Wilmington, N.C. - - - Morehead City Marlins right-handed starting pitcher Nolan Clenney (NC State) tossed six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and nine strikeouts; however, the MHC bats went silent in a 2-0 loss to the host Wilmington Sharks from Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Saturday night. With the loss and Edenton victory tonight, the Marlins have officially been eliminated from Petitt Cup playoff contention. The Fish were shut-out for the first time this summer.
Morehead City is now 25-28 overall and 12-13 in the second half. Wilmington improves to 31-22 overall and 18-7 in the second half of the 2017 season, clinching the second half championship in the CPL east division.
The Marlins return to action tomorrow night at Big Rock Stadium, hosting the Edenton Steamers for a doubleheader starting at 6:00 p.m. Morehead City then hosts the Peninsula Pilots Monday night for the season finale at The Rock. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
MHC right fielder Jackson Ware (Mercer) led the Marlins offense finishing 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a single. Third baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken), first baseman Will Matthiessen (Stanford) and left fielder Sammy Miller (Longwood) each finished 1-for-4 in the contest.
For Wilmington, Dayton Dugas (Wichita State) went 2-for-2 with one run scored, while Ben Highfill (Liberty) was 1-for-3 at the dish with a double.
The Sharks struck first in the opening frame with the game-winning RBI ground out from Michael Sandle (South Alabama) to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. Wilmington added an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth as Dugas scored on an error to extend the lead out to 2-0.
Wilmington starting right-hander Mitch Spence (USC Aiken) got the win, improving to 2-2. Clenney took the loss, falling to 1-2 in his final game with the Marlins this season. Spence went 6 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
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