COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA. – A five run top of the eighth proves to be the difference for the Wilson Tobs (14-14) who steal one on the road against the Tri-City Chili Peppers (6-24).
Chili Peppers starter Maddison Furman was lights out through his first four innings of work, only giving up one hit to three strikeouts while not issuing any runs.
And with Furman cruising early, Tri-City struck first in the bottom of the third inning. Ben McClain (Texas State) won a 10 pitch battle against the Tobs starting arm to drive a single into center field and bring Zach Beach (Coastal Carolina) and Cade Swisher (Virginia Tech) around to score.
Another run was tacked on in the next inning with Logan Jarvis (Belmont) dropping a single into left field, scoring Zach Hoekstra (Lamar University) and stretching the lead to 3-0.
Wilson was able to retaliate with a two run home run from catcher Griffin Everitt (Nebraska) to bring the score to a one run game.
Skipping ahead to the top of the seventh inning, with the game at the same score, Evan Cheiner (VCU) was on in relief for Tri-City and had a long fly ball off the bat of Braedon Blackford (Purdue Ft. Wayne) driven to the right. However, the deep drive was not enough to get away from Swisher who robbed the left handed hitter of the game tying solo home run, and provided his team with a big spark.
That boost carried into the home half of the same inning, with Jarvis and Swisher sending back-to-back moonshoots over the right-centerfield wall to push the lead back to three runs.
But the Tobs offense stormed ahead with the five run top of the eighth off of six hits, three of which were doubles, and Wilson never looked back after.
The Chili Peppers hit the road tomorrow to battle it out with the Peninsula Pilots, first pitch is set for 7 p.m. For more information, check out chilipeppersbaseball.com, and follow the team on social media for all the latest news and updates.