Tobs blasted by Pilots 9-1 in rain-shortened contest

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HAMPTON, Va. — Looking for momentum following the All-Star break, the Wilson Tobs were denied 9-1 by the host Peninsula Pilots in a rain-shortened Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball contest Saturday evening.

Play was halted after five innings.

The occasion marked the second time in the last three games that the Tobs and their opponent failed to complete the nine-inning game. And in both outings, Wilson found itself facing a huge deficit.

The outcome left both East Division teams with 2-3 records in the second-half season. The Tobs dropped to 11-22 overall.

Chad Frazier singled for the only Tobs hit.

Wilson’s run came in the second inning. The Tobs attempted a double steal with Josh Ladowski breaking for third base and Dawnoven Smith for second. The Pilots catcher threw to second base. Smith got himself in a rundown long enough for Ladowski to score from third base.

Starting Wilson pitcher Cody Smith lasted just 123 innings in being saddled with his fifth loss against one win. Smith allowed four hits and five earned runs.

Smith was followed to the mound by Hank Simpson and left-hander Jakob Ryan. Ryan proved the most effective, allowing no runs and striking out one in a two-inning stint.

The Tobs are off until Wednesday evening when they welcome the Hollly Springs Salamanders in Fleming Stadium at 7.

The lone exception is first baseman Shane Shepard. Shepard is not only the Tobs’ lone representative in Monday night’s CPL All-Star game but was one of eight all-stars selected to participate in Sunday night’s Home Run Derby.