EDENTON, N.C.—The Morehead City Marlins had their chances in the opener, but dropped both games of a tough doubleheader on Tuesday night at Hicks Field. During the first game of the night, the Marlins (12-20, 1-5) held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning before the Steamers rallied for three runs in the frame, eventually going on to win 5-2 in come-from-behind fashion.
Hayden Jones (Oklahoma) got the start for Morehead City in the opener, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on just four hits, but walked five and hit another batter. The Steamers kickstarted a rally in the 5th following back-to-back walks from Jones. Then Trey Hair tied things up with a bases-loaded walk, setting the stage for the game-winning RBI as Chad Sedio was hit by a pitch with one out in the frame.
Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) gave the Marlins some life in the opener crushing his 7th home run on the season, the third-best mark in the Coastal Plain League. The Marlins then took the lead in that 4th inning as Alex Kowalczyk (Pittsburgh) came around to score on a fielder's choice. While spotted to a one-run lead, the Marlins had their chances early stranding the bases loaded in the first inning along with a ground ball double play from Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) erasing runners at 1st and 3rd base back in the 3rd inning. The Mt. Olive product exacted revenge on the Steamers, notching his 5th double of the season, finishing both games 1-7 at the plate.
Grant Gavin (Central Missouri) and Zach Reid (Tennessee) pieced together the final 2.2 innings of work out of the bullpen as the Marlins could not rally in the opener. Evan Voliva (ECU) struggled in the second game allowing a grand slam from Stefan Van Horn, one of his two home runs and six RBI's on the night, making it 6-0 Steamers after one inning of play. The Marlins actually went hitless for the first five innings against Zach Prendergast before Matt Winaker (Stanford) delivered a line-drive single. That led to what ended up being the Marlins lone run of the contest, a sacrifice fly from Cammarata, earning his 19th RBI on the season.
The Felician College tandem of John Holland and Dean Loucka made their pitching debuts tonight. Holland entered the contest in the second inning allowing five runs (four earned) in one frame of relief. Loucka pitched a scoreless 5th inning, striking out two. Keller Bradford (ULM) pitched the final frame in what ended a 11-hit night for the Steamers in 13-1 win in the finale. In fact, Edenton has now outscored the Marlins 76-21 with four of those games decided by nine or more runs.
Following the doubleheader, the Marlins enter a scheduled off day before traveling to Peninsula on Thursday night along with their first road contest at Petersburg on Friday night. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins, continue to explore our website 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!
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