Two-out rally in 9th lifts Tobs

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HAMPTON, Va. — The Wilson Tobs took a hard counterpunch Friday night from the leaders in the Coastal Plain League’s North Division.

But instead of folding in the ninth, Wilson responded with the final knockout blow to the Peninsula Pilots.

After losing a 5-0 lead to go down 6-5 in the ninth, Brenton Doyle slugged a solo home run with two outs, and Kevin McGowan dumped a double into right field that plated Drew Brooks as the Tobs won their third straight game with a 7-6 win at War Memorial Stadium.

Wilson climbed above the .500 mark at 6-5 and crept closer to the Pilots, who fell to 8-4.

With the Tobs down to their final out, Peninsula closer Ryan Erickson struck out the first two batters he faced. However, Doyle, on a hitting tear with the Tobs, connected on his third homer of 2018. The next batter, Drew Brooks, was hit by a pitch, setting the stage for McGowan’s go-ahead double.

The sequence made a winner out of Luis Acosta, who entered with two outs in the eighth and stranded a Peninsula runner on third with a strikeout of Matthew Schwarz.

Acosta came on in the ninth and retired the Pilots in order, including a pair of strikeouts.

Caleb Dean gave the Tobs a 5-0 lead in the sixth with a run-scoring triple that plated Rigsby Mosley.

N.C. State’s David Harrison, a Rocky Mount High product, started for the Tobs and allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings. Harrison was reached for three runs in the sixth before departing.

Wilson, which outhit Peninsula 13-6, overcame three errors.

McGowan was 3 for 5 to lead the Tobs at the plate. Mosley, Dean and Patrick Frick all collected two hits.

Wilson is home at Fleming Stadium all weekend, facing division rival Martinsville in a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 6 p.m. Holly Springs is the Sunday opponent, with first pitch also at 6.