HAMPTON, VIRGINIA—The Morehead City Marlins could not overcome a troublesome first inning as the Peninsula Pilots held on to win 3-1 at War Memorial Stadium on Sunday night. In a makeup game from an earlier rain out from June 2nd, the Pilots scored three runs in the first as the Marlins dropped their fourth contest in five games.
The Marlins (10-15) were led by an outstanding effort from Evan Voliva (1-2), who overcame a mistake-laden first inning to pitch seven-straight scoreless frames on the road. The right hander from East Carolina University allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six in eight innings of work. As a matter of fact, the complete-game effort from Voliva was the second straight for the Marlins.
Back in that first inning, Conner Myers gave the Marlins a world of trouble. After reaching on a leadoff single that snuck through the middle infield, Myers stole his CPL-leading 23rd base of the season with nobody out. Then Myers barely beat the throw from Voliva, advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt. That put runners at 1st and 3rd as the Old Dominion product scored on a bang-bang play at the plate on another weak infield ground ball. Following an error by Alex Kowalcyzk in left, Joe Koehler followed things up with the game-winning two-out, 2-RBI single in the first.
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The Marlins fought back as Eduardo Castro deliverd his first home run of the season, a towering shot to left center, making it 3-1 in the 5th inning. Interestingly enough, Castro reached base on a walk during his first at-bat but was called out for using an illegal bat. The home plate umpire initially ejected Castro from the game, but after speaking with the league office, the Missouri State catcher was allowed to return and he took advantage finishing the night 1-3 at the plate.
In the tough-luck loss, Evan Voliva went the distance retiring 14 straight to end his outing. Following that rough first inning Voliva was cruising allowing just three hitters to reach base, one of whom (Nicholas Lustrino) was retired by Castro attempting to steal second.
Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) led the Marlins offensively going 2-4 from the plate, collecting just his third milt-hit game of the season. Luke Bolka (ECU) finished the night 0-4 and was robbed by an outstanding catch from Jimmy Kerrigan, ending his season-high nine game hitting streak. Matt Collins (Texas A&M) reached with a walk in the 6th inning, extending his lead with that 12th walk on the season. In his first game with the Marlins, shortstop Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) went 1-4 with a sharp single in the 4th inning while Kowalcyzk finished with a base hit in the 7th inning.
Following the loss, the Marlins wrap up the first half tomorrow night for Military Monday at Big Rock Stadium against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. as active duty and veterans enter the game for free, while dependents pay just $3 dollars to watch Marlins Baseball. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins, continue to explore our webiste www.mhcmarlins.com, follow our social media accounts on Twitter@mhcmarlins, Instagram @mhcmarlins along with our new Snapchat account @mhcmarlins and like our Team Page on Facebook!
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