Wilson, NC- The Tobs emerged victorious over the Wilmington Sharks by a final score of 3-2. The Tobs use multiple homeruns to win a East Division matchup on back-to-back nights. The Tobs improve to 13-6 with five games remaining in the first half of the season. Boxscore
Mason Sykes started off the game with a bang. A 421-ft blast over the scoreboard in left-center on the third pitch of the at bat. Sykes tallied his fourth homerun of the year, first at home. The Tobs would add their final two runs of the contest in the third inning. Sammy Sass tallied his second homerun of the year scoring Jacob McCaskey to make it 3-0.
Alex Hart made his fourth start of the year, and he would go six innings allowing two runs on eight strikeouts. The Sharks would score their only runs of the night in the fifth inning off Hart, but then he stepped his game up. Hart would strikeout six in-a-row from Wilmington after allowing a homerun, the most consecutive by a Tobs pitcher this year. Tom Reisinger would come in for the seventh frame and pitch a 1-2-3 inning to make sure the score would hold.
This got a little dicey for the Tobs in the eighth as a one-out double put the tying run in scoring position. One stolen base later and a walk issued from Jake Curry the Sharks had runners on the corners with one out. Blake Evans would take matters into his own hands and field a high-hopper at second base, step on the bag himself, and fire a rocket over to first for the inning-ending double play.
Brent Francisco closed the game facing the minimum as the Tobs would hang onto their lead to win 3-2. Wilson now leads the season series against Wilmington 2-1. The Tobs will travel to Asheboro on Wednesday to face the Zookeepers for the first time this season. Wilson will return home on Thursday to face the Tri-City Chili Peppers, who are chasing the Tobs in the standings, at 7:00P.M. Fans can still purchase tickets online through showpass, or catch the action on Greenlight locally in Wilson or streaming on flosports.tv