Two homers lift Steamers over HiToms in 8-5 win

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Mark it down as three games in a row for the Steamers, as they walk away 6-2 on the season against the West Division and 2-0 against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms after this 8-5 win.

While the HiToms out hit the Steamers eleven to eight in the game, it was two errors from HP-Thomasville shortstop Ryan Hodge that proved to be the deciding factor in Tuesday Night’s game. The first came in the fifth inning, where Edenton was down four to two. The HiToms already had done some yard work off the bat of Glenn Batson in the fourth inning, in which his two-run bomb turned a 2-2 game into a 4-2 game.

In the very next inning HiToms starter Pat Dyer got the first two outs quickly, but then gave up a single to Ryan Raslowsky. Blake Headley came up next and hit the first pitch he saw straight to Hodge who simply let the ball bounce off his glove and roll into centerfield. Let’s just say Chance Shepard made him and the HiToms pay with a three-run dinger to left field, turning the 4-2 game into a 5-4 game.

The second pivotal error came two frames later in the seventh inning, once again on two outs. Headley and Shepard got out by HP-Thomasville reliever Phil Maton for two quick outs in the frame. Evan Rogers walked, which set up another two-out at bat for Mike Perez. Perez hit an 0-1 pitch back to Hodge who let another ball go by his outstretched glove to extend another inning Edenton. This time, Stefan Kancylarz played the reaper and smacked a three-run homer over the right field wall.

Just like that it was an 8-4 game. Two errors resulted in six unearned runs for the HiToms pitchers, completely changing the course of the game. The HiToms were able to plate one more run against Caleb Ross in the eighth, but Josh Roeder came on and closed out his 12th successful game with runners on first and second for the 8-5 final.

Steamer starter Robert Krehel pitched a solid start in his debut in the rotation, going six innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, no walks while striking out another five batters. High Point-Thomasville got to Krehel as early as the second inning, giving up two runs off three hits, but the Elizabeth City native hung strong with a good HiToms lineup, giving the Steamers a fighting chance through most of the game.

The Steamers will get another much earned day of rest tomorrow, as they be set up for five games in three days starting Thursday. Starting with a double header against Petersburg on Thursday night, starting at 6:00 P.M. 

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 72 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
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