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Steamers Keep Season Alive with Ninth-Inning Rally

The Edenton Steamers (1-0) took down the Peninsula Pilots (0-1) 6-5 in the Eastern Division Semifinal at War Memorial Stadium. The Clams will head back to the Eastern Division Final for the first time since winning the Petitt Cup in 2015.

The Clams jumped out to the early lead in the top half of the second inning. Nick Wilson picked up a two-RBI single to make it 2-0. In the bottom half of the third, the Pilots got on the board for the first time in the contest. Drake McNamara brought home a run on an RBI groundout to cut into the Edenton lead.

After a scoreless fourth, the Pilots struck for their first lead of the game in the fifth. Logan Brown hit a base hit back up the middle to bring home two runs to make it 3-2. It did not take long for the Clams to respond in the sixth. Billy Wilson lead off the inning with a double before James Battley brought him in to score to tie it up.

The seventh and eighth inning were quiet for both sides after very solid relief pitching. Chris Ramirez threw two strong innings in the sixth and seventh, and Carmen Giampetruzzi worked through the eighth without giving up a hit or a run. Steamers starter Nick Wegmann went five innings while giving up three runs on nine hits and striking out five with two walks.

In the ninth, the game opened up and the bats came alive for the Clams. After Nick Wilson reached on an error, JJ Carr came in to pinch run for Wilson. Lucas Martinez moved Carr to second with a sacrifice bunt to put him in scoring position.

Paul Rufo delivered the first blow in the frame for the steamers with an RBI single to right to score Carr. The next batter, Anthony Maselli, took a 95 mile per hour fastball over the right-field wall for a two-run home run to make it a 6-3 ballgame. This was the first home run for either side in the game.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Pilots did not go down easy. Kelvan Pilot came in to begin the frame for Edenton. Drew Delsignore reached on an error by Pilot with one out in the inning. Logan Brown walked as the next batter in the inning, and Manager Dustin Coffman desided to go to Cody Maw with runners at first and second with one out in the inning.

Nathan Eaton singled through the left side to load the bases with one out. Maw walked the next batter, Kyle Wrighte, to bring home a run to make it 6-4. Leadoff man Buddy Johnson followed that with an RBI groundout to make it 6-5 and put runners at second and third with two outs. Cody Maw finished the game by striking out Matthew Schneider to give the Clams the 6-5 win. Maw (1) picked up his first save of the summer. Carmen Giampetruzzi (1-0) got the win for Edenton and Kyle Hinton (0-1) took the loss for the Pilots.

The Teal and Black will begin the Eastern Division Finals on Thursday August 10 against either the Wilmington Sharks or Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch at 7:00 p.m. at Historic Hicks Field.

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 edentonsteamers.com or call (252) 482-4080.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.

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