Tobs’ sizzling start to CPL season slowed by weekend rain

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After a 2-0 start to the Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball season, the only thing to slow down the Wilson Tobs has been the rain.

The Tobs saw their home game Saturday in Fleming Stadium against North Division rival Martinsville called because of rain, which also forced postponement of Sunday’s scheduled division game at Edenton. The Tobs and Steamers, however, will make up Sunday’s postponement on Monday, with the first pitch at Hicks Field coming at 7 p.m.

Entering Sunday’s games, the Tobs and the Asheboro Copperheads (3-0) were the only two remaining unbeaten teams in the CPL. Wilson, which won Thursday’s CPL opener 6-2 over the Peninsula Pilots, won convincingly 7-1 on Friday night in Edenton.

Starting left-handed pitcher Tyler Grauer, a 6-foot-6 rising junior at Indiana State University, sparkled in his mound debut, striking out 10 Steamers in just five innings of work. Grauer gave up one earned run on two hits and three walks. A trio of Tobs relievers — right-handers Ryan Troutman, Eddy Tavarez and Austin Vernon — held Edenton scoreless over the final four innings, giving up just one hit and walking two.

The Steamers scored in the bottom of the first inning but Wilson retaliated with a pair of runs in the top half of the second. Catcher Shamoy Christoph singled and third baseman Jacob Nester reached on an error, sending Christoph to third. Second baseman Kevin McGowan’s infield single plated Christoph before Nester and McGowan pulled off a double steal to bring in Nester.

Christoph doubled in a run in the third before shortstop Antwaun Tucker’s double down the left-field line brought in Christoph and Nester for a 5-1 lead.

The Tobs got their last two runs in the sixth on a dropped third strike and a wild pitch. Starting pitcher Matt Gill (0-1) took the loss for the Steamers as he exited in the third inning.

Christoph, right fielder Patrick Frick and designated hitter Drew Brooks each had two hits for the Tobs.

Wilson will host the Morehead City Marlins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Fleming.