Hollas shines, Avant homers for Tobs extra inning win

Hollas shines, Avant homers for Tobs extra inning win

(Edenton, N.C.) – The Wilson Tobs picked up a crucial win in extra innings over the Edenton Steamers on Saturday night. The Tobs took the lead one pitch into the tenth for the victory that kept them in sole possession of first place, 4-2.

Wilson sent Nick Hollas to the hill who dazzled in his third start of the year. After a prior rough outing against Edenton, he set out for revenge in his second go around. Hollas began the night retiring the first fourteen batters in a row. Alex Alders broke up Hollas' perfect game bid with a two-out single in the fifth. He stole two bases and then scored on a Rob Weissheier double. It was the only run the right hander allowed over seven innings. He struck out eleven batters during that time, setting a Tobs' season single game high.

Wilson's only run in the first nine innings came in the fourth. Chris Meyers brought home Jared Carr with a sacrifice fly to center. The 1-1 tie remained into extra innings. Per Coastal Plain League rules, the Tobs began the tenth with runners on first and second. On the first pitch of the inning, Christian Avant sent a deep fly ball into dead-center field for his second home run of the season, a three-run go-ahead shot.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Steamers scratched across a run on an Alders single but Weissheier rolled into a game ending double play. Wilson won the contest 4-2. The Tobs are now 2-1 in extra innings this season. With the victory, the Tobs are 12-7 on the season and have increased their lead in the first half over the Steamers to two games. Taylor Soper (3-0) earned the win. Grant Crosby (2-1) suffered the loss.

The Tobs are back at home on Sunday night against the Steamers. It's Bang for Your Buck Sunday and the 7th Annual Home Run for Hunger Celebration. Tickets are available online or by visiting the box office on game days.