Clams Ousted in Final Innings

Updated August 03 2016

The Edenton Steamers’ late-inning push wasn’t enough, as they fell 8-6 to the Savannah Bananas on Tuesday night. Edenton (13-9, 25-25) has lost six of its last seven, while Savannah (12-9, 28-19) extended their winning streak to seven.

Ben Woodard took the loss for the Teal and Black. Woodard (0-1) surrendered three runs on one hit and two walks, recording just one out in the eighth inning.

Elliot Forde grabbed the win for the Bananas. Forde (2-3) put out the final to hitters in the seventh inning without allowing a hit or walk. Beau Sulser earned his third save of the summer, striking out the final two batters to end the game.

The Bananas opened the scoring with a run in the first frame. Clint Hardy started the rally with a one-out single, and after Jameson Hannah put two runners in scoring position with a double, Rylan Bannon singled in the first run of the game to give the Bananas a 1-0 advantage.

The Steamers swiped the lead with two runs in the fourth. Aaron Aucker, Tony Rosselli and Thatcher Coleman loaded the bases with two walks and a single, and Mitchell Price knocked a double to score two runs and put the Clams on top, 2-1.

A see-saw battle ensued as the Bananas answered with two runs on two singles and an error in the sixth. Edenton responded in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game, but three more runs crossed for Savannah in the eighth to move the score to 6-3.

Aaron Aucker led off the eighth with a home run for the Clams, cutting the Banana lead to 6-4, but Savannah came back with two more tallies in the ninth. Garret Nelson and Christian Hollie reached on a single and walk, respectively, and a sac bunt from Carson Waln advanced them to second and third. Tow batters later, Clay Dungan plated two with a two-out single to increase Savannah’s lead to 8-4.

The Teal and Black attempted to rally in the ninth, Richie Cunningham cracked a one-out homer to plate two runs, Sulser came in and shut down the Steamers with two strikeouts to end the game.

After having Wednesday off, the Edenton Steamers take to the road to face the Wilmington Sharks and Peninsula Pilots on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Steamers’ host a doubleheader against the Fayetteville SwampDogs on Saturday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. For more information, fans can call (252) 482-4080 or visit

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