Steamers drop game before All-Star break

By Chic Riebel

The Daily Advance

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HAMPTON, Va. — The Edenton Steamers drew even in back-to-back games with Peninsula, beating the Pilots at home Friday before a 5-4 loss in 10 innings on Saturday night.

It was the last game for the Steamers (5-5 second half, 26-12 overall) until Tuesday while the Coastal Plain League hosts its all-star festivities on Sunday and the all-star game tonight, both at second half CPL East Division leader Morehead City.

Olivera was one of four East hitters who participated in Sunday’s CPL All-Star Home Run Derby.

Edenton, the first half CPL East champ, has five league all-stars in second baseman Ryan Raslowsky, outfielder Orlando Olivera, shortstop Evan Rogers and pitchers Gunnar Kines and Josh Roeder.

For the second-straight year, thanks to another first half crown, Steamers coach Bryan Hill will lead the East team.

On Saturday, Edenton looked like it would steal one in Hampton, Va., in the 10th inning, taking a 4-3 lead (7-3 second half, 28-10 overall) going into the bottom half.

But the Pilots used a two-out rally to get the decisive two runs across home plate.

The Steamers came out strong with three runs in the first inning, aided by hits from Nick Kranick, Stefan Kancylarz, Raslowsky and Olivera.

Manny Arciniega had a solid start for Edenton, pitching seven innings of two run ball. He gave up four hits and struck out five.

Caleb Ross followed with an inning of work, giving up the tying run in the eighth inning.

Roeder took the loss by surrendering two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

The East rivals are an even 5-5 in their 10 meetings so far this summer and will not play again until July 22 at Hicks Field.

Edenton returns to play Tuesday at Wilson and is then home Wednesday against Petersburg.