08/11/2016 9:26 AM
WILSON, N.C.- The Wilson Tobs have advanced to the East Final for the second time in three years, and once again their opponent is their familiar rival, the Peninsula Pilots.
In 2014, the Tobs went 29-27 in the regular season, and found themselves in an elimination game in the East Final at War Memorial Stadium. The Pilots took advantage of a tired Tobs team to advance and eventually win the Petitt Cup.
Fast forward to 2016, and Wilson is in the same position. The Tobs are one-game away from their first Petitt Cup Championship Series berth since 2001.
Wilson pummeled the Wilmington Sharks on Wednesday night in an offensively impressive showing.
The Tobs banged out 17 hits and scored 14 runs off of them. Eight of nine players had hits, six players had multiple hits, and eight players scored as well.
Peninsula had a battle on their hands in Virginia on Wednesday night as they hosted the scrappy Morehead City Marlins.
The Fish held a 3-1 lead through almost two-thirds of the ball game, but the Pilots battled back in the sixth.
Led by the charge of Nick Walker (Old Dominion), Peninsula scored seven runs in the sixth inning to turn the game upside-down. Orange and Blue took the win 8-3.
Peninsula and Wilson are no strangers to each other, even this season. The season series was spilt evenly at 4-4. There have even been storylines from this rivalry this year.
On July 4th, the Tobs had runners on first and second with nobody out, but Pilot coach Hank Morgan noticed that Justin Bellinger had used an illegal bat to put the ball in play. Bellinger was called out and the Pilots won 5-4.
The next meeting between the two (July 9th), the Tobs dropped another heartbreaker 5-4 on the road.
However, the last two meetings have been Black and Gold’s. Depsite CJ Ballard (Georgia Southern) and head coach Aaron Lynch’s ejections , the Tobs took one off Peninsula 6-5 in extras on July 17th.
After the single longest rain delay of the season (July 19, 1 hour and 42 minutes), the Tobs took the most recent meeting 8-4 over the Pilots.
On the road vs. the Pilots, the Tobs are 2-2 (L 10-0, W 16-5, L 5-4, W 6-5).
Once again, Wilson will not be favored as they head into Orange Heaven at War Memorial Stadium on Friday. However, the Tobs are ready to take on their rivals for a chance at the franchise’s first Petitt Cup.
Jeff Thompson (Belmont Abbey) is slated to get the start for Wilson, Hank Morgan has not announced his starter and most likely will make a decision late Friday as to who throws for the Pilots. So far this year, Thompson is 0-1 vs. Peninsula, but that loss came on May 31 in the CPL Opener.
Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va. on Friday, August 12th. The winner of the East final will see either Savannah or Forest City in game one of the Petitt Cup Championship Series on Sunday.
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.