Updated August 07 2017
The Edenton Steamers (31-25, 14-14) defeated the Morehead City Marlins (25-30, 12-15) twice in a doubleheader at Big Rock Stadium. The Clams will be the #4 seed in the 2017 Petitt Cup Playoffs, and their opponent is TBD.
The Steamers jumped out to the early lead in the second when Jason Agresti hit a solo home run over the left-center field wall. The Clams opened up the game in the top half of the fourth when they got four runs on four hits in the inning.
JJ Carr brought home the first run on an RBI single. Paul Rufo followed that with the second RBI single to push the lead to 3-0. Anthony Maselli brought home two more runs on the fourth straight single of the inning to make it 5-0. All of the Steamers’ runs came with two outs in the inning.
Morehead City responded in the bottom half of the inning when the produced two runs on three hits off of Edenton starter John Arel to cut the lead to 5-2. The Clams responded quickly in the top half of the fifth when Jason Agresti singled home William Robbins after he lead off the inning with a double.
The Marlins struck back with a pair of home runs in the sixth. Nick Podkul hit a two-run homer to make it 6-4, and Alec Wilson hit a solo home run to make it 6-5.
This was the closest Morehead City got in the game. Carmen Giampetruzzi came in for the seventh inning to finish off the Marlins in game one. Giampetruzzi picked up his ninth save of the season to officially finish the regular season as the league-leader in saves in the CPL.
Jeff Schwartz started game number two for Edenton getting his first start of the season in the final game of the year. The Clams jumped out to the early lead after an RBI groundout by Lucas Martinez and an RBI sacrifice fly by Tristen Carranza.
The lead did not last long after Morehead City got two runs of their own. Will Matthiessen brought home a run on an RBI single, and Heath Mitchem brought home a run after he struck out, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first.
Edenton got back two runs of their own when Billy Wilson doubled home a run and then came in to score on a wild pitch during the next batter. The Marlins had an answer in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Podkul hit his second homer of the night to make it 4-3. Freddie Beamon singled home a run to tie the game at 4-4 after a Will Mattheissen double.
The Steamers took the lead in the fifth and never looked back. Nick Wilson singled up the middle to bring home two after the Marlins brought the infield in to try and cut down the run at the plate. Edenton stretched their advantage in the sixth after a throwing error by the third baseman to bring home James Battley. Tristen Carranza added a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4. Jame Battley added the final blow with a two-RBI double to make it 10-4 in the seventh.
Sean Hughes pitched three scoreless innings for the Clams. The Boston College product gave up no hits while striking out four and walking none with one hit batsman.
Hughes (2-2) picked up the win for Edenton while Kip DeShields (2-2) got the loss for Morehead City.
The Teal and Black will be back in action on Tuesday for the East Division Semifinal game. This is a single elimination game for the Clams that is TBD for the opponent, time and location. For all updated playoff information follow us on Twitter @EdentonCPL or head over to coastalplain.com.
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