Updated August 10 2017
The Edenton Steamers (0-1) took a tough loss to the Wilmington Sharks (1-0) in game one of the East Division Final falling by a final score of 14-7.
The Steamers opened up the scoring in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run by Chris Ayers. Wilmington responded in the third with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at two apiece. However, Edenton picked up another two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning off the bat of Billy Wilson to retake the lead 4-2.
The Sharks used another RBI single to cut the Edenton lead to 4-3. Justin Dean made a game saving catch in the bottom half of the inning robbing a homer run by Billy Wilson.
The Sharks’ bats got hot in the seventh inning. After the ninth walk of the game by Steamers’ pitching, Danny Wondrack hit a three-run home run to give Wilmington their first lead of the game, 6-4. The Steamers answered in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single by Nick Wilson. James Battley also came around to score on the play after a throwing error by the Wilmington right fielder.
After the game was tied up, the Clams turned to Chris Ayers in the eight. Wilmington got three hits to begin the inning on two bunts and a swinging bunt. On the ensuing play, Lucas Martinez dropped a throw from JJ Carr to try and cut down a run at the plate. Trevor McCutchin followed the play at the plate with a grand slam to make it 11-6. Edenton could never recover.
The Sharks added three more runs in the top of the ninth and the Clams added one in the bottom half of the inning on a solo home run for a 14-7 final.
Chris Ayers (0-2) took the loss for the Steamers and Ryan Hedrick (1-0) got the win for Wilmington. The Teal and Black will travel to Wilmington on Saturday for a doubleheader pending weather. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. at the “Shark Tank”.
The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2017. Be sure to follow the Teal and Black on social media to stay up to date with all things Steamers. You can find the team on Facebook @EdentonSteamers, Twitter @EdentonCPL, Instagram @edentonsteamers, and Snapchat @edentonsteamers. For more information visit edentonsteamers.com or call (252) 482-4080.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 106 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: