McAllister goes the distance in Marlins' 5-3 win

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Brad McAllister threw the first complete game in team history Thursday night, leading the Morehead City Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Wilmington Sharks at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium.

A sophomore right-hander out of Barry University, McAllister (W, 1-0) began his first start in a Morehead City (2-0) uniform by retiring the first nine batters he faced. The Sharks (0-2) did break through in the bottom of the fifth, as Kenny Bryant’s RBI single to center capped a three-run inning that gave Wilmington a 3-2 lead.

But after that rocky frame, McAllister shut down the Wilmington lineup. He worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh and stranded a runner on second in the next inning. McAllister’s performance allowed the Marlins to come from behind for the second straight night.
 
With his team down by a run in the top of the seventh, Shawn Lovette scored on a Ben Scheffer groundout to tie the game at three. Nolan Lancaster followed that with a line-drive single off the glove of Wilmington shortstop Chris Mazza, allowing Brian Inghram to cross home and give Morehead City a 4-3 lead.
 
The Marlins added insurance in the top of the ninth, as Patrick Mincey’s throwing error allowed Justyn Carter to score from first and put the Marlins up by two runs.
 
Morehead City opened the scoring for the second consecutive night, touching up Wilmington starter Ryan Leach for a pair of runs in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Nolan Lancaster singled through the left side, scoring Inghram to give Morehead City the game’s first run.
 
Three batters later, Mazza misplayed a grounder off the bat of Tripp Lancaster. That allowed Preston Shuey to score from third and give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
 
The Marlins play their first-ever game at brand-new Puck O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Friday night; hosting the Fayetteville SwampDogs at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Ben White is scheduled to get the start for Morehead City.
 
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.