Steamers end skid with road win
Edenton 13 Fayetteville 5
From staff reports
Sunday, July 16, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE — The Steamers won their first game since the All-Star break, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 13-5 victory over the SwampDogs on the road.
Edenton (21-15, 4-4) got out to an early lead, as Billy Wilson came in to score on a triple and an error in the first inning, giving the Steamers a 1-0 lead.
Fayetteville (23-15, 5-4) responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI-double to tie the game at one, but the Clams made sure the tie would not last long.
Anthony Maselli drove a two-run home run over the wall in right field to give the Steamers a 3-1 lead, a lead they held for the remainder of the night.
Edenton padded their lead with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
In the fourth, James Battley singled to bring in the first run of the inning, later followed by a sacrifice fly by Wilson.
Dom Cuevas drove in two runs in the top half of the fifth inning with a double down the left field line.
Josh Steele came in to pitch in relief with the bases loaded in the fifth, but threw three wild pitches to allow three SwampDogs to come in to score, cutting the lead in half at 7-4.
Anthony Maselli turned the momentum back on the Steamers side in the next inning, driving in a run on a groundout to make the score 8-4. Maselli finished the night with three runs batted in for Edenton.
Fayetteville loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh inning, but Steamers’ pitcher Kelvan Pilot worked out of the jam, allowing just one run to come across and preserving a 10-5 lead.
Edenton took advantage of SwamDogs’ mistakes in the final inning, scoring three insurance runs on four walks to pad their lead to 13-5.
The extra runs were not needed, as Nick Martinez came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, finishing the game off with a 1-2-3 inning to secure the win.
Josh Steele (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for the Steamers, while Even Flohr (0-1) got the loss for the SwampDogs.
The Steamers are back in action today as they host the Wilmington Sharks at Hicks Field, first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.