Kreis, RedWolves shut down Marlins, 2-0

FLORENCE, S.C. - Joel Sanchez threw eight solid innings but the Morehead City Marlins could not solve Florence's pitching, as they fell to the RedWolves 2-0 at American Legion Field on Tuesday night.

Taking his third turn in the rotation, Sanchez delivered yet another quality start for the Marlins (7-5) as he struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Florence (8-5) did manage eight hits off Sanchez, but the right-hander yielded just two unearned runs.

Those runs came in the bottom of the third inning. With runners on first and second, Corey Tilton knocked an RBI single that scored Shane Brown for the game's first run. Stephen Carmon moved to third on the play and then scored on Herman Petzold's sacrifice fly to put the RedWolves ahead, 2-0.

That cushion proved to be more than enough for Florence starter Alex Kreis, who gave up just four hits and struck out nine as he earned his second win of the season. Jacob Smith struck out two Marlins in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record the save.

Morehead City mustered just four hits against Kreis, but did have a chance to get back into the game in the top of the sixth as they had two men on with one out. But Kreis picked Nolan Lancaster off at second base and then induced a Zach Borenstein groundout to end the inning.

The night's result gives Florence a half-game lead over Morehead City in the Coastal Plain League's South Division. The season series between the two teams is now tied at one with ten regular-season matchups still remaining.

The Marlins have tomorrow off before returning to action with another divisional road trip on Thursday, as they travel to Wilmington to face the Sharks. First pitch is set for 7:05 and the game will be broadcast online via CPL WebPass.

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.