Tobs Take Thriller in Hampton

Updated July 18 2016
HAMPTON, VA.

The Wilson Tobs battled against the odds to pull off an extra innings 6-5 win over northern rival Peninsula on Sunday night.

The Tobs drew first blood on a Tyler Howsley (UC-San Diego) unearned run. Howsley scored on one of four throwing errors credited to Peninsula’s starting shortstop.

Peninsula would collect the lead in the following inning though when Charlie Cody (Virginia) hit a two-run blast.

In the fourth inning, the Tobs exploded though. After another error, the Tobs had runners on second and third with two outs when Andrew Webster (Barton) knocked a clutch double to give Wilson a 4-2 lead.

From the sixth to the seventh Peninsula added a run apiece though, once again tying the game at 4-4.

Largely the reason the game remained tied after the seventh was Austin Fisher’s (Santa Clara) clutch pitching performance in relief. Fisher force the Pilots into stranding three base runners in the inning.

In the eighth, Jack Larsen (UC-San Diego) raked an RBI-triple down the right field line to make it 5-4 Tobs. However, Peninsula fought back and scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-5.

In the top of the ninth inning, Cameron Balego (Mercyhurst) took a single through the six hole and watched as CJ Ballard (Georgia Southern) rounded home. Ballard appeared to have slid under a bobbled tag from catcher Franco Guardascione (Jacksonville), but home plate umpire Chris Maher punched Ballard out.

What followed was an episode of ejections as Ballard threw his helmet down on top of home plate and head coach Aaron Lynch argued his way to an early exit. Neither team had received Maher well and Hank Morgan (Peninsula) had nearly been ejected twice prior in the game.

Zack Mozingo settled the team by siting down the Pilots in order in the ninth inning.

Justin Dattilo (UNC-Pembroke) proved heroic with an RBI bloop single to center that scored Andrew Webster.

Mozingo stayed in for the tenth and gave up a lone hit, sitting the Pilots down without seeing a runner in scoring position. The Tobs prevailed in a wild one, 6-5.

Zack Mozingo earns the win with Dillon Meadows taking his second loss at the hands of Wilson. The Tobs are back at .500 (19-19) and return home on Tuesday to see Peninsula for the final time this season.

The Wilson Tobs are proud to announce this upcoming year will be our 20th Anniversary Season within the Coastal Plain League. As an original member of the Coastal Plain League, the modern day Tobs have been lucky enough to celebrate each memorable season with the warm embrace of the Wilson community. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Sponsors Partners, and the Dedicated Fans throughout the city of Wilson. Due to this tremendous support we have implemented multiple discounts, promotions, and benefits for the Tobs 20th Anniversary to show our appreciation. You can check out what we have in store this summer by clicking this link.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 106 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

Contact:

Drew Blevins

Phone:

(919) 818-1396