Rain pushes Tobs-Pilots finish to Monday evening

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After a delay of nearly two hours, the Coastal Plain League North Division championship game  between the host Wilson Tobs and Peninsula Pilots was suspended after two innings Sunday night in Fleming Stadium.

The contest will be resumed at 1 p.m. Monday in Fleming Stadium. The winner opposes in the Morehead City-Fayetteville winner in the Petitt Cup semifinals, set for Tuesday.

The Pilots, on the strength of first baseman Tommy Bell’s one-out home run in the top of the second inning, owned a 1-0 lead.

Play was first stopped because of lightning after Peninsula’s at-bat in the top of the second. The Tobs left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second.

Then came a torrential downpour that lingered for nearly an hour. The rain combined with steady lightning finally resulted in the game being called at 9:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers Nate Hollas of Wilson and Jacob Pilarski of the Pilots are eligible to return to the mound when the game is resumed. Neither head coach Bryan Hill of Wilson nor Hank Morgan would commit to the pitching situation.

Morgan said its remains to be seen and Hill responded: “To be determined.”

The Tobs edged Peninsula, 4-3, for the 2018 North Division title. Wilson is playing at home in the playoffs for the first time in a decade.