Clams falter late against Marlins

Morehead City 6 Edenton 5

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From staff reports

Sunday, June 18, 2017

EDENTON — A three-run late inning lead was just enough as Morehead City defeated Edenton 6-5 on Saturday night.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Steamers had the bases loaded with one out.

Morehead City pitcher Quinton Driggers forced Edenton third baseman Anthony Maselli and catcher William Robbins into the game’s final outs to secure the win.

Driggers went two innings to earn the save.

Edenton left 10 runners on base in the contest at Hicks Field.

The Marlins (9-8) took a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half, but Edenton (9-8) responded with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Robbins had an RBI single while Chris Ayers followed with an RBI groundout to tie the contest.

The Marlins followed with a three-run third inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Both teams scored a run in the fifth and the Steamers posted two runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to a run.

Connor Kopach had two hits with a home run for the Steamers.

Morehead City pitcher Anthony Veneziano went six innings and gave up three runs with five strikeouts to earn the win.

Nick Podkul led the Marlins with two hits with a three-run home run in the third inning.