By PJ Potter
The Edenton Steamers played a well-rounded game on Friday night, defeating the Holly Springs Salamanders 6-4 at Hicks Field.
The Clams are now on a three-game winning streak, improving to 9-10 in the second half to keep their postseason hopes alive for another day. Holly Springs fell to 10-9, but still stand atop the East division in the closing half.
All tied up at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Steamers had runners on the corners with one out. Ben Whetstone nubbed a slow-roller back to the pitcher, and it seemed as if the inning would be over on a double play.
However, Salamanders pitcher Jake Isbell floated the ball to second base, which brushed Cam Locklear off the bag. Everyone was safe and the run scored, making it 5-4 Steamers.
Anthony Warneke, the next batter, hit into another potential double play, but Ben Highfill, Holly Springs' second baseman, threw the ball away on the toss to first and another run scored.
The Salamanders struck first in the opening frame after Jake Miller walked leadoff man Earl Semper. Without tapping a hit, Holly Springs was on the board after a RBI groundout from Peyton Isaacson.
Edenton responded in the second inning with a solo home run from Bryson Worrell, his fifth round-tripper this season. He later scored in the fourth after walking and getting sent around the bases off a Whetstone base knock. Liam Bendo logged the RBI on a groundout to second base.
Miller finished with two runs allowed in six innings, marking his sixth start out of eight where he has tossed at least six frames. Miller added eight strikeouts in his no decision.
Carson Lester picked up the win after surrendering two runs in one inning. The Steamers offense was able to respond in the home half with two runs of their own.
Angelo Gennari earned his first save of the summer. He fired two shutout innings with four strikeouts.
On the offensive end, Anthony Jefferson led the charge with three hits, one RBI and a double.
Zane Harris extended his hit streak to 17 straight games, going for 2-for-4 at the plate. He now has 31 hits and 19 RBI over this span.
For Holly Springs, Carter Williams collected two of his teams' four hits. He also scored two of the four times.
Isbell got the loss in two innings of work. He gave up three runs (two earned). Left-hander Chris Joyner started and went 3.2 innings, handing over two runs.
The Steamers return to action on Saturday night against the Peninsula Pilots at Hicks Field set for 7 p.m.
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