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Wilson's big first inning holds off Steamers

Wilson's big first inning holds off Steamers

By PJ Potter

The Wilson Tobs exploded for five runs in the first inning to defeat the Steamers 6-3 on Thursday night at Fleming Stadium, bringing the Clams' losing streak to three games.

Edenton's starter Alex Hart struggled in the opening frame, surrendering five runs on three hits and three walks. His night was over after 1.2 innings.

Charles Hall held strong out of relief, tossing 4.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts, but Wilson's lead was too large to overcome.

Anthony Warneke led the way for the Clams' lineup, scooping two hits and two runs batted in. The LIU Brooklyn infielder also worked two walks.

Devon Gardner added the other run driven in on a two-out infield single he hustled out to score a Steamer. The hit was Gardner's first of the year.

Nick Caruso and Zane Harris added the other base hits for the Steamers. Rich Ciufo's five-game hit streak came to a close after going 0-for-4 with a walk.

Christopher Kernen earned the win as the Tobs' starter, fighting for five innings of one-run ball. Kernen, from North Carolina Central University, logged five punch-outs and three hits. Luis Acosta picked up the save with two strikeouts.

Despite walking 10 batters, Wilson's pitchers stood tough, working themselves out of jams with 11 strikeouts.

On the offensive end, Carson Freeman smoked a two-RBI double in the first to blow the game open, stealing the energy from Edenton's dugout.

Ben Faso helped with three walks and two runs scored. Brenton Doyle and Antwaun Tucker each reached base twice via the base on balls.

The Steamers fall to 1-5, placing them last in the North division. The Tobs jump to 3-3.

Edenton plays tomorrow night at home against the Peninsula Pilots at 7 p.m.

The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 21st season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2018. 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.