Pilots Top Marlins, 9-4 in Hampton

Pilots Top Marlins, 9-4 in Hampton

The Morehead City Marlins struggles continued on Wednesday night as the Peninsula Pilots cruised to a 9-4 victory over the Marlins at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, V.A. on Wednesday night.

Despite ultimately losing the ballgame the Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first on a two-RBI single off the bat of Morehead City Marlin right fielder Sam Ott. However, the Pilots struck right back knotting the game at 2-2 in the home half of the second. Peninsula then added a big home half of the third with four runs off of Morehead City starting pitcher Calvin Rayburn to take a 6-2 lead into the fourth inning.

The Marlins got two runs back in the sixth, highlighted by an RBI single off the bat of Hayden Jones. However, the two-run sixth wasn’t enough as the Marlins dropped the contest by a final score of 9-4 to the Peninsula Pilots.

Justin Bhatti picked up the win for the Pilots going five innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking two. Rayburn was solid in a losing effort for the Marlins. Of the eight runs the Morehead City starter allowed, just three of them were earned as the Marlins defense had four errors on the night. The tall right-hander struck out 10 batters over six innings, allowing just six hits and walking just two Pilot hitters.

Andrew LaMura and Jacob Hoyle roped doubles for the Marlins. Ott and Hayden Jones chipped in with two hits each on the offensive end.

The Marlins head to Wilson on Thursday for their last meeting against the Wilson Tobs this season. First pitch from Wilson is scheduled for 7:05. The team returns to Morehead City on Friday night for a doubleheader against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch from Big Rock Stadium is slated for 6:05 PM on August 2.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college 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. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 57 alums - including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander - make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).