HAMPTON, Va. – The Peninsula Pilots ended their season with a 6-5 loss to the Edenton Steamers on Tuesday night at War Memorial Stadium.
Trailing by three runs in the ninth inning, the Pilots mounted a comeback and had the winning run in scoring position but was unable to cash in. Drew Delsignore (Mercyhurst) reached on an error to start the rally. After a walk to Logan Brown (Southern Indiana), Nathan Eaton (VMI) loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Kyle Wrighte (William & Mary) brought in a run by drawing a walk with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to two. A ground out by Buddy Johnson (Southern Indiana) scored Brown to bring the Pilots within one but Cody Maw (Charleston Southern) notched the final out for the save.
Tied at three in the ninth, Edenton scored three runs to take the lead on a RBI single by Paul Rufo (Binghamton) and a two-run home run by Anthony Maselli (Boston College).
Edenton scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Back-to-back walks to by Billy Wilson (Loyola Marymount) and James Battley (Illinois-Springfield) set up a sacrifice bunt attempt. Pilots pitcher Jackson Wark (St. Louis) bobbled the sacrifice bunt attempt which allowed the Steamers to load the bases. A two-run single by Nick Wilson (Charleston) followed for the early lead but Wark minimized the damage as he retired the next three in order.
After stranding four runners in the first two innings, Peninsula found the scoreboard in the third inning on a RBI ground out by Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana). Matt Schneider (Mercyhurst) reached on a walk and used good instincts to advance to second on a wild pitch that barely gets away from the catcher. A ground out advanced Schneider to third before McNamara’s ground out scored Schneider to cut the deficit to one.
Peninsula took the lead in the fifth inning on Logan Brown’s (Southern Indiana) two-run single. McNamara lined a one-out single to left field and moved to third on Sam Griggs’ (Southern Indiana) double down the left field line. After a strikeout, Brown hit a single up the middle just out of reach of the second baseman to score both runners for the Pilots’ first lead of the night.
The Steamers quickly tied the game up in the sixth inning with a leadoff double by Wilson before a single by Battley knotted the game at three apiece. Colt Harlow (James Madison) came into the game and finished the inning to keep the Steamers at bay.
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