HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs (5-3, 2-3 CPL) took care of business on the road against the Holly Springs Salamanders (7-2, 5-2 CPL) on Sunday night with a 5-2 win at Ting Stadium.
Wilson started the scoring with a three-run 1st inning. In front of a large crowd and Major League scouts, Jared Carr (Shepherd) drove in Dylan Scaranda (Barton College) for the Tobs first run. Zach Hogueisson (Tennessee Wesleyan) followed with an RBI groundout to second base to make it 2-0 Wilson. Carr capped off the scoring on a wild pitch thrown by Joe Whitman (Purdue) to give the Tobs a 3-0 lead.
Holly Springs chipped away at the Tobs lead in the 2nd inning by scoring two runs on two hits and two walks to trail 3-2. Wilson starting pitcher Darren Williams (Eastern Kentucky) gave up a lead-off triple to Marek Chlup (North Greenville) to lead off the frame. Chlup scored the Salamanders first run when the next hitter, Cash Young (Georgia College), grounded out to second base. A few batters later with two outs, Brice Martinez (Wofford) drove in the second run of the inning for Holly Springs on an RBI single.
With two outs in the top of the 4th, Scaranda blasted his second home run of the season to right field to drive in two more for Wilson and the Tobs held a 5-2 lead. Scaranda’s home run was the first allowed by Holly Springs pitching in 2021.
Paul Sullivan (Iona) relieved Williams in the 6th inning and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings on two strikeouts. He exited the game with two outs in the 8th after issuing a walk to Salamanders shortstop Josh Hood (NC State) that loaded the bases. Justin Guidos (East Stroudsburg) then came in to pitch and silenced the crowd with a rally-ending strikeout to earn the hold.
Tobs reliever Will Schomberg (Davidson) slammed the door in the 9th on three strikeouts to pick up the save.
Williams earned the win pitching 5.0 innings. He gave up two runs on two hits and struck out five. His performance followed a stellar outing by fellow Colonel Jake Lewis (Eastern Kentucky) in his start on Saturday night against the Tri-City Chili Peppers at Historic Fleming Stadium.
Scaranda finished the night going 1-2 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. He walked twice and was also hit by a pitch.
Whitman took the loss for the Salamanders by giving up three runs on two hits in 2.0 innings.
Next up, the Tobs return home to Historic Fleming Stadium on Tuesday, June 8 to take on the Peninsula Pilots at 7:00 p.m. ET. Come out to the ballpark for the first All You Can Eat Tuesday of the season and Fan Favorite Trivia. Gates open at 6. Fans can stream the game on FloBaseball.TV or watch locally on Greenlight Channels 2 or 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.