Tobs lose to Edenton, tumble below .500

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EDENTON — The Wilson Tobs dropped below .500 on the season with a 4-2 Coastal Plain League North Division summer collegiate baseball loss to the Edenton Steamers on Tuesday evening.

The sixth loss in the last seven games left Wilson with a 10-11 record and dashed its thread-slim hopes of overcoming Peninsula for the first-half division title and a spot in the Petitt Cup playoffs.

The seventh win in the last nine games elevated the Steamers to 9-11 and just one-half game behind the Tobs.

Edenton pitchers Charles Hall, the starter and winner, and Zach Stromberg, who earned the save, limited Wilson to four hits and a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Edenton forged a 4-0 cushion in the opening four innings.

Hunter Coleman slugged his first home run for the Tobs’ first run. Later in the fifth inning, J.T. Stone rapped a run-scoring single.

The Steamers, with seven hits, managed one run in the first, two in the third and one in the fourth.

Catcher Nick Caruso drew a bases-loaded walk in the second. A wild pitch and Caruso’s sacrifice fly produced two runs in the third. Shortstop Anthony Warneke added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Hall allowed four hits and struck out eight through seven innings. Stromberg worked the last two innings, walking a pair and striking out five.

Starting Tobs pitcher Jason Cornatzer took the loss, his third without a win. Wilson called upon four relievers.