Hampton, VA—The Morehead City Marlins (12-21, 1-6) showed some fight in the middle innings but couldn't overcome an early 5-0 deficit in a frustrating 12-1 loss against the Peninsula Pilots (19-14, 4-4) on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.
The Pilots struck for one run in the opening frame against starter Colton Hathcock (Memphis), who eventually lasted just 2.2 innings on the night. The opening run came across on a wild throw from Dominick Cammarata attempting to gun out leadoff batter Skyler Weber. Things would only get more difficult in the 3rd as the Pilots tacked on four more runs featuring a leadoff solo shot from Weber, his 6th home run of the season.
The Marlins scored their first run in the 5th inning on a bases-loaded walk from Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee), who finished 1-3 on the night. Unfortunately the Marlins had their chances, stranding the bases loaded after that walk featuring three-straight strikeouts in order. The Marlins also loaded the bases in the 4th as Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive) went down swinging on a night where MHC left a season-high 15 runners on base.
Luke Watts (Appalachian State) entered out of the bullpen throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out four in the process in his second outing back from injury. After leaving another runner on in the 6th inning, the Pilots broke the game open with a four-run frame as Tyler Gunnin (West Georgia) allowed four runs in 0.2 innings of work. The first run scored on an infield fielder's choice, and more followed as three straight runners reached for the Pilots along with four stolen bases against Gunnin.
Zach Reid (Tennessee) entered the game in what ended up being his shortest outing of the season, allowing one run on two hits recording just one out. In fact Reid loaded the bases in the 7th before Kurt Lipscomb (Faulkner) retired the next two batters he faced, forcing one of two Marlins double plays on the night. Dean Loucka (Felician) recorded the final two outs of the game for his second scoreless appearance. What ended a rather lopsided score, the Pilots only outhit the Marlins 13-10 on the night handing MHC their third loss of the season against the 2014 Coastal Plain League Champions.
CPL All-Star Luke Bolka (ECU) led the charge reaching base in four of his five at-bats, including two walks and back-to-back singles to finish things out --while his final groundout ended the ball game at War Memorial Stadium. Matt Collins (Texas A&M) recorded his team-high 9th multi-hit game of the season, going 2-4 on the night. In his first game back since June 30th, Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) went 1-4 in his return. But back in the 4th inning, Sherer rocketed his second at-bat all the way to the wall inducing a nice leaping catch from Jimmy Kerrigan, robbing the starting first baseman of extra bases. That was one of two nice plays at the wall from Kerrigan who also took away extra bases from Cammarata back in the 1st inning.
The Marlins return to Virginia on Friday night to face the Petersburg Generals before coming home this Saturday night against the Edenton Steamers for Diamond Dig 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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Written By: Evan Budrovich, Director of Broadcasting