EDENTON, N.C.—The Edenton Steamers and Morehead City Marlins were only separated by two hits in the tally, but the overall damage was drastic in a 20-7 loss on Saturday night. Luke Bolka allowed five runs (3 ER) in the second inning, while his East Carolina teammate Evan Voliva allowed three more unearned runs in the frame as the Marlins couldn't overcome an early 8-1 deficit suffering their worst loss of the season.
Home runs were sprinkled all over the scorecard as the Marlins blasted three home runs while the Steamers countered with five home runs on the night. Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) stole the show for the Marlins (7-11) with two home runs, increasing his team-lead with six home runs and 16 RBI's on the season. After starting the night 0-3 from the plate, Chad Sedio launched home runs in each of his next three at bats, resulting in a five-RBI night for the Coastal Plain League leader in home runs and RBI's.
The Marlins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from Luke Bolka, finishing the night 1-4 from the plate. But from there, the Steamers (17-4) rolled through the ball game scoring 20 runs while pounding out 15 hits in the winning effort. The Marlins showed some life in the middle innings however, cutting the lead to just five, 9-4, on that two-run shot from Wallace in the 5th inning.
Bullpen battled, but could not corral the best offense in the league. Daniel Mccrory (North Georgia) pitched 3.1 innings of relief allowing four earned runs, all coming in his final inning of work. Then Kurt Lipscomb (Faulkner) took the rubber throwing an inning of relief allowing two runs on three hits including a homerun from Stefan Van Horn, one of four big flies on the night for the Steamers.
Keyshawn D'Orso (Norfolk State) led the Marlins with a three-hit outing, his first such night of the year. The No. 2 hitter, Christian Campbell (Rutgers), went 2-5 with an RBI and run scored recording a hit in his 14th game of the season while Matt Winaker (Stanford) scored twice, including blasting a solo shot into straight away center during the top of the 9th inning; his second of the season.
Following the loss, the Marlins return home to Big Rock Stadium on Father's Day hosting the Wilmington Sharks. In fact, the Marlins will play at home in 11 of the next 13 games. For more information on the Marlins check out more from our website mhcmarlins.com and @mcmarlins.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.comand follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.