EDENTON — Mercifully, the lightning came just in time for the Wilson Tobs summer collegiate baseball team on the road Wednesday night at Hicks Field.
In what is quickly spiraling into a lost season for Wilson, the Steamers feasted on a treacherous Tobs pitching staff that combined to issue 15 walks and multiple home runs in a lightning-shortened, 17-0 loss in seven innings.
Wilson tumbled to 1-2 in the second half and 10-21 overall, which remains the worst mark in the Coastal Plain League. Edenton won for the first time in the second half and stands 18-12 in all games.
The Tobs, who entered play with the worst earned run average in the league at 6.99, did nothing to help that cause inside the short porches of Hicks Field.
Two runs came in the first inning off of Tobs starter Casey Williams, the losing pitcher as the Steamers reached Williams for three runs in the first and five more in the second.
Williams departed after giving up eight runs, six beings earned. He struck out two and walked seven. Will Edwards entered in the third and allowed three more runs in the fourth.
The cleanest stat line belonged to Cole Hinnant in relief, who survived the fifth and sixth without allowing a hit. But in the seventh, Edenton teed off on Tristan Roberts, who could not retire a batter before yielding five earned runs on just one hit. Roberts walked four and did not strike out a batter.
Henry Catrett completed the quintet of Tobs pitchers and allowed one run in the seventh while getting all three outs.
Offensively, the Tobs were just as ineffective at the plate as they were on the mound, generating just two hits.
Brady Lloyd and Perry Hunt were each 1 for 3 for Wilson.
Kelvan Pilot tossed five innings to get the win for Edenton, allowing both hits. Pilot struck out three and walked two.
Lightning was spotted in the area before the eighth inning, prompting both head coaches to agree to call the game.
Billy Wilson led Edenton at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and 3 RBIs. Jamie Galazin was 1 for 4 with a three-run homer as part of Edenton’s six-run seventh.
The Tobs return to Fleming Stadium on Thursday night to host the Holly Springs Salamanders for a “Thirsty Thursday” contest.