The Charleston RiverDogs got up early for a rare morning game and thousands of area students got a break from classes Wednesday.
A crowd of 4,941, most of them kids, watched as the RiverDogs beat the Rome Braves, 4-1, on Education Day at Riley Park.
Charleston second baseman Rob Refsnyder finished with a triple, two singles and two RBIs as the RiverDogs improved to 8-5.
Center fielder Taylor Dugas got the first inning started when he reached first base after being hit by a pitch. He scored on a single by Refsnyder.
In the fourth inning, Reymond Nunez got his first hit of the season with a triple down the right field line. He scored on a double from Nick McCoy.
Charleston added a run in the seventh inning and one in the eighth.
Starting pitcher Gabe Encinas picked up the victory, improved to 2-0 this season. He went five innings, allowed no runs on three hits, walked three and struck out five. Alex Smith threw three innings of relief and Taylor Garrison shut the door on the Braves with a spotless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
Rome starter Williams Perez allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings. He was pegged with the loss, dropping his record to 2-1.
Charleston will hit the road for a quick four-game weekend series in Hickory. Game 1 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. today.
Charleston will send right-hander Vicente Campos (0-0, 6.00 ERA) to the mound against Hickory right-hander Eric Brooks (0-0, 8.22 ERA).