Tobs win streak ends at 7 in extra innings

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FAYETTEVILLE — The international tiebreaker rule, anything but popular with Wilson Tobs head coach Bryan Hill, reared its mixed-reaction head to be a factor in the Tobs' Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball winning streak ending at seven games Friday night.

Wilson and the host Fayetteville SwampDogs battled 11 innings before the SwampDogs claimed a 13-12 triumph with the tiebreaker being utilized to decide extra-inning games for the first time this season in the CPL.

The Tobs, North Division leaders, dipped to 7-1 in second-half play. Wilson stands 17-15 overall and 1-2 in extra-inning outcomes.

Fayetteville of the East Division forced extra innings with a run in each of the eighth and ninth innings. Both teams scored twice in the 10th after base runners were situated at second and first bases to start the inning for each team at bat.

In the top of the 11th, Wilson claimed a 12-11 lead on Brenton Doyle's run-scoring single.

But in the bottom of the 11th, the SwampDogs' Trent Franson, who was placed at second base, promptly stole third and scored on Trevor Hafner's single. A.J. Hrica moved Jay Hayes, who started the inning on first base, to third with a sacrifice bunt. The SwampDogs walked off on Matt Kelly's one-out single.

Left-hander Cody Smith, the seventh Wilson pitcher, took the loss. German Reyes, the seventh Fayetteville pitcher, got the win.

Doyle batted 4 for 6 to lead the 14-hit Wilson offensive. Matt McCourt went 3 for 6 and J.T. Stone and Jack Duffy each rapped two hits.

For Fayetteville, Nate Monastro turned in a 3-for-5 performance, while Joey Wiemer, Zach Jacobs, Hayes, Brett Young and Kelly each drilled two hits.

The Tobs bolted to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on J.T. Stone's three-run double.

Fayetteville then answered with the next five runs over the first three innings. Monastro slugged an RBI double and Nick Erwin added a sacrifice fly in the first. Wiemer and Erwin each hit RBI singles in the second.

Trailing 5-3, Wilson got a run back on Doyle's RBI single in the fifth. The SwampDogs matched that run on Franson's sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The Tobs stormed to a 9-7 lead with five runs in the top of the eighth. Caleb Dean doubled in three runs and Duffy singled in another.

However, a dropped Tobs infield fly enabled Fayetteville to pick up an unearned run in the eighth. In the ninth, Hrica's run-scoring single produced a 9-9 tie -- and extra innings.

McCourt forged Wilson back in front with a two-run double in the top of the 10th, but the SwampDogs matched the output with two unearned runs on a passed ball and Monastro's single.

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Wilson visits division rival Edenton on Saturday evening before its next appearance in Fleming Stadium at 6 p.m. Sunday against Wilmington.