Worrell powers Steamers past Pilots

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By PJ Potter

Sunday, June 17, 2018

EDENTON — Bryson Worrell's second straight three-hit night pushed the Steamers past the Peninsula Pilots for the first time of the season with a 7-2 win on Saturday at Hicks Field.

After starting his 2018 season going 0-for-8, Worrell has gone 6-for-8 with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.

Both two-baggers came in Saturday's match-up over the Pilots, a team that was 3-0 against the Clams. Edenton is now 4-9 this year and Peninsula is 8-5.

Charles Hall pitched spectactularly out of the bullpen, fanning nine batters in 3.1 innings to earn the save. The only out he recorded that was not a strikeout was on a fielder's choice. Hall now has sole lead of strikeouts on the Steamers staff with 22 in 11.2 innings.

Matt Gill started and got his first win. He allowed a baserunner in each of the first four innings, but worked out of it smoothly with three double play ground balls and a strikeout-throwout play to end the third inning. The sophomore from Boston College battled for 5.2 innings with one run allowed and four strikeouts.

Anthony Warneke finished 1-for-4 with one RBI to reach his hitting streak to eight games. Rich Ciufo continues to snag extra bases from the third spot in the order. Ciufo broke the game open in the seventh with a bases-clearing double that erupted the stadium. He now has 10 runs batted in through 13 games.

Zane Harris began the scoring with an opposite field home run in the second inning, his third round-tripper this summer.

For Peninsula, Jonathan Embry and Cole Prestegard logged three hits each. Prestegard blasted a solo shot in the fifth inning. Jack Strunc added the other run driven in after Worrell dropped a pop fly in shallow right field with the bases loaded, but recovered by throwing out the runner headed to second base.

Matt Mullenbach tossed just two innings as the Pilots starter, receiving the loss. He surrendered two runs on two hits and a pair of walks.

Eric Mullet then threw for 4.1 innings, handing the Clams four more runs with six strikeouts.