WILSON – Esterlin Paulino and three Edenton Steamers relievers shut down the Wilson Tobs offense, Bo Bigham drove in three runs and Joe Wendle ran his hitting streak to 20 games as the Steamers clinched the North Division second half title with a 6-1 victory at Wilson Saturday night.
The Steamers (18-2 second half, 37-10 overall) have swept both half division titles and are closing in on earning the top seed in the Coastal Plain League playoffs.
Paulino, Dustin Quattrocchi, Jordan Egan and Ethan Cole combined to limit the second-place Tobs (8-11, 23-24) to six hits. The victory made Paulino (5-1), a lefthander from North Carolina A&T, the top winner among Steamers starters.
Paulino scattered four hits and one walk over five innings.
The Steamers, who saw a 12-game winning streak halted Friday night in Florence, ended a four-game road trip at Wilson. They return home Sunday to host the Petersburg Generals.
Edenton took control of the game early.
Ryan Brenner’s RBI-single and a two-run single by Bigham staked the Steamers to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. They added three more in the third when Kevin Whitehead knocked in a run with a single and Wendle and Bigham accepted walks with the bases-loaded.
Wendle, the leading hitter in the CPL, went 3-for-4 and raised his batting average to .423. Brenner and Tim Saunders contributed two hits apiece.