Almost time to play ball

Tobs have 2 exhibition games before Thursday’s CPL opener

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The 23rd Coastal Plain League season opener for the Wilson Tobs is Thursday, May 30 — the first of 10 “Thirsty Thursdays” this season — but the summer collegiate baseball team will be in Fleming Stadium for a pair of exhibition games against Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League this week.

The Tobs will host the Fuquay-Varina Twins on Sunday, starting at 6:15 p.m. and followed by a fireworks show. The North Wake Fungo is the guest Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m.

The CPL opener is Thursday against the Martinsville Mustangs, starting at 7:15 p.m., in the first of 52 league games through Saturday, Aug. 3, with the Mustangs visiting Fleming in the regular-season finale.

A year after the worst season in club history, the Tobs bounced back for one of their best seasons in 2018. Wilson won the North Division title after stopping the defending Petitt Cup champion Peninsula Pilots, the North first-half winner, in the opening round of the playoffs. The Tobs came up short, however, against the Morehead City Marlins in the semifinals, losing 4-2 to the East Division winner and eventual Petitt Cup champions.


The Tobs finished 23-24 in head coach Bryan Hill’s first season. Hill, an assistant coach at Chowan University and a two-time Coach of the Year in the CPL with the Edenton Steamers, is back for another year leading the Tobs.

Serving as assistant coaches are Kramer Sneed, a former Barton College pitcher and assistant coach who is currently an assistant coach at Davis and Elkins College, and Harry Markotay, a former Chowan player who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hawks this spring.


Calling Tobs games this summer online via www.coastalplain.com and on Channel 2 by Greenlight of Wilson will be Steve Granado.

A graduate of California State Fullerton, Granado has five years of experience calling play-by-play including three seasons of minor league baseball.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be the new voice of the Tobs,” Granado said in a release from the Tobs. “To be a part of this community and talk baseball on a near nightly basis is a true blessing and I can’t wait for all the fun we’re going to have this summer.”