Thomasville, N.C.—Led by a two home run night, including a go-ahead two run shot from Matt Winaker, the Morehead City Marlins (20-25, 9-10) overcame an early deficit winning 4-2 over the High Point-Thomasville HiToms on Sunday Night at Finch Field.
"It felt awesome, I've been waiting awhile for another one of those," Winaker said.
Trailing 2-1 enterng the 8th inning, Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) worked out a leadoff walk against the starter, Chris Martin, earning the Marlins first walk of the night. That forced a call to the bullpen where the Marlins eventually rallied for three runs in the frame as Matt Winaker (Stanford) provided some much-needed pop in the lineup with his third home run of the season. Then following a walk from Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive), the Marlins extended their lead, 4-2, on a RBI single from Matt Collins (Texas A&M).
The Marlins were led by excellent starting pitching as Colton Hathcock (Memphis) struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings of quality work. Led by an effective breaking ball, Hathcock recorded his third win of the season (3-2) allowing two runs on seven hits while only walking two. That excellent outing continued a trend of five-straight games in which MHC starters lasted at least six innings of work.
"I just tried to execute pitches, man, and it worked out," Colton Hathcock explained, further adding that, "I threw a lot more breaking balls than I usually do…They were swinging and missing a lot so you can't ask for much more than that."
Strikeouts were certainly the story as both teams combined for 22 strikeouts, 11 from each side. That set the stage for Keller Bradford (ULM) who executed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen stranding two runners on base. Zach Reid (Tennessee) closed things out for his team-high 6th save of the season, again facing a situation with the tying run on first base. Believe it or not, the Hi-Toms stranded runners in every inning, outhitting the Marlins 7-4 in the hard fought contest.
The Marlins are now 5-3 against teams from the CPL West Division, also surpassing their entire win total from the 2014 season (19), this with another nine games left to play. The season-long five game road trip comes to an end on Monday night as the Marlins travel to face the Holly Springs Salamanders in a matchup of teams currently seeded fifth and sixth in the Petitt Cup Standings with just over a week to play in the regular season.
Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) kicked off a two-hit night with his first homerun of the season, a line drive shot that bounced off the top of the wall, giving the Marlins an early 1-0 lead. In a game where both teams combined for just 11 hits, squaring two of the top three home run hitting teams in the Coastal Plain League, both squads combined to mash three home runs. Unfortunately Aaron Wilson (Hartford) ended his 15-game reach base streak going 0-4 in the leadoff spot.
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