HIGH POINT — Manny Arciniega pitched seven shutout innings and got early run support as the Edenton Steamers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win at Thomasville on Friday.
Arciniega (2-1), in his second start of the season, allowed just three hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.
Edenton (10-4), with the victory, became the first team in the CPL this season to reach 10 wins and retook sole posssession of first place by a half game over Peninsula, whose game against Petersburg on Friday was rained out.
The Steamers scored three runs in the second, loading the bases on a Michael Perez single, Dakota Wix got hit by a pitch and Chance Shepard walked.
With Evan Rogers up, Perez and Wix came in on wild pitches, with the third run of the inning coming in when Rogers grounded out, bringing in Shepard.
In the third, Orlando Olivera, who continues to be among the league leaders in average (.375) and home runs (3) walked, as did Nick Kranick, with a Perez single driving in Olivera for the Steamers’ final run of the game, but it would prove more than enough.
Arciniega got into trouble just once, allowing two consecutive one-out hits, but with the third and fourth hitters in the order up for Thomasville, he was able to induce a fly out from Des Roberts and struck out Austin Crutcher to end theinning.
Edenton got a shutout inning from reliever Dustin Emmons before the Hi-Toms had one final threat in the bottom of the ninth, with an error and a single putting a pair of runners on base.
However, reliever Jake McCoy then got the last three outs to end the threat, the game and the losing streak.
Perez paced the Steamers offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan Razlowsky, Stefan Kancylarz, Olivera, Shepard and Rogers also had hits.
Following Saturday’s home game against 1-14 Morehead City, the Steamers are off today and resume play on Monday at Hicks Field against Fayetteville, beginning a stretch of six games in six days.