By Victoria Conway
The Edenton Steamers rallied from behind for the third straight game to defeat the Martinsville Mustangs 12-10 Saturday night at Historic Hicks Field.
Facing a seven-run deficit, the cardiac Clams found a way to get the job done in front of the hometown faithful and win their third straight game.
Entering the bottom of the sixth, Martinsville had a 10-3 lead. Jordan Fitzpatrick began the inning with his first longball of the season. Brycen Thomas followed with a base hit and Mark Ochoa left the yard to bring in two.
In the seventh, three straight Steamers walked with one out to load the bases. Jake Evans then lined a game-tying RBI double down the right field line.
Anthony Stehlin, the next man up, delivered the go-ahead RBI single, giving Edenton their first lead of the evening.
On a night where their starting pitcher only lasted 2.1 innings, the bullpen was able to keep the game within reach and allowed the offense to do the rest. It marks the second consecutive night in which Edenton's starter lasted less than three innings.
John Dowless worked two scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out one.
Sean Hughes recorded his first save of the season as he struck out the side in the ninth.
Kenny Oyama extended his hit streak to seven games.
Edenton hit three homeruns, surpassing last year's total of 37, as they now have 39 on the season. Clams have hit a homerun in 15 of their 17 home games.
The Teal and Black have the best second half record in the North division, 5-2. Overall, they improve to 18-15 on the season.
Up next, Edenton has an off-day on Sunday and return to action when they travel to War Memorial Stadium to take on the Pilots on Monday 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.