Rob Mister supplied the bat and Chris James the arm, as Edgewood (11-3) pounded C. Milton Wright (8-5), 10-1, in a non-league baseball game yesterday.
Mister had two triples among his four hits and drove in five runs and James pitched a five-hitter, striking out five and walking one.
The points for a win by a Class 2A school over a 3A team enabled Edgewood to remain No. 1 in the region and state in Class 2A-1A.
Two sterling Edgewood defensive plays in the third inning when the Rams were leading, 2-1, carried over to the offense in the next inning. The visitors sent 12 men to the plate, getting seven runs on five hits, an error and two walks.
The big blows were a bases-loaded single by Jamie Coons and Mister's second triple. Each hit drove in two runs. Starting pitcher Jeff Hilyard was replaced by Shawn Crouch after Mister's triple and gave up a walk, a single and two run-scoring wild pitches.
Coons had opened the game with a single and scored on a triple by Mister, and Wright made it 1-1 in the second on a fielder's choice, a single by Chuck Harris and a throwing error. Edgewood went ahead in the third on a Tim Hughes single, a sacrifice and a Mister single.
In the bottom of the inning, with Brandon Bennett on second via a single and stolen base, shortstop Coons and second baseman Alex Garcia made successive diving stops of hard-hit ground balls and turned them into outs. Dan Angelini then grounded to Coons for the third out.
James, a junior right-hander, got his first complete game of the season, and, although not overpowering, had good control and stayed in front of the hitters. He permitted only one base runner (Matt Lynch on a walk) after Bennett in the third until Harris singled in the seventh.
"I wasn't sure I could pitch, either, because I hurt my right shoulder yesterday [Friday] diving for a ball while taking some extra infield practice," said James, who starts at shortstop when not pitching. "It felt OK warming up, and after those seven runs, it felt a lot better."
In the process, he ended two streaks. C. Milton Wright's Joe Zarzycki and Angelini each had hit safely in the team's first 12 games.
A single by Ellis Diaz, an error, and a single by Mister scored the game's final run in the sixth and Crouch went on to strike out five of the last six batters he faced.