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Lucky Seven Return to Wilson

February 14, 2020 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain) - Wilson Tobs News Release

Wilson, NC - College baseball is in full swing, which means it's time for our fans to get a sneak peek at our 2020 Wilson Tobs roster. Our staff is extremely excited to announce the return of 7 positional players from our 2019 North Division Championship team. Chris Meyers (University of Toledo), Jared Carr (Shepherd University), Hunter Gore (University of Mount Olive), JT Stone (University of Mount Olive), Reese Farmer (East Tennessee State University), Chase Wullenweber (Tusculum University), and Coleman Sawyer (UNC Greensboro) will be the lucky seven returning to Historic Fleming Stadium in black and gold for the summer of 2020.

Chris Meyers, a junior infielder from University of Toledo, was a crucial piece of the Tobs in 2019. As a freshman for the Rockets, Meyers batted a solid .278 in 46 games of work and at one point had 21 straight games where he reached base safely. The Miamisburg, OH native had a .282 batting average with 6 home runs and 35 RBI's in his sophomore campaign. Meyers also excelled in the classroom where he was picked to be on the 2019 Academic All-MAC team. Following his Freshman season, Meyers played summer ball for the Grand Lake Mariners in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For the Mariners, Meyers batted a phenomenal .331 average with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 20 RBI's. The Tobs are looking forward to having Meyers back in the lineup. The 2019 All-CPL First Team player batted an impressive .304 average with 25 RBI's and 3 home runs in 40 appearances. "I'm looking forward to having Meyers back in our lineup," Coach Harry Markotay said, "Meyers is a dangerous left-handed hitter with a ton of power who has the tools to be an All-Star for us this summer."

Jared Carr was a regular starter for the Tobs last summer. He returned to Shepherd University to continue his award-winning form this spring. Carr was a 2019 First Team All-MEC, NCBWA First Team All-Atlantic Region, NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American, and First Team D2CCA All-American Region selection. During his sophomore season he had a team best .428 batting average and hit 6 home runs with 37 RBI's. The Tobs plan to use Carr in their starting lineup again and are glad to have him back in Wilson. Last season he played in 49 games, totaling 29 RBI's, 39 runs, .287 average, and a team leading 26 stolen bases. According to Coach Harry Markotay, "Carr is going to be a guy again for us this summer that will be fun for all of us to watch. He is a great asset to us defensively, at the plate, and on the base paths. He provided us with a lot of big moments last season including a home run against the Pilots in the playoffs. It will be great having him as a Tob again this summer!"

Hunter Gore is a massive catcher from the University of Mount Olive who will also be returning for 2020. Gore is a junior out of Purcellville, VA who is a tremendous leader and adds power to the lineup. This past season for the Tobs he appeared in 43 games, hitting 35 RBI's with 7 home runs, which landed him on the CPL Select roster vs Team USA. Gore looks to provide a veteran presence as a familiar face for the Tobs, having played for the team in 2017 as well. As a sophomore for UMO, Gore finished the year with 9 RBI's, 6 runs and 2 home runs. Gore is off to a great start this season batting an outstanding .333 average. "I'm extremely excited to have Gore back with us for another summer season," said General Manager Mike Bell. "Gore will again be a leader on and off the field and add power to the lineup. He will also provide support defensively and allow us to do some different things with our lineup since he can play multiple positions".

JT Stone, a redshirt-junior, played a large amount of his games at Historic Fleming Stadium as a second baseman and right fielder. At the University of Mount Olive, he appears as a utility player and displays his versatility defensively while swinging a big bat. JT battled a tough injury after his hot start to the 2018 season with UMO, but that didn't stop him from making an impact with the Tobs that summer. He had 9 extra base hits on 27 games. Stone tallied 60 hits and 9 home runs to go along with a .347 batting average for the Trojans in 2019. An early injury forced Stone out after two games for the Tobs that summer. His 2020 campaign is off to another hot start. Stone has 10 RBI's and 6 runs in the Trojans first 7 games. Stone was a big part of the offensive success the Tobs had in the summer of 2018 and the hope is that he can be the spark again that the Tobs need. "I'm very happy to see Stone returning after his season was cut short last summer," said Bell. "It will be great to have his bat back in the lineup and help provide us with more run support".

Reese Farmer is an infielder from East Tennessee State University who will be returning for another season. Farmer is a redshirt-junior from Winterville, NC, where he thrived at local Pitt Community College, winning back-to-back regular season championships at the Division 2 JUCO level. He had a batting average of .338 his freshman season and finished with five career home runs. After two years at Pitt, he transferred to East Tennessee State University where he redshirted in 2019. Farmer appeared in 14 games for the Tobs in 2019 but was able to do his part with 8 runs, 2 RBI's, tremendous on base speed, which proved to be a great late addition for the Tobs. Coach Markotay had this to say, "Reese was another great late addition to our team last summer. He proved to be a great athlete and ball player after coming off a redshirt season. It will be exciting to see what he can do with a full year under his belt."

Chase Wullenweber is a junior catcher from West Chester, Ohio and plays collegiate ball at Tusculum University. Wullenweber posted 5 RBI's and went errorless in his 86 total fielding chances in 15 games as a freshman. In 2019, Wullenweber made a huge impact for Tusculum, batting for an average of .250 with 15 RBI's and collected a hit in six consecutive games. His 2020 campaign is off to a great start. He plans to have the same offensive impact this year for the Tobs, where he had 3 RBI's and 6 runs in the 2019 season. Wullenweber is known for being a great teammate and outstanding defender with a cannon behind the plate. "Wully is a prime example of what being a Wilson Tob is all about," said Markotay. "He is always a guy who is putting in extra work and is a great teammate. He is also an outstanding defender behind the plate. I believe he will make an impact offensively for us as well and will be a valuable part of our lineup."

Coleman Sawyer, a junior from Greenville, NC, (JH Rose) was a great late addition for the Tobs in 2019. At UNC Greensboro, he had the second-longest hitting streak on the team which spanned from March 10 to April 7 for a total of 15 games. Sawyer also starred in the classroom where he was a 2018 SoCon Academic Honor Roll student. In only 9 appearances for the Tobs in 2019, Sawyer provided a late spark with 5 runs and a home run. He spent the summer of 2018 playing for the Wake Forest Fungo in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League. Makotay had this to say, "Sawyer was a great addition at the end of our 2019 season and fit right in. He was a guy we knew we wanted to have back as he has the potential to help our team tremendously at the plate and defensively."

The Wilson Tobs home opener, Band Jam, and Firework Show for the 2020 season is Sunday, May 24th @ 6:15 PM. The 2nd Firework Show of the season will be Thursday, July 2nd @ 6:15 PM and a 3rd fireworks show is TBD. Season tickets and ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (252) 291-8627, or by visiting www.wilsontobs.com

The Wilson Tobs enter their 24th season as a founding member of the Coastal Plain League. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate, a Pettit Cup Championship team, and more exciting entertainment for the Wilson Community. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Corporate Partners, and the Dedicated Fans throughout the city of Wilson. The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young & MVP winner Justin Verlander. For more information on the Wilson Tobs, visit our website www.wilsontobs.com.

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