MOREHEAD CITY—Battling back and forth through 12 games this season, the Morehead City Marlins (23-29, 12-14) defeated the Wilmington Sharks in the final game of the doubleheader, 6-3, overcoming an early deficit for their 7th and deciding win in the regular season series on Saturday night at Big Rock Stadium.
Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) delivered a clutch two-RBI single in the 6th inning of the second contest, finishing the night with his 6th multi-hit game of the season. The Marlins would then rally with four runs in the inning, including a crucial two-out, two-RBI single from Matt Collins (Texas A&M), extending the lead, 6-3. Following an effective 5.2 inning start from Jose Rendon (Sterling College), the Marlins wisely elected to bring in Zach Reid (Tennessee) from the bullpen, who improved his mark to 15.1 scoreless innings against the Sharks after pitching in the final 1.1 innings, earning his 5th win overall.
Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) kickstarted the offensive festivities with a leadoff double, coming around to score on a RBI single from Eduardo Castro, one of his two RBI's on the night. After scoring just one run stranding eight on base in the opening game, the Marlins scored six runs while only stranding two in their win over the Wilmington Sharks, the team boasting the best Team ERA (3.43) in the Coastal Plain League.
In the opening contest, the Wilmington Sharks jumped out early and often over Daniel McCrary (North Georgia) allowing four runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings of work, walking five while also striking out five. The Marlins would respond with one of their own in the 6th inning when Matt Winaker (Stanford) completed a successful string of three consecutive base hits, dropping an RBI single into right. In fact the Marlins went the first 4.1 innings without recording a base hit, unfortunately eliminating themselves from Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup play following their 5-1 loss in the opening game of the doubleheader.
James Deal (Limestone College) made his first appearance with the Marlins, allowing one run in 1.1 innings of work while striking out two in the opener. Then the Marlins went with Ryan Sapp (Lenoir-Rhyne) who pitched to his former high school teammate, Logan Sherer, during the 7th inning. Defense was on full display as Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive) made an excellent diving catch during the third inning, while Matt Winaker also recorded a run-saving catch in the first inning.
The Morehead City Marlins return to action on Sunday night hosting the Holly Springs Salamanders on Great Clips Night honoring the Host Families across Carteret County starting at 7:05 p.m. before our season finale, this Monday night, against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins heading into this final playoff push, 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!
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 79 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.