WILSON, N.C.—For teams that split each of their first six meetings, the final regular season chapter between the Marlins and Tobs came right down to wire as the Marlins won 7-6 on Friday night at Fleming Stadium. Facing the proposition of the tying run on second base with one out, Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) noticed a huge size lead from the potential tying run, crashing to second base for the daylight pickoff play. Zach Reid, who earned his fifth save of the season, spun quickly towards second delivered an absolute bullet to second base for the second out of the frame, the biggest moment of the night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
"The second I saw him (Weigle) run to second I knew we had the runner. He was toast," said Reid. "For us to get that out was absolutely enormous."
The Marlins (19-24, 8-9) were relatively cruising over the Tobs, leading 7-2, heading into the 7th inning when Hayden Jones (Oklahoma) started to lose his pinpoint command. Jones allowed two straight singles, followed by a walk, loading the bases with nobody out. Then Colton Hathcock (Memphis) entered out of the bullpen striking out the first two batters he faced in his first relief appearance of the season. The University of Memphis Tigers reliever then hit the next batter, allowed one hit and another walk as the Tobs cut the lead to one. That opened the door for Reid, who earned every ounce of that CPL All-Star selection finishing out the final two innings in solid fashion in a much-needed victory.
"For our bullpen to stop the damage, that was a big win," said Justin Weigle, who also finished 2-3 at the plate with an RBI triple.
After only recording two hits in last night's loss, the Marlins started with five hits over the first two innings. Leadoff man Aaron Wilson (Hartford), who snapped his 9-game hitting streak last night, kickstarted the festivities with a sharp single, one of three hits on the night. His most important base knock came in the second inning as a two-out, two-RBI single giving the Marlins an early 2-0 lead.
The Marlins would add some much-needed support in the 5th inning when four consecutive base hits, including RBI knocks from Matt Winaker (Stanford) and Luke Bolka (ECU) made it 4-0 Marlins. Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts), who lined out twice right at the second baseman, exacted revenge on the Tobs with a one-out RBI single to left in that next inning. in fact the Marlins started the night with 12 straight singles, that was until Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive) ripped an RBI double down the left field line. In the same frame, Weigle belted his second triple of the season making it 7-3 Marlins, a lead they would never fully relinquish.
The offense was powered by the bottom half of the order as hitters five through nine combined for 10 hits on the night, including milti-hit efforts from Eduardo Castro (Missouri State), Winaker, Tyndall and Weigle. In a strange result, the Marlins also stranded runners on base in every inning but the 7th, putting pressure on the Wilson Tobs all night long in their final matchup of the season.
Following their dramatic win, the Marlins head to Martinsville on Saturday for the final stretch of the five-game road trip which concludes Monday night in Holly Springs. 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 MHC Marlins Team Page on Facebook!
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