MOREHEAD CITY — Colton Hathcock promised the Marlins that he would only need one run of support on the night. That ended up being a massive understatement as the Marlins pounded out 17 hits in a 16-8 win over the Fayetteville SwampDogs on Military Monday at Big Rock Stadium. Hathcock (2-1) certainly kept up his end of the bargain pitching six shutout innings allowing six hits while striking out four on the night.
"I felt comfortable up there on the mound," Hatchock admitted. "I thought I was doing a much better job of pounding the zone."
The Marlins' (11-15) offense was also jolted by an early solo shot from catcher Dominick Cammarata, who finished the night a perfect 3-3 with two homeruns, four runs scored and four RBI's hitting out of the No. 7 spot in the lineup. The University of Tennessee product launched two home runs on the night, both no-doubter shots over the left field wall against starting pitcher Trey Hayes, who lasted only three innings in his first outing.
"I've been still working with coach (Courtney) Spitz to stay relaxed, just throw the hands at the baseball and I've been doing a much better job of that," Cammarata said following his first two-home run night since little league. "It was a great feeling seeing the ball well and making good contact."
The Marlins jumped out to an incredible 16-0 lead over the Fayetteville SwampDogs, ending the Coastal Plain League first half with their most runs scored in any game this season. The game was destined for a strong offensive start after Matt Collins (Texas A&M) drove the very first pitch of the game right back up the middle into center field for a base hit. The leadoff man finished the night with his team-high 7th multi-hit game of the season, collecting three hits in the winning effort.
Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) recorded his first hit of the season on a check-swing single down the first base line, making it 1-0 Marlins. Then leading 2-0 after the Cammarata solo shot, Justin Weigel (Ouachita Baptist) provided some insurance with a clutch two-out, two-RBI single during the third inning. In fact, following a two home run night, the Marlins now have matched their home run totals from the entire 2014 season (20); this with an entire half of the season left to play.
Following a scoreless inning of relief from Harper Grier (Lander University), the Marlins broke the game open with an eight-run 7th inning. The SwampDogs then awoke for six earned runs in the top of the 8th. Keller Bradford (ULM) inherited a bases-loaded one out situation, limiting the damage in the frame. The submarine right hander eventually closed out the contest after allowing two unearned runs to score in the final inning. It was a rather fitting end for Keller who caught the first pitch of the game from his father, former 12-year MLB veteran Chad Bradford.
"I think we did a good job of getting at least one and then some," Cammarata joked.
After ending his team-high nine game hitting streak on Sunday, Luke Bolka (ECU) came out for vengeance recording hits in each of his first three at bats. Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) added to the hit parade with his first three-hit night of the season, adding two RBI's in the process. Plus Matt Winaker (Stanford) added another two RBI's at the dish as every Marlins starter recorded at least one hit.
The Marlins now enter the second half with an intriguing matchup against the first half champion Edenton Steamers. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on Hometown Heroes Night. 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 make sure to like our Team Page on Facebook!
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.