12:46 AM EDT, August 12, 2013
Coastal Plain League:
The wait was well worth it for the Peninsula Pilots.
After about a two-hour rain delay, the Pilots jumped to a three-run lead in the first inning and coasted to a 9-0 home victory Sunday night over Edenton in Game 1 of a best-of-3 Petitt Cup semifinal series.
Once the tarpaulin finally was removed and the game began, the Steamers committed several errors and looked nothing like the team that posted the league's best regular-season record. At 7 p.m. Monday in Edenton, the Pilots will try to win the series and earn a berth in the best-of-three finals. Game 3, if necessary, will be Tuesday in Edenton.
Edenton left-hander Nick Miller, who came into the game with a 5-1 record and 1.02 earned-run average, was charged with all nine runs, six of them earned, and yielded nine of the Pilots' 12 hits -- several of whom splashed through the wet War Memorial Stadium outfield. He left the mound with "I've Seen Better Days" serenading him on the public-address system.
Norfolk State right-hander Justin Bhatti got the win.
The Pilots took the lead in the first inning when Edenton's catcher dropped the ball when trying to place a tag on Patrick Grady, who was trying to score on Alex Close's one-out ground ball to third base. It set the tone for the rest of the night.
Grady and Zach Lopes batted 3-for-4 for the Pilots, and Old Dominion's Jordan Negrini was 2-for-4.
Rochester scored four runs in the fourth inning and one more in the eighth in its 5-0 win over Norfolk at Harbor Park.
The game was delayed for an hour due to rain.
Jason Pridie had two of Norfolk's five hits. The Tides (64-59) fell into a virtual tie with Buffalo (63-58) in the IL wild-card standings.
Pawtucket is a half-game back and Lehigh Valley is one game back for wild card berth.
Javier Herrera and Juan Ciriaco each hit a homer and drove in two runs to lead Richmond to a 5-1 win at New Hampshire.
The Flying Squirrels (60-60) are 11-2 in their last 13 games.
Hampton finished the Summer Thunder tournament in the Bahamas with a 79-54 win over the Street Legends All-Stars.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates, who finished the trip with a 2-1 record.
Reggie Price added 15 points for Hampton, which led by as many as 32 points.
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