By PJ Potter
Devon Gardner's 10th inning grand slam powered the Edenton Steamers past the Wilson Tobs 8-2 on Thursday night at Fleming Stadium.
Going into extras all knotted at 2-2, the Clams had just two hits all night, but strung together six in the final frame to score six runs total. Anthony Jefferson and Ben Whetstone collected RBI singles each, but it was Gardner who silenced the crowd, putting the home team out of reach.
Before the 10th, Jefferson tapped an infield single, but was left stranded. In the seventh, after Wilson's JT Stone made an error at second base to put Zane Harris on first, Ben Whetstone made the Tobs pay for their mistake with a two-run home run to tie the contest. Those were all the hits the Clams had, but still hung tight against the Tobs.
Sean Deely threw just one bad pitch, but it came back to cost the North division leading Tobs, who are now 9-3 in the second half. Edenton's win puts them at 5-8.
Deely finished his night with two runs allowed (one earned) on two hits and five strikeouts in six innings. He threw just 61 pitches before getting yanked from the game.
Edenton's AJ Spencer started and went seven strong innings. Coughing up two runs, Spencer punched out eight Tobs to bring his season total to 54, which ranks third in all of the Coastal Plain League.
Nate Gardner picked up his first win of the summer, dominating for two shutout innings with two strikeouts. Angelo Gennari tossed the 10th for the Clams and did not plate a run despite fending off the International Tiebreaker Rule. He fanned two batters.
Wilson's go-to reliever Luis Acosta suffered the loss, handing the Steamers six runs (four earned) all in the 10th.
On offense, Zane Harris extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games with one hit in five at-bats.
Whetstone now has home runs in back-to-back night, sending him three runs on Thursday. Jefferson picked up a multi-hit game with one RBI.
This marked the third time Wilson and Edenton went to extra innings, and now the Steamers have the 2-1 advantage. For the season series, the teams are tied at 5-5 and will play against each other two more times, both at Fleming Stadium.
The Steamers are next in action on Friday night at home against the Martinsville Mustangs set for 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.