The Edenton Steamers season ends on a close play at second, as Wilson completes the two game sweep by a 8-7 score in game two.
Tied 7-7 in the top of the ninth, Josh Roeder was sent in to try and keep the tie in tact against the top of the Tobs order. Adam Pate led off the inning with a single, and then advanced to second on a groundout. Jake Armstrong’s single then put runners on the corner with one out, but a popup to short from Ben Schmucker gave Roeder two outs.
The key moment came on the next at-bat. Collen Cuthrell, who had already broke the Steamers heart earlier in the third inning with a Grand Slam, hit a hard ball back up the middle between the legs of Josh Roeder. Ryan Raslowsky alertly covered the ball, but bobbled it as he was diving towards the bag a second. What could have been out three, turned into an E4 for Raslowsky, as the call at second was safe and Wilson had the go ahead run to win the game.
Wilson just turned out to have the Steamers number in the second half of the season. After tonight’s game Wilson held a 5-4 series record over the Steamers, winning five of the last six games the two teams played. The Steamers fought hard all season and in this game, but Wilson had just enough to edge out the Clams in the first round of these playoffs.
The game proved to be a seesaw affair the entire way through. The Steamers went up early in the contest by a 2-0 score, but Wilson stormed back with six unanswered runs through the second, third and fourth innings. Those runs were propelled by the Cuthrell grand slam and a solo shot from Matt Rubino..
After Edenton answered Rubino’s solo shot in the bottom of the fourth, the Steamers would respond in the fifth inning with a three-spot, runs being driven in by Orlando Olivera, Blake Headley and Chance Shepard. That tied the game up a six runs apiece, with Edenton’s backs pressed to the wall as tight as ever.
Both teams traded runs in the seventh inning, before the climactic ninth inning was set up for that fateful call at second base. Both teams pitching staffs were worked to the brink in the game. Steamer starter Manny Arciniega went six innings, giving up six runs off five hits while walking just one to striking out another four. Tobs starter Ryan Minteer was equally as roughed up, going 4.1 innings, allowing five hits, six runs, three walks and five strikeouts.
As for how the season went, it was a rather anticlimactic end to a stellar regular season. The Steamer won the first half of the East division and had this playoff berth secured since early July, but the Wilson Tobs had just won the matchup battle late in the season. The Edenton Steamers will always be the 2014 first half East Champions, and the 2014 squad is just another chapter in a successful string of baseball here in Edenton, NC.
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