Updated August 05 2016
The Edenton Steamers picked up a much-needed victory with an 8-6 decision over the Wilmington Sharks on Thursday night. Edenton (14-9, 26-25) drew eight walks en route to the triumph, taking down Wilmington (14-9, 30-20) for the second time in the second half.
Randy Dobnak earned the win for the Teal and Black. Dobnak (5-2) surrendered four earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three in five innings of work. Drew Faintich collected his second save of the summer, shutting out the Sharks on one hit in the final 1.1 innings.
Ethan Wortkoetter took loss for Wilmington. Wortkoetter (3-3) lasted 3.2 innings while allowing five earned runs on one hit with five walks to three strikeouts.
After the Sharks built 4-0 lead over the first two innings, the Clams stormed back with eight consecutive runs, starting with two in the third. Skylar Mercado wore a pitch to give Edenton a leadoff base runner, and two batters later, Trey Hair launched ball out over the wall in center to cut the Wilmington lead in half.
The Steamers took the lead in the fourth inning, plating three runs without a hit. Thatcher Coleman and Mitchell Price both walked to start the inning, and Shamoy Christopher loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch. Bobby Schuman continued the walk train in the next at bat, bringing in Coleman from third. Mercado followed by grounding into a double play at third that scored Price and left Christopher at third. Richie Cunningham continued the inning when he was hit by a pitch, and a wild pitch in the next at bat brought in Christopher to give Edenton a 5-4 lead.
The Teal and Black added two insurance runs in the fifth. Tony Rosselli drew a one-out walk to put a runner on for Coleman, who homered to left-center to bring the score to 7-4.
After Edenton added a run on doubles from Schuman and Hair in the eighth, Wilmington made things interesting with two runs in the bottom of the inning. However, Faintich shut down the Sharks in the ninth, stranding one runner as the Steamers took a 8-6 win.
The Edenton Steamers head to Hampton, VA, for their final meeting with the Peninsula Pilots on Friday, before they return home for a doubleheader with the Fayetteville SwampDogs on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. For more information, fans can call (252) 482-4080 or visit edentonsteamers.com.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 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: