MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.—Christian Campbell delivered a walk-off single into right, his fifth hit of the evening, propelling the Marlins to a dramatic 13-12 extra-inning (13) win at Big Rock Stadium. Hitting out of the No. 9 spot, Campbell (Rutgers) drove in Alex Kowalczyk, who finished the night 4-7 at the plate, as the Marlins ended Little League Night after 4-hours and 37-minutes of grind-it-out baseball.
"I was just trying to do my job and I did it (well) tonight," Campbell said, moments after being drenched and dog piled by his teammates around 1st base following his game-winning single. "That's huge, just showing what type of team we (really) are."
The Marlins scored a season-high 13 runs, collecting a season-high 18 runs needing to overcome a 11-4 deficit after Jae Roberts launched his first homerun of the season. The Marlins' rally started in the 6th inning when Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) mashed his first homerun of the season, a solo shot off the left-field scoreboard. That kick started a five-run inning featuring four-straight hits.
It was a strange game for a variety of reasons, mostly because the Sharks scored a run in each of the first seven innings. In fact, the Sharks matched a season-high with 12 runs, seven of which came when facing two outs in the frame. The Marlins were also giving away free base runners allowing five unearned runs, including three against starter Colton Hathcock (Memphis).
In a night filled with record-breaking moments, the biggest at bat may have been when Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) walked with the bases loaded in the 8th inning, completing the seven-run comeback. The Marlins scored three times in the 8th to force extras, finally coming around to end the contest in the bottom of the 13th on a season-high 5th hit from Campbell.
The pressure then shifted to Zach Reid (Tennessee), who had allowed 4 ER in his last two innings of work heading into Friday night. The stud LHP bounced back strongly pitching five innings of scoreless relief limiting Wilmington to just two hits in that span.
"You definitely feel it," Reid said of pitching in extra innings. "After I got through couple of innings, it definitely settled down a little bit. I even got to a point after a couple of innings I was loose, starting laughing, and it helped me out."
Reid honestly never expected to even pitch in the game, but the Marlins (6-6) rallied from behind for their 5th come-from-behind victory of the regular season. While the Marlins tied a season-high with 17 strikeouts, Stephen Wallace went 2-7 with 4 RBI, including a monstrous two-run shot over the 394-sign in deep center field. Logan Sherer extended his hitting streak to five games, and Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) collected his first RBI as a member of the Morehead City Marlins.
It was neither a clean game either as the teams' combined to commit 10 errors, while the Marlins allowed three past balls on their own. Every starter for the Marlins recorded a hit, including Cammarata, who waited until the 13th inning for his first shot. Ironically enough, the starting first baseman came around to score the games' final run. The last time your Morehead City Marlins played in extra innings was back on August 3rd, 2013, a 9-6 win over the Wilmington Sharks.
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