Wednesday's multi-sport local roundup: Pilots draw big crowd but lose home opener as rain hits late

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Coastal Plain League:

A near-sellout crowd of 3,241 came to the Peninsula Pilots’ home opener Wednesday night at War Memorial Stadium, but the Pilots fell 5-3 to the Edenton Steamers in a game that turned soggy and fell one out short of normal.

With Edenton ahead 2-1 in the eighth, the Steamers boosted the lead to 5-1 on a three-run homer to left field by Missouri Baptist's Orlando Olivera off Jordan Brooks of Georgia College, who took the loss.

The Pilots rallied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Andres Nelo, who plays in college for Lee, began the inning with an infield single and scored when Mount Olive's Zak Orrison doubled over the left fielder's head.

Orrison went to third on the throw and scored when Purdue's Kyle Johnson grounded out.

In the ninth, when hard rain arrived in Hampton, the Pilots threatened again. Jacksonville's Kyle Searcy singled with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. With two out and Nelo facing a 1-2 count, the umpires stopped the game.

After a 16-minute delay, they awarded the win to the Steamers (2-0), dropping the Pilots to 1-1.

Peninsula starter Derek Justice of Mount Olive gave up just one run on three hits. The Pilots used six pitchers.

Steamers starter Gunner Kines, a lefty and college teammate of Justice, got the win, yielding just three hits and striking out seven in seven innings.

Nelo batted 2-for-4 for the Pilots. Olivera and USC Aiken's Ty Barkell were 2-for-4 for the Pilots, whose next two games are on the road.


Edenton 001 000 130 -- 5 8 1
Peninsula 100 000 020 -- 3 7 4

Game called after 8 2/3 innings because of weather. WP: Kines (1-0). LP: Brooks (0-1). Save: McCoy (1). Standouts: Edenton, Kines (7 strikeouts, yielded 3 hits in 7 IP), Barkell 2-4 (1 run), Olivera 2-4 (1 run, 3-run HR); Peninsula, Nelo 2-4 (1 run, 1 steal), Orrison 1-4 (double, 1 run, 1 RBI).

International League:

The Norfolk Tides, who have scored a league-leading 169 runs in May, bounced back from Tuesday's doubleheader loss by slugging four home runs in a 12-4 win over Lehigh Valley at Harbor Park.

Xavier Paul became the first Tide with two home runs in one game this season.

Julio Borbon had a double, triple and four RBI, supporting knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa (3-4), 29, who pitched a career-high eight innings for the victory. The Tides have scored more runs this month than in any other since monthly statistics became available in 2004.

Buck Britton homered in the third, doubled in the sixth and singled in the eighth.

The Tides made several moves prior to Wednesday's game, as right-handed pitcher Evan Meek was outrighted to Norfolk from Baltimore, lefty Jason Gurka was transferred back to Double-A Bowie, catcher Zach Booker was reinstated from the disabled list, and catcher Johnny Monell was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

Eastern League:

The Richmond Flying Squirrels’ home game against Altoona was suspended to Thursday because of rain and lightning with the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the fifth.

The teams will resume that nine-inning contest at 5:05 p.m. at The Diamond, then play a seven-inning game.

Gift Ngoepe doubled and scored in the Curve first, but the Squirrels' Devin Harris belted a home run with two out in the fourth.


U.S. Open Cup:

Tishan Hanley assisted on George Davis IV 's goal in the 48th minute and scored the winner in the 82nd to lift the host Richmond Kickers past the New York Greek American Atlas 2-1 at City Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup's third round.

The Kickers advanced to play at home June 18 against Major League Soccer's New England Revolution.

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