Morehead City, N.C. - - - Morehead City Marlins center fielder Alec Wilson (Stanford) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure an exciting 3-2 walk-off victory over the visiting Holly Springs Salamanders from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Wednesday evening. The Marlins tally their third consecutive win, walking off for the third time at home this season. Each of those victories were on wild pitches.
Morehead City improves to 24-26 overall and 11-11 in the second half. Holly Springs falls to 24-27 overall and 13-10 in the second half of the 2017 campaign. The Marlins now sit three games back of the final playoff spot behind the Edenton Steamers, traveling to Fleming Stadium tomorrow night to face the Wilson Tobs. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
MHC first baseman Will Matthiessen (Stanford) topped the Marlins offensive charts, finishing 2-for-2 at the dish with one RBI. Second baseman Steven Taylor (Mercer) went 1-for-4 in the contest, tallying the other RBI for Morehead City. For Holly Springs, Josh Hollander (Kent State) and Cory Wood (Coastal Carolina) each posted a 2-for-5 mark with one RBI, while Hollander scored one run.
The Marlins struck first in the bottom half of the second inning on a RBI ground-out from Taylor scoring Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) to give the Fish an early 1-0 advantage. Holly Springs soon knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the third inning on a RBI single from Wood.
Morehead City regained the lead on a run-scoring single from Matthiessen, bringing home Jackson Ware (Mercer) to put the Marlins in front 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Three innings later, a solo shot from Hollander tied the contest again at 2-2 in the top half of the eighth frame.
After the hosts escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top half, the Fish walked-off for the third time on a wild pitch scored by Wilson. The Marlins are now 3-3 in walk-off situations in the 2017 season.
Morehead City right-hander Freddie Beamon (USC Aiken) got the win, improving to a perfect 4-0. Holly Springs righty Michael Hope (Shippensburg) took the loss, falling to 0-3. Beamon tossed a clutch 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with four strikeouts.
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