The Morehead City Marlins (20-21/8-5) won the wildest game of the season led by an 11-run home half of the fifth. The Wilson Tobs (20-17/5-6) did their best to mount a comeback, however Morehead City hung on for the 14-9 victory in a crucial east division ballgame.
The Marlins wasted no time getting on the board as Ryan Cranmer destroyed a pitch way over the left field wall, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Wilson struck back with a four-run fourth inning led by Josiah Burney, Korey Dunbar Holt Perdzock, Billy Matroni and an RBI triple off the bat of Ridge Gonsulin.
Morehead City responded with its biggest inning in franchise history as they scored a whopping 11 runs in the home half of the fifth inning. Every single Marlins batter in the lineup scored a run in the inning and the Marlins sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning. Cole Billingsley and Hayden Jones both scored twice in the fifth. Jones started the rally with a two-RBI double to left-center, while Jacob Hoyle added a two-run double of his own off the right-centerfield wall. Sam Ott and Dalton Britt also had RBI’s in the inning.
The Tobs made things interesting with five runs in the top of the fifth, but the Marlins held on for the 14-9 victory in a huge game with Coastal Plain League playoff implications. Jerry Vasto was credited with the win, while Nick Monroe suffered his first loss of the season for the Tobs.
The Marlins head out to Fayetteville on Saturday evening, before heading home to face the Petersburg Generals on Monday night at Big Rock Stadium. It is Hot Dog Hundo Night at the ballpark and you have a chance to win $100 just by purchasing a hot dog. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM and the starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
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