Only a see-saw affair like the one that happened Friday night could follow the debacle that happened Thursday between Petersburg and Edenton.
The Steamers toppled the Generals 8-6 in a game that saw four lead changes. The excitement climaxed in the bottom of the seventh, with Petersburg up on Edenton 6-4.
Trooper Reynolds and Grant Tyndall hit back-to-back singles to get things going. After Dakota Wix flied out for out number one, Jake Placzek walked the bases loaded. Evan Rogers tied the game with the ensuing single, bringing in Reynolds and Tyndall to score. Rogers advanced to second on the throw home, so the ground ball from Nick Kranick to first only resulted in one out instead of a potential double play.
Aaron Wright then stepped up with two outs, and just like against Forest City on June 18th, smacked a double into deep center field to bring in the go ahead two runs. That gave us the final score of 8-6, with Caleb Ross and Josh Roeder pitching shut out eighth and ninth innings to seal the game.
Petersburg’s big inning came in the top of the sixth. Steamer starter Manny Arciniega had pitched five solid innings with his team up by a score of 4-2. The Generals would then dismantle Arciniega by way of two singles, a hit batter and a walk to lead off the inning. The Generals would push across a total of three runs in the frame, taking the then lead by a score of 5-4.
The very next frame would see the Steamers commit the only error of the game. A fielding error from third by Placzek would put Ryan Owens aboard. The error would prove crucial as Dylan Yankle and Thomas Stallings would hit back-to-back one out singles, cushioning the then-lead of Petersburg’s 6-4.
In the end Arciniega would finish with a line of five innings, six hits, five runs, five earned, two walks and four strikeouts. Ross would earn the win for the Steamers, after coming on for Zach Eden in the seventh with two men on and one out, the Marshall product got the double play to prevent anymore damage to his team’s then-deficit.
You knew it would be a good game going all the way back to the first. Petersburg’s Justin Novak drew a leadoff walk, and then was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Nick Christopher. Ryan Owens would follow with a single to put runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly from Jeremy Wolf would bring in Novak for the first run.
Two batters later Thomas stalling smacked a ball to right field to bring in the second run of the game, putting the Generals up on the Steamers quickly in the top of the first. However that deficit was erased quickly when the next half-inning when Orlando Olivera smacked a two-run homer to centerfield, tying the game at two a piece for the next four innings.
Edenton, now riding a seven-game winning streak that ties their season high, gets a big game tonight with Peninsula coming to town in a match up of first and second place teams in the Eastern division.
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