Clams Ground Pilots with Five-Run Inning
EDENTON, N.C - The Steamers (43-13, 3-2) scored five runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to an 8-4 victory over the Peninsula Pilots (36-24, 3-2), evening the East Division Championship series at one win apiece at Historic Hicks Field on Monday night.
With the bases loaded after an Adam Kirsch (Texas Tech University) RBI walk gave Edenton a 1-0 lead, Nick Miller (University of Northern Colorado) laced a bases clearing double into the right-centerfield gap for a 4-0 lead. For Miller it gave him four RBIs in the postseason.
T.J Rinoski, the Pilots starter only made it through one-third of an inning before Hank Morgan went to the bullpen after Rinoski faced five batters and allowed four runs.
Wes McGuire came into the ball game and Alex Delgado (Emmanuel College) greeted him with an RBI single, scoring Miller for a 5-0 Clams lead.
Peninsula mounted a rally in the top of the second against Adam Bray (South Dakota State University) when Jordan Negrini led off the inning with a solo home run to make it 5-1 Clams. Josh Silver then doubled and came home on Scott Burkett's RBI double. Burkett himself scored when Zach Lopes reached on an error. At inning's end it was 5-3 Steamers.
Edenton added unearned single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to push their lead to 8-3. Dominic Fratantuono (Towson University) singled and moved to second on an error by the Pilot right fielder. Nick Thompson (East Carolina University) followed with an RBI single. In the third Josh Hampton (Wilmington University) led-off with a single and moved all the way to third on a throwing error by the left fielder.
Kirsch hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Hampton. In the fourth Delgado struck out but reached second on a throwing error. He tagged to third on a fly out and scored on a Thompson groundout.
Peninsula plated one last run against Bray in the fifth on a one out double by Burkett. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Bradon Reitano's RBI groundout to make it 8-4 Steamers.
That was the final as Bray pitched five innings and allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), on three walks and two strikeouts, with the win he improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the playoffs. David St. Lawrence (Brown University) pitched a scoreless inning followed by Jeremy Bales (Lee University) pitching two scoreless innings and finally Rohn Pierce (Canisius College) closing out the 8-4 win.
Rinoski took the loss, falling to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the postseason. Aaron Meyers, out of the Pilots bullpen, pitched well. He threw five innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit.
The deciding game three is tomorrow night at Historic Hicks Field, first pitch at 7:00 p.m. and the gates will open at 6:00 p.m.
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