(Wilmington, N.C.) – The Wilson Tobs clinched a First Half North Division Championship after defeating the Wilmington Sharks 3-1 on the road. Later on Friday night, the Edenton Steamers fell to the Martinsville Mustangs to lock up the title.
In the top of the fourth, Hunter Gore unloaded on a pitch high and tight for his second home run of the season. The Tobs added two more in the top of the fifth. Marquise Lanier smashed a grounder off the glove of the third baseman Tilo Skole to bring home Chris Meyers. A double play ball added another and Wilson had a 3-0 lead out of the fifth inning.
Chandler Coates bounced back after a tough outing against the Pilots on June 21. The lefty struck out a season high six batters over six shutout innings. The Tobs bullpen staff locked things down on the road. Josh Arnold, Taylor Soper and CJ Gonzales allowed just one run over three innings of relief work. Wilson finished a 3-1 final at Buck Hardee Field on their first trip to the home of the Sharks. Coates (1-1) earned his first win of the season. The loss was handed to Garrett McDaniels (0-3).
Wilson is headed back to the playoffs for a second straight season and for the third time in the last five years. The Tobs came within one game of making it to the Pettit Cup Championship series in 2018. Wilson is still seeking its first ever Pettit Cup Championship in the Coastal Plain League.
The Tobs wrap up the first half on Saturday night. The Martinsville Mustangs come into town for a 7:00 PM first pitch. It's Superhero Night and Slugger's Birthday & Mascot Mania at Fleming Stadium. Kids 12 and under will get free admission if they dress up as their favorite super hero. Details and tickets are online at WilsonTobs.com.