(Martinsville, V.A.) – The Wilson Tobs took to the road for the first time in 2019 and their hitting prowess came along for the ride. The Tobs mercied the Martsinville Mustangs by a final score of 21-9 in seven innings.
The bats broke out immediately in the first inning. After a pair of walks, Drew DeVine continued his hot hitting with an RBI single to left, bringing home Corrigan Bartlett. Another walk would load the bases for Chris Meyers. The Ohio native smacked the first pitch he saw from Martinsville starter Austin Elliot for a grand slam over the left field wall. Wilson scored five times in the first, and added six more in the second.
Martinsville's offense continued their hot start in the bottom of the frame. The Mustangs responded by sending eight to the plate and knocking out starter Grant Fremion with two outs in the inning. Jackson Sisk plated a pair and Josh Smith doubled home a run. Martsinville gained all six runs back, cutting into the deficit 11-6.
Hunter Gore plated a run with a triple in the fourth, later scoring on a sacrifice fly. The Tobs piled on in the fifth inning with an eight-run frame. Wilson got their first six batters to reach base to begin the inning, eventually leading 21-6.
Wilson's pitching staff allowed three runs the rest of the way but the Tobs finished the contest in seven innings with the mercy rule in effect (12 run lead after seven innings). DeVine finished the game 5-5 with three runs batted in, reaching base six times. For the second time this year, Wilson's offense scored twenty-one times. Since 2001 (20 seasons), the single-game high for the Tobs is twenty-three set on July 15, 2013 against the Martinsville Mustangs.
The Tobs return home on Saturday night to host the Edenton Steamers at 7:00 PM. It's the 8th Annual Beer and BBQ Festival at Fleming Stadium with sanctioned craft beer vendors, all you can eat barbecue and music by the Balter Brothers. The evening event is brought to you by Farm Bureau Insurance Clint Godwin, Thomas Law, Budweiser, the North Carolina Pork Council and Wilson City Little League. Tickets are available by phone, at the box office or at WilsonTobs.com.