Steamers lose lead late, fall to Pilots in 10th inning

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From staff reports

Saturday, July 20, 2019

EDENTON — The Edenton Steamers lost to the Peninsula Pilots 8-6 in 10 innings Thursday night at Hicks Field.

The contest between the Coastal Plain League North Division rivals entered the 10th inning tied at 4-4.

In the top of the 10th inning, Peninsula (20-18, 7-5 second half) took control of the game.

With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, runners were placed on first and second base to begin the frame.

Edenton (20-17, 7-4 second half) would walk the first Peninsula batter of the inning to load the bases.

The Pilots took a 5-4 lead following a bases-loaded walk by Jack Eisenbarger to Peninsula's Jake Boone.

Eisenbarger would be replaced by Grant Crosby.

With the bases still loaded, the Pilots recorded back-to-back RBI singles by Riley Hogan and Cole Secrest to take a 7-4 lead.

The Pilots added their final run on a fielder's choice.

Edenton responded with two runs in the bottom of the 10th with one of the runs scoring on a Quincy Hamilton RBI double.

Relief pitcher Jacob Pilarski finished his third inning on the mound by ending the game on a flyout to secure the win.

Peninsula took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth on a Secrest two-run homer, but Edenton responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame off a three-run home run by Colin Adams.

The Steamers extended their lead to 4-2 in the seventh following a Dane Simon RBI single.

Peninsula scratched out two runs in the ninth inning to send the game to the 10th inning.

Adams finished with two hits, while Secrest went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the win.