Big 6th inning sends Tobs past Steamers

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EDENTON — Powered by a pair of sixth-inning home runs, the Wilson Tobs continued their undefeated start to the second half of the Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball season with a 6-1 conquest of the Edenton Steamers in a North Division encounter on the Hicks Field diamond Tuesday evening.

The Tobs improved to 2-0 in the second half and to 12-14 overall. Martinsville sets the pace at 4-0. 

The Steamers were left winless in three second-half outings.

Wilson will be back in Fleming Stadium to observe July 4 on Wednesday evening at 6:15 against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. 

A spectacular fireworks show follows the game.

Trailing 1-0, the Tobs seized the lead for keeps with two runs in the top of the third inning against starting Edenton pitcher Nate Gardner and owned a 3-1 margin entering the sixth.

Shortstop newcomer Matt McCourt, batting in the lead-off slot, slammed the first homer to launch the uprising. McCourt, who plays for Mount Aloyzius College in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, was making his debut.

After right fielder Carson Freeman reached base, designated Kevin McGowan hammered a two-run homer against Charles Hall, the second Steamers pitcher.

The Steamers struck in the bottom of the first when Zane Harris doubled home Rich Guipo.

But Wilson answered in the top of the third. Left fielder Ben Faso’s double drove in catcher Shamoy Christopher and first baseman Caleb Dean.

Head coach Bryan Hill’s club, which finished in the first-half division cellar, stretched its lead to 4-1 in the fourth when McCourt darted home on a wild-pitch third strike that allowed Freeman to reach base.

Starting Tobs pitcher Josh Arnold lasted 4 2/3 innings before being relieved by left-hander Cody Smith. 

Danny Cody relieved Smith in the sixth.

Waylen Ergle got the nod in the seventh and worked out of a jam after giving up singles to the first two batters he faced. Ergle struck out the side.

Jared Gallagher retired the Steamers in order in the bottom of the eighth, registering one strikeout. Eddy Tavarez worked the ninth, surviving two walks and striking out a pair.

Six Wilson pitchers yielded eight hits and seven walks, but posted 14 strikeouts. 

Both teams collected eight hits.

The Tobs visit Edenton on Thursday before hosting Martinsville on Friday and Morehead City on Saturday prior to the CPL’s All-Star Game festivities.