08/09/2016 10:05 AM
WILSON, NC- The Wilson Tobs have qualified for the Petitt Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2014.
The Tobs will battle from as the third seed through the week. Their first opponent is the two-seed Wilmington Sharks.
As the higher seed, the Sharks will host the one-and-done playoff game from Buck Hardee Field in the Port City at 7:00 p.m.
The Tobs are 3-7 this year against the Sharks. Wilson took the first two meetings between the two teams, but has only triumphed once in the last eight contests. The Tobs are 1-4 on the road vs. the Sharks.
The Tobs end the year as one of the top three offenses in the Coastal Plain League. The Tobs have the third most doubles (98) and the most triples (16) in the CPL.
Jimmy Latona (Mercyhurst) led the team in batting average through the regular season (.342). Five Tobs are batting over .300 heading into the playoffs (Latona .342, Cameron Balego .328, Logan Baldwin .316, Andrew Webster .313, CJ Ballard .307)
Andrew Webster (Barton) is the team leader in double (15) and he also leads the team in home runs (6).
Wilson is expected to throw Zack Mozingo (East Carolina) vs. the Sharks. Mozingo has not started vs. Wilmington this season. In his last outing, Mozingo gave eight strong innings vs. Edenton in a 3-0 win.
Scouting on the Sharks points to a thin pitching staff. Mike Castellani (Bucknell) is the only true starter left. However, Ethan Wortkoetter (Presbyterian) is 2-0 vs. the Tobs in his starting appearances.
Wilmington’s offense has been powerful this season. Mark Donadio (Fordham) and Cletis Avery (Presbyterian) have proven themselves the most mobile on the base paths.
Alec Bohm (Wichita State) is arguably the best power slugger in the CPL and has record three homers vs. the Tobs so far this season. All of those dingers have come at Buck Hardee Field.
Wilmington will open as the favorite, but if the Tobs can force the Sharks’ starter in a short outing, Wilson could be able to lock things down. Closer Tanner Wilt (LaRoche) is a perfect 4/4 in his last four save attempts. Wilt has averaged two strikeouts per outing in that time frame.
The winner of Tobs vs. Sharks on Wednesday will get to play the winner of Morehead City and Peninsula on Friday night in the East Division Final.
For more information on the playoffs and the Tobs, stayed tuned to our social media outlets.
The Wilson Tobs are proud to celebrate 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 hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 81 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 XLVII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.