HAMPTON, Va. – A two-run top of the sixth inning allowed the Wilson Tobs to hand the Peninsula Pilots a 3-2 loss on Monday night in a rain-shortened contest at War Memorial Stadium. The game was called with the Tobs batting in the top of the seventh inning.
Brenton Doyle led the way offensively for the Tobs with a pair of runs batted in on the night. Doyle went 1-for-3 at the plate with one run scored, while Matt McCourt finished 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Caleb Dean delivered the eventual game-winning hit with a double in the sixth that would score Doyle.
McCourt would lead the contest off with a single into center field and advance to second following a walk to JT Stone. The Tobs took a 1-0 lead as Doyle scored McCourt from third with a groundout to the shortstop.
Wilson starter David Harrison celebrating a birthday, he looked to notch his first win of the season. Harrison worked in-and-out of trouble in the bottom of the first as Peninsula put a pair of runners on base following a single and a fielding error.
The Pilots would get a lead-off double from Cole Prestegard in the bottom of the fourth inning against Harrison and the Tobs. A sacrifice bunt moved Prestegard over to third base before a fly ball and a groundout ended the frame to keep Wilson's 1-0 lead intact.
Mother Nature would start to make her presence felt in the bottom of the fifth inning as Peninsula rallied to plate a pair of runs off two hits to take a 2-1 advantage. Tyler Adams plated both runs with a single to left center as the Pilots would chase Harrison from the game. Wilson reliever Ryan Troutman used one pitch to record a pair of outs and get the Tobs out of the jam.
The Tobs wouldn't give up offensively as Doyle delivered a single to center that would score McCourt from second to knot the score 2-2. Dean followed by driving a ball to the wall in right field as Doyle raced around the bases to score from first and make it 3-2 Wilson.
Troutman used another double play ball in the bottom of the sixth inning to work around a lead-off walk. He completed the 1-2-3 frame with a groundout to the first baseman. The teams would play into the seventh inning before the umpires decided to pull the players off the field and cover it with the tarp.
Troutman (3-0) earned the win after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings of baseball. Harrison took the no-decision after holding the Pilots to a pair of runs off five hits. Harrison fanned one batter and walked one while inducing eight groundball outs.
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.