WILSON, N.C. – The Peninsula Pilots (6-0) remained undefeated after beating the Wilson Tobs (5-4, 2-4 CPL) 6-2 on Tuesday night at Historic Fleming Stadium.
The Tobs started the scoring with a one-run bottom of the 2nd. Dusty Baker (Mount Olive) started the inning by singling off Peninsula starting pitcher Daniel Cole (Lamar). Later in the frame, Andrew Fleming (Wright State) hit a ground ball base hit to centerfield that scored Baker to give Wilson a 1-0 lead.
Matt Kavanaugh (Nova Southeastern) started for the Tobs on the mound and pitched through the 3rd inning. He allowed no runs on two hits and struck out four batters in 3.0 innings.
Both sides were silent at the plate until the top of the 8th inning when the Pilots took a 5-1 lead. Steven Worley (Mount Olive) started the frame on the hill for Wilson and walked two batters. Pilots shortstop Zac Morris (Virginia Military Institute) followed by reaching on an error by Fleming to load the bases. Nolan DeVos (Davidson) then entered the game in relief for Wilson and walked-in the tying run with Luke Zimmerman (St. Joseph’s) at the plate. Peninsula second baseman was the next batter and gave the Pilots a 3-1 lead on a two-RBI double. Hunter Hart (William & Mary) capped off the scoring with a two-out base hit that scored two more runs.
The Tobs responded with a one-run bottom of the 8th to trail 5-2 when Baker hit his first home run of the season to right field.
Peninsula added an insurance run in the 9th to lead 6-2 when Hunter drove in Trevon Dabney (James Madison) on a base hit.
Trey Mogan (Virginia Military Institute) earned the win for Peninsula pitching 3.0 scoreless innings in relief. He gave up three hits and a walk while striking out three Tobs.
Worley took the loss. He allowed three runs, two earned, on two walks while recording no outs.
Cole finished hit start giving up one run in 4.0 innings on three hits and three walks.
The Tobs hit the road on Wednesday and travel to Colonial Heights, Virginia to take on the Tri-City Chili Peppers at 7:00 p.m. ET. Fans can stream the game on FloBaseball.TV or listen to the game for free on Mixlr by clicking here.
The Tobs return home to Historic Fleming Stadium on Thursday, June 10 to take on the Holly Springs Salamanders at 7:00 p.m. ET. Come out to the ballpark for School Staff Appreciation Night and Thirsty Thursday. Gates open at 6. Fans can stream the game on FloBaseball.TV or watch locally on Greenlight Channels 2 or 900-HD.
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.