Tobs can’t overcome huge early deficit

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The Wilson Tobs chopped a 11-3 deficit after the top of the fourth inning to 11-9 before dropping a 13-9 Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball decision to the Holly Springs Salamanders in Fleming Stadium on a hot Wednesday night.

In resuming play after the all-star break, the Tops plunged to 2-4 in the East Division the second half and stand 11-23 overall. Holly Springs departed with a 4-2 second-half mark.

Starting Wilson pitcher Jakob Ryan, the loser (2-2), and reliever Hank Simpson were shelled for 10 hits and 11 runs in three-plus innings. Cole Hinnant and Will Edwards combined for four shutout innings before the Salamanders nicked Tristan Roberts, the fifth of six Wilson pitchers, for two unearned runs in the eighth. Right-hander K.J. McAllister pitched a scoreless ninth despite yielding a hit and two walks.

Holly Springs outhit the Tobs 15-8 and benefited from eight walks.

Jake Isbell, the second of three Salamanders pitchers, picked up the win, evening his record at 1-1. Wilson reached Isbell for three runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Cronin shut down Wilson in the bottom of the ninth.

Trailing 11-3, the Tobs answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and three more in the eighth.

Right fielder Josh Ladowski led the Wilson attack, slugging a double and triple and driving in four runs. Second baseman Kyle Butler also hit safely twice and drove in two runs.

First baseman Zach Piazza, designated hitter Payton Isaacson and third baseman Jacob Jaye each collected three hits for Holly Springs. Isaacson drove in three runs, while Piazza, Jaye and left fielder Dalton Hoiles had two RBIs each. Hoiles went 2 for 2. The Salamanders rapped four doubles.