The Edenton Steamers have dropped game one of their three game playoff series at Wilson by a heartbreaking 7-6 score.
Edenton entered the ninth inning in what looked like a dim 7-2 game. But the Steamers weren’t done in the game, as Nick Kranick, Aaron Wright and Stefan Kancylarz all got aboard via a double, walk and a single. Evan Rogers would strikeout for the first out, but Ryan Raslowsky would step up and be the guy who got the rally going.
Raslowsky worked a 1-2 count and shot a base hit into left field, scoring both Kranick and Wright to make it a 7-4 game. Orlando Olivera followed with a base knock to right and scored Kancylarz, making it now a 7-5 score. One out later Blake Headley singled to centerfield and scored Raslowsky, making what seemed like a sizable deficit into a one run game.
Then stepped up Mike Perez, who was 6 for 14 (.429) against Wilson at the plate this season. Perez popped a 1-1 pitch high into right field that carried and carried but fell just 10 feet short of the 332-foot wall. That ended the Steamer rally, and the game at a 7-6 final score.
Edenton had won the first three games of the year against Wilson in a dominating fashion, outscoring them 30-10 in those first three games. However Wilson has come back with a vengeance in the last five games, winning four of the last five and now two in a row versus the Steamers in 2014.
The contest was a pitchers duel through six innings that turned ugly for Edenton in the bottom of the seventh. Steamer starter Cody Thompson came off after working a quality start of six innings, two runs, both earned, one walk and six strikeouts on 93 pitches. Righty Alex Posey came on in relief, but that’s when the Tobs struck.
In a tie ball game, two runs a piece, Posey’s first pitch plunked Matt Parrish square in the back to allow a leadoff base runner for the Tobs. After Matt Rubino grounded into a fielder’s choice for the first out, Matt Rembielak and Adam Pate struck a pair base hits, the latter of which brought Rubino around to break the 2-2 tie.
But the Tobs weren’t done there. Seth LaRue would walk the bases loaded a couple of at-bats later in the seventh to set things up for the All-Star right fielder Ben Schmucker. Caleb Ross came in to try and get the lefty-lefty match up with Schmucker, but the UNC-Pembroke product worked the count full off eight pitches and shot a double down the left field line. That extra base knock allowed Rembielak and Pate to score, proving to be the deciding blow in the game.
Thompson, who was one of the hidden gems in this otherwise dull game for Edenton, saw his only trouble early in the first inning. Adam Pate singled in the very first plate appearance of the game and made his way around to third on a stolen base and a throwing error on that steal attempt. After a Callahan walk, Seth LaRue singled into centerfield to make it a 1-0 game.
A couple batters later Collin Cuthrell hit a hard ball to third, the relay for a double play was not in time, allowing another run to score for Wilson and make it a 2-0 score.
Nick Kranick provided the first bit of offense for Edenton with a solo shot bomb over the right field wall in the third inning. Kranick, now 4-16 (.250) against Wilson this season, has seen all of his hits go for extra bases (two doubles and two home runs).
Wilson now holds the advantage with a 1-0 lead in this three game series. Game two will take place at the same time of 7:05 at Historic Hicks Field.
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