Errors doom Clams, fall to Pilots
By PJ Potter
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
HAMPTON, Va. — The Steamers coughed up seven errors in the 11-4 loss Tuesday night on the road against the Peninsula Pilots.
This was Edenton's first road contest of the season, and the first of 16 games against the Pilots.
In each of the first four innings, the Steamers' pitchers let the first two batters on base, either by base hit or walk. Peninsula took full advantage, usually bunting with the third hitter due up in that inning, causing much chaos.
Edenton struggled with getting an out, and sometimes sailing the ball into the outfield, which wheeled home Pilots runners.
AJ Spencer was given the start for the Clams, going just 2.2 innings. Spencer struck out three hitters, but surrendered six runs on four hits and four walks.
Collin Storms was the first out of relief, giving the Pilots three more runs. Storms balked twice in a row with a runner on third base both times, handing the Pilots more runs.
Rich Ciufo led the way once again with the bats, contributing three hits, including a double and two runs scored. Will Ethridge cranked two hits from the second spot of the lineup, setting up Nick Caruso with a runner on.
Caruso entered the game with six hits in 12 at-bats. He did not record a hit against Peninsula, but walked three times. Eamon McNeil and Anthony Warneke each collected a hit in their first game in the Teal and Black.
For the Pilots, leadoff hitter Matthew Schwarz was a pest all game. He finished 3-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly RBI, accounting for three of the team's seven hits.
On the mound, Hunter Martin received the win in three innings of relief, allowing on run with one punch-out. Aaron Winkler started and worked for four innings, but needed five innings to be in line for the victory as a starter.
A handful of former Edenton Steamers were drafted on the second and third days of the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pitcher Andrew McDonald (Cincinnati Reds, ninth round, No. 259 overall) was selected on Tuesday.
McDonald, a Virginia Tech product, pitched for the Steamers during the 2017 season.
Current Edenton Steamer Reynaldo Pichardo was selected on Wednesday in the 33rd round, No. 989 overall by the Texas Rangers.
Pichardo, a product of Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana, has played in four games for the Clams this summer.
Other former Clams selected on Wednesday include: Stephen James “Jamie” Galazin (22nd round, 668 overall Chicago Cubs), Connor Kopach (25th round, 748 overall Seattle Mariners), Perry DellaValle (27th round, 813 overall, St. Louis Cardinals), Billy Wilson (28th round, 853 overall, Cleveland Indians) and Nick Wegmann (34th round, 1,018 overall, Seattle Mariners).
— The Daily Advance