By PJ Potter
The Peninsula Pilots swept the Steamers in a twinbill on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium, coming out on top 3-0 and 4-3 in two seven-inning contests.
The Pilots punched their ticket to the 2018 playoffs after the first win to clinch the North division in the first half. The Steamers' record fell to 10-13 while the Pilots' improved to 15-8.
Nate Gardner started for Edenton in the opening match-up and did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning. He was pulled in the sixth after allowing an infield single and walking the next batter on a controversial call.
RD Lutze came in relief and surrendered a two-run double off the bat of Jack Strunc on the first pitch he threw. That was all Peninsula needed for the victory, giving Gardner the loss.
Jake Miller started on the Steamers' side and once more, Edenton had one bad inning that came back to bite them. After scoring three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead, Peninsula strung together three hits, a sacrifice bunt, an error and a hit by pitch to snag a one-run lead. Neither team scored for the rest of the night. Miller's loss dropped him to 2-2 this season.
Dalton Dedas continued to kill the Steamers, going 3-for-3 with one RBI. Dedas now has 11 RBI this summer and 10 of them are against Edenton.
Tucker Maxwell helped out, going 1-for-1 with one RBI, a walk and a sacrifice.
For the Steamers, Rich Ciufo smashed two doubles and worked a pair of walks. Whetstone walked two times as well, including once with the bases jacked. Bryson Worrell and Zane Harris also contributed with a run driven in each.
The Steamers return tomorrow night for another doubleheader on the road. They are set to play Morehead City beginning at 6 p.m.
The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 21st season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2018. 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.