Sharks Press Release
It didn't take long for the Steamers to experience a thriller in 2014, but that's exactly what happened Friday night when Edenton beat Wilmington in walk-off fashion, 3-2 at Historic Hicks Field.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Evan Rogers walked to lead off the inning. Ryan Raslowsky grounded out to third to advance Rogers to second. Isaac Smith would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Rogers over to third that was followed by an 11-pitch walk to Trevor Jones, just to raise the tension. Then Ty Barkell stepped up to the plate to deliver a two-out single to center field to give the Steamers the 3-2 win.
It was the first game of the year that Edenton found themselves in a tight game. The Steamers had outscored their opponents 26-5 in their first three games, but that didn't seem to rattle the nerves of Wilmington starter Tyler Haswell. The freshman from South Carolina did a fine job holding the hot bats of Edenton at bay to keep the Sharks in the game. Haswell finished the game with a final line of 6 innings, 3 hits, an unearned run, a walk and two strikeouts.
As for the pitcher on the other side of the bump, Josh Pierce continued a string of quality starts for Edenton early in the season. The lefty from Dakota County Tech pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, an earned run, a walk and 5 strikeouts.
Edenton took the early lead in the bottom of the fifth when Dakota Wix took home on a fielder's choice. Wilmington struck back in the sixth when some good base running by Steven Linkous put him in position to score the Sharks' first run of the game off a Nate Moorhouse single.
Wilmington added to their lead in the top of the eighth when two errors by the Edenton infield brought aboard the necessary base runners for Shawn Sanders to take home off a wild pitch by Caleb Ross.
But it was in the next half-inning that Edenton knotted everything up when an Orlando Olivera single brought in Trevor Jones from second, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Edenton remains undefeated at 4-0 while Wilmington remains winless at 0-4. The Steamers will travel to 0-4 Petersburg tomorrow while the Sharks go back home to take on 0-4 Morehead City.
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