Steamers beat HiToms 9-1
from Daniel Frey with HiToms Baseball
High Point/Thomasville, N.C. – The Edenton Steamers (14-17) make the most of only three hits to defeat the High Point-Thomasville HiToms (19-10) 9-1 on Tuesday night.
The game was delayed an hour due to field conditions after a storm cell rolled through the Triad area in the late afternoon.
In the top of the first a throwing error by Hunter Slater at first base allowed Mitchell Price to reach first base while in the mean time the first run of the game score.
The HiToms answered quickly in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Daniel Sullivan for his 19th RBI of the season.
Steven Bower (2-2) cruised until the top of the fourth when Tony Roselli connected on a solo homer over the left center field wall to regain the lead for Edenton 2-1.
The next best opportunity to score for the HiToms was in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and nobody out but Steamer starting pitcher Perry DellaValle (3-1) danced out of danger to get out of the frame unscathed.
After two runs already scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth, Stefan Van Horn delivered a knockout blow in the form of a three-run shot to left. Van Horn’s long ball made it 7-1 Steamers and would be the last hit of the ball game for Edenton.
Two more insurance runs crossed the plate, one apiece in the seventh and eighth off of HPT reliever Kael Jones.
The Steamer bullpen did its job to shut the door after six solid innings by DellaValle as the HiToms left ten runners on base in a 9-1 loss to Edenton in the only meeting of the two teams this season.
The HiToms continue the home stand tomorrow against rival Asheboro at 7 p.m. at Finch Field.