MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead against Morehead City on Wednesday night but it wouldn't be enough as the Marlins rallied against the Tobs and Mother Nature for a 5-3 victory at Big Rock Stadium in a Coastal Plain League matchup.
Drew Brooks and Caleb Dean paced the Tobs offensively as both were responsible for one run batted in. Brooks, Dean, Patrick Frick, and Antwuan Tucker each tallied a hit in the game for Wilson. Josh Arnold made his first start of the season for the Tobs but wouldn't factor into the final decision after exiting the game with the score tied 3-3 heading to the sixth inning.
The Marlins would open the scoring against Arnold in the bottom of the second inning as Joe Mason scored from third off a wild pitch to make it 1-0. Chaston Gordon would later up the lead to 2-0 for Morehead City with a single to right field.
Wilson responded by trimming the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third inning as Brooks delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to score Dudley Taw from third. The top of the fourth inning would see the Tobs rally for a pair of runs as Steven Zimmerman reached on a fielder's choice that would ultimately lead to Tucker scoring following an error by the third baseman.
Dean gave the Tobs their lone lead of the night later in the frame with a double to left field that would score Zimmerman from second to make it 3-2. Heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, Morehead City scored its second run of the contest via a wild pitch as Ari Sechopoulous jetted home from third to knot the score 3-3.
Brendan Dougherty tallied the eventual game-winning run for the Marlins in the bottom of the sixth inning as his solo home run to right field against Wilson reliever Tripper Ergle made it 4-3 for the home team.
Following a lengthy rain delay, the Marlins produced their fifth run of the contest as a ball would elude Zimmerman behind the plate and allow Will Johnson to score. Wilson would record an out on the play as an alert throw from Zimmerman to third would get Dougherty into a run-down and eventually tagged out at second by Tucker.
Ergle (0-1) was handed with the loss after allowing the single run in the sixth inning. Danny Cody tossed the final two innings for the Tobs, allowing one run on one hit. Cody also fanned a pair of batters while walking two. Arnold scattered four hits and three runs over five innings while fanning five batters.
Garrett Letchworth (2-0) recorded the victory for the Marlins after tossing a pair of scoreless innings of relief. Kenny Wells recorded his third save of the season after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Morehead City starter Evan Lumbert took the no-decision after allowing three runs (one earned) off two hits. Lumbert fanned four batters while walking three in the contest. The Marlins threw a total of five pitchers on the night en route to the 5-3 victory.
The Tobs return home on Thursday to host Edenton at 7 p.m. It will be Throwback Thirsty Thursday at Historic Fleming Stadium along with a School's Out Summer Kickoff "Swing for the Fences" Celebration. There will be a post-game band as part of the RA Jeffreys Band Series along with the Farm to Field Farmer's Market thanks to Deans Farm Market. Special thanks to our gameday sponsors, S.T. Wooten, Bojangles, and the Wilson Medical Center.
The Wilson Tobs enter their 22nd season as a founding member of the Coastal Plain League. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate, a Pettit Cup Championship team, 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, Corporate 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 www.wilsontobs.com.
Season tickets and ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (252) 291-8627, or by visiting www.wilsontobs.com/tickets.