Offensive outburst lifts Wilmington; forces decisive game three at Edenton

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The Wilmington Sharks (32-26) slugged 18 hits on Monday night to stay alive in the Petitt Cup Playoffs following a 13-3 victory over the Edenton Steamers (43-17) at historic Hicks Field, tying the Eastern Championship Series at one game apiece. Wilmington’s 13 runs and 18 hits were each season highs allowed by Edenton on their home turf.

Every Shark in the starting lineup had at least one hit as Wilmington put a runner on base in seven of nine innings, with three or more hits in four of seven frames.

Wilmington plays in a decisive game three on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Sharks
Wilmington plays in a decisive game three on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Held In Time Photography

Edenton took an early 1-0 lead before the Sharks scored two in the fourth on four hits, including singles by Alex Destino, Kyle Nowlin, Sam Foy, and Jae Roberts. Foy and Roberts would collect RBIs, while Foy, Destino and Roberts helped extend the advantage in the sixth.

Destino’s double led off the inning and Foy’s second run scoring single made it 3-1. Roberts and Andy Austin followed with back-to-back singles to build a three run cushion before the flood gates opened later in the ballgame.

Sharks’ starter Andrew Locklear was able to hold the league’s most powerful offense to just one run on six hits, while striking out three and walking two. He ran into trouble in the sixth, but Kevin Boswick came on in relief to pick up two strikeouts to end the threat.

Wilmington put the game away with in later innings with 10 hits over the final three frames, including a bases clearing double by Nick Rotola and two-run home run by Hayes Nelson.

The winner of Tuesday night’s game in Edenton will advance to the Petitt Cup Championship Series to face the winner of the Lexington County – Gastonia matchup.