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A grand Fleming finale

Tobs thump Sharks 9-5 in last home game

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The Wilson Tobs rewarded some 1,300 faithful fans who showed up for their final home game Sunday afternoon in Fleming Stadium with a 9-5 Coastal Plain League victory over the Wilmington Sharks.

Wilson, now 9-18 in the second half, wraps up its season Monday at Fayetteville while the Sharks (18-8), the CPL East Division second-half champions, will host Holly Springs in the regular-season finale and await their assignment in the first round of the Petitt Cup playoffs.

The Tobs wasted little time in obtaining just their 18th win of the season by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning and adding three more in the second off Sharks starting pitcher Caleb Bishop.

Brady Lloyd doubled to lead off the first for Wilson. He darted home when the next batter, Andre Nnebe, drilled a single to right field on the first pitch he saw from Bishop. Nnebe then stole second and scored on Josh Ladowski’s single. Conner Leonard singled in Ladowski before A.J. Hunt cranked a two-run home run over the left-field wall in Fleming to complete the five-run outburst.

Leonard added an RBI single in the Tobs’ three-run second inning, giving Wilson starter Ted Stuka an 8-0 cushion en route to his first victory of the season. Stuka (1-2), from UC-San Diego, worked 5 1/3 innings as he gave up four earned runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter while striking out five.

Jakob Ryan worked the final 3 2/3 innings on the mound for the Tobs.

Wilson’s final run came on Dawnoven Smith’s single up the middle to score Lloyd in the sixth inning.

Luke Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice to bring home Justin Dean for the Sharks in the third. The RBI was Morgan’s 50th while it was Dean’s 57th run scored, both Wilmington season records.

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