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Steamers Can’t Hold on to 7-3 Lead as Defense Struggles

Steamers Can’t Hold on to 7-3 Lead as Defense Struggles

By Victoria Conway 

The Edenton Steamers lost 9-7 to the Wilmington Sharks on Thursday Evening at Historic Hicks Field.

LHP Ian Fitzgerald got the start and allowed three earned runs in three innings of work.

In the bottom of the second, Alex Alders lead off the inning with a base hit and proceeded to steal second and third. He scored when Justin Dprich reached on an error. Steamers cut into the lead, 2-1.

After a solo home run by Jacob Plasiack, the Clams' bats got hot.

Ian Walters hit a double and Brycen Thomas drove him in on a two bagger of his own, cutting into the Sharks lead, 3-2. Then Alders stepped up to the plate and crushed a two-run home run to right centerfield, giving Edenton the 4-3 lead. Alders has home runs in back-to-back games.

The next three Steamers walked, and Jake Evans delivered his first hit in the Teal and Black, a two-run double down the right field line. After three innings, Edenton lead 7-3.

Cristian Woods was the first arm out of the pen for the Clams. After a leadoff walk and a double, Woods got the next batter to ground out, platting a run. He proceeded to strike out Tilo Skole for the second out of the inning. Plasiack hit a ground ball to third that Drpich fielded but threw low to first for an error.

Grant Crosby then came in with the bases loaded and two outs. A wild pitch later, the score was 7-6.

Drew Eniesta hit a chopper that Drpich couldn't handle and two more runs came across as the Sharks regained the lead, 7-6.

Maxx Harpalani came in and tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts for Wilmington.

Henry Cartrett took over in the sixth and did not look back. The redshirt-sophomore struck out ten Steamers and did not allow a hit in four relief innings.

This is the third straight game in which Edenton has scored seven or more runs.

Ian Walters has registered a hit in every game this season for Edenton.

Up next, the Steamers welcome in the Wilson Tobs for their second meeting of the season Friday night at Historic Hicks Field.

The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 22nd season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2019. 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.