Morehead City, N.C. - - - Morehead City right fielder Alec Wilson (Stanford) drilled the first grand slam of the season for the Marlins to highlight a nine-run bottom of the third inning to put the Fish ahead 9-2, leading to an 11-7 victory over the Wilson Tobs from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Tuesday evening. The Marlins tallied double digit runs for the second time in 2017 after they scored 14 versus Wilmington in a 14-8 triumph on June 19.
Morehead City improves to 13-12 overall, while Wilson falls to 6-18. The Marlins travel to J.P. Riddle Stadium tomorrow evening for a crucial CPL East divisional showdown versus the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with live play-by-play updates provided via Twitter (@mhcmarlins).
MHC shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) posted a season-high performance at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with one run scored. Wilson went 3-for-4 with a team-high four RBIs due to his third inning grand slam. Left fielder Jackson Ware (Mercer) was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and one run scored.
For Wilson, second baseman Kyle Butler (Radford) topped the Tobs offensive charts with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with four RBIs. Center fielder Roberto Rivera (UNC Pembroke) went 3-for-4 with a RBI, while shortstop Alex King (Saint Louis) posted a 2-for-5 mark with one run scored.
Wilson struck first with a RBI double from Butler to put Wilson up 1-0 early in the contest. Butler then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch to stretch the advantage out to 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning before the Marlins exploded with nine runs in the bottom frame of the third inning to sprint out to a commanding 9-2 advantage. The rally began with a RBI single from Sammy Miller (Longwood) and RBI walk from Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) to knot the score at 2-2.
Morehead City grabbed its first lead of the game on a RBI fielder's choice from Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) to make it 3-2 followed by a run-scoring single from Ware to extend the lead out to 4-2. This set up for the Marlins first grand slam of the 2017 campaign off the bat of Wilson to break the game open and give MHC a 9-2 advantage.
The Tobs quickly answered with three runs in the visiting half of the fourth inning on a solo home run from Andre Nnebe (UC Santa Clara) and two-RBI single from Butler to cut the deficit down to 9-5. The Marlins soon responded with a pair of insurance runs in the bottom frame to push the lead out to 11-5. Podkul scored on an error followed by a sacrifice fly from Ware to push across two more runs for Morehead City.
The Marlins were held scoreless for the remainder of the contest, but the MHC pitching staff held strong to help secure the four-run victory. MHC right-handed reliever Freddie Beamon (USC Aiken) got the win, improving to 1-1. Wilson starting righty Peter Masterson (Kutztown) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Beamon tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing no runs on one hit with four strikeouts.
Morehead City will have an off-day on Thursday (June 29) following tomorrow night's contest at Fayetteville before returning home for consecutive contests on Friday and Saturday evening, hosting Wilson (6/30) and Wilmington (7/1). All first pitches are scheduled 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.
About the CPL
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 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.