(Wilson, N.C.) – The Wilson Tobs and Peninsula Pilots split a double header at Fleming Stadium on Tuesday night. In game two, Peninsula's Paul Hall Jr. no-hit the Tobs with nine strikeouts.
In game one, the Pilots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first after a twenty-four-minute rain delayed start. Tobs starter Josh Arnold hit two batters in the frame, having both of those come in to score. Nick Gonzalez singled home another and Peninsula grabbed a three-run advantage before Wilson could bat.
After a relatively quiet first inning, Wilson strung together four straight hits with one out in the second. De'Andre Pitts drove in Michael Calamari, DeShawn Lookout scored Colby Warren and Jared Carr brought home Pitts. Wilson put six straight runners on and tied the game at three.
Exactly one hour into the game, play halted at 7:24 PM and lasted until 8:12 PM for a forty-eight-minute rain delay. Once the game resumed, Wilson slugged their way to five runs in the fifth exclaimed with a DeShawn Lookout three-run home run. Wilson went on to win 10-3. Taylor Soper (2-0) earned the victory. Cole Garrett (0-1) suffered the loss in relief.
Hall Jr. went to the hill for game number two. The left-hander was not the probable starter for the contest, but the rain situation prompted Garrett to throw in game one, who was scheduled to start. Hall Jr. was added to the roster early on Tuesday before leaving on the team bus to Wilson and ended up starting game two.
The left hander went to work, retiring the first seven batters in a row, broken up by a walk in the third. Hall Jr. struck out nine batters over the course of seven innings and never allowed a Tob to reach second base.
Peninsula's offense backed up their starter, scoring in each of the first three innings. Jake Boone launched a missile to left for a home run to put the finishing touches on the game. Wilson was no hit through seven innings and dropped the contest 5-0. In his first outing of the season, Hall Jr. (1-0) stole the show with his first win. Grant Fremion (0-1) was handed the loss after four innings of work.
Wilson is home on Thursday, June 20 to host the Martinsville Mustangs in a double header starting at 6:15 PM. It's Thirsty Thursday with $1 select beer, draft beer specials and discount fountain drinks. It's also Diggin' in the Diamond with the chance to win great prizes. Tickets are available online, by calling the front office or visiting the box office on game days.