Marlins, Blowfish split doubleheader

COLUMBIA, S.C. - For the second consecutive Saturday, the Morehead City Marlins and Columbia Blowfish played a doubleheader. And for the second straight week, each team won one game, splitting two contests Saturday night at Capital City Stadium.

Morehead City (9-7) took game one behind a dominant pitching performance by Brad McAllister. He struck out seven batters over the game's final three innings - including a strikeout of Brian Hill to end the game - as he recorded his third complete-game victory in as many starts.

The Marlins opened the scoring in the top of the second inning off of Columbia (5-9) starter John Long. With two down and Stephen Marino on second base, Brian Litwin singled up the middle to send Marino home and give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead.

Joe Sclafani then doubled down the left field line with one out in the third inning. Two batters later, Zach Borenstein singled through the right side to drive home Sclafani for Morehead City's second run.

Columbia had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, as McAllister gave up back-to-back singles and then balked runners to second and third with nobody out. But he then struck out Hill, Chase Vergason and DeMontez Jones to keep the Blowfish off the board.

McAllister got defensive help from catcher Gabe Brown, who threw out three Columbia runners on the basepaths. Sclafani paced the Morehead City offense from the leadoff spot with a pair of hits and one of the Marlins' two runs scored.

In game two, the Columbia offense scored four runs off both starter Dave Krasnowiecki and reliever Chris Roman en route to a 9-3 victory. Brison Celek hit a three-run homer off in the bottom of the first inning to pace the Blowfish offense.

Borenstein hit his first home run as a Marlin in the top of the first inning off of Columbia starter Randy Sturgill, but Morehead City could not muster consistent offense against the left-hander.

Sunday, the Marlins return home for another divisional contest against the Wilmington Sharks on Time Warner Cable's Super Duper Sunday. Ben White is scheduled to throw Morehead City's first pitch at 7:05.

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.