HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.—The Morehead City Marlins (20-26, 9-11) had plenty of chances to score throughout the night, pitting two teams fighting for the final playoff spot in the East Division, but the Marlins could not contain the Holly Springs Salamanders (24-25, 12-9) in a 10-3 loss on Monday night at Holly Springs Stadium.
Trailing 7-2 after six innings, the Marlins loaded the bases in both the 7th and 8th innings. First and foremost, the offense was unable to score with a one-out threat in the 7th inning before following things up with a ground ball out stranding three more in the 8th inning all started with two outs. On a night where the Marlins recorded six hits on the night, they also stranded 13 runners on base.
The Marlins would strike first on a two-out RBI single from Matt Winaker (Stanford) scoring Cammarata in the very first inning, who was actually hit twice by Salamanders pitching on the night, now leading the Coastal Plain League with 16 HBP on the season. The Salamanders (24-25, 12-9) responded quickly taking a 3-1 lead in the second as Evan Voliva (ECU) hit two batters in the frame.
Voliva lasted just 3.1 innings of work allowing five runs with just three hits. Then the Marlins mixed and matched out of the bullpen with Friday night's starter versus Wilson, Hayden Jones (Oklahoma), earning the call allowing one run in 1.2 innings of work, setting the stage for Thursday night's starter Andrew Burnick (Penn) who allowed one unearned run in the 6th inning. Luke Bolka (ECU) pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his second outing since the CPL All-Star Break before Keller Bradford (ULM) closed things out.
Chase Stafford (ORU) led the offense with his third multi-hit night of the season while Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) delivered his 7th double of the season, a towering shot that one hopped the wall in straight-away center, making it 3-2 in favor of the Salamanders. Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive) reached base three times on the night, featuring two walks and a base knock. That was unfortunately the closest the Marlins would get as they their season-long five game road trip 2-3 overall.
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