Edgewood won the first high school baseball game played at night in Harford County with a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen Wednesday night at Thomas Run Park.
Eric Santana struck out 11 batters while allowing just three hits and two walks as the Rams improved their record to 6-3. But the atmosphere may have been a bigger thrill than the win for Edgewood coach Steve Williams.
"I would turn in my salary to play them all there," said Williams. "Thomas Run Park is a beautiful, beautiful baseball field."
The crowd was estimated at 400 people for the night, which also included the first softball game played at night. Williams said players look forward to a chance to play on fields other than those at their high schools.
"One of the neat things about kids playing in the playoffsis that the kids have a chance to get out of the county and play on some nice well-groomed fields like Essex Community College, McCurdy Field (in Frederick) and a place down on the Eastern Shore where we played called Wharton Field. That's what's fun about the game -- to go and see these places. It's more fun for me to travel in the playoffs than to be at home."
The Rams took advantage of the spotlight Wednesday to play one of the better games of what has become a streaky season. The day before the Aberdeen game, the Rams dropped a 16-4 game to C. Milton Wright. Edgewood pitchers gave up 16 walks to help the Mustangs' cause.
Wednesday, the Rams bounced back by taking advantage of the few opportunities Aberdeen gave them. In the first inning, Jamie Coons doubled, took third on Greg Watchinsky's fly ball and scored on Keith Kimmel's ground out. But that would be their only earnedrun.
In the fourth inning, Corey Anderson and Wade Greason singled before Coons walked to load the bases. Anderson scored on a wild pitch, and Greason came in on a passed ball, leaving Coons at third. Coons tried to steal home, but the Aberdeen pitcher balked, allowing the fourth run to score.
The biggest win of the season for the Rams came on April 11 against North East, the Cecil County team that the Rams beat in the state semifinals last year.
The Rams held off a seventh inning rally to win 5-4. Greason got the win after going five innings. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.
Williams had to pull the sophomore starter after Greason had reached thelimit of 14 innings pitched in seven calendar days, a rule set by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Santana came on to pitch the final two innings for the save.
Kimmel drove in the winning run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. He led the Rams, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Coons also had two RBI on a two-runhomer in the fifth inning.
"North East is a very good team, and they are well coached," said Williams. "I think these guys realized they were a good team, and it was great we were able to play that well against them."