The Edenton Steamers (44-17) advanced to the Petitt Cup Championship as they defeated the Wilmington Sharks (32-27) 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon at Historic Hicks Field.
In the season-ending setback, Wilmington scored five of their six runs by way of the long ball. Sam Foy’s solo shot in the second put the Sharks on the board and added three more in the fourth on Andy Austin’s home run to bring in Jae Roberts, who reached on a single.
Wilmington had a four-run cushion before Edenton rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the frame thanks to a bases loaded, two-out shot by Nick Maguire, who hit his second home run of the series to clear the bases.
The Sharks answered with one in the sixth and one in the seventh to regain a 6-4 edge as Foy launched his second round-tripper of the ballgame.
Trailing by two in the eighth, Edenton had runners on first and second base and six outs to tie or take the lead. Chad Sedio, the most dangerous batter in the Coastal Plain League, was 0-for-3 to that point, but doubled in the gap to square things at six. The Steamers went on top 7-6 as Nick Maguire traded spots with Sedio for what would be the series-clinching base hit.
Edenton will face the Gastonia Grizzlies for the 2015 Petitt Cup Championship Series, while Wilmington ended the season with a 32-27 record.