turned things over to the bullpen for the seventh as Gary Watkins tossed a 1-2-3 frame in his first appearance since returning from an injury.
Wilson failed to score in the bottom of the seventh inning against SwampDogs reliever Blake Schriever. Faso sent a ball to left field that would hit high off the wall, only to be fielded cleanly and tossed to third to get Stone for the second out of the inning. Schriever escaped the inning with a strikeout after a two-out single from Drew Brooks.
Fayetteville rallied against the Tobs in the top of the ninth inning as Matt Kelly laced a double down the third base line against Tobs reliever Luis Acosta. Kelly scored during the next at-bat as a throwing error by Charron brought home Kelly from second to make it 2-1. Acosta got out of the inning with three consecutive outs to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Following a caught stealing that erased the potential tying run from the base paths, Stone connected on his first home run of the season to knot the score 2-2. Faso would then single to keep the rally alive for the Tobs. Brooks sent a ball through the legs of the first baseman to advance Faso to third with only one out. After fouling off several good pitches from Schriever, Charron made up for the error in the top of the frame with a single into left to score Faso and secure a 3-2 victory for the Tobs.
Acosta (2-2) earned the win despite allowing the unearned run in the top of the ninth inning. Watkins and Jared Gallagher each tossed scoreless frames for Wilson, while Deely took the no-decision after yielding just one run through six innings of work. Deely fanned four batters in the game as the Tobs pitching staff recorded seven strikeouts compared to no walks.
The Tobs travel to Edenton on Thursday night before returning home to host Martinsville on Friday night for Faith & Family Night at Historic Fleming Stadium. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. The Tobs would like to thank Professional Drug Screening Services, Inc. for sponsoring 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.