Steamers stumble in loss to Salamanders

Holly Springs 7 Edenton 1

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By PJ Potter

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HOLLY SPRINGS — Mitchell Holcomb's five-inning performance without allowing a run carried the Holly Springs Salamanders to victory Wednesday night over the Edenton Steamers 7-1 at Ting Stadium.

The loss dropped the Clams to 1-4 to start the season, and brought Holly Springs to 2-4. Both wins for the Salamanders are against Edenton this year.

Holcomb battled for six strikeouts, no walks and two hits, making it tough all night for Edenton's offense.

"He did a really good job on keeping our hitters out in front all night. We were not seeing the off-speed at all," said head coach Russ Burroughs.

The Salamanders got on the board first, a three-run shot from leadoff hitter Carter Williams in the third inning to make it 3-0.

Two innings later, Patrick Wheeler lofted another round-tripper for Holly Springs, a solo shot.

Edenton's starter Casey Queener looked sharp through the first two innings, but a couple of chest-high pitches gave Holly Springs the advantage.

Queener finished with six strikeouts in six innings and four runs allowed.

Cam Locklear capped the night with a two-run blast to left field in the eighth inning after Williams was hit by a pitch.

Will Ethridge provided the only scoring production for the visiting team. In the top of the sixth inning, Ethridge brought Anthony Warneke home on a sacrifice fly.

Nick Caruso remains hot with the bat, picking up two more hits from the the two-spot in the lineup. Rich Ciufo extended his hitting streak to five consecutive games.

The Steamers are back in action tonight on the road against the Wilson Tobs for a 7 p.m. start.