MOREHEAD CITY—Following a one-hour and six-minute rain delay pushing back the first pitch of the game, the Marlins fell behind early and could never rally in a 8-1 loss to the Asheboro Copperheads on Wednesday night. The Asheboro Copperheads scored one run in the first, and three unearned runs in the second against starter John Henry Styles (Stanford), who lossed his first decision of the season.
The Marlins struggled to get anything going all night, recording just three hits. In fact, two of those base hits came after the 1st inning with a sharp one-out single from Matt Winaker (Stanford). Trailing 1-0 in the second with two outs, Keyshawn D'Orso (Norfolk State) committed an error, dropping a fly ball in left, eventually leading to three unearned runs in the frame. While the Marlins held the Copperheads at bay for the middle innings, the Marlins finished the night just batters above the minimum (29 total) in a humbling seven-run loss on Town of Morehead City Night.
Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) provided some life for the offense belting his seventh home run of the season to lead off the 5th inning, making the deficit 5-1. Wallace continues to lead the Marlins in both HR's (7) and RBI's (18) remaining second in the CPL in total home runs. Besides that monstrous jolt, the Marlins could hardly get anything going against starter Paul Balestrieri (Cornell), who went six quality innings of work allowing one run on two hits.
The final hit for the Marlins came in the 7th inning on a leadoff single from Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee), who started at second base for the first time all season. After Styles left the game in the fourth inning, Brent Stoneking (Morehead State) emerged from the bullpen allowing one run on four hits, leaving his changeup in the zone, resulting in back-to-back two outs hits in the 5th. Then Grant Gavin (Central Missouri) retired the first two batter's he faced out of the bullpen before eventually letting up a two-out rally that resulted in a three-run homerun from Luke Horanski. Tyler Gunnin (West Georgia) and Max Herrmann (Rutgers) combined to pitch a scoreless final two frames for the Marlins on what ended as a wet and humid night at the ballpark.
As a matter of fact, the Marlins bounced in and out of trouble all night as the Copperheads (12-12) stranded 15 runners on base on the night in what ended up their second consecutive victory. The Marlins (9-13) have now dropped two straight falling four games below .500 on the season. Following Wednesday night's loss, the Marlins head to first-place Edenton for a showdown at Hicks Field. For more information on your Marlins, including dates and promotions for upcoming home games, read more into our website at mhcmarlins.com, follow us on twitter: @mhcmarlins or like our page on Facebook. The Marlins will next return home this Friday for "Ladies Night" featuring a doubleheader with the Petersburg Generals starting at 6:00 p.m. EST from Big Rock Stadium.
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.