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A five-game winning streak, an undefeated mark in Fleming Stadium and supremacy against a division opponent all crumbled for the Wilson Tobs in Fleming Stadium on Saturday night.
First baseman Rob Weissheier powered the Edenton Steamers to an 11-5 Coastal Plain League North Division conquest of the division-leading Tobs.
The Wilson club of head coach Bryan Hill lost for the first time in three outings against Edenton and suffered defeat in Fleming for the first time in seven contests in 2019. The Tobs dropped to 8-2 but remained in first place in the division, three games ahead of second-place Peninsula.
The Steamers won for just the second time on the road this season and the third win in their last four outings boosted their overall mark to 4-7.
“Switching from metal to wood, we are starting to figure it out a little bit, and we are getting used to one another,” Weissheier explained the recent Edenton surge.
Weissheier put the wood to it against Tobs pitching, slugging two home runs and a single in five at-bats and driving in a career-high six runs.
The RBIs were officially the first of the season for Weissheier, who managed a grin and divulged he had actually driven in one run — but in a suspended game.
Edenton never trailed after Weissheier connected for a two-run homer off starting Wilson pitcher Nick Hollas in the second inning. He added an RBI grounder in the third. Weissheier staked the Steamers to a 9-5 lead with a three-run blast in the eighth.
And when Edenton added two more runs in the inning, some of the restless dogs in attendance for the Family Night/Bark in the Park promotion began searching for fire hydrants.
Wilson relief pitching faltered for just the second time this season. Three pitchers were needed in the five-run eighth after the Tobs had chopped a 6-1 deficit to 6-5 with two runs in the sixth.
“I trust our relievers,” commented Tobs pitching coach Kramer Sneed. “But they hit the ball a little bit. We matched a left-hander against their left-handed hitters and it didn’t work out. It was one of those days; we didn’t execute like we needed. But tomorrow is a new day and we can start another win streak.”
First baseman Michael Calamari staked the Tobs to an 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Kevin Jordan singled, stole third base on the front end of a double steal and came home on third baseman De’Andre Pitt’s grounder in the second. Wilson loaded the bases with no outs against Edenton starting left-handed pitcher Jack Eisenbarger in the fourth but managed only one run on a double-play grounder.
Designated hitter Chris Meyers doubled and Jordan and Pitts each singled in the two-run sixth against winning pitcher C.J Dornak. Grant Crosby then shut down the Tobs the last two innings.
Weissheier was complemented by right fielder Jordan Fitzpatrick, who went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
“I just started seeing the ball, hitting the ball,” Weissheier described his huge outing. “The first (homer)… I think it was a fastball. I know the second one was a high change-up.
“I have been working on some things, trying to simplify everything in the box. It felt good to get a lot of barrels on the ball. I’m trying to simplify my swing; I think I have been rotating too much while loading.”
Wilson’s loss came before a day off Sunday. The day off precedes a grueling stretch of 12 games in nine days — including doubleheaders Monday, Tuesday (in Fleming) and Wednesday.
“We can get through it,” left fielder Colby Warren, approaching his junior season at Barton College, expressed. “We’re all stud-like. We’ve got energy, we’re all strong as bulls, and we just have to play our game.”
Score by innings:
Edenton 021 030 050 — 11
Wilson 110 012 000 — 5
WP-C.J. Dornak 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO LP-Nick Hollas (1-1) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Edenton: Rob Weissheier 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI; Jordan Fitzpatrick 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Jake Evans 2-6; Wilson: Kevin Jordan 2-4, RBI; Chris Meyers 1-4, 2B; Michael Calamari 1-4, RBI.