David Bednar allowed one run on five hits and struck out nine over six innings of work to pitch Edenton past the Wilmington Sharks 5-2 to open the 2015 summer collegiate season at Buck Hardee Field on Tuesday night.
The Steamers used 12 hits and four Wilmington errors in the win.
Edenton was able to strike first in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Evan Rogers doubled and came around to score on Mick Fennell’s single. Edenton would hold the 1-0 advantage until Wilmington responded with an RBI base hit in the third.
Speedy left-fielder Andrew Seigel knocked a one-out extra base hit and stole third to advance 90 feet. After Brett Smith drew a walk, John Fallon made solid contact to pick up the run batted in, easily scoring Seigel. Seigel finished his debut 2-for-3 at the plate with a stolen base.
Edenton went up 5-1 following a few defensive mishaps by the home team. Michael Castellani replaced Sharks starter Hunter Smith in the fourth when Steamers’ second-baseman Chad Sedio led off with a single. Desten Nichols would tag one to right – Sharks right-fielder Hayes Nelson mistimed his dive and the ball hopped over his head and headed towards the fence. Another error in the inning allowed Edenton to pick up two more runs.
The Sharks enjoy a day off before returning to the diamond on Thursday evening as they host the Morehead City Marlins.