MOREHEAD CITY—The bats had gone hitless over their last four innings, that was until the Marlins offense pieced together three hits in a two-run 8th inning, featuring a game-winning two-RBI single from Dominick Cammarata. The University of Tennessee product delivered his second hit of the night, providing the Marlins a huge spark in a 7-5 victory over the Lexington County Blowfish on Thursday night at Big Rock Stadium.
"We have to have that right now and we are beyond excited with what he's been able to do on the field," said head coach Jason Wood on Cammarata.
That clutch base hit from Cammarata set the stage for CPL All-Star, and fellow University of Tennessee product, Zach Reid to close things out as he earned the two-inning victory, his fourth win of the season. In a back-and-forth affair featuring three separate ties, the Morehead City Marlins (16-21, 5-6) exhibited resolve in winning their season-high fourth straight game on the season.
"I've been trying to fire up the guys, keep the energy up," Cammarata explained following his 2-4 night scoring twice, while driving in two crucial runs. "Right now is the grind of the (CPL) season, so it's really about who wants it more."
The Marlins have been forced to step up since the loss of CPL All-Star Stephen Wallace and the combination of Cammarata and Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) has given the offense a little juice during this grueling stretch. Sherer exhibited some of that CPL-leading power left from Wallace with a monstrous two-run shot over the left field wall making it 4-2 back in the 3rd inning. The Lexington County Blowfish would respond, however, scoring four unearned runs on the night against Marlins starter Hayden Jones (Oklahoma), who lasted six innings in a "grind it out" effort, according to head coach Jason Wood. The left handed pitcher walked three, struck out four, giving his team a chance to win the game while posting his third quality start of the season.
Deadlocked 5-5 entering the 7th inning, Dean Loucka (Felician) pitched a scoreless frame before walking one batter in the 8th as Reid then retired the final six outs of the night. Playing in front of an inspired 2,248 fans on a season-high outing for Austin Sherron Night, the Marlins overcame a three-error effort. That said, the final error ultimately preserved the tie game as Aaron Wilson (Hartford) battled through a tough chopper, firing directly to the plate gunning down the would-be runner to close things out in the 8th inning as Eduardo Castro (Missouri State) held on to apply the inning-ending tag at the plate.
In fact, Castro recorded his second straight mutli-hit game while also scoring the Marlins' second run. Justin Weigel (Ouachita Baptist) played the role of sparkplug on Thursday night reaching base three times from the No. 9 spot, including a one-out single in the 8th inning that broke that four-inning hitless streak; eventually scoring the go-ahead run. Keyshawn D'Orso (Norfolk State) recorded with the other lone RBI scoring Matt Collins (Texas A&M) in the three-run 3rd inning.
Following the emotional win, the Marlins now head to Wilmington to face the all-too familiar Sharks for the 9th time this season before returning home Saturday night to host the Wilson Tobs. 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!
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 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.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.