EDENTON – Kevin Whitehead drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 13th inning to knock in the winning run as the Edenton Steamers beat the Wilson Tobs 7-6 at Hicks Field Friday night to set a franchise record for most victories in a season.
The Clams (21-3 second half, 40-10 overall) eclipsed the previous record of 39 wins, set by the 2007 squad.
Whitehead had tied the game at 5-5 with a homer in the eighth inning.
Wilson took a 6-5 advantage in the top of the 12th, but the Steamers knotted it again when Brett Christopher scored after Ryan Brenner had apparently struck out for the third out of the inning, but reached first when the Wilson catcher dropped the ball and then made an error trying to get Brenner at first.
The Steamers scored the game-winner as a result of an error and three walks.
Whitehead and Christopher were the only Edenton players with more than one hit. They both had two.
Joe Wendle went oh-for-4 and saw his average drop to .401. He came into the game as the CPL’s leading hitter. He is now second to Chase McDonald of Morehead City (407).
Adam Giacalone, the last of six Edenton pitchers, got the win. He pitched one inning and allowed one hit.
The Steamers are at Petersburg for a doubleheader today.