08/13/2016 11:18 AM
WILSON, N.C.- The Wilson Tobs close their 2016 summer season as one of the best seasons in recent memory.
Wilson finished the year with an overall record 0f 31-25. The Tobs also accrued their first playoff win since 2014.
The first half of the season was a struggle through June for the Tobs. Wilson earned their first win in the league vs. Petersburg on a walk-off wild pitch on July 2nd.
The Tobs had a .500 record or better against everybody in the East in the regular season except Edenton (1-4) and Wilmington (3-7).
A critical turning point in the season for Wilson was a 3-1 stretch during a five-day, four-game road stand. After the road stretch the Tobs stayed hot to win 8 of 10 games.
Wilson closed the first half in playoff position and sent four players to the All-Star Game (Jimmy Latona, Cameron Balego, Jake Lewis, CJ Ballard).
The mid-season slump hit hard as the Tobs watched archrival Edenton jet out to a second half East lead, putting the Tobs out of the playoff picture.
After fourteen games, the Tobs were below .500 and sitting in the sixth position in the East. During the stretch though, the Tobs never lost more than three games straight.
With thirteen games left in the season, Wilson need to win nine to make the playoffs. Sitting three games under an even record, Aaron Lynch spurned the team to history.
Starting on July 27th, the Tobs took a pair of games off of the Morehead City Marlins, they would then take two from Petersburg, tying the season’s longest win streak.
Zack Mozingo hurled a gem on a Saturday night to defeat the Edenton Steamers to bring the Tobs back into the playoff picture.
The Tobs reeled off a franchise record eight straight wins to finish the regular season at 30-24.
The Tobs took their winning ways to Wilmington for round one of the playoffs and decimated the Sharks 14-1.
The season ended in Hampton, Va. as the Tobs fell 5-3 to the Peninsula Pilots in the East Final.
The Tobs enjoyed a lot of success this season and are more than proud of what was accomplished. This year’s team made a little bit of history and has certainly set the precedent for Tobs teams to come.
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.