Jay Schroeder walked with the bases loaded and Jim Wahlig followed with a bases-clearing triple as the Kinston Blue Jays scored four runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Alexandria Dukes, 10-6, last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Alexandria, which has lost four straight, appeared to have the game won with a 6-3 edge going into the ninth inning. But reliever Jeff Zaske allowed four consecutive singles that produced two runs before he was replaced by Wilfrido Cordoba.
With runners on first and second, Wahlig laid down a sacrifice bunt that Cordoba fielded. He looked toward third, then threw over Rick Renteria covering first base, allowing the tying run to score. Cordoba escaped further damage that inning by getting pinch hitter Benji Perez to pop to third and Garry Harris to ground into a double play.
Kevin Aitcheson walked to open the 10th for Kinston and Augie Schmidt, the second selection overall in the 1982 amateur draft, singled to right to put runners at first and third. Bob McNair grounded to first and Cordoba intentionally walked Terry Raley to load the bases. After twice failing on suicide squeeze bunt attempts, Steve Erickson popped to short. But Schroeder walked on five pitches to force in the winning run.
And Wahlig lined a Cordoba curve off the center field wall.
Dave Shipanoff (4-3) got the victory, pitching two innings, allowing one hit, and striking out three.