Pilots’ Walk-Off Downs Steamers

Updated July 18 2017

The Edenton Steamers (22-16, 5-5) fell to the Peninsula Pilots (23-15, 7-3) by a final score of 7-5 on Monday night.

The Pilots jumped out to the early lead after they scored a run when Logan Augustine grounded into a double play. Peninsula stretched their advantage in the second when Zac Ching brought home a run on a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0.

Edenton responded in the third when Billy Wilson picked up an RBI on a groundout to first to cut into the lead. After a quiet third and fourth, the Steamers opened it up in the fifth.

The Clams brought home four runs on just one hit and an error in the inning to make it 5-2. Peninsula walked four batters as well in the inning.

In the bottom half of the frame, Drake McNamara hit a two-RBI double to cut the lead to one. The Pilots took control following the bottom half of the inning. The Steamers did not pick up a run the rest of the ballgame. Peninsula combined to give up no hits through the final three innings of the game.

The Pilots got a run in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5 when Spencer Horwitz singled off of Andrew McDonald to bring home a run.

After working a scoreless eighth inning, Carmen Giampetruzzi gave up the final blow for the Steamers in the ninth. Peninsula got the first runner of the inning aboard after Paul Rufo made an error at shortstop. The next batter, Drew Delsignore, followed up the error with a two-run home run over the left-field wall for the 7-5 walkoff win.

Ryan Fox (3-1) got the win for Peninsula and Carmen Giampetruzzi (2-1) picked up the loss for Edenton.

The Teal and Black are back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Morehead City. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. The first game will begin in the top of the fifth inning with Morehead City in front 3-2.

The Edenton Steamers are proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary season as a member of the Coastal Plain League in 2017. 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.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 111 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball..


Elijah Gonzalez