EDENTON, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs scored seven of their 10 runs after the seventh inning on Thursday night en route to a 10-8 victory against the Edenton Steamers at Hicks Field. Shamoy Christopher tallied the eventual game-winning hit with a single in the top of the eleventh inning.
The Tobs rallied to knot the score 6-6 in the top of the ninth inning in a seesaw battle with the Steamers. Drew Brooks singled down the right-field line to score Ben Faso on the play. Wilson responded after seeing the Steamers take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning off a two-run home run from TJ Wegmann.
Heading into to extra innings for the second time this season against Edenton, the Tobs would look for a different outcome after the Steamers stole a game from at Historic Fleming Stadium on June 21st. Jack Duffy would give the Tobs a 7-6 lead in the top of the tenth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field, tallying his fourth run batted in on the night.
Caleb Dean Followed by reaching on an error by the Edenton third baseman which allowed Brooks to score make it 8-6. Edenton stormed back to even the score 8-8 in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single and RBI groundout.
Heading to the eleventh inning, Christopher lined a single into right field that allowed Dean to be waved around third to make it 9-8. The Tobs added a second run on the play as Faso scored off a throwing error by the right fielder that saw the baseball go into the Edenton dugout on the third base side of the field.
Working his third inning of relief, Luis Acosta closed the door on the Steamers by getting a line-drive double play to end the contest. Matt McCourt would catch the line drive and flip the baseball to Nester covering second to double-off the runner and preserve the 10-8 win.
David Harrison was handed with the no-decision for the Tobs after allowing four runs through 4.1 innings of work. Harrison fanned a season-high seven batters while issuing three walks for Wilson. Acosta (3-2) allowed a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the tenth inning and surrendered two hits in the contest.
Ben Anderson tossed five innings of scoreless baseball in relief for Edenton starter Zach Stromberg. Stromberg allowed three runs off five walks and three strikeouts, while Anderson fanned 11 batters and scattered a pair of hits around two walks.
Duffy finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Tobs, while McCourt reached base five times from the leadoff spot for Wilson. McCourt went 2-for-4 and was hit by the baseball two times. Christopher finished 2-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, two walks, and one RBI. Wilson batters worked 11 walks in the contest despite striking out 15 times.
The Tobs return home to host Martinsville on Friday night for Faith & Family Night at Historic Fleming Stadium. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. The Tobs would like to thank Professional Drug Screening Services, Inc. for sponsoring the game.
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.