The Edenton Steamers beat the Petersburg Generals 12-2 in what will easily go down as one of the craziest games in the history of the CPL.
For starters, the game itself was delayed for an hour and forty-seven minutes due to lightening and rain. So finally at 10:10, the game picked back up in the third inning with two outs and would last all the way past the stroke of midnight.
Had someone watched the first inning they would have never guessed that the game would have ended the way it did. Edenton got the game started with a bang when Nick Kranick moon-rocketed a three-run homer over the right field wall to put the Steamers up 3-0 in the top of the first.
Petersburg responded in the bottom half of the inning with three straight hits to drive in their first run. The next Petersburg batter hit into a double play, but that would be good enough to make it a one run ball game after the first inning.
Edenton struck again in the top of the third with two men on. Rogers smacked a double into right-center field to bring in Wright from third, but before Rogers could take off his batting gloves at second the game was called for the ensuing delay.
That delay did no favors for the Generals, as the first play after the delay was a wild pitch to bring home Reynolds from third. That would set the tone for the rest of the night as Edenton lead at that point 5-2.
Steamer starter Gunnar Kines was not bothered by the delay, as he struck out seven of his nine batters after the near two-hour wait. Alex Posey and Alex Westrick combined to pitch shutout sixth and seventh innings to keep Petersburg scoreless for the rest of the game.
All the Steamers did after the delay was just capitalize off a number of Petersburg blunders. Edenton went down 1-2-3 in the fourth but would bat around the order in the fifth. That inning Petersburg would throw three wild pitches, walk three batters and commit an error in right field. Edenton only had two hits and two official RBI’s in the frame.
The seventh inning brought more of the same. After going down in order in the top of the sixth, Edenton was walked three more times, saw three more wild pitches and once again only had two hits.
These two teams are going to play each other again tonight at Historic Hicks Field, first pitch 7:00 p.m.
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