MOREHEAD CITY—Monday night's contest between the Morehead City Marlins and the Fayetteville SwampDogs has been cancelled due to rain, officially ending the 2015 regular season. The Marlins finish out the Coastal Plain League campaign 24-29 (13-14) overall, matching their win total from the entire 2013 season, posting a much-improved 15-14 record at Big Rock Stadium.
The Morehead City Marlins would first of all like to thank our players and staff for an incredible season, along with the dedication and encouragement from both the host families and MHC fans during the 2015 regular season, our sixth year competing here in Morehead City. After starting the season 3-0, the Marlins matched a clip that was set by the inaugural 2010 campaign, eventually falling two games short of fourth place for the final playoff spot in the Coastal Plain League East Division.
Christian Campbell (Rutgers) led the Marlins posting a .316 batting average this season, including a walk-off winner over the Wilmington Sharks back on June 12th. Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) ended the season on a tear earning Big Rock Performer of the Week finishing the season hitting .290 including three homers and 10 RBI's over the final week of the season. Coastal Plain League All-Star Luke Bolka (ECU) finished second on the team with seven doubles, while fellow All-Star Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) led the Marlins in HR's (10) and second overall with two triples. On the mound, Luke Watts (Appalachian State) posted the best Team-ERA with an impressive 1.47 clip in six games, while the CPL leader in appearance this season, Zach Reid (Tennessee), finished with six saves in over 42 innings of work, closing at 1.70 ERA for the Marlins.
Head Coach Jason Wood completed his first season with the MHC Marlins featuring an impressive six-game winning streak around the All-Star Break (7/11-7/18) including an unblemished 3-0 record in extra-inning games. Assistant coach Courtney Spitz will enter his first season as a full-time assistant at Hesston College after earning his Masters Degree this summer, while Danny Higginbotham returns to Arkansas Tech on their coaching staff working to complete his Masters Degree this upcoming Spring.
To honor all of the great moments from our players, staff and Marlin fans over the summer here in Morehead City, we want to leave you with one final video produced by our own Director of Media, Katie Spitz, the wife of coach Courtney Spitz.
Hope you enjoy and #LetsGoMarlins
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!
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.