Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins allowed a season-high total in hits and runs, falling to the visiting Wilson Tobs by a score of 18-7 from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Friday evening. Wilson scored 12 unanswered runs in the top of the second and third inning to bury the Marlins early in the contest with MHC losing by a double-digit margin for the first time in the 2017 season.
Morehead City is now 13-14 overall, while Wilson improves to 8-19. The Marlins conclude the first half of the regular season tomorrow evening, hosting the Wilmington Sharks for a 7:05 p.m. start with the gates opening at 6 p.m. Listen to the game live on the CPL Webpass with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:05 p.m.
MHC first baseman Chase DeMars (South Carolina) topped the Marlins offensive charts with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate with a RBI and one run scored. Third baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, while left fielder Sammy Miller (Longwood) posted a 1-for-3 mark with one RBI and a run scored.
For Wilson, designated hitter Dawnoven Smith (NC A&T) led the all batters with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with one run scored and a solo home run. First baseman Shane Shepard (NC State) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a game-high five RBIs, while catcher Zack Smith (UNC Charlotte) also tallied five RBIs in a 1-for-4 effort with a run scored.
All seven Wilson runs in the top of the second inning were scored as unearned with defensive mistakes costing the Marlins early in the contest. Morehead City trailed 4-0 before a three-run homer off the bat of Shepard broke the game open, giving the Tobs an early 7-0 advantage.
The Tobs added five more runs in the top frame of the third inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Zack Smith to extend the Wilson lead out to 12-0. The Marlins got on the board in the bottom of the third with a RBI single from Miller followed by a two-run single from Weeks to cut the deficit down to 12-3.
Morehead City would not get any closer than nine runs for the remainder of the contes. The Tobs added a pair of runs in the visiting half of the fifth inning with a RBI double from Shepard and sacrifice fly from Smith to stretch the advantage out to 14-3.
The Marlins got within a single-digit deficit again with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. MHC second baseman Steven Taylor (Mercer) tripled and scored on a wild pitch followed by a RBI single from DeMars to trim the margin down to 14-5.
Wilson then posted four unanswered in the next three frames to push the lead out to 18-5 in the top frame of the ninth inning. Morehead City tallied two scores in the bottom of the ninth on a RBI double by DeMars with a RBI single from Mark Castellucci (Univ. of Montevallo) to trim the deficit down to 18-7; however, the Tobs held on for the 11-run triumph.
Wilson starting left-handed pitcher Cody Smith (Chowan) got the win, improving to 1-4. Morehead City starting righty Will Hartsell (Charleston Southern) took the loss, falling to 3-1. Marlins righty Kip DeShields (Youngstown State) led the MHC pitching staff, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with no hits allowed and one strikeout.
Following the Marlins final contest of the first half tomorrow evening, Morehead City commences the second half of the 2017 campaign on the road at Edenton to face the Steamers Sunday night (July 2) from Historic Hicks Field. The Marlins return home to Big Rock Stadium Monday night, July 3 to face Wilmington as we celebrate the Fourth of July one day early at the ballpark. All first pitches are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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