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Pilots Knock Off Steamers 6-3

EDENTON, N.C. – The Peninsula Pilots continued their playoff push with a 6-3 victory over the Edenton Steamers on Tuesday night at Historic Hicks Field.

Peninsula jumped ahead first with a couple runs in the first few innings. Newcomer Buddy Johnson (Southern Indiana) notched a single in his first at-bat and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Embry (Liberty). After an error moved runners into scoring position, a wild pitch on a strike out allowed Johnson to score from third.

Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) started the chain of events in the second inning by drawing a leadoff walk. After a wild pitch moved Griggs to second, he swiped third and came around to score on a RBI single by Zac Ching (VMI).

Edenton cut the lead to one with a run scoring on a wild pitch in the third inning.

The Steamers tied the game at two apiece with a RBI ground out by Jason Agresti (Binghamton) in the fourth inning.

Peninsula retook the lead in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly by Drew Delsignore (Mercyhurst). Logan Augustine (Lincoln Memorial) led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Augustine stole third to set up the sacrifice fly to put the Pilots ahead by one.

Edenton wasted no time in knotting the game up once again. Agresti hit a RBI double to tie the game at three.

The Pilots grabbed the lead once again in the seventh inning. Ching singled up the middle to start the inning. After a stolen base and advancing to third on a ground out, Augustine hit an opposite field single to left to put the Pilots back on top 4-3.

In the eighth inning, Peninsula cashed two insurance runs on a home run by Conor Davis (Auburn) for extra breathing room.

Chase Randolph (Lincoln Memorial) was awarded the win after giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Nathan Eaton (VMI) followed with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief which set up Jackson Wark’s (St. Louis) second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Nick Spadafino (Delaware) earned the no-decision despite tossing five solid innings of two-run ball.

The Pilots return home for a quick two game home stand as they host Wilson on Wednesday night and Holly Springs on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.

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The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 97 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 www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.