by James Stanley, Wilson Tobs Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting
THOMASVILLE, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs (16-16, 6-6) run-ruled the High Point-Thomasville HiToms (20-15, 7-6) by a score of 16-4 at Historic Finch Field on Wednesday night.
The Tobs hit two homeruns off HiToms starting pitcher Jake Tate (Ohio) in the 1st inning to take an early 5-0 lead. Dylan Scaranda (Barton College) drove in two runs on the first dinger of the frame and Riley Jepson (UT-Tyler) mashed the second deep to right field, plating three runs, to put Wilson up by five.
High Point-Thomasville responded with two runs in the bottom of the 1st to trail the Tobs 5-2. Braxton Bragg (Nebraska) started on the mound for Wilson and gave up a leadoff homerun to Matt Corder (Mississippi State) that scored the first HiToms run of the night. With two outs, Max Riemer (North Carolina) capped off the scoring on an RBI single to right field cutting the HiTom’s deficit down to three runs.
But it would be an uphill climb for High Point-Thomasville the rest of the night. The Tobs scored 9-unanswered runs from the 2nd to 5th innings to put the hurt on the HiToms.
In the 2nd, Scaranda blasted his second two-run homerun of the night extending Wilson’s lead to 7-2.
Jepson doubled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Chase Wullenweber (Tusculum) to widen the Tobs lead to 8-2.
In the 4th inning, Jacob McCaskey (California University of Pennsylvania) hit his first homerun of the season to put Wilson up 9-2.
With one out and the bases loaded in the 5th, Logan Eickhoff (Eastern Illinois) drove in the Tobs’ 10th run of the night on an RBI fielder’s choice and Dusty Baker (Mount Olive) capped off the stint of unanswered runs by hitting a 378-foot grand slam on his third homerun of the season to extend the Tobs lead to 14-2.
The HiToms finally answered the Tobs in the bottom of the 5th on an RBI single by Corder to shorten Wilson’s lead to 14-3.
Jepson tabbed his fourth RBI of the night in the top of the 6th to put Wilson back up by 12 runs, leading 15-3.
Tobs reliever Shane Rademacher (Chowan) made his season debut for Wilson in the 6th inning and gave up a solo homerun to Von Siebert (Mississippi State) that plated the final HiToms run of the night putting High Point-Thomasville behind 15-4.
The run-rule went into effect in the top of the 7th when Drew DeVine (Western Michigan) plated McCaskey on a two-out RBI single widening Wilson’s lead back to 12 runs, 16-4.
In his Tobs debut, Marty Neal (Harford Community College) sealed the 16-4 win in the 7th on a pair of strikeouts. He pitched 1.0 inning in relief while giving up two hits.
Bragg pitched 5.0 innings allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. He struck out four batters en route to receiving the win.
Tate took the loss after giving up five runs on four hits in 1.0 inning pitched.
Rademacher pitched 1.0 inning in relief. He surrendered one run on three hits while recording one strikeout.
Scaranda finished the night 2-5 with four RBIs on two homeruns.
Jepson went 3-3 hitting a homerun and a double while driving in four runs and scoring three runs.
Going 3-5, Baker finished the night with four RBIs and three runs scored.
McCaskey scored three runs while going 2-4 on a homerun and a double with one RBI on the evening.
The Tobs return home on Thursday, July 22 to take on the Holly Springs Salamanders at 7:10 p.m. ET on Paint the Park Pink Night presented by Wilson Medical Center, Bridgestone and First Media Radio. Fans can bid on the Tobs pink game-used jerseys via the LiveSource App with proceeds benefitting the Wilson Community Health Center and the Pink Ladies of Wilson. Gates open at 5, so come early to watch the Doctors vs Lawyers Charity Softball Game at 5:30. Join the Tobs for Thirsty Thursday with $1 select draft beer as well as beer and drink specials. Fans should stick around in the beer garden after the game for postgame music performed by Matty Begs as this week’s Carolina Eagle Budweiser Band. Fans can stream the game on FloBaseball.TV or watch locally for free on Greenlight Channels 2 and 900-HD.
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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.