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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Fueled by a five-run fourth inning, the Martinsville Mustangs (5-8) defended their home turf of Hooker Field with a 6-0 shutout of the Tobs (8-3) in what was scheduled to be the first game of a doubleheader Monday, handing the team from Wilson its second straight loss.
The second contest was postponed due to rain in the first inning and will be resumed at Fleming Stadium at a later date.
To kickoff a three-day stretch with five games — including two doubleheaders — the Tobs managed just one hit, which came from Michael Calamari, over seven innings. To show from their time at the plate, the Tobs struck out 11 times and drummed up five walks, but left six baserunners stranded to fall short of tacking on any runs by way of Mustang mistakes on a bad offensive night.
While hitters struggled from the plate, none of the Tobs’ pitchers had their best outings. Starter Nate Imig from the University of Texas-Tyler gave up eight hits and six runs in four innings pitched, while walking three and striking out two. Nate Torbich and Steven Worley, a product of North Johnston High, split the final two innings and gave up a hit each, but by then the damage was already done.
On the home side, the Mustangs had a much better showing in game one.
Following an orderly top of the first inning, the Mustangs’ Josh Smith was hit by a pitch as the second batter. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a walk and scored on another wild pitch for Martinsville’s first run. Smith moved all the way around the bases by self-inflicted wounds from the Tobs, which could have been prevented, unlike what came later in the contest.
The second and third innings proved hitless for the Mustangs before they erupted in the fourth. Six consecutive singles and a passed ball scored three runners before the Tobs could get an out. Then two more runners came home on a pair of singles before Imig stopped the bleeding with a pick-off play at first.
Will Shroeder and Trey Woosley were two of the Mustangs’ top batters in the game, as each drove in two RBIs as part of 1-for-3 showings.
The Tobs will continue on a 15-game stretch in as many days with a pair of doubleheaders on Tuesday and Wednesday.