Rally Falls Short for Clams

Updated July 27 2016

The Edenton Steamers dropped their second straight game against the Morehead City Marlins, 5-3, on Tuesday night. Edenton (12-5, 24-21) lost its first game at Big Rock Stadium, while Morehead City (10-6, 24-19) has won seven of its last 10.

Coulton Lee shouldered the loss for the Clams. Lee (2-1) surrendered five earned runs on eight hits while fanning six in five innings.

Sean Mason earned the win for the Fish. Mason (3-3) lasted 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven. Jared Datoc held Edenton off the board in the ninth, picking up two strikeouts while giving up one hit in his sixth save.

The Steamers drew first blood with a run in the top of the third. Shamoy Christopher and Richie Cunningham smacked back-to-back singles to start the inning, advancing on Trey Hair’s groundout back to the pitcher Mason. Two batters later, Christopher scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Teal and Black a 1-0 lead.

The Marlins charged back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. After consecutive singles to start the frame from Chase Chambers and Matt O’Neill, Brandon Shaffer mashed a homerun to left to put Morehead City ahead. Justin Weigle continued the rally with a single, and Tanner Kirwer brought him home brought him home with a double in the next at bat to put the Marlins up 4-1.

Three consecutive singles to start the bottom of the fourth scored another run for Morehead City and move the score to 5-1.

The Steamers cut the Marlin lead in half in the top of the sixth. Hair started the inning with a triple to right-center, and after Thatcher Coleman was retired, Tony Rosselli crushed a homer to left field, bringing the score to 5-3.

The Clams to the tying run on base in the ninth when Trey Hair singled to right to move Cunningham, who reached on a dropped third strike, around to third. Datoc forced two flyballs to record the final two outs and finish out the game.

After a day off on Wednesday, the Edenton Steamers return to Historic Hicks Field on Thursday night to host the Morehead City Marlins once again. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. For more information, fans can call (252) 482-4080 or visit edentonsteamers.com. 

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Chris Lehman


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