Morehead City, N.C.- A doubleheader falls in favor of the Morehead City Marlins (32-13) as they top the Edenton Steamers (22-23) by the scores of 10-9 and 6-5.
In game one of the twin bill the Marlins struck out their 500th batter on the season, making them the fourth team in CPL history to reach that milestone.
Both games were gritty wins for Morehead City, as in game one the Marlins were up 6-0 before the Steamers build a come back and eventually tied the game up at 9. But not fazed, in the top of the seventh Hunter Shepherd (Catawba College) drove in the go-ahead run and then Cal Hehnke (University of Nebraska-Omaha) closed the game out to pick up his third win of the summer.
On the contrary, the Marlins gave up five runs in the home half of the fifth but battled back with runs in the second, third and fifth inning to tie the game up. And with great bullpen stints from Mike Appel (Central Connecticut State University), Ryder Yakel (Harding University) and Jack Myers (Butler University) pushed the game into extra innings.
And in the top of the eighth (in double headers teams play two seven inning games, to the extras begin in the eighth) the Marlins had Zach Miller (University of Delaware) ripped a double down the left field line to give Morehead City the 6-5 lead.
Then in the bottom of the frame, Myers closed the game down and notched home his first win in his Marlins debut.
But through both games the star was undoubtedly Jack Harris. Between both games Harris went 6-8 with three home runs, a double and six RBIs. Maybe the greatest single-day showing from any player this CPL season make Harris 10 for his last 15, with three-three hit games in his last four games.
The Marlins return to Big Rock Stadium to play host to the Wilmington Sharks tomorrow night. Gates open at 6:30 and first pitch is set for 7:05.