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Steamers sweep doubleheader against Sharks

Edenton 9, 2 Wilmington 1, 0

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Edenton Steamers' Alex Alders

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From staff reports

Friday, July 19, 2019

WILMINGTON — The Steamers swept a doubleheader on the road against the Wilmington Sharks on Wednesday night.

Payton Rice pitched a gem for Edenton in the first game with a complete game to help the Steamers to a 9-1 win. He went the length of the seven-inning game, allowing just three hits and one earned run.

The right-hander struck out 10 batters. The only run he gave up came on an error in the final inning that allowed a run to score.

Edenton (7-3) scored two runs in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly from Alex Alders and a Quincy Hamilton RBI single.

The Steamers tacked on five more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a Jake Evans had an RBI single, Ian Walters had an RBI double and an Alders RBI double.

Alders, Hamilton and Kenny Oyama each knocked in two runs in the game as the team combined for 12 hits.

Wilmington (6-4) starter Mike Picollo took the loss as he allowed six earned runs in three-plus innings.

The stellar pitching continued for Edenton in game two of the doubleheader as Walker Cleveland also tossed a seven-inning complete game for a 2-0 Steamers win.

Cleveland allowed only four hits and struck out five on his way to the shutout.

Offense was more difficult to come by in the second game for Edenton, but they managed two runs.

In the second inning, Mason Holt worked a bases-loaded, two-out walk to put the away team up 1-0.

In the fourth, Walters reached base with two outs via error and it allowed Dane Simon to score, who also reached on an error earlier in the inning.

First baseman Rob Weissheier went 3-of-4 in the second game as the Steamers finished with seven total hits for the game.

With the sweep of the doubleheader, Edenton is tied with first-half north division champ Wilson for first place and are more than a game ahead of Peninsula as of Wednesday night.

The Steamers hosted Peninsula Thursday night and will play the Pilots again tonight in Hampton, Va.