WILSON, N.C. – Despite tossing six shutout innings on Thursday night for the Wilson Tobs, Sean Deely saw the Edenton Steamers hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and eventually notch an 8-2 victory in extra innings over the Tobs.
The Tobs honored local hero's & military members at Historic Fleming Stadium along with hosting a pre-game band as part of the RA Jeffreys Band Series. Prior to the start of the game, the Wilson Fire Department bested the Wilson Police Department in the Annual Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game.
Six different Tobs players recorded a hit in the contest as Carson Freeman tallied a run-scoring double in the bottom of the third inning. Matt McCourt finished 1-for-4 at the plate and scored both of Wilson's runs. Jacob Charron and Nick Smith each tallied a hit as well for the Tobs.
Deely started things off on a positive note for the Tobs, getting a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to quickly get the Tobs' offense to the plate. Brenton Doyle would plate McCourt from third with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 1-0. McCourt got to third following a single from Kevin McGowan through the right side.
The Tobs worked to strand a pair of Steamers on bases in the top of the third inning after a one-out single and walk. Deely recorded a lineout and strikeout to end the frame. Freeman upped the Wilson advantage to 2-0 in the bottom of the frame with his double to left center that would plate McCourt from first.
Wilson looked to increase its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against Edenton starter AJ Spencer as McGowan would work a one-out walk. Following a strikeout, Ben Faso singled back up the middle to put a pair of runners on base. Spencer got out of the frame with a fly ball to center for the third out.
The only blemish of the night for Deely came in the top of the seventh inning as a leadoff error followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Ben Whetstone knotted the game 2-2 for Edenton. Wilson would go to the Bullpen as Danny Cody fanned a pair of batters to go along with a fly out.
Wilson would be unable to capitalize with runners on base in the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings as the Edenton bullpen kept the score knotted 2-2. The Steamers rallied against Wilson closer Luis Acosta in the top of the tenth inning, scoring six runs off four hits to take an 8-2 advantage.
Edenton left fielder Devon Gardner highlighted the inning by delivering a grand slam after the Steamers had taken a 3-2 lead. Acosta got out of the inning with a strikeout following an RBI single from Whetstone. Despite loading the bases in the bottom of the inning with one out, the Tobs would see McGowan strikeout swinging and Doyle flyout to right field to end the contest.
Deely was handed with the no-decision despite limiting the Steamers to two hits and one earned run through six innings. He fanned five batters on the night while issuing just one walk. Cody and Jared Gallagher each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Wilson, while Acosta (3-3) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs in the tenth. He fanned three batters and walked three through two innings of relief.
The Tobs are on the road tomorrow night against the Holly Springs Salamanders beginning at 7 p.m. It will be the only trip this season for Wilson to Holly Springs. Wilson is back at Historic Fleming Stadium on Saturday night at 6 p.m. against the Peninsula Pilots. Both teams will resume a game that was stopped in the sixth inning on Tuesday night due to inclement weather. A full nine-inning contest between the two teams will follow.
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.