Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins eclipsed their highest run total of the 2017 season in just one half inning en route to a dominant 14-8 victory over the visiting Wilmington Sharks from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Monday evening. The Marlins also tied their second-highest game hit total with 13 in the contest.
Morehead City improves to 10-9 overall, while Wilmington falls to 7-10. The Marlins have an off-day tomorrow before remaining within the friendly confines of Big Rock Stadium, hosting the first-place Peninsula Pilots in a crucial CPL East division showdown Wednesday evening. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start with the play-by-play action being called on the CPL Webpass. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on the Marlins Radio Network.
MHC second baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) led the Marlins strong offensive efforts, finishing 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Designated hitter Will Matthiessen (Stanford) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in his Morehead City debut. First baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) and centerfielder Sammy Miller (Longwood) each contributed a 1-for-3 effort with a pair of RBIs.
For Wilmington, first baseman Kep Brown (Spartanburg Methodist) finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while leftfielder Michael Sandle (South Alabama) was for 3-for-4 with one run scored. Designated hitter KC Brown (South Georgia State College) posted a 2-for-2 mark with one run scored and a RBI.
For the seventh consecutive game, the Marlins scored in the opening frame on a RBI single by Miller to grab the early 1-0 advantage. Miller then scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Marlins in the bottom of the first inning. Neither team would score in the second inning until Morehead City broke the game open with nine runs in the home half of the third frame.
The MHC offensive fireworks commenced with RBI singles from shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) and Podkul to make it 4-0. The inning continued with RBI walks by Miller and left fielder Derek Olenchuk, a two-RBI single by Weeks, a two-run double by Matthiessen and third baseman Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) scoring on a wild pitch to take a commanding 11-0 advantage. Morehead City added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to post a dominant 12-0 lead.
Despite the overwhelming deficit, the Wilmington offense continued to fight with a RBI single by shortstop Luke Morgan (College of Charleston) along with a run-scoring double for KC Brown to cut the defcit down to 12-2. A three-run shot by third baseman Cory Everett (Guilford Tech CC) suddently trimmed the margin down to 12-5 in the top of sixth inning.
The Marlins quickly responded with a two-run blast from Podkul to extend the advantage out to 14-5 in the bottom of the sixth. The Sharks would not go quietly with three unanswered runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings to make it a six-run ballgame.
Wilmington's scoring flurry began with a sacrifice fly from catcher Danny Wondrack (College of Charleston), which was answered with a two-RBI double by Kep Brown to make it a 14-8 contest. However, MHC right-handed pitcher Freddie Beamon (USC Aiken) retired the final two Sharks to seal the victory.
Marlins starting right-handed pitcher Will Hartsell (Charleston Southern) got the win, improving his unblemished record to 3-0 overall. Hartsell has not allowed an earned run in four total appearances and three starts on the mound. He tossed five innings of shut-out baseball with four hits allowed and seven strikeouts in tonight's contest. Sharks starting lefty Jonathan Jahn (South Carolina) took the loss, falling to 0-2.
The Morehead City Marlins will have another off-day on Thursday (June 22) before traveling to Wilson to face the Tobs on Friday night before returning home to Big Rock Stadium to play Edenton Saturday evening. All first pitches are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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