HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs would need a pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the tenth inning on Friday night to secure a 4-3 victory against the Holly Springs Salamanders at Ting Stadium.
The Tobs scored a pair of runs in the top of the tenth inning to hold off the Salamanders, who rallied with a run the bottom of the eighth inning to knot the score 2-2. Wilson would load the bases in the frame with no outs following a walk to Matt McCourt. Carson Freeman and Kevin McGowan each delivered deep fly balls to the outfield that allowed the Tobs to take a two-run lead.
Holly Springs would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning as Clemente Inclan delivered a single to right field that would plate a run before a throw from Freeman in right field beat the potential tying run to the plate to end the game. Wilson catcher Shamoy Christopher tagged Peyton Isaacson before crossing the plate.
Brenton Doyle, Ben Faso, and Caleb Dean each finished the contest with a pair of hits as Faso went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one run batted in. Doyle went 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Dean finished 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Wilson plated the first run of the contest in the top of the second inning as Dean brought home Faso with a single to make it 1-0. Tobs Starter Gary Watkins kept the Salamanders offense in check until the bottom of the third inning. Holly Springs knotted the score 1-1 as Earl Semper scored from third off a sacrifice fly from Angel Zarate.
The Tobs answered right back with a run in the top of the fourth inning as Faso hit a ball deep to right field to allow Doyle to race home from third and make it 2-1. The score would hold as both sides got big performances from their bullpens.
Holly Springs rallied for a run in the bottom of the eighth inning against Wilson reliever Danny Cody. The Salamanders found themselves down to a pair of outs in the inning and a two-strike count against Trey McDyre. He would take an offering from Cody and poke it into right field to score Isaacson from second to make it 2-2.
A bases-loaded scenario wouldn't pan out for the Tobs in the top of the ninth inning as Colby Warren grounded out to the shortstop despite also beating a high throw. Wilson reliever Jared Gallagher, who needed just one pitch to record the third out in the eighth inning, tossed a scoreless 1-2-3 frame to send the game to extra innings.
Gallagher (1-0) earned his first win of the season after tossing 2.1 innings for the Tobs. He fanned a pair of batters while issuing one walk, one hit, and one unearned run. Watkins took the no-decision after exiting the game through four innings. He fanned five batters and walked three while limiting the Salamanders to one run off two hits.
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. It will be Whirligig Night at the ballpark as there will be specialty Whirligig giveaways throughout 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.