Wilson, NC – The Wilson Tobs will be welcoming two new faces behind the dish this summer season. Ross Cadena (Wichita State University) and Griffin Everitt (University of Nebraska) will look to take control behind the plate for the Tobs in 2021. 

Our first catcher is Ross Cadena, who is a redshirt junior from Midland, Texas. Ross has started at catcher for Wichita State since 2019 and has played consistently well every year. Cadena has thrown out 35% of base stealers over the last 3 seasons while having a career .993 fielding percentage. In his sophomore season where he started 54 games, collecting 8 doubles, 2 homeruns, and 24 RBIs out of the catching position. Ross continued his dual threat of offense and defense in the shortened 2020 season where he batted .271 with 4 doubles in just 15 games. This season, Cadena has made 20 starts behind the plate out of the 24 games played, racking up extra base hits while continuing to handle the pitching staff and shutting down the running game. Ross has had 5 doubles and 2 triples on the young season and thrown out 9 of 16 runners stealing. When asked about playing for Wilson Tobs this summer, Ross said “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Wilson Tobs! I am excited to get to know everyone and compete with them on the Diamond”. The Tobs are looking forward to the consistency and energy Ross will bring to the ball club this summer as they push for the Pettit Cup!

Next catcher up to bat is the redshirt sophomore out of the University of Nebraska, Griffin Everitt. Before getting the chance to play for the Cornhuskers, he played for Kansas City Kansas Community College for the last two seasons. Over the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Blue Devils, Griffin impacted the lineup offensively and defensively. Over the two seasons, Griffin held a 1.292 OPS amassing 28 extra base hits out of his 59 hits. He also knocked in 45 runs in just 54 games and walked 42 times while only striking out 26. So far this season for the Huskers Everitt has started 11 games behind the plate throwing out 5 of 9 would be base stealers and knocking in 5 runs with 1 double and 1 home run. When asked about coming to Wilson this summer, Griffin said “I’m really excited to get the chance to play for the Tobs this Summer. I’ve never been to North Carolina, so it will be a new setting for me. I know the league is very competitive, so I can’t wait to get out there and win a lot of games!” This summer the Wilson Tobs are excited to see Griffin display his talent at Historic Fleming Stadium as he will be a great addition to the lineup both offensively and defensively.

Hey fans don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Wilson Tobs 2021 season opener and thirsty Thursday on Thursday, May 27. Stick around Memorial Day weekend for the Tobs always exciting Band Jam & Firework Show on Sunday, May 30! The Tobs Red, White, and Blue Firework Show will be Saturday, July 3. Season tickets and ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (252)291-8627, or by visiting www.wilsontobs.com

The Wilson Tobs enter their 25th season as a founding member of the Coastal Plain League. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see community outreach, increased participation in helping the less fortunate, a Pettit Cup Championship team, and more exciting entertainment than ever before. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Corporate Partners, and the Dedicated Fans. 

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.