EDENTON,NC (news release from Sharks) — The Wilmington Sharks found themselves in a must-win situation for the second time in the 2011 CPL Petitt Cup playoffs, and again responded, with a 7-4 win over the Edenton Steamers in Edenton Tuesday night to set up a winner-take-all Game Three matchup tomorrow night.
Daniel Aldrich blasted two two-run homers to lead the Sharks, who also received a two-run homer from Kenny Bryant and a solo shot from Jake Mayers.
Aldrich finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Bryant finished with three hits and two RBI. Justyn Carter had two hits, while Mayers and Aaron Preston had a hit apiece for the Sharks.
All of the scoring began in the top of the fourth, when Bryant doubled to center field to open the inning before Aldrich stepped in and blasted his first homer, over the right field scoreboard.
An inning later in the top of the fifth, Carter singled with one out before Bryant stepped in and delivered his two-run shot to left field to give the visiting Sharks a 4-0 lead.
Edenton responded in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs on three hits as they ran Sharks starter Stephen Vaughan.
The Steamers tied the game an inning later in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff homer off Sharks reliever Tyler DeLoach as the game sat at 4-4 until the top of the eighth.
In the eighth, Bryant opened the frame with a leadoff single before Alrdich delivered an opposite field shot over the double wall in right-center to give the Sharks the lead they would hold onto at 7-4.
Chris Mazza came on in relief and shut the Steamers down over the final three innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit as he earned the win.
Vaughan did not factor in the decision after going 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out four Edenton batters.
Game Three of the Second Round series will be in Edenton on Wednesday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Lefty Mat Batts is expected to be the starter for Wilmington in the deciding game. Batts had a Sharks-best 1.89 ERA in the regular season, while he struck out 54 batters in 62.0 innings in 2011.