Sharks take down Marlins, 6-2

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. The Wilmington Sharks took advantage of defensive miscues and shut down the Morehead City Marlin offense in the late innings, winning 6-2 at Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium on Sunday night.

After touching Morehead City (9-8) starter Ben White (L, 1-1) for two runs through the game's first four innings, Wilmington (8-6) third baseman Chris Mazza opened the fifth with a triple off the left-center field wall and scored on the play as the throw missed the Morehead City cutoff man, making the score 3-0.

Zach Borenstein delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth for Morehead City's first run. Justyn Carter then scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Sharks responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.

That proved to be more than enough of a margin for Wilmington's bullpen. Starter Atlee Pearson (W, 2-1) worked the game's first five innings, at which point Patrick Szczerba, Blaze Tart and Corey Carver silenced the Marlin offense in the late innings. Carver yielded just two hits over the game's final two innings to preserve the result.

The Marlins totaled just six hits against Wilmington pitching. Gabe Brown hit a double into the gap in right-center for Morehead City's only extra base hit. In terms of pitching, the Morehead City bullpen kept its team in the game by holding Wilmington in check. Josh Herzenberg and Jeff Guthridge combined to throw three shutout innings in relief for Morehead City.

With the win, Wilmington pulled ahead of the Marlins into second place in the Coastal Plain League's South Division. Both teams trail the first-place Florence RedWolves who hold an overall record of 9-5.

The Marlins have an off day tomorrow before traveling southwest to take on the Columbia Blowfish on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05, and as always the game will be broadcast 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.