(Wilmington, N.C.) – The Wilson Tobs split a double header against the Wilmington Sharks on Friday night. The Tobs finish the regular season with a 12-2 record against teams from the East Division.
In game one, Wilson grabbed the first lead of the matchup in the top of the third. Reese Farmer came home on a fielder's choice. Christian Avant later came across on a groundout. The Tobs took an advantage with two hits, leading 2-0. The Sharks tied it just a half inning later courtesy of Noah Bridges' first home run of the season.
The game remained tied at two into the later innings of a seven-inning contest. With two on in the bottom of the sixth, Zach Bridges sent a no-doubt three run homer off a light pole in left field to give the Sharks their first and last lead of the game. The Tobs offense picked up a two-out single in their last ups but fell silently 5-2.
Tobs starter Nate Imig (4-2) tossed six innings striking out eight, but took the loss. Colin Kennedy (1-2) earned his first Sharks win. Erik Janss (3) gave up one hit in the seventh but locked down his third save. It was the first time the Tobs had lost at Buck Hardee Field in 2019.
Wilmington got on the board in a big way in the bottom of the second of game two. With the bases loaded and two tout, Cam Jensen tripled to right, beyond a diving Christian Avant to clear the bases and give the Sharks a 3-0 advantage against starter Chandler Coates.
Wilson stormed back in the third. Two errors in the frame plagued the Sharks as the Tobs plated three with a sacrifice fly coming from Kevin Jordan and an RBI single from Avant. Wilson took their first lead of the night in the top of the fifth. Nick Rose singled home Jared Carr for a 4-3 advantage but it was short lived. On an attempted steal of second in the bottom of the inning, Noah Bridges came home to tie the game at four.
Game two needed extras. With two on in the eighth and one out, De'Andre Pitts launched his fourth home run of the season over the right field wall. Steven Worley earned his first save in the bottom of the inning, inducing a 1-2-3 double play as Wilson earned a double header split 7-4. Josh Arnold (1-2) was solid over two innings and earned his first win. Alex Havlicek (1-3) surrendered the homer and was handed the loss. The Tobs are now 3-5 in double headers this season and are 4-1 in extra inning games.
Wilson returns home on Saturday to face the Peninsula Pilots at 7:00 PM. It's Christmas in July, Boy Scout Night and our Toy and Stuffed Animal Drive. There will be Christmas present giveaways to fans at the gate and throughout the game. Tickets and details are available online at WilsonTobs.com.