Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins dropped consecutive contests to the visiting Edenton Steamers Sunday night for the final meetings between both teams in the 2017 campaign. The Steamers tallied a narrow 6-5 victory in the game one followed by a back-and-forth 10-4 triumph in the second contest.
Morehead City falls to 25-30 overall and 12-15 in the second half. Edenton improves to 31-25 overall and 14-14 in the second half of the 2017 campaign. The Marlins host the Peninsula Pilots for the season finale tomorrow night from Big Rock Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Game One Recap
The Steamers grabbed the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a solo home run from Jason Agresti (Binghamton) to break the scoreless tie. Edenton soon broke the contest open with four runs in the visiting half of the fourth inning extend the advantage out to 5-0, highlighted by a RBI single from JJ Carr (Colorado Mesa) and two-run single from Anthony Maselli (Boston College).
Edenton tacked on an additional run in the fifth inning to make it 6-2 before the Marlins attempted a furious comeback with three scores in the bottom frame of the sixth to cut the margin down to 6-5. A two-run homer by Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) followed by a solo shot from Wilson put the Fish within striking distance.
The Marlins were held scoreless in the final frame as Steamers left-hander Carmen Giampetruzzi (Boston College) tallied his league-leading ninth save to secure the Edenton victory. Steamers right-handed pitcher John Arel (Univ. of Maine) got the win, improving to 2-1. Morehead City left-hander Luke Sleeper (Stanford) took the loss, falling to 0-3.
Podkul topped the Marlins offensive charts, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Wilson posted an identical 2-for-3 mark with two runs driven in and one run scored.
For Edenton, Agresti led the Steamer bats with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBIs. Maselli and William Robbins (Francis Marion) each went 2-for-4 at the dish, while Maselli drove in a pair of runs.
Game Two Recap
The second game of the night was a back-and-forth affair in first four complete innings before the Steamers scored six unanswered runs to grab with the doubleheader sweep. Edenton struck first in the opening frame to take the early 2-0 lead on a RBI ground-out from Tristen Carranza (New Mexico State) and sacrifice fly from Billy Wilson (Loyola Marymount) to put the Steamers up early.
Morehead City quickly tied the game in the next frame on a RBI single from Matthiessen followed by Podkul scoring on a wild pitch to knot the score at 2-2. The visitors took the 4-2 lead in the top of the third inning before a solo shot from Podkul and run-scoring single by Freddie Beamon (USC Aiken) tied the score again at 4-4 in the third frame.
Edenton's offense would take over for the remainder of the contest, tallying six runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a commanding 10-4 lead. The Steamers scored two runs in each frame to secure the seven-run triumph.
Edenton right-handed relief pitcher Sean Hughes (Boston College) got the win, improving to 2-2. Marlins righty reliever Kip DeShields (Youngstown State) took the loss, falling to 2-2 overall.
Podkul tallied an identical 2-for-3 performance at the plate in game two with a RBI and two runs scored. Matthiessen also went 2-for-3 at the plate with one run driven in. Carr and James Battley (Illinois-Springfield) each led the Steamer offense going 2-for-4 with a combined two runs scored, while Battley posted a pair of RBIs.
About the CPL
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