Steamers hold off SwampDogs at home

Edenton 7 Fayetteville 6

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From staff reports

Monday, July 17, 2017

EDENTON — A home run by Steamers’ second baseman Dom Cuevas late in the game proved to be the difference, as Edenton defeated Fayetteville on consecutive nights, 7-6 at Hicks Field on Saturday night.

Cuevas has been the driving force for the Steamers’ offense as of late, going 6 for 10 over the last four games with eight runs batted in and two home runs.

Edenton (22-15, 5-4) jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead in the home half of the first inning on a three-run home run by Jason Agresti and an RBI-single by Lucas Martinez.

Fayetteville (23-15, 5-5) got on the board in the top of the third, when Johnathan Allen drove a pitch over the wall, cutting the Steamers lead to 4-1.

The Steamers responded in the bottom of the inning, as Paul Rufo hit his first home run of the summer, a two-run shot to give Edenton a five-run lead at 6-1.

The SwampDogs then brought in relief pitcher Peyton Reesman, who stifled the Steamers’ offense, allowing Fayetteville to work a comeback.

Fayetteville’s cut the lead to 6-5 with four runs in the sixth inning on five hits and a three-run home run by Jason Newman, who finished the night 3 for 5 with three runs batted in.

Jay Robinson hit a solo shot in the seventh inning to tie the game at six. 

Cuevas then delivered the knockout blow, a solo home run off Fayetteville’s Brian Ricker in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Clams a 7-6 lead

Carmen Giampetruzzi (2-0) shut the SwampDogs down in the final two innings, picking up the win after allowing only one hit and striking out two. Ricker (1-1) picked up the loss for Fayetteville.

The Steamers will be back in action today as they travel to Hampton, Virginia to face the Peninsula Pilots, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.