WILSON, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs entered the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night with a 5-0 lead against the visiting Edenton Steamers. Wilson looked to close the game until the Steamers rallied for six runs in the ninth to escape with a 6-5 win at Historic Fleming Stadium.
Brenton Doyle finished the contest 4-for-4 at the plate for the Tobs as he reached the 50-hit plateau in the process. He tallied four singles, scored a pair of runs along with a run batted in. JT Stone went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and one run scored, while Ben Faso hit his third home run of the season in the seventh inning while notching three RBI.
Wilson starter Tyler Grauer continued his dominant performance against the Steamers this season, fanning 10 batters through five innings of work. The Tobs offense would give Grauer a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Faso plated Doyle with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Tobs would be held off the scoreboard by Edenton starter Ben Anderson until a two-run home run off the bat of Faso in the bottom of the seventh inning. Anderson would toss seven innings for Edenton, allowing three runs off five hits in getting the no-decision.
Edenton reliever Zach Stromberg allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Stone delivered a run-scoring double while Doyle followed later with a run-scoring single.
The Steamers started their comeback in the top of the ninth inning against Wilson reliever Jared Gallagher. Edenton started the frame with five consecutive hits against Gallagher to trim the deficit to 5-4. Bryson Worrell knotted the score 5-5 with his single against Ryan Troutman. Edenton completed the comeback by scoring the go-ahead run off a wild pitch to make it 6-5.
Reliever RD Lutze worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to record the save and secure the victory for the Steamers. The victory for the Steamers was the third against the Tobs in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season.
Grauer took the no-decision and yielded just three hits in the contest. Ryan Troutman (2-1) suffered the loss for the Tobs after allowing the run to score off the wild pitch. Tripper Ergle, Cody Smith, and Danny Cody each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the Tobs.
Wilson has the day off on Wednesday and will return to action on Thursday, July 26 at home against Martinsville for Paint the Park Pink Night and Throwback Thirsty Thursday. Gates will open at 6 PM as the Tobs will auction off pink jerseys that will be worn by the players. All proceeds will benefit the Community Health Center and women who need mammograms. There will also be a postgame band as the Matty Begs Band will be performing as part of the RA Jeffrey's Band Series.
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.