Steamers Lose Close Contest in Fayetteville

Updated July 04 2017

The Edenton Steamers 17-12 (0-1) took a tough loss to the Fayetteville SwampDogs 20-10 (2-0) by a final score of 9-8.

The Clams started quick out of the gates when Billy Wilson came home on a throwing error by the SwampDogs’ third baseman.

Edenton extended their lead in the second when Dom Cuevas brought home two more Steamer runs on a two-RBI single to left center to make the lead 3-0.

The Steamers put up another solid inning in the fourth when they had a three-spot in the inning. Lucas Martinez brought home a run on a single to make it 4-0. Connor Kopach executed the safety squeeze to perfection to push the lead to 5-0. Billy Wilson put the exclamation point on the inning with an RBI single to give the Steamers the 6-0 lead.

However, the SwampDogs would respond. Fayetteville got their first run off of Cody Maw in the fifth inning when Austin Edgette doubled down the right field line to bring home a run to make it 6-1.

Cody Maw pitched five innings for Edenton giving up just one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Disaster struck for the Clams in the bottom of the sixth.

Francis Ventura began the inning for Edenton. Ventura did not record an out giving up three runs on three hits to make it a 6-4 game. Carmen Giampetruzzi came in and lasted just a third of an inning while giving up four runs on two hits to allow the SwampDogs to take an 8-6.

Andrew McDonald came in to shut down the SwampDogs to end the inning.

The Clams would answer in the top half of the eighth when Anthony Maselli came home to score on another SwampDog error to make it 8-7. Tristen Carranza then came around to score on the third Fayetteville error to tie the ballgame at 8-8. Edenton stranded Dom Cuevas at third to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the inning, Fayetteville retook the lead when Nick Spear brought home a run on a wild pitch to make it 9-8. This run proved to be the difference maker for the SwampDogs.

The Teal and Black stranded a runner at first to end the ballgame in the ninth after a fly out by Anthony Maselli.

Nick Spear (0-1) picked up the loss for Edenton and Justice Sampson (2-1) got the win for Fayetteville.

The Steamers will be off on the Fourth of July, but will be back in action on Wednesday at home against Wilson. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2017. Be sure to follow the Teal and Black on social media to stay up to date with all things Steamers. You can find the team on Facebook @EdentonSteamers, Twitter @EdentonCPL, Instagram @edentonsteamers, and Snapchat @edentonsteamers. For more information visit or call (252) 482-4080.

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Elijah Gonzalez