Edenton keeps their first half championship hopes alive with a big 10-2 win over the Wilson Tobs on Saturday Night.
The Steamers had to win their game tonight in order to keep Peninsula off their tails in the East after the Pilots won the first game of their double header against Petersburg 2-1. Wilson appeared to make it tough through six and a half innings, but Edenton blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the score 3-2 and one out, Grant Tyndall hit a lead off double to start off the big inning. Jake Placzek walked after Tyndall had stolen third, which was followed by another stealing of second by Placzek. So with the runners on second and third, Evan Rogers smacked a single into right field to bring in both of the runners and make it a 5-2 game.
Ryan Raslowsky responded to Rogers single with a walk to put two men back on the base paths, and Orlando Olivera came to the plate to smack a single of his own to bring in Rogers and make the score 6-2.
However Edenton didn’t stop their offensive barrage there. Chance Shepard led off the eighth with a single. Then with one out Tyndall and Placzek walked back to back to load the bases. Then with the bases loaded Evan Rogers walked to bring in run number one of the frame. Raslowsky then hit a ball hard to second base that Tobs second baseman Zach Callahan couldn’t quite handle.
The ball bounced off Callahan’s glove and rolled into right field, allowing two more runs to score. An at-bat later Isaac Smith added insult to injury with a fielder’s choice to bring in the fourth run of the inning, making the score an ugly 10-2 that truly didn’t represent how close the game actually was.
You would have never known it by looking at the score, but Wilson actually led at one point in this game. The Tobs jumped on the Steamers quickly in the top of the first. Doug Teegarden drew a lead off walk that was followed by a Callahan single.
On an attempt to steal third, Shepard threw a ball hard from his catcher spot that went wide of Placzek’s glove at third, allowing Teegarden to round third and head home to score the first run of the game and put Wilson up by a count of 1-0.
Edenton would respond right back in the home half of the inning though. Placzek would draw a leadoff walk to get things going. Then an errant pickoff attempt by Tobs starter Julio Valdez went way wide of first baseman Seth LeRue, allowing Placzek to advance all the way around to third. The Rogers bloop single allowed Placzek to come in easily from third base.
Rogers would work his way around the base paths from first to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. That all happened while Raslowsky was at bat, whose ground out to short was all Rogers needed to advance to home and give Edenton the 2-1 lead. The Steamers never trailed again after that point.
Steamer starter Josh Pierce threw five solid innings en route to his second win of the year, allowing four hits, one run, two walks and striking out five.
As it stands right now, Edenton still needs to beat Wilson again at Fleming Stadium on Monday to secure the first half East Division title.
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