By PJ Potter
Charles Hall dazzled on Tuesday night in seven strong innings to lead the Steamers past the Wilson Tobs 4-2 at Historic Hicks Field.
Hall, in his first start of the season with Edenton, retired the first 13 batters he saw on the mound. He finished with eight strikeouts in seven frames, allowing two runs to earn the victory. He now has 32 punch-outs in 21.1 innings.
The win puts the Clams just a half of a game behind the Tobs for second place in the North division with a 9-11 record.
Edenton scored early and and never felt any urgency of a Tobs comeback. In the first inning, Devon Gardner led off with a base knock up the middle. After Jason Cornatzer, who got the loss, walked the bases loaded, he handed another free to Nick Caruso. This scored the first run for the Clams.
The Steamers scored its final run in the fourth frame off a second sacrifice fly from Anthony Warneke. Those were all the runs Hall needed.
After tossing 102 pitches, Hall was relieved by Zach Stromberg to make his season debut. From Boston College, Stromberg electrified with five strikeouts in two shutout innings.
The Steamers play six games over the course of four days to end the first half of the summer, beginning with a road trip to Martinsville on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
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