Wilmington, N.C. – Tyler Bolton showed the Morehead City Marlins exactly what he has shown the rest of the Coastal Plain League this season. The tall right-hander mixed a stellar fastball with a brilliant changeup to lead his Wilmington Sharks (17-16) by the Morehead City Marlins (16-19) on a beautiful Wednesday night in Wilmington, N.C.
The Sharks wasted no time getting on the board as they scored runs on a fielder’s choice, as well as a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead after the home half of the first inning. Bolton and Morehead City starting pitcher Ben Fuchs settled down as neither team scored a run over the next five inning.
Wilmington added three more runs in the home half of the seventh on a throwing error with the bases loaded, as well as a ball that hit directly on the third base bag and sailed into left field to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
Morehead City got one back in the top half of the eighth due in large part to a laser double down the left field line off the bat of Hayden Jones. He later scored on a bloop single down the left field line, bringing the Marlins to within 5-1. However, four runs would be as close as the Marlins would come as the Sharks held on for the victory.
Bolton improved to a perfect 4-0 as he was terrific on the bump for the Sharks. He tossed seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Fuchs suffered the loss for the Marlins, falling to 3-1 on the 2013 Coastal Plain League season.
Morehead City returns home on Thursday night to face the Asheboro Copperheads at Big Rock Stadium at 7:05 PM on Thursday night. Logan James is slated to start for the Marlins, while the Copperheads starter is yet to be announced.
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