Tobs beat Holly Springs 8-5 to start 2nd half

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Caleb Dean had a three-run homer to highlight a six-run fifth inning Sunday afternoon as the Wilson Tobs halted a four-game losing streak with an 8-5 victory over the Holly Springs Salamanders in Fleming Stadium.

In opening the second half of the Coastal Plain League season with a win, the Tobs moved to 11-14 overall and erased an early 3-0 deficit.

Designated hitter J.T. Stone doubled in a run in the fourth, and in the fifth, Jacob Nester coaxed out a bases-loaded walk.

Kevin McGowan’s two-run double followed to give the Tobs the lead. Dean’s three-run shot, his second of the season, boosted the Tobs to a 7-3 advantage.

Eddy Tavarez won in relief for Wilson, pitching a scoreless fifth inning. Chris Kernen started and allowed eight hits over four complete. One of his three runs were earned.

Phil Simpson was the loser for Holly Springs (8-19).

After having Monday off, the Tobs visit Edenton on Tuesday.


Pinch hitter Tyler Adams launched a one- out, three-run homer Saturday night to extend the Tobs’ losing streak to four games with a 6-4 loss.

With Wilson reliever Luis Acosta entering for the save, the Tobs recorded a groundout before Acosta (1-3) issued a walk to Jonathan Embry and a Jack Strunc single.

That set the table for Adams, who pinch hit for designated hitter Tucker Maxwell.

The Pilots (15-8), first-half North Division champions, outhit the Tobs 11-6.