Martinsville, V.a.—The Morehead City Marlins (19-25, 8-10) battled back and forth with the Martinsville Mustangs all night long, but were unable to manufacture enough offense in a competitive 3-2 loss on Saturday night at Hooker Field on Strike Out Cancer Night. Trailing by two entering the final frame, the Marlins posted a valiant rally scoring their second run of the night on a two-out error from Ryan Hagan but were unable to keep the game alive after Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) unfortunately grounded out to first with the tying run on base.
The Mustangs struck early against Daniel McCrary (North Georgia) taking advantage of two unearned runs in the first two frames. McCrary pitched rather well in his second spot start of the week, limiting the Mustangs to just one earned run in eight innings of work allowing six hits in a tough luck complete-game loss. That said, the first run of the contest came across on a wild throw from Eduardo Castro (Missouri State) attempting to gun down the runner heading towards third base, eventually scoring on the play. The next run came across the very next inning as an error allowed a runner to reach with two outs, then scoring on a clutch two-out double from Devin Pickett.
The Marlins posed their biggest threat in the 6th inning as Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) and Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) led off with consecutive base hits. Then Castro delivered a great sacrifice bunt up the first base line, only to be called out for runners interference. The runners were then forced to return back and Matt Winaker (Stanford) grounded into a tough fielders choice double play as Cammarata was eventually gunned out trying to advance all the way from second.
Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) led the charge offensively posting his second multi-hit night of the season, finishing 2-3 at the plate in the losing effort. Matt Winaker walked twice in the ballgame, including a two-out pass in the final inning. The Marlins are now just 3-17 when scoring three runs or less in any game this season, hoping to surpass their win total from the entire 2014 season (19) in their next game. Worth noting that Saturday night's loss was the shortest contest of the season for the Marlins finishing in a 2-hour and 4-minute lightning quick ballgame.
The Marlins continue their five game road trip on Sunday night against High Point-Thomasville before heading to Holly Springs on Monday 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 MHC Marlins Team Page on Facebook!
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