Tobs can’t recover from slow start, fall to Mustangs 6-4

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The Wilson Tobs homered twice and threatened in the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to overcome two early innings from the Martinsville Mustangs in a 6-4 loss at Hooker Field on Friday night.

Wilson, which has clinched a spot in the Coastal Plain League postseason by virtue of its first-half North Division title, dropped to 16-13 overall and 2-2 in the second half. Martinsville improved to 14-18 in all games, 4-2 in the second half.

A pair of three-run innings in the first and second were enough for the Mustangs to build a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Martinsville parlayed a Wilson error into a pair of unearned runs in the first, and Jack Capobianco’s single gave the Mustangs a 3-0 lead.

In the second, the Tobs pulled a run back on Marquise Lanier’s solo homer, only to see Martinsville extend its lead to 6-1 on Tyler Riebock’s two-run single and an RBI double by designated hitter Hank Moore. The six runs were enough to chase Wilson starter Chadler Coates, who lasted two innings and allowed eight hits. Four of the six runs charged to Coates were earned.

Wilson’s relief pitching, buoyed by Sebastian Martinez’s one hit over three innings, stablized matters and allowed just two hits the final seven innings. In that span, Chris Meyers had a solo homer in the fourth, De’Andre Pitts scampered home on an error and drove in a sixth-inning run with his single that plated Kevin Jordan.

The Tobs brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh after Shamoy Christopher walked and Deshawn Lookout singled. But Meyers flew out to center field, and Lanier grounded out to end the threat. In the eighth, Jordan reached second on a one-out error, but remained there after consecutive groundouts.

Charles Hasty worked the ninth inning and retired the Tobs in order for his fourth save. Gavin Arsenault was credited with the win out of the bullpen as the first pitcher used, throwing one inning and allowing one hit, while striking out two. Charlie Darnall pitched the first two innings and allowed two hits before being lifted.

Wilson was outhit 10-7, with no player having more than one hit. Nick Rose and Jordan both doubled. Riebock led Martinsville with a 3-for-4, two-RBI showing.

The Tobs play their final game before the CPL All-Star festivities Saturday by traveling to North Division foe Peninsula.