Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins tallied 15 runs on 15 hits in the game one victory followed by a complete shut-out from right-handed pitcher Zach Usselman (NC State) in game two, leading the host Marlins to a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Edenton Steamers from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Friday evening. The Marlin claimed the 15-9 triumph in the first contest followed by a 3-0 win in game two.
Morehead City improves to 18-21 overall and 5-6 in the second half of the season. Edenton is now 23-18 overall and 6-7 in the second half of the 2017 campaign. The Marlins return to action tomorrow evening at Big Rock Stadium, hosting the Wilson Tobs for a 7:05 p.m. start before an off-day on Sunday. Listen to all the play-by-play action on the Marlins Mixlr Station beginning at 6:55 p.m.
Game One Recap
The game began in the top of the fifth inning with Morehead City as the visiting team, finishing the suspended contest from July 2 at Historic Hicks Field in Edenton. The Steamers offense exploded out of the gates with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to grab the 7-3 advantage, highlighed by a three-run homer from Jamie Galazin (St. Johns).
The Marlins stormed back quickly with five runs of their own in the top half of the sixth inning to take an 8-7 lead. A two-run shot from Jackson Ware (Mercer) commenced the MHC offensive fireworks to trim the deficit down to 7-5 before a RBI single from Will Matthiessen (Stanford) and two-RBI ground out by Alec Wilson (Stanford) put the hosts in front by one run.
Edenton immediately responded in the bottom frame with a two-run blast from Billy Wilson (San Jose State) to give the Steamers a 9-8 advantage. Morehead City's bats came alive once again with a seven-run eighth inning to secure the 15-9 lead. The offensive push began with the game-winning two-run double from Mike Warren (Armstrong State) to put the Marlins ahead 10-9.
A three-run shot from Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) and RBI single from Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) stretched the MHC advantage out to 14-9 before Ware came around to score on a wild pitch to secure the Marlin's six-run victory.
Morehead City right-handed reliever Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame) got the win, improving to 1-1. Edenton starting righty Josh Steele (Hope International) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Holubecki tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with no hits allowed.
Game Two Recap
The Marlins struck first in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of runs on a RBI ground out from Ware and run-scoring single from Sammy Miller (Longwood) to take an early 2-0 lead. Morehead City added an insurance run with a solo bomb from Weeks in the bottom of the fifth inning to stretch the MHC advantage out to 3-0.
Usselman (1-1) tossed seven shut-out innings, allowing only three hits with 10 strikeouts for his first win of the 2017 campaign. Edenton starting pitcher Kelvan Pilot (Arizona Christian) took the loss, falling to 3-2.
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