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Seventh annual Wilson Tobs Varsity Classic set for Friday, Saturday at Fleming

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The seventh annual Wilson Tobs High School Varsity Baseball Classic will feature seven games Friday and Saturday at Fleming Stadium. Four Wilson teams are in the 13-team field, including Greenfield and Wilson Christian playing each other in the opening game Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Fike will take on Hillsborough Orange at 1 p.m. on Saturday while Hunt will face Perquimans County in the finale at 6 p.m. Other matchups Friday have Rosewood taking on the Wake County Warriors homeschool team at 5 p.m. and Nash Central versus Perquimans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s opening game pits Cardinal Gibbons against Greenville Rose at 10:30 a.m. with D.H. Conley squaring off against West Johnston at 3:30 p.m.

“With the increased popularity of the Classic, we have drawn in some of the best programs in North Carolina. I am excited to see what talent, intensity, and competition will be coming out to Historic Fleming Stadium,” Tobs general manager Mike Bell said in a release. “We hope everyone comes out to this event to see some of the best high school baseball the state has to offer.”

Greenfield enters its matchup with local foe WCA with a 2-3 record, coming off a 15-0 win over Greenville Pope John Paul II in its 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opener Tuesday. Wilson Christian (3-1), the defending North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A champions, will have a road game Thursday at Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian before its game with Greenfield Friday.

Fike, the defending 3-A Big East Conference champion, takes a 7-1 record into Classic play, having split its home-and-away series with Southern Nash to open the conference schedule. Orange, coming off a third-place showing in the Big 8 Conference a season ago, will be playing its fourth game in a span of five days in Fleming Stadium — weather permiting — to include a home-and-away set with conference foe Durham Hillside.

Hunt, which was 6-0 entering Thursday’s rescheduled game against Northern Nash, faces the defending 1-A Albemarle Conference champions in Perquimans to Conclude classic play. The Pirates, 6-1 ahead of a Thursday game at Northside-Pinetown, are set to play on three straight days.

Rosewood (5-1) is the defending 1-A Carolina Conference champion, while Wake County Homeschool (3-2) boasts Wilson City Little League alumni in sophomores Christian Dougherty and Jacob Dienes.

In serving as the opposition for Perquimans in its first game Friday, Nash Central (5-4) presents as the defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conferenc champion. 

Saturday’s opening game of the Classic pits a Gibbons (3-2) team coming off a 19-7 season where it shared the 4-A CAP 7 Conference title with Raleigh Sanderson. Rose (7-2), directed by the legendary Ronald Vincent, shared the 2018 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship with archrival D.H. Conley.

Although each team will have a conference game Friday, Saturday’s 3:30 game pits a pair of 8-1 teams when West Johnston and Conley collide. The Wildcats are just two victories away from matching their win total from 2018, where West Johnston went 10-12.

Bell pointed out that in lieu of teams paying entry fees to participate in this year’s tournament, they are asked to bring nonperishable food donations. In addition, fans can get discounted tickets by bringing canned and other nonperishable food items. All the food collected will be part of the Tobs’ seventh annual Home Run for Hunger program that distributes food to 14 local food pantries in the Wilson County area.

Tickets are $7 each for an all-day pass.

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