(Hampton, V.A.) – The Wilson Tobs took a victory from the Peninsula Pilots on Friday night. After trailing 8-2 through four innings, the Tobs went on to outscore the Pilots 11-3 for a final score of 13-11.
Peninsula grabbed the first lead of the night in the bottom of the first. Kyle Battle launched a two-run home run over the left field fence for his first home run of the season. He hit it with two outs and two strikes to break the scoreless tie early.
The Tobs answered back in rapid response. Chris Meyers singled home Shamoy Christopher. Drew DeVine touched home courtesy of a deep fly ball from Kevin Jordan. The Tobs pair of runs tied the game at two in the top of the second. Led by a two-run home run from Riley Hogan, the Pilots regained the lead in the bottom of the third 5-2.
Peninsula ran away scoring twice in the third and once in the fourth before the Tobs could answer back. Jared Carr plated two with single to get Wilson back on the board, making it 8-4 for the home team.
Trailing 9-4 in the sixth, Wilson put on four to begin the frame on a pair of errors, a walk and a two-run double from Jordan. The double gave the infielder his third RBI of the night. The Tobs were down 9-7. In the top of the seventh, Wilson tied the game on one swing of the bat. Jordan left the yard with his first home run of the year for a two-run long ball, giving him a season high five RBI. It was the first time the game was tied since the game was scoreless.
The Pilots regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Sy Snedeker singled home the go-ahead run. Gray Betts later scored on a throwing error. Trailing 11-9, the Tobs fired back in their half of the eighth. A balk plated Hunter Gore to cut the lead in half. With two runners on base, Michael Calamari sent a three-run homer over the wall in right for the first Wilson lead in the game.
Up 13-11, the Tobs shut out the Pilots over the final two innings. Jimmy Sharkey (1) got the final three outs to lock down the save. It was the first save in the first opportunity for any Tobs pitcher this year. Mason Medlin (1-0) earned the win. Matt Litwicki (1-2) was saddled with the loss.
The Tobs are on the road once more on Saturday night against the Edenton Steamers. Only one game separates the two teams in the northern division with Wilson maintaining sole possession of first place. All the action can be heard on the Tobs Radio Network.