Wilson, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs are excited to announce that three Tobs were selected for the 2021 All-CPL First Team. Drew Devine (Western Michigan), Dylan Scaranda (Barton) and Riley Jepson (University of Texas-Tyler) were selected for the All-CPL First Team. Devine was selected at shortstop while Scaranda and Jepson were selected at the DH/Utility Positions.
Devine was a returning player from 2019 who had 35 game appearances in the 2021 season. Serving as a crucial part of the Tobs lineup both on the field and at the plate, Devine posted a .368 batting average in 125 ABs. With a 7-game hit streak from July 15 – July 24, he was a consistent threat at the plate. Devine also flashed the leather with only 3 errors as a middle infielder. Coach Markotay added, “Drew was great to have back this season. He played multiple spots in the infield for us but ended up being our everyday shortstop. He’s one of the more talented shortstops in the league and has a great work ethic. Big things are still to come from him.”
Local Barton product Dylan Scaranda was nothing short of masterful at the plate. He led the Tobs in ABs (147), Games Played (39), Hits (50), RBIs (28) and Runs (35) solidifying himself as a key member of the Tobs lineup. With an impressive number of plate appearances (172), Scaranda was also the team leader in Doubles (9), Triples (3) and Home Runs (9). Markotay had this to say about Scranda, “Dylan is a guy who plays the game hard. He was always focused on doing his job whether that was in a big situation at the plate or defensively in the field. Scaranda was one of the toughest outs in the league and it was awesome to see him compete daily.”
Playing both right field and 1st base, it is fitting that Riley Jepson was selected as a Utility Player and DH for the All-CPL Team. Jepson finished out the season with a .356 batting average through 118 ABs and 35 game appearances. Riley posted 42 RBIs making him an asset to the Tobs lineup. “Jepson did a fantastic job for us this season playing multiple positions. He was solid and consistent for us at the plate and always wanted to be in the lineup no matter what position he was playing,” Markotay praised. “Jepson will be great to follow and see what he accomplishes in his professional career.” Riley had 79 putouts with 4 errors throughout the 2021 season making him an extremely valuable piece in the field.
The Wilson Tobs finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 31-19 with a 23-19 record in the Coastal Plain League. The Tobs finished the second half of CPL play in 3rd place at a record of 13-9 under the direction of second year Head Coach Harry Markotay and Pitching Coach Aaron Mayer.