by James Stanley, Wilson Tobs Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting
WILSON, N.C. – Trailing for nearly the entirety of Sunday night’s game against the Edenton Steamers (1-2), the Wilson Tobs (6-5, 2-5 CPL) mounted a comeback in the 7th to win 6-5 in a non-CPL contest at Historic Fleming Stadium.
The meeting was the 120th all-time since 2004 between the once CPL-rivals Steamers and Tobs.
Paul Sullivan (Iona College) started on the mound for Wilson and gave up three runs through the first two innings. Edenton catcher Josh Pernetti (San Joaquin Delta College) capped off the scoring in the 2nd by telegraphing a 448-foot two-run homerun to right field to make it 3-0 Edenton.
Sullivan’s outing stabilized in the 3rd and 4th innings as he finished the night by striking out eight Steamers.
Zach Hogueisson (Tennessee Wesleyan) got the Tobs on the board to trail 3-2 in the 3rd inning by slicing a two-out two-RBI single into right field. Logan Keller (Navy) started the rally by drawing a two-out walk. Dusty Baker (Mount Olive) followed with a base hit and Drew Devine (Western Michigan) loaded the bases for Hogueisson on a walk.
Cameron Prayer (Houston) relieved Sullivan on the mound in the 5th inning and pitched a scoreless frame on three strikeouts.
Tobs reliever Dylan Pottgieser (Pacific) debuted in the 6th and frustrated Edenton by pitching around a double and two walks to strand the bases full of Steamers.
Wilson exploded for four runs off Edenton relief pitcher Michael Allen (Lenoir-Rhyne) in the 7th inning to take a 6-3 lead. With the bases loaded, Devine hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Riley Jepson (UT-Tyler) to tie the game. Dylan Scaranda (Barton College) scored on a wild pitch to give the Tobs their first lead of the night and Tommy Gibson (Shepherd) followed suit by scoring on another wild pitch to make it 5-3 Wilson. Andrew Fleming (Wright State) extended the Tobs lead to three runs on an RBI single that scored Jared Carr (Shepherd).
The Steamers responded in the top of the 8th by plating two runs off Sebastian Martinez (Anderson) Pernetti double to trail 6-5. Pernetti finished the night 2-3 with two extra base hits and four RBIs.
Carlos Rey (Nova Southeastern) entered the game with two outs in the 8th and the tying run in scoring position. Rey got Hunter Cole (Randolph-Macon College) to groundout to shortstop to record the final out of the inning.
Rey pitched the 9th inning and struck out the side to record the save and secure the win for the Tobs 6-5.
Pottgieser earned the win for Wilson by throwing 2.0 scoreless innings in relief.
Allen took the loss giving up four runs on one hit and two walks in 0.2 innings of relief work.
Tobs pitching finished the night by striking out 17 batters.
The Tobs start a stretch of five-straight home games on Tuesday night as they take on the Morehead City Marlins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Come out to Historic Fleming stadium for Faith and Family Night sponsored by Zaxby’s with gates opening at 6. Join the Tobs for pregame praise and worship, player testimonials, faith music and much more! Fans can also enjoy All You Can Eat Tuesday and Fan Favorite Trivia on Tuesday night as well. Fans who cannot make it to the game can stream it 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.