Morehead City, N.C. – Morehead City Marlins reliever Brandon Saunders (Pitt Community College) entered Thursday night’s ball game with a one run lead and Asheboro Copperheads on second and third with just one out in the top half of the ninth. Like a true reliever, Saunders got the Marlins out of the jam and defeated the Copperheads by a score of 4-3.
Morehead City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the home half of the first inning on two-RBI, bases loaded double off the right-centerfield wall. The inning ended as Ryan Cranmer was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base. The Copperhead got one back in the second as Alex Tomasevich scored on a wild pitch.
The Copperheads came all the way back in the fifth as Austin Bossart scored to tie the game at 2-2. The Marlins answered right back with a run of their own in the home half of the sixth as Jacob Hoyle scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Hayden Jones, making it a 3-2 ballgame.
Morehead City added an insurance run on an RBI single off the bat of Ott, which scored Ryan Muno who tripled earlier in the eighth. Asheboro then made things interesting in the top of the ninth, but Saunders came on to save the day.
Kurt Lipscomb tossed eight incredible innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked four en route to his third win of the season. Saunders picked up his third save of the season. Brett Schrieber suffered the loss for the Copperheads.
Morehead City continues its home stand Friday night as they welcome the Fayetteville Swampdogs to Big Rock Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7:05, with Nathan Harsh on the bump for the Marlins.
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