Tobs fall at Wilmington, but playoff berth in sight

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WILMINGTON — Playing an official game for the first time in four days, the Wilson Tobs stumbled to a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Wilmington Sharks at Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday night.

However, the path to a berth in the Coastal Plain League’s Petitt Cup Playoffs has never been clearer despite a loss to Wilmington.

Should the Tobs defeat the Edenton Steamers on Thursday night in Fleming Stadium, they will secure the North Division’s second playoff spot on the basis of overall record. Edenton opened the door to the possibility following a 1-0 loss at Morehead City on Wednesday.

Martinsville, which now must win its last two games and get extensive help, was not assisted with a doubleheader cancellation at home against Asheboro. Peninsula, the first-half North Division champion, was idle.

Against the Sharks, Wilson scored its only run in the third on Brenton Doyle’s third-inning double that scored Shamoy Christopher.

David Harrison, playing in his final start of the summer for the Tobs before returning to N.C. State, took the loss. He allowed six hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking a pair. Sam Luchansky, in a winning effort for Wilmington, allowed six hits over five innings.

Aron Chick and Seth Chestnut held Wilson without a hit over the final four innings.

Christopher was the only player with more than one hit for Wilson, going 2 for 2 with a run scored.