Tobs get rain-shortened 6-2 win at Peninsula

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HAMPTON, Va. — The Wilson Tobs were the beneficiaries of a seldom-garnered pitching performance Friday night from right-hander Brett Morrison in capturing a 6-2, five-inning victory over the Peninsula Pilots inside War Memorial Stadium.

Morrison limited the Pilots to a two-run, fourth-inning homer and scattered seven hits before rain descended upon the stadium in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a delay of approximately 25 minutes, the umpires made the decision to call the game, giving the win to Wilson. The score was 7-2 at the time after Dawnoven Smith hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth, but the final score reverted to the last completed inning and removed the long ball from the record books.

Wilson, which was already eliminated from postseason consideration entering the night, improved to 15-32 overall and 6-13 in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season. Peninsula dropped to 27-20, 11-8 in second-half play.

The Tobs, in outhitting the Pilots 8-7, posted three-run innings in the third and fifth. C.J. Ballard’s RBI triple sparked the Wilson third, with run-scoring singles from Conner Leonard and Andre Nnebe putting the visitors up 3-0.

Peninsula drew closer in the fourth on Drew Delsignore’s league-leading 13th home run, but Wilson responded in the fifth.

Andre Nnebe extended his torrid streak with the bat, moving into the No. 5 position in the lineup and going 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs. His two-run triple in the fifth and a Jake Holtzapple RBI single put the Tobs up by the final score.

Hunter Gore joined Holtzapple and Nnebe with two hits.

Colt Harlow was tagged with the loss for Peninsula, yielding three runs and five hits over 313 innings.

Wilson returns to Fleming Stadium on Saturday, facing the Morehead City Marlins in a doubleheader that begins at 4:30 p.m. Two more home games will remain for the Tobs thereafter, with Morehead City visiting on Thursday, Aug. 3, and Wilmington on Sunday, Aug 6. The season ends Monday, Aug. 7 on the road at Fayetteville.