HAMPTON, Va. — Three runs in the first inning was all Peninsula needed to beat Edenton 3-0 on Friday night.
It marked the Steamers’ first shutout loss of the season, and cut into its lead atop the Coastal Plain League East Division against the Pilots.
Four-straight hits sparked a two-out rally that led to the three runs.
Manny Arciniega was charged with the loss, evening his record to 2-2 with a five-inning stint.
Three pitchers — Alex Posey, Caleb Ross and Dustin Emmons — followed in relief for Edenton (20-6) and each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Steamers threatened in the sixth inning when Evan Rogers and Trooper Reynolds singled to start the inning.
Rogers stole third to put runners on the corners with no outs.
But Orlando Olivera, one of the top hitters in the CPL, struck out.
Then a shot by Aaron Wright was snagged and turned into a double play to end the threat.
Along with Rogers and Reynolds, Jake Placzek, Michael Perez and Grant Tyndall all had a hit each.
After a home game against Wilson on Saturday night, the Steamers will next go to the Tobs on Monday.