Bullpen Blows Lead in First, Bats Carry Tobs in Second

Wilson and Wilmington Trade Wins in DoubleHeader

WILSON, NC June 15, 2014 —The Wilson Tobs looked poised to take the first game of the doubleheader against the Wilmington Shark on Wonka Weiner Night presented by Wilson Ortho and Carolina Packers, but a blowup by the bullpen dashed those dreams as the Tobs dropped game one 5-3. However, despite being down on two separate occasions in Game Two, the Tobs came storming back, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 9-3 victory, splitting the doubleheader with the Sharks.

Larue Shines as Tobs Split Doubleheader

Larue Shines as Tobs Split Doubleheader

Game One was well within the Tobs reach as Christian Slazinik continued to put up zeroes with the Tobs up 3-0 after five innings, but after allowing a pair of one out singles put runners on first and second, he was able to get Nate Moorhouse to flyout to right before a double from Sam Foy down the third base line chased Slazinik from the game. Rich Billings, acting as the head coach for the Tobs as Justin Hay was away for personal matters, called on Braden Bristo and Bristo was unable to collect an out.

Bristo hit the first batter he faced, loading the bases, and then gave up a double to Jake Kusz to tie the game at 3-3. He proceeded to walk Shawn Sanders before John Allen came on and promptly hit a batter with the bases loaded to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead and then compounded the issue by walking the next batter with the bases loaded, throwing home an insurance run. Justin Walton was picked on next and he got the Tobs out of the inning, but the damage was done. The Tobs could not mount a rally in the final two frames.

Tyler Haswell, the starter for the Sharks picked up the win going five innings and allowing three runs (all earned), with three walks and three strikeouts. Slazinik’s line betrayed how effectively he pitched, firing 5.2 IP with eight hits and three runs (all earned), with a walk and four strikeouts. Braden Bristo was saddled with the loss and Kyler Stout picked up his fourth save of the season for the Sharks.

Things did not start off well for the Tobs as their starter for Game Two, John Valek, allowed a run in the first and third innings, but the Tobs responded with two in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Matt Rembielak started the inning with a walk and Drew Cole followed with a single before Adam Pate walked to load the bases. Dalton Knight grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, which plated a run and Seth LaRue, who had been 0-12 before the at-bat, sliced his first hit, first double, and first RBI of the season down the left field line, tying the game at two.

The Sharks would put another run across in the top of the third before Drew Cole and the Tobs bats put the game away for good. Justin Carroll would walk with one out and after an attempted pickoff got by the first basemen, Carroll wound up at third base and one out. Danny Rodriguez would collect his first RBI of the season with a single through the pulled in infield, tying the game at three a piece before another miscue by the Sharks opened up the flood gates.

Rembielak would hit a slow roller to the third basemen Steven Linkous who charged the ball, but bobbled it and sent a throw well wide of the first basemen Justin Bellinger. Bellinger went to track down the ball and as he did so Rodriguez attempted to score all the way from first base. Bellinger’s throw to home was a bit up the line, but it beat Rodriguez. However, the speedy infielder from Samford University beautifully slid around the tag of Hanson, giving the Tobs a 4-3 lead.

The Tobs would add to their total in a big way thanks to Drew Cole. With the infield playing shallow due to the runner at third base and one out, Cole made all defensive positioning moot with a blast over the right field wall for his second home run of the season and a Tobs three run lead. Pate would flyout, but Dalton Knight chipped in his third hit of the double header with a single up the middle and LaRue smoked a single through the left side of the infield to put runners on first and second with two outs.

Parrish would take on another Tobs run with a single to center and give the Tobs a 7-3 advantage and runners on first and third with two outs. A past ball by Hanson gave the Tobs their sixth run of the inning and an 8-3 lead. LaRue provided even more breathing room, finishing his night in style by hammering a ball over the left field wall for a Tobs 9-3 lead. LaRue finished the game 3-for-4 with a homerun, double, two RBI and two runs scored while playing a perfect first base defensively.

Valek pitched around trouble for most of the night, but much like his previous start, settled down in the later innings, eventually going six strong, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and just a single walk while picking up his second win in as many starts (2-0). Joseph O’Donnell was roughed up for the Sharks, getting pulled after 3.2 IP, surrendering nine hits, eight runs (seven earned) on three walks and a strikeout as his record drops to 1-1 on the summer. Jonathan Waszak finished off the doubleheader by pitching a strong seventh inning for his second straight strong outing in as many nights.

The Tobs take to the road tomorrow to finish off the three game series against Wilmington as they head down to the Shark Tank.