Tobs hold off SwampDogs in twinbill nightcap

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Lead-off hitter Brentan Doyle was 3 for 3 while designated hitter Hunter Coleman and first baseman Ben Faso each drove in a pair of runs as the Wilson Tobs ended a five-game slide with a 7-5 conquest of the Fayetteville SwampDogs in the seven-inning second game of Sunday evening’s Coastal Plain League doubleheader in Fleming Stadium.

In halting their longest losing streak of the season, the Tobs, who won six straight prior to the skid, leveled their record at 10-10 going into Monday’s off night. Wilson, which trails the Peninsula Pilots by 3 1/2 games in the North Division, visits Edenton on Tuesday evening. Fayetteville, which won Sunday’s opening game 6-5, departed 9-11.

The Tobs gave up a run in the top of the first inning then got two back in the bottom of the inning. Doyle, who had walked to start the rally, scored on Coleman’s sacrifice fly before Carson Freeman singled in Kevin McGowan, who had yanked a one-out single to left field.

Wilson opened up a 5-1 lead in the third when Coleman drew a two-out walk and stole second base before Fayetteville starting pitcher Jakob Ryan (1-1), who got the loss, hit Freeman with a pitch. An error by SwampDogs third baseman Tyler Shuck on a ball hit by Tobs catcher Jacob Charron allowed Coleman to score before Faso delivered a two-run single against Fayetteville reliever D.J. Moore.

Coleman and Doyle each ripped RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings.

Tobs starter Chris Kernen improved to 3-0 as he worked into the sixth inning, allowing two runs — one earned — on four hits and five walks while striking out five.

Fayetteville rallied for four runs in the sixth, including three on Brett Young’s bases-loaded single and Doyle’s error on the play.

Luis Acosta struck out the side in the seventh to earn his third save for Wilson.

Besides Doyle, Faso was the only other Wilson batter with more than one hit, going 2 for 3. Young’s 2-for-3 showing paced Fayetteville.

The Tobs are back in Fleming on Wednesday as they host division foe Martinsville. Peninsula will be the opponent for Friday’s game in Fleming, which will feature the “Digging in the Diamond” promotion, sponsored by Saslow’s Jewelers.