WILSON, N.C. – Ben Faso gave the Wilson Tobs an early lead with one swing of the bat as his first-inning grand slam propelled the Tobs to a 7-3 win at home against the Wilmington Sharks on Sunday night at Historic Fleming Stadium.
Faso finished the night 2-for-3 with one run scored and one double to go along with his four runs batted in. Shamoy Christopher tallied a pair of hits for the Tobs as he went 2-for-4, while four other Tobs players recorded a hit in the contest. Carson Freeman delivered an RBI single for Wilson in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was Christmas in July at the ballpark along with Bang for your Buck Sunday courtesy of State Farm Agent Jana Lake and Thomas Law Attorneys.
The Tobs greeted Wilmington starter Landon Wright to the contest by loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning. Matt McCourt would be hit by a pitch to start the frame, while Freeman followed with a walk. Kevin McGowan reached on an error by the Sharks to load the bases. With one out in the frame, Faso crushed an offering from Wright over the wall in left field to make it 4-0.
Wilson starter Dylan Ward held the Sharks scoreless in his first start of the season for the Tobs. Ward worked around jams in both the first and second innings as Wilmington stranded a total of four runners on base. Ward finished his night by working a 1-2-3 third inning and notching his second strikeout of the contest.
Caleb Dean increased the Wilson lead to 5-0 with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the third inning against Wright. McGowan scored from third on the play after moving over thanks to a double in the previous at-bat by Faso.
Wilmington scored its first run of the night in the top of the fifth inning against Wilson reliever Ryan Troutman. Ward Coleman made it 5-1 with his sacrifice fly to center field as Ayden Karraker scored from third.
Freeman and McGowan delivered run-scoring singles in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Tobs as the lead increased to 7-1. Freeman plated Jack Duffy following a single from McCourt, while McGowan's hit scored Freeman after the ball was misplayed by the right fielder.
The Sharks closed the contest by plating a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning against Danny Cody. Doug Angeli singled to left field to score Noah Liles and Wil Hoyle and trim the deficit to 7-3. Wilson Closer Luis Acosta closed the door on the Sharks in the top of the ninth inning by working a 1-2-3 frame.
Troutman (1-0) recorded his first win of the season for the Tobs after working a pair of innings. Eddy Tavarez and Tripper Ergle tossed scoreless innings of relief for the Tobs, while Acosta fanned two of the three batters that he faced in the ninth inning.
Wilson is on the road tomorrow night with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Peninsula Pilots. The Tobs will host the Pilots on Tuesday night for another Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday courtesy of Da Bayou Wilson. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.
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.