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Tobs make it 7 straight wins with sweep of Mustangs

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The high standard of living in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season continued for the Wilson Tobs on Thursday night at Fleming Stadium.

Wilson continued its second-half dominion over the league’s North Division by sweeping a doubleheader from the Martinsville Mustangs, using a two-run home run from Ben Faso in the fifth inning to pull away for a 6-4 victory in the finale before the Tobs marched to a 3-0 shutout in the opener. Both contests were scheduled for seven innings.

Now with seven straight victories — all in the second half — the Tobs are the only CPL team not to suffer a second-half loss in moving to 17-14 overall. Martinsville fell further away from Wilson in the North Division standings, falling to 5-5 in the second half and 16-19 overall. Peninsula’s 3-1 victory over Fayetteville leaves Wilson with a two-game lead in the second half North Division standings.

In the second game, Wilson battled back from giving up a pair of two-run homers. After Martinsville’s Josh Falk hit a two-run homer in the top of the first, Faso delivered a run-scoring single and Barton’s Colby Warren coaxed out a bases-loaded walk to leave it tied at 2 after one inning. 

The Tobs moved ahead 4-2 in the second on RBI singles by Carson Freeman and Jacob Nester, but Martinsville leveled it on a two-run shot by Romero Harris.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth. Brenton Doyle led off with a walk, paving the way for Faso’s two-run shot that carried down the left-field line. Faso authored his second homer of 2018.

Cody Smith pitched the fifth inning to win in relief for the Tobs. Luis Acosta entered in the seventh, and after yielding a leadoff single, struck out the next three batters to nail down his fifth save.

Doyle, Freeman and Faso combined for six of Wilson’s seven hits in the Nos. 1-3 positions in the lineup. Freeman doubled. Greg Leban took the loss in relief for Martinsville.

In the opener, Sean Deely (1-1) tossed five strong innings before handing the ball to Jared Gallagher for his second save. Gallagher faced one over the minimum in two innings, allowing one hit. Wilson pitchers combined for no walks and nine strikeouts.

Wilson, which outhit Martinsville 7-3 in the 90-minute affair, struck for one run in the second and two more in the fourth.

With seven Tobs collecting one hit, Caleb Dean’s RBI single in the second inning allowed Faso to touch home with an unearned run. Catcher Shamoy Christopher had the big blow in the fourth, sending a two-run double to the gap in left center that sent Faso and J.T. Stone home.

Kyle Lysy (2-2) was charged with the opening-game loss for the Mustangs, working all six defensive innings.

The Tobs step out of the North Division on Friday night, visiting the Fayetteville SwampDogs out of the East.

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