MOREHEAD CITY--- The Marlins enter the second half of the season in a familiar position, chasing the middle of the pack for a spot in the 2015 Petitt Cup Playoffs. Finishing out the first half with a 16-8 win over Fayetteville, the Marlins begin the new season here on Tuesday just half a game out of fourth place in the East Division.
Let's take a look at where the Morehead City Marlins (11-15, 0-0) rank up and down the Coastal Plain League as we reach the half-way point of the season.
- The Marlins rank 3rd in slugging percentage with a .364 clip, trailing just Edenton with an impressive .447 mark along with Gastonia (.370) for the top spot in the CPL.
- The Marlins have delivered in the power department ranking second with 20 home runs on the season, trailing Edenton (26) for the top spot. Interesting to note that in three meetings with the Steamers, both teams have combined to hit 13 home runs.
- Staying on offense, the Marlins rank 3rd in total bases with 325 behind Gastonia (366) and Edenton (412) for the top spot in the league. But the Marlins have also been productive, ranking second in the league with 11 sacrifice flies.
- Stephen Wallace has opened the season on an impressive note launching seven home runs, ranking second in the league, and third in total bases on the season.
- Dominck Cammarata has been taking a beating this season, leading the Coastal Plain League getting hit 11 times already setting a Marlins single-season record.
- Dual-threat player Luke Bolka is tied for first in the CPL with three sacrifice flies.
- Texas A&M product Matt Collins ranks fourth in the league with 15 stolen bases.
The Marlins finished the first half hitting .252 as a club, including a 17-hit performance in the most recent game against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Meanwhile as a pitching staff, the Marlins finished out the opening half posting a 4.64 team ERA allowing the second-most walks in the league but have thrown quality starts in seven of their last eight outings. Big Rock Stadium will be rocking in the second half with each of the first five games at home along with four of the final five games of the regular season starting July 30th.
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Any night in baseball you don't take an L is a great night in my book. #coastalrainleague. Go marlins. Go america— J.R. Wood (@jasonwood0906) June 26, 2015
— MHC Marlins (@mhcmarlins) June 8, 2015
Annnnnnnnd that's another W for the @mcmarlins wasn't pretty, but a dub is a dub. #FinningWinning
— Dominick (@D_Cam7) May 29, 2015
— MHC Marlins (@mhcmarlins) June 17, 2015
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.