Eddie Burns (Georgia Tech) pitched seven innings of one run ball to lead Y-D past Chatham 4-1 Friday night at Veteran's Field.
Burns scattered eight hits and picked up the win for the first place Red Sox. It was the Red Sox league leading fourteenth victory and Y-D now leads Chatham and Orleans by nine points in the East.
The Red Sox jumped out in front with a run in the second. Sean Ochinko (LSU) led off with a single and Buster Posey (Florida St.) followed with a base knock of his own. Chatham starter Cliff Springston (Arkansas) then got Collin Cowgill (Kentucky) to fly out and Mike Tamsin (Northeastern) on a fielder's choice ground out.
With runners on the corners, two away and Aaron Luna (Rice) at the plate, Y-D put Tamsin in motion from first. Catcher Tim Federowicz (UNC) threw through and Tamsin wisely pulled up and was caught in a pickle. As the A's focused on tagging Tamsin, Ochinko took off from third and scored the first run of the ballgame before the out could be recorded.
Luna came back to the plate in the top of the third and promptly drove Springston's pitch to dead center field for a solo home run. The ball soared over the 385 sign on the outfield fence, the deepest part of the ballpark, and Y-D took a 2-0 lead.
Chatham scratched a run across in the bottom of the fourth on three straight singles from Allan Dykstra (Wake), Kevin McAvoy (Maine) and Kyle Seager (UNC). Burns then settled down and retired three straight A's to strand McAvoy and Seager and keep the Y-D lead at 2-1.
Y-D tacked on two more in the eighth off A's reliever Trey Watten (Abilene Christian), making his second pitching appearance of the season. The inning featured an E6 and two wild pitches. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Jason Castro (Stanford) hit what looked to be a double play ball to Dykstra at first. Dykstra tossed to second for one but Scott Lyons' relay to first got past the pitcher covering at first, allowing Y-D's third run to score. The fourth run came home on Watten's second wild pitch of the inning.
New arrival Rob Wooten (UNC) made his first appearance as an A and pitched a scoreless ninth.
Chatham will look for its first win of the three-game homestand Saturday night against Harwich. Jeff Lorick (UVA) gets the start for the A's and Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern) will be on the hill for the Mariners.