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MOREHEAD CITY — Playing a Coastal Plain League game for the first time in almost a week, the Wilson Tobs produced a season-high of 17 hits in a 12-5 victory over the host Morehead City Marlins at Big Rock Stadium.
The Tobs, who lost back-to-back games before the CPL All-Star Showdown break last week, evened their second-half record at 3-3. Wilson, the North Division first-half champion, improved to 17-14 overall while the Marlins, winners of the East Division in the first half, dropped to 5-3 and 24-10.
Right fielder Nick Rose had four of the Tobs’ hits in five at-bats, including a fourth-inning solo home run, while catcher Shamoy Christopher hammered a pair of solo home runs. Shortstop DeShawn Lookout was 3 for 5 with a double and a pair of RBIs while second baseman Kevin Jordan drilled a two-run triple as he finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
The Tobs led 4-0 before the Marlins rallied for two runs in each of the third and fifth innings, cutting the lead to 5-4. Wilson responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning, two on a bases-loaded single by Chris Meyers and another on Lookout’s double, before putting the game away with three more runs in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Nate Imig (4-1) earned the victory with five innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and three walked while striking out five. Four relievers followed him, each working an innings.
Starter Doug Smith (1-2) took the loss for the Marlins, who fell to 0-2 on the season against the Tobs after defeating Wilson in the second round of the Petitt Cup playoffs last summer on the way to the league title.
The Tobs go back on the road Saturday evening when they visit the South Division’s Fayetteville SwampDogs before returning to Fleming Stadium on Sunday evening to face the Marlins again.
Score by innings:
Wilson 130 103 310 — 12
Morehead City 002 020 001 — 5
WP-Nate Imig (4-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. LP-Doug Smith (1-2) 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Nick Rose 4-5, HR, 3 R, RBI; Shamoy Christopher 2-2, 2 HR, 2 RBIs; Jared Carr 2-5, 2 B, 2B, RBI; DeShawn Lookout 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kevin Jordan 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBIs. Morehead City: Jace Mercer 2-4, 2 R; Blaze Glenn 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Colby Johnson 1-3, 2B, RBI.