Salamanders Outlast Clams in Marathon

Updated July 10 2016

The Edenton Steamers fell 3-2 to the Holly Springs Salamander in 13 innings on Saturday night. Edenton (4-2, 16-18) snapped a four-game winning streak, while Holly Springs (4-1, 14-17) extended their winning streak to four.

Ted Christie shouldered the loss for the Steamers. Christie (2-3) hurled the final three innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Jay Cortese got the win for the Salamanders. Cortese held Edenton scoreless on one hit in the 12th. Cam Colmore picked up his first save, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts in a scoreless 13th.

The Steamers opened the scoring early with a run in the first. Richie Cunningham led off the frame with a walk, moving into scoring position by stealing second. Trey Hair’s groundout to second in the next at bat put Cunningham on third, and Aaron Aucker flew out to center to bring in the run and put the Clams up 1-0.

Holly Springs evened up the score in top of the fifth as Brady Harlan led off with a single, moving around to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Conlin Hughes followed with a groundout to second to score Harlan and tie the game at one.

Edenton quickly took back the lead when Mitchell Price stepped up and knocked a one out homerun to right field, giving the Steamers a 2-1 advantage.

The Salamanders trailed into the ninth inning, putting together a rally to extend the game.  Harlan started the inning with a single, and Hughes drew a walk to put men on first and second. Brandon Riley brought in the tying run with a single up the middle to even the score at 2-2.

Holly Springs took their first and only lead in the 13th. Pinch hitter Bryce Harmon led off with a double, advancing to third on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Drew Butler knocked a single to put the Salamanders up 3-2.

The Steamers gave one last push in the bottom of the inning. The Clams put runners on the corners with no outs, but three consecutive strikeouts killed the rally and ended the game.

The Edenton Steamers get three days off for the Coastal Plain League All-Star game before visiting the Holly Springs Salamanders on Wednesdy, July 13. The Steamers return home on Thursday, July 14, to host the Wilson Tobs. For more information, fans can call (252) 482-4080 or visit

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Chris Lehman


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