MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.—Led by a nearly perfect night with the gloves along with a three-run rally in the third inning, the Morehead City Marlins won their third-straight, 6-2, defeating the Wilson Tobs on Wednesday night at Big Rock Stadium.
Playing in front of a rowdy 2,032 fans in their first home game since the CPL All-Star Break, the Marlins (15-21, 4-6) fell behind 1-0 but responded with 13 hits, 12 of which were singles, scoring five or more runs for the second-straight night.
"The whole team morale has been better recently," said Justin Weigel, before adding, "And of course a winning streak can solve all of those problems."
Aaron Wilson (Hartford) got the scoring started on the night with a two-out RBI single in the 2nd inning. Then the Marlins broke things open in the 3rd inning when Matt Collins (Texas A&M) delivered a bases-loaded single to center on the very first pitch of his at bat, giving the Marlins the lead for good. Eduardo Castro (Missouri State) would add on with a single followed by a sacrifice fly from Weigel in a 2-3 night at the plate.
The Marlins starting shortstop from Ouachita Baptist delivered the lone extra base hit for the home squad, lining a double to left in the 8th inning. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Weigle stole home against reliever Butch Baird giving the Marlins a 6-2 lead.
"He (Jason Wood) asked me if I should steal home and I said heck ya," Weigel explained.
Andrew Burnick (Penn) got the start for the Marlins lasting four innings of effectively wild work, allowing two earned runs while walking five and striking out six on the night. That opened the door for John Holland (Felician College), who recorded a solid 2.1 scoreless innings of work forcing the Tobs to strand seven runners over the course of his relief outing. This during a night where Wilson had plenty of chances, stranding 10 runners in total. The Marlins then relied on CPL All-Star Zach Reid (Tennessee) for the final eight outs, six of which were strikeouts, earning his third save on the year.
Reid was effectively mixing in some tremendous breaking balls, improving his strikeout/walk ratio to an effective 26-10 rate on the season. The Marlins went another night with an effective mixing and matching of arms, earning their first three-game streak since the start of the regular season. The season series between the Marlins and Tobs is now tied, 2-2, with another three meetings coming up over the next seven games including this Saturday night at Big Rock Stadium.
Both Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) and Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) recorded multi-hit games for the second-straight night while Castro collected just his second multi-hit game of the year. The Marlins return to Big Rock Stadium on Thursday night for Austin Sherron Night as hosts to the Lexington County Blowfish with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. 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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