Wilson, N.C.—In front of 1,375 wet and wild fans, the Wilson Tobs dispatched the Hi Point-Thomasville Locos by a score of 8-1 on Picnic in the Park Day at historic Fleming Stadium presented by Cardinal Party Rental.
Carson Jones took the mound for the Tobs and was able to strand two runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning and the Tobs used an error by shortstop Colby Keene of the Locos to take a 1-0 advantage in the bottom half. The Tobs then poured four more on in the third inning on a bases loaded walk by Matthew Parrish, a two run single by Ben Schmucker and an RBI single by Justin Carroll to make it a 5-0 Tobs’ lead.
The Locos did get one back in the next half inning on a solo shot by Blaine Durham. Jones left a 2-0 fastball up in the zone and Durham turned on it, smashing it well over the wall in right, off of the third tier of signs just to the right of The Wilson Times marker.
The Tobs though did get the run back in the fifth inning on a throwing error by Loco’s third basemen David Newcomer and added another in the frame on Carroll’s second RBI single of the game. The biggest cheer for the Tobs came in the bottom of the sixth inning when John Valek III, a pitcher for the Tobs, started the inning off by swinging at the first pitch he saw and doubled it down the first base line, eventually moving to third on a throwing error. He scored one out later on fellow pitcher, Christian Slazinik’s, RBI single.
All in all, the mountain water slide down the first base line was enjoyed by the 1,375 campers as too was the dueling slip n’ slide on the third base line, but the attraction from Cardinal Party Rental that gave the campers the biggest laughs was the dunk tank where campers had a chance to dunk Tobs’ pitchers, Quinn Atwood, John Valek, and Christian Slazinik… and yes, even a certain Director of Media Relations.
The Tobs have two more games left in the homestand. Tomorrow night’s game against the Morehead City Marlins is the Tobs Home Run for Hunger presented by Lee Motor, Vick Family Farms, First Baptist Church, the Lions Club and Wilson Community College. Fans that bring in five (5) non-perishable food items will receive a free game ticket and fans that bring in ten (10) will receive four free tickets. Then on Thursday it is the return of our Thirsty Thursday promotion where fans can get specials on select draft beers presented by Wilson Ortho/Triangle Ortho and Goodness Grows NC.
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