Tobs sweep Mustangs in Saturday twinbill

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Four Wilson Tobs pitchers combined to limit Martinsville to seven hits in a pair of seven-inning games that resulted in a Tobs’ Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball sweep Saturday evening.

In hiking their winning streak to five games, the surging Tobs rallied to a 5-2 win in the opener and prevailed 6-0 in game 2 behind the three-hit pitching of Chris Kernen.

In a clash of North Division rivals, Wilson, challenging Peninsula for first place, climbed to 8-5, while the Mustangs departed 6-9.

In the second game, Kernen (2-0) came within an out of hurling a one-hitter. However, he allowed a pair of two-out singles in the top of the seventh but squelched the threat with a game-ending strikeout.

Kernen did not issue a walk and struck out nine. He flirted with a no-hitter until the fifth inning and retired the first 10 Martinsville batters before hitting a pair of batters with a pitch in succession.

His offense produced four runs in the second. Left fielder Antwaun Tucker hammered an RBI triple. Catcher Jacob Charron followed with his first hit (a single) and RBI of the season and center fielder Brenton Doyle capped the uprising with a two-run triple.

Charron blasted his first home run in leading off the fifth and Doyle plated the final run with a single in the sixth.

In the opener, Wilson pitchers Josh Arnold, Gary Watkins and Jared Gallaher limited the Mustangs to four hits and combined for six strikeouts.

Both runs (one unearned) came against Arnold in the first three innings. Watkins relieved with three hitless innings and notched his second win without a loss. Gallagher worked a hitless, scoreless seventh to post his first save.

Martinsville grabbed a 2-0 lead with a run in each of the first two innings.

The Tobs battled back with two runs in the fourth. Left fielder Rigsby Mosley drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and shortstop Patrick Frick tied the score with an RBI single.

Catcher Shamoy Christopher doubled home Mosley to send Wilson out front at 3-2 in the sixth. Later in the inning, right fielder Carson Freeman slugged his first homer, a two-run shot.