WILSON, N.C. – The Peninsula Pilots continued their winning ways with a 9-2 road victory over the Wilson Tobs on Tuesday night at Historic Fleming Stadium.
Peninsula broke through with a run in the third inning to take an early lead over the Tobs. Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) drew his second walk of the game and stole second to start the rally. After a walk to Jonathan Embry, one of his five base on balls on the night, put two runners on with two outs. A wild pitch advanced Dubrule to third and came around to score on an error on Embry’s stolen base attempt.
The Pilots broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles by Logan Augustine (Lincoln Memorial) and Drew Delsignore (Mercyhurst) set up Conor Davis’ (Auburn) RBI single. After a walk to Connor Stephens (Jacksonville) loaded the bases, Zac Ching (VMI) brought in a run by drawing a walk prompting a pitching change. Dubrule greeted the new pitcher with a single to left field to score Davis. Later in the inning, Ching scored on a wild pitch to give the Pilots a 5-0 lead.
Wilson got on the board in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Brady Lloyd.
Peninsula responded with a run in the sixth inning with Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) scoring on a wild pitch.
Dawnoven Smith (NC A&T) cut the Pilots’ lead to 6-2 with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
The Pilots extended their lead with a couple of runs in the eighth inning. Once again Dubrule was the catalyst in the rally as he singled up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Griggs brought home Dubrule with a RBI single. After yet another walk to Embry, a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners. Augustine brought home Griggs with a RBI single to right.
Davis capped the scoring by scampering home on a wild pitch to give the Pilots a 9-2 advantage.
Kyle Hinton (Delaware) picked up the win with five solid innings of one-run ball and five strike outs. College teammate Nick Spadafino (Delaware) followed with three innings of one-run ball and struck out two. Nathan Eaton (VMI) tossed a scoreless ninth to finish out the game.
Tristan Roberts took the loss for the Tobs as he gave up five runs in three innings. He also walked seven batters along with his six strike outs.
Peninsula returns home for two straight games at War Memorial Stadium. The Pilots host Morehead City on Wednesday night before an off day on Thursday and then plays Wilson on Friday night for its last fireworks display of the season.
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