MOREHEAD CITY—The Morehead City Marlins (18-21, 7-6) continued their winning ways as John Holland pitched out of a bases-loaded jam setting the stage for a late rally in a 2-1 win over the Wilson Tobs on Saturday night at Big Rock Stadium. Holland (Felician College) inherited two runners on with nobody out in the 6th inning before walking the bases loaded. He then came back to strike out the next two batters, extinguishing the Tobs biggest chance of the night throwing three innings of scoreless relief.
"We do not win this game without John Holland, that was an unbelievable performance" said closer Zach Reid (Tennessee), who earned his fourth save of the season. "Two or three weeks ago we would have never been able to do that."
Holland connected the dots on an effectively wild start from Evan Voliva (ECU), who walked a season-high eight batters while limiting the Tobs to just two runs in five innings. The right hander struck out five allowing one earned run, this while going all the way into the 4th inning before allowing his first hit of the night.
Then following the huge strikeouts from Holland, Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning. Eduardo Castro advanced Stafford to third on a sharp line-drive single to right field before Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) drove in the go-ahead run on a RBI fielders choice, just beating out the throw on a would-be double play ground ball.
Trailing 1-0 back in the 4th inning, the Marlins offense got a much-needed boost from Eduardo Castro (Missouri State), who crushed his second home run of the season in what ended as a 2-3 night at the plate. "I'm just feeling great at the plate right now," Castro said, before adding that, "I'm now so comfortable."
Battling the crafty LHP Carson Teel, who went seven innings of one run ball in a previous meeting back on June 15th, the Marlins improved their record to 5-1 when tied after six innings. Aaron Wilson (Hartford) looked to add on in the 7th collecting his second hit of the night, a hit-and-run single to right, but the Marlins stranded the bases loaded in the frame. The Marlins danced in and out of trouble all night, however, as the pitching staff forced the Tobs into stranding 12 runners.
Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) then recorded a leadoff double in the 8th inning in a 1-3 night at the plate. While Weigle would ultimately end his his six-game hitting streak Wilson picked up where he left off, recording a hit in his fifth-straight game. The Marlins have now won six straight games, moving to within one game of fourth place in the Petitt Cup Standings for the East Division while improving to .500 (11-11) at Big Rock Stadium. Following a regularly scheduled off day on Sunday, the Marlins return to action on Monday night in Fayetteville before hosting the Peninsula Pilots on Tuesday night starting at 7:05 p.m.
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