The Wilson Tobs continued to look like a different ball club Wednesday night as they won their third straight contest, defeating the Florence RedWolves 7-0 at Historic Fleming Stadium. With the victory, the Tobs improve their record to 2-0 in the second half, and 14-15 overall. The RedWolves are 0-2 in the second half, but have automatically received a birth in the Petitt Cup Tournament by winning the South Division in the first half.
Behind starter Tim Adleman, the Tobs got things going early in the bottom of the second against right hander Bobby Doran. Justin Parks and Cody Hawn led off the frame with back to back singles, but Derek Simmons' attempt at a sacrifice bunt was a bad one, as Parks was forced out at third. After loading the bases with two outs, the Tobs got a break as Florence catcher Myckie Lugbauer committed a passed ball, scoring Hawn from third base to give Wilson an early lead.
The Tobs would continue their scoring in the bottom of the third. Matt Sanders singled with one out, and with two away Parks drew a walk, putting runners at first and second. Cody Hawn then singled to right field, scoring Sanders. As Parks tried to race to third on the play, right fielder Alec Lowrey's throw bounced away from third baseman Keon Graves, allowing Parks to score. The Tobs plated their fourth run of the night in the following frame against new pitcher Chandler Griffin. Simply put, Griffin allowed one run on four walks, with the last one coming to Cody Hawn with the bases loaded.
Wilson was still not done scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning. South paw Logan Munson took over for the RedWolves, as the Tobs scored another thanks to a two out RBI single off the bat of Matt Sanders, scoring Chris McGhee from second base. In the sixth, Wilson got two more against Munson. After Parks flied out to right, Cody Hawn hit a ground ball to short stop Barrett Kleinknecht, whose throw to first was wild as Hawn advanced to second.
Derek Simmons then singled in Hawn. Packy Elkins and Chris McGhee would then prove that things were going the Tobs' way. Both singled on ground balls that struck the second base bag, and Chris Freeman would pick up an RBI on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, giving the Tobs their seventh run of the night.
On the other end of the ball game, the RedWolves could not muster much offense against Tim Adleman, who won his team high fifth game of the season. Over eight frames of work, Adleman allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. He remains among the top five strike out leaders in the Coastal Plain League. Right hander Paul Bertuccini, recently acquired from LSU, pitched a scoreless ninth inning while making his Wilson Tobs debut.
The Tobs have now won three straight, tying their season high for most consecutive wins. Overall, the Tobs have now won five of their last seven, and are seated atop the Coastal Plain League South Division for the second half of the season. After Tuesday night's 9-0 defeat of the Fayetteville SwampDogs, the Tobs have picked up their first two shutouts of the season on consecutive nights.
Wilson will try to win its season high fourth straight contest Thursday night as they head back to J.P. Riddle Stadium to take on the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Game time is a special start, at 6:35 PM in Fayetteville. The Tobs will return home on Friday, July 4th to take on the Gastonia Grizzlies at Historic Fleming Stadium. Fans can celebrate our nation's birthday at the ball park with Thomas and Farris fireworks, which will erupt immediately following the conclusion of the game.