KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. – Justyn Carter drove in the winning run and Colin Parker recorded the save as the Morehead City Marlins defeated the Outer Banks Daredevils, 4-3, on Wednesday night to win their inaugural Coastal Plain League contest in dramatic fashion.
With the score tied at three in the top of the tenth with two on and no out, Tripp Lancaster dropped down a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on second and third with one away. After Daredevil reliever Eddie Perkins (L, 0-1) walked Shawn Lovette intentionally to load the bases, Carter reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Brian Litwin to give the Marlins (1-0) a 4-3 lead.
Parker then came on to pitch the bottom of the inning, retiring all three batters he faced to pick up the save. In all, Parker, Jeff Guthridge (W, 1-0) and Josh Herzenberg combined to throw four scoreless innings, helping to hold the Daredevils (0-1) without a run after the second frame.
The Marlins plated their first-ever run in their first at-bat, as Ben Scheffer drove in Carter to give Morehead City a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Carter walked to lead off the game and advanced to third on Brian Inghram’s single to shallow right. That’s where he stood when Scheffer delivered an RBI single off of Outer Banks starter Christopher O’Hare.
Joel Sanchez, a right-hander out of Felician College, took the mound as the Marlins’ opening-day starter. In the bottom of the first inning, he fooled Chris Baker with an off-speed pitch to record the first strikeout in team history. But the Daredevils pushed a pair of runs across in the inning to take an early lead.
After Outer Banks scored another run in the next inning to make the score 3-1, Sanchez settled into a rhythm. The junior didn’t allow any more Daredevils to score, striking out six in six innings of work.
Morehead City broke through against the Outer Banks bullpen in the seventh inning as Drew Wingo relieved O’Hare. With Carter on second, Shawn Lovette on third and two out, Preston Shuey singled through the right side. His first hit of the season scored both runners, tying the game at three.
In all, four Marlins reached base at least three times. Carter scored two runs, Inghram and Lancaster each notched two hits while Lovette walked three times and stole two bases.
Thursday night, the Marlins travel to Wilmington to take on the division rival Sharks. Brad McAllister, a junior out of Barry University, will take the mound for Morehead City. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and as always, Marlin fans can listen online via the CPL’s WebPass service.
The Morehead City Marlins are the newest member of the Coastal Plain League. The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 14th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts.