The Salamanders hosted the Edenton Steamers on Monday, June 3 under a perfect night for baseball at Ting Park in Holly Springs, N.C. The first three innings belonged to the Salamanders, plating one run in the first inning, three runs in the second, and three more in the third resulting in a 7 – 0 lead. The next three innings, however, belonged to the visiting Steamers scoring six unanswered runs. Two of the six runs came as a result of mammoth home runs. One home run from the bat of Steamer third baseman Patrick Downum and another from catcher Collin Adams. The score remained 7 – 6 until Salamander third baseman Jack Cucinotta delivered a sacrifice fly to left field scoring first baseman Elvin Rosa in the bottom of the sixth. The score gave the Salamanders an 8-6 advantage until the top of the ninth inning.
Salamander pitcher John Creed then entered the game, retiring Steamer shortstop Ian Walters on a strikeout and forcing a groundout by first baseman Sam Freedman to retire the first two batters of the inning. However, a base hit by Adams and three-straight walks brought the Steamers within one run with the bases loaded.
Salamanders reliever Chance Bryant entered the game and delivered a strike out to Steamer second baseman Anthony Stehlin to close out the victory for the Salamanders.
The win brings the Salamanders record in the young season to 3 - 2 and drops the Steamers record to 0 – 3.
After a rematch at Edenton tomorrow, the Salamanders are back at Ting Park to host the Morehead City Marlins on Wednesday night, June 5, at 7:00. June 5th is Why Cook Wednesday! Enjoy $2 Hot Dogs and Sodas, along with $3 burgers, BBQ sandwiches, and Chicken Tenders!