By Victoria Conway
The Edenton Steamers defeated the Peninsula Pilots 3-2 Thursday evening at War Memorial Stadium.
For the second time in as many nights, Edenton and Peninsula's pitching staffs dominated throughout the ballgame. Starting pitchers, Ian Fitzgerald and Ryan Devine, exchanged zeroes for the first three innings.
Peninsula jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Burch ripped an RBI single for the first run of the game and Nick Gonzalez executed a safety squeeze to give the Pilots a 2-0 lead.
The Clams did not wait long to get even. Dane Simon hit a two-run shot to left field for his first homerun of the season. Jake Evans singled to lead off the top of the 5th and scored on the long ball.
In the top of the 8th, Justin Drpich hit a double down the left field line on a 0-2 pitch. Quincy Hamilton swung at the first offering from Luke Zimmerman and drove home the go-ahead run with a single to left field.
In his last two games, Drpich is 5-for-9 with two doubles.
R.D. Lutze came on for a chance to close out the game in the bottom of the 9th. After a leadoff single, Ian Walters and Jake Evans turned a 4-6-3 double play. The next batter grounded out and Lutze secured his first save of the season.
In his third start of the season, Ian Fitzgerald went five innings, struck out five and allowed two runs.
Tyler Hopman shinned out of the bullpen for the second consecutive night. The New Jersey native tossed three scoreless frames and earned his first win of the season.
Up next, Edenton returns to War Memorial Stadium for their third straight matchup with Peninsula. First pitch is set for 7:05pm Friday night.
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.