Marlins lose to RedWolves in extras, 3-2

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - Neither the Morehead City Marlins nor the Florence RedWolves scored over the first eight innings of Saturday night's game at Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium. After each team scored twice in the ninth, the RedWolves pushed across the decisive run which carried them past Morehead City, 3-2.

Florence (12-6) loaded the bases with one out in the top off the tenth off of Morehead City (10-10) reliever Thomas Girdwood (L, 0-1). Girdwood got Herman Petzold to hit a soft ground ball toward shortstop Joe Sclafani. But Sclafani's rushed throw got past catcher Corey Bass, allowing Ronnie Freeman to score the eventual winning run from third base.

Reliever Samuel O'Neill (W, 4-0) then set down the Marlins in order in the bottom of the tenth to clinch the game. The right-hander struck out three of the six batters he faced in his two innings of work.

In the previous inning, Florence broke through a scoreless game with a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead. Bass then drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning, which Justyn Carter followed with a run-scoring triple into the gap in right-center field, cutting the score to 2-1 and chasing starter Cash Collins from the game.

Two batters later, Chad Oberacker singled to left, scoring Carter and tying the game at two. But Oberacker was then thrown out trying to steal second with two out, setting the stage for the tenth inning.

Both Collins and Morehead City starter Shawn Armstrong delivered strong performances. Armstrong completed perhaps his strongest start of the summer season as he gave up just two walks and three hits while striking out six in seven scoreless inning. Jeff Guthridge made his team-high tenth appearance out of the Marlin bullpen and worked a solid inning of relief.

The Marlins will look to get back on a winning track Sunday evening against the SwampDogs at J.P. Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:05 as Brad McAllister takes the mound 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.