Trio of Flames adds spark to the Tobs

Updated May 18 2017

The Tobs added more heat to the summer as a trio of Flames will be coming to North Carolina to play for the Tobs. Liberty will be sending two freshman, pitcher Casey Williams and catcher Hunter Gore along with sophomore pitcher Jon Letchworth.

“I can see this trio producing great numbers for the organization this season,” general manager Mike Bell said. “Ready to see them on the field.”

Williams and Gore redshirted their freshman season but produced outstanding numbers coming into college.

Williams, 6-foot-5 right-hander from Suffolk, VA, finished his senior season of high school with a 1.37 era and tallied eight wins. Williams held opposing batters to a .198 batting average. In Williams’ final season, he was selected as first team all-conference as well as all-state.

Gore, native of Purcellville, VA, was ranked as the No. 1 catcher in Virginia leaving high school. In Gore’s final season of high school ball, he batted .397 with four home runs and 29 RBI’s. Gore was also selected on the all-conference team.

“Despite being redshirted their first year, Casey and Hunter will be able to produce big numbers for the team this season,” head coach Aaron Lynch said.

Letchworth, 6-foot-5 right-hander from Gloucester, VA, saw seven appearances on the mound for the Flames this past season. Letchworth threw 7.1 innings and recorded four strikeouts.

The Wilson Tobs home opener for the 2017 season is Sunday, May 28th at 6 p.m.. The Tobs will be facing the Fuquay-Varina Twins. Season tickets, ticket packages and single-game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling, (252) 291-8627.

The Wilson Tobs enter their 21st season as an original member within the Coastal Plain League for the 2017 Summer. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate and more exciting entertainment for 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. The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young & MVP winner Justin Verlander. For more information on the Wilson Tobs, visit our website

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 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 and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball..


Eric Evans II