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Down the home stretch

Tobs get twinbill split with Marlins as CPL final week approaches

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After dispensing with the back end of a lopsided suspended game with the Morehead City Marlins, the Wilson Tobs received a fresh start Saturday night in Fleming Stadium.

Left-hander Jakob Ryan and cleanup hitter Dawnoven Smith ensured the hosts would make the most of it.

In a seven-inning contest, the George Mason University hurler went the distance and allowed just three hits as Smith added a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in the Tobs’ other run in the fifth on the way to a 3-1 Wilson win.

The result followed the completion of a suspended game from July 4 at Fleming, which was halted due to rain with Morehead City holding a 9-3 lead in the fifth with the bases loaded and no one out. The Marlins went on to finish the nine-inning affair with an 11-6 victory.

With the split, Wilson moved to 16-33 overall and 7-14 in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season. Morehead City departed 21-26 in all games and 8-11 in second-half play.

The second game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, where Shane Shepard led off against Marlins starter Nolan Clenney with a walk. Smith followed, belting his fifth homer of 2017 to left field and putting the Tobs up 2-0.

However, Smith wasn’t done at the plate. In collecting half of Wilson’s four hits, he drove in Andre Nnebe in the fifth with a single into right field.

Nnebe, who reached on an infield single and had the Tobs’ other two hits, extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Morehead City scratched across its only run in the sixth, where Nick Podkul led off with a walk and ultimately scored on Dalton Weeks’ groundout. But Ryan got a double play to help avert further damage, and sat Morehead City down in order in the seventh to end it.

Wilson’s defense played without an error as Ryan (3-2) struck out three and walked three.

Clenney took the loss for Morehead City, lasting four innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

The Tobs and Marlins will play again Monday, with Wilson making the trip to Big Rock Stadium.

SUSPENDED GAME

The ominous situation awaiting the Tobs at the outset — bases loaded and no one out in the fifth — was quickly mitigated with Wilson only giving up one run on Steven Taylor’s groundout that scored Will Matthiessen, completing a nine-run inning over the span of 25 days.

Trailing 10-3, Wilson got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on C.J. Ballard’s groundout that scored Nick Kitzmann, who doubled.

Although the winning pitcher in relief of July 4 starter Luke Sleeper, Morehead City’s Freddie Beamon hit two Tobs and walked two more in the seventh. His walk to Jake Holtzapple forced in Kitzmann, who was hit by a pitch.

Shepard stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh and nearly made the game interesting. He tagged a Beamon pitch to the warning track in right center, but Marlins center fielder Alec Wilson tracked it down for the final out and left the Tobs trailing 10-5.

In the eighth, Josh Ladowski hit his second homer of the season for the Tobs, a solo shot to right field to cap the scoring.

Morehead City outhit the Tobs 9-5 and had every starter plate at least one run. Jackson Ware was 3 for 4, while Weeks went 2 for 6 with a home run and four RBIs. Alec Wilson tripled in the seventh. For the Tobs, Brady Lloyd went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs driven in.

Brett Morrison (1-3) took the loss for the Tobs, tossing four innings on the original date of play. He allowed three hits and four earned runs.

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