WILSON, N.C. – Playing in their third straight extra-inning contest in three days, the Wilson Tobs rallied to defeat the Peninsula Pilots 8-7 in ten innings on Saturday night at Historic Fleming Stadium. The Tobs improved to 11-4 in the second half of the Coastal Plain League standings with the win.
The Tobs hosted Whirligig Night at the ballpark thanks to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and the Wilson Visitor's Center. Wilson also took time to once again celebrate Mt. Olive Pickle Week.
Wilson kept the Pilots off the scoreboard in the top of the tenth inning as Caleb Dean worked through a pair of runners being placed on base with International Tie Breaker rules in effect. Dean recorded the first out of the inning at third as Trey Martin dropped down a bunt to try and advance both runners into scoring position. Dean responded by getting Dalton Dedas to pop up into foul territory and Cole Girouard to groundout to first following an amazing diving play from Ben Faso.
In the bottom of the tenth inning, Nick Smith placed a bunt down the third base line that would split the pitcher and third baseman to load the bases for Wilson. With the bases loaded and no-outs, Jacob Charron took a 3-1 pitch outside of the zone to complete the comeback and score Faso from third as the Tobs pulled out the 8-7 victory with a walk-off walk.
After trailing 6-4 for a good portion of the contest, Peninsula rallied to knot the score 6-6 in the top of the ninth inning. Following a run-scoring double from Jonathan Embry that would trim the deficit to 6-5, Matthew Schwarz recorded a two-run single with two outs to make it 7-6 Peninsula.
Wilson would respond with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to even the score 7-7 and force extra innings. Brenton Doyle started the inning with his first hit of the night, a single up the middle into center field. Following a groundout and intentional walk with just one out in the frame, Faso hit a ball to Tyler Adams at second base that would allow Doyle to score from third.
The Tobs plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to erase a 1-0 advantage for Peninsula. Dean knotted the score 1-1 with a single up the middle that scored JT Stone, who reached base with a one-out double. Colby Warren made it 3-1 for the Tobs with a double to left center as both McGowan and Dean scored on the play.
A pair of runs would score for Wilson in the bottom of the fourth inning off an error by the Pilots and a fielder's choice. Drew Brooks also delivered an RBI single through the right side in the frame as the Tobs increased their lead to 6-2.
Peninsula answered with a rally in the top of the fifth inning by plating two runs to trim the gap to 6-4. Cole Prestegard would be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in a run, while Schwarz singled to left field to make a two-run deficit.
Wilson starter Dylan Ward took the no-decision after exiting the game with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Ward allowed four runs off nine hits while fanning seven batters and walking none. Graham Boggio and Charlie Sheehan each worked scoreless relief outings for the Tobs as Boggio fanned a pair of batters through two innings. Dean (1-1) recorded his first win of the season for the Tobs despite allowing three runs off three hits through two innings of work.
Stone, McGowan, Dean, Warren, and Smith each tallied two-hit nights for Wilson as Warren finished with two RBI. The Tobs tallied 12 hits in the game as seven different batters notched a hit in the contest.
Wilson is off on Sunday and is on the road Monday night as the Tobs head to Hampton, Va. to face the Peninsula Pilots at 7:05 p.m. The Tobs return home on Tuesday, July 24 to host the Edenton Steamers at 7 p.m. It will be Tobs All You Can Eat Tuesday courtesy of Da Bayou at Historic Fleming Stadium.
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.