Hampton, VA—One night after the Peninsula Pilots handed the Wilson Tobs five unearned runs en route to an 8-6 victory, the Tobs returned the favor with three unearned runs in the fourth inning to help the Pilots in an 8-4 win.
It was a very tight contest for most of the night as Braden Bristo faced off against Shawn Clowers with the two pitchers doing a good job of holding batters at bay. Bristo had some trouble locating the strike zone in the first couple of innings, but allowed just one base runner thanks to a lively, diving fastball.
However, in the third inning, Connor Myers singled to short to begin the frame and Andres Nelo walked before getting bunted over by Garrett Brooks. Kyle Kempf hit a liner to left, which was tracked down by Adam Pate for a sacrifice fly, driving home the first run of the game. Bristo got out of the inning with a groundball from Taylor Ostrich.
The Tobs struck back in the next half inning with some small ball. Pate started the inning with a walk and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Teegarden. After Seth LaRue was hit by a pitch and a wild pitch moved runners to second and third, Ben Schmucker singled hard through the hole between first and second, driving home a run and leaving runners at second and third as he moved up to second on the throw from right. But the Tobs could not capitalize; Matthew Parrish struck out on a dubious fastball over the inside corner and Drew Cole grounded out to short to end the inning.
Then a single error turned the tenor of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Braden Bristo retired the first two batters with ease and looked prime to make it a flawless inning as a groundball made its way to Teegarden over at third, but the ball was mishandled allowing the inning to continue.
Nick Lustrino singled to left on the first pitch of his at bat and Myers backed that up with another single to left. Pate charged the ball and threw a perfect one-hopper to the plate, but it was just late, allowing Kyle Johnson, who reached on the error, to score. Nelo belted the second pitch of his at bat towards the left-center field gap for a two run triple, propelling the Pilots ahead 4-1.
The Tobs could not manufacture anything else against Clowers as he finished his night after five innings with just the one run allowed and Jonathan Rosenberger kept the Tobs off the board as well with two innings of scoreless work. The Pilots were primed to take an even bigger lead in the bottom of the sixth when they had a runner on second and one out, but Teegarden robbed Nelo of another extra base hit, snaring a line drive over his head, which provoked a long applause from the War Memorial crowd.
Johnson plated another run though for the Pilots with an RBI double in the seventh inning and Nelo drove in his third run of the game with a single in the eighth to give the Pilots a 7-1 lead. They would add one more later in the inning off of Patrick Phillips as he lost control of his fastball, walking in a run with the bases loaded to finish the scoring for the Pilots.
The Tobs tried sparking a late rally in the ninth inning, but the three runs they scored (one on a Matthew Parrish RBI single and two more on a Drew Cole two-run single) in the ninth were too little too late.
Braden Bristo was again saddled with a tough luck loss for the Tobs. His record drops to 1-6 despite going six innings and allowing just one earned run (four runs total) on six hits against three walks and two strikeouts. Shawn Clowers stayed perfect, moving up to 3-0 on the season. Tobs drop back to .500 and sit at 23-23 overall and 8-10 in the second half. The Pilots bump their CPL leading record to 36-12 overall and 15-5 in the second half.
The two teams will finish off their season series on Thursday when the Tobs will host the Pilots for a very special doubleheader on Pink Night with the Tobs and Thirsty Thursday.
The Tobs will return home tomorrow for the Guns & Hoses Game where local fire and police departments will stage a one-hour softball game starting at 3:15. The Tobs game will start at 5:05 and will also be Slugger’s Birthday. The friendly tobacco worm will be turning 16 so come on down to historic Fleming Stadium and help celebrate Slugger’s birthday.
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