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Tobs reach .500 mark with 12-2 rout of Steamers

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Following Sunday night’s loss in Fleming Stadium, head coach Bryan Hill predicted his Wilson Tobs would go into Wednesday’s day off with a .500 record.

The Tobs needed two wins and that mission became impossible when Tuesday night’s game was rained out.

Thus, Wilson climbed to .500 on a Thirsty Thursday in Fleming Stadium with a 12-2 Coastal Plain League North Division rout of last place Edenton.

“Five” emerged the magic number in Wilson’s second straight win.

Starting Tobs pitcher Tyler Grauer shut out the Steamers (2-9) through five innings and Wilson took a commanding 7-0 lead with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning

Thus, Wilson emerged with its fifth victory against (not so magical) five losses and continues division play in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday night against Peninsula. The Tobs are home for a doubleheader against Martinsville on Saturday and play in Fleming Stadium again Sunday at 6 p.m. against Asheboro.

The fourth inning was critical in the Tobs’ third win in four outings against Edenton.

In the top of the fourth  with Wilson up 2-0, Grauer pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. The threat ended when Edenton lead-off hitter Bryson Worrell, who recently completed his freshman season at East Carolina University and starred at Hunt High, fouled out to right field.

In the bottom half of the inning, the first five Tobs hitters reached base on a single by Ben Faso, a hit batsman, a single by Jacob Nester, an error and third baseman Drew Brooks’ two-run single. Carson Freeman plated the fifth run with a sacrifice fly.

The Tobs plated a run in each of the first two innings as center fielder Brenton Doyle doubled and scored in the first and connected for a sacrifice fly in the second.

Wilson added two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth inning. Freeman and first baseman Caleb Dean each doubled in the seventh. In the eighth, Patrick Frick singled. The Tobs scored twice on wild pitches and left fielder Rigsby Mosley connected for a sacrifice fly.

Mosley, a freshman from Troy University, debuted, going 0 for 4 but driving in three runs.

Grauer notched his second win — both against the Steamers — without a loss. The left-hander spaced six hits while walking one and striking out seven.

Danny Cody, Sam Lanier, Cody Smith and Ryan Troutman each worked an inning, with Troutman retiring the Steamers in order in the ninth.

In just his second game since joining the Steamers, Worrell batted lead-off and played right field. The switch-hitter went hitless in five at-bats and struck out twice.

Edenton matched Wilson’s nine hits, but stranded 12 base runners.