Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins fell behind 2-0 in the opening frame on a two-run homer and trailed for the remainder of the contest, falling to the visiting Edenton Steamers by a final score of 8-4 from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Saturday evening. The Marlins are on their first losing streak since starting the 2017 campaign 0-4 on June 2.
Morehead City falls to 11-11, while Edenton improves to 13-9. The Marlins travel to Fleming Stadium for the second time in three games tomorrow night to face the Wilson Tobs. First pitch is slated for a 5:00 p.m. start with all the play-by-play action being called onthe Marlins Mixlr Station. Pre-game coverage begins at 4:50 p.m. on the Marlins Radio Network.
MHC catcher Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) led the Marlins offensive efforts, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs including a solo home run and one run scored. First baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) went 2-for-3 with a RBI, while shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
For Edenton, centerfielder James Galazin (St Johns) continued his hot bat at Big Rock Stadium, tallying a 2-for-5 performance with three RBIs and three runs scored. Designated hitter Jason Agresti (Binghamton) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, while catcher William Robbins (Francis Marion) posted a 2-for-4 mark with two runs driven in.
The Steamer offense started cooking in the opening frame on a two-run blast from Galazin to give the visitors an early 2-0 advantage. Morehead City quickly answered with a RBI single from Podkul scoring Corley after a lead-off double to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
Both teams exchanged runs in the third inning when Edenton extended the lead out to 3-1 on a RBI double from Robbins followed by a RBI groundout from MHC third baseman Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the third frame.
Edenton soon broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning with three additional runs to push the advantage out to 6-2 with RBIs from Robbins and Anthony Maselli (Boston College), while James Battley (Illinois-Springfield) scored on an error.
Morehead City attempted a late comeback with back-to-back unanswered runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, beginning with a solo home run from Skeels to trim the lead in half at 6-3. The moonshot was followed by a RBI double from Skeels to make it 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth heading to the final inning of action.
The Steamers added a pair of insurance scores with a run-scoring double from Battley and a RBI single from Maselli to stretch the lead out to 8-4. The host Marlins were soon retired in order in the home half of the ninth inning, securing the four-run victory for Edenton.
Edenton starting left-handed pitcher Chris Ramirez (Colorado Mesa) got the win, improving to 1-1. Morehead City starting lefty Anthony Veneziano (Coastal Carolina) took the loss, falling to 2-1. Marlins righty Marshall Thompson (Lander) led the MHC pitching staff with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing zero runs on one hit with four strikeouts.
The Morehead City Marlins hit the road for consecutive games at Wilson tomorrow night and Wilmington Monday evening before returning to Big Rock Stadium for a mid-week contest against the Wilson Tobs Tuesday night (June 27). All first pitches are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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