The Saturday night game between the Edenton Steamers and the Petersburg Generals has been suspended due to malfunctioning lights at the Petersburg Sports Complex.
Around the middle of the third inning the lights in left field were not coming on in conjunction with the lights in right field. After playing the next half inning, the left field lights still would not come on. So after a lengthy delay the game was called and suspended to be picked back up in the top of the fourth back at Historic Hicks Field.
Petersburg will be the technical “home team”, as in they’ll be batting in the bottom of innings instead of the top. The game between Edenton and Petersburg scheduled for that day will be played immediately after the conclusion of the suspended game and will only be seven innings.
Good news for Edenton is that they’ll come into the game with a big 6-1 lead, as they were dominating Petersburg until the game was called in the fourth. Chance Shepard continued to own the Generals in the game, as his first at-bat saw him clobber a 2-run bomb over his favorite spot at Petersburg in left field. Four of Shepard’s five home runs have come at Petersburg this year.
That made it a 2-0 game in the second inning, but Edenton’s big frame came in the top of the third. Ryan Raslowsky led off the inning by screaming a ball to the third baseman Nick Christopher. Christopher couldn’t handle the ball and that allowed Raslowsky to board and steal second on the ensuing at bat. The batter Nick Kranick doubled into right centerfield on a 1-1 pitch to make it a 3-0 game.
Kranick made his way to third on a wild pitch, which made it easy for Blake Headley’s single to bring him in to make it 4-0. That hit brought in Headley’s first RBI of the season, but the Steamers weren’t done there. Still with no outs, Evan Rogers drew a four-pitch walk to put men on first and second for Aaron Wright. Wright would foul tip out for the first out of the game, but Shepard’s single would load the bases for the next hitter Grant Tyndall.
Tyndall would foul off some tough pitches from Petersburg’s starter Cameron Tekker, but Tekker would win the battle by striking out Tyndall to get the second out. But Dakota Wix stepped up and hit a clutch two-out single down the left field line to bring in Headley and Rogers to make it a 6-0 game.
Petersburg did manage one run off Steamer starter Connor Cuff in the third inning off a ground out with runners on second and third, one of those runners getting aboard off an error from Raslowsky. But that’s all the baseball action that we’d see as the left field lights just never came on.
Edenton is back in action tomorrow against Martinsville for Open Door Night, starting at 5:30 with a pre game fan fest. Once again the suspended game tonight will be made up on Thursday at Historic Hicks Field.
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