Marlins Score Season-High Eight Runs in Fourth-Consecutive Win
Wilson, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (4-1) recorded plenty of offensive season-highs in the team's first non-divisional contest of the summer, defeating the Wilson Tobs (2-2), 8-5.
The Marlins picked up their third road win of the year, picking up season-bests of eight runs, 15 hits and seven RBI, while using five different pitchers to earn the win at Fleming Stadium.
Brendan Dougherty (Bradley University) drew a two-out walk in the top of the first inning for Morehead City. Joe Mason (Pitt CC) pulled a double down the left field line that would put both runners into scoring position. Dominick Camarratta (UNC-Charlotte) brought in Mason and Dougherty on a single to right field in his first at-bat of the summer, giving the Marlins an early 2-0 lead. The two runs in the first inning marked the first time this season that the Marlins have scored first in a game.
Wilson answered back in the bottom half of the opening frame after Brenton Doyle led off with a single, stole second and scored off a Shamoy Christopher single to left center.
In the bottom of the second the Tobs leadoff hitter reached on a single to the outfield. Three batters later, with two outs, Antwaun Tucker took a pitch out to centerfield, scoring Kevin McGowan from second and tying the game at 2-2.
Morehead City returned the favor in the top half of third as Danton Hyman (Newberry College) singled to center field to begin the inning. Dougherty's slow rolling, fielder's choice, to the second baseman resulted in an overthrow down the third base line, moving both of the runners to third and second, respectively. Mason then laced a single up the middle, scoring Hyman and giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead.
Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) led off the fifth inning with a hard hit ground ball that got through the left side of the infield? Marlin speedster Hyman laid down a bunt and advanced all the way to third, scoring Johnson, pushing the lead to 4-2. Mason fielder's choice grounder to the shortstop knocked Hyman, earning his second RBI of the game and stretched the Morehead City lead to three, 5-2.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Tob's catcher, Christopher singled to center field, bringing home Doyle to score from second and cutting the lead by one, with the Marlins leading 5-3 at the end of the fifth inning. Marlins reliever Garrett Letchworth (High Point) allowed the run and just won hit in the inning, but left with the lead and earned his first win of the summer.
Morehead City catcher Bryce Delevie (Columbus State) secured a one-out walk and advanced to third base on an errant throw by Wilson's shortstop, who fielded Luke Shadid's (Bradley University) ground ball and attempted to make the fielder's choice play at second. Hyman brought in his second RBI of the game as he singled to second base to make the score 6-3 in the Marlins favor.
Wilson added a pair of runs on the scoreboard off two hits to cut the Marlins lead down to 6-5 through six innings.
Dawson Moser (Arkansas-Monticello) took over the rubber for the Marlins in the seventh inning and struck out three, not allowing a run in 1.2 innings.
The Marlins offense continued to roll in the eighth, beginning the frame with three-straight singles. Hyman notched his third hit and third RBI with a double that dropped into left field, growing the visitors lead to 8-5.
Brandon Marklund (Bryan College) slammed the door shut in the ninth inning, striking out one and forcing a game-ending double-play to earn his first save of the season.
Team Records: Morehead City (4-1), Wilson (2-2)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City has now won four-straight contests.
- The Marlins offense recorded season-highs of eight runs, 15 hits and seven RBI.
- Five Marlins recorded two or more hits.
- Garrett Letchworth received his first win, Brandon Marklund earned his first save.
- The Marlins will play 14 more non-divisional contests this season.
The Marlins return home to Big Rock Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. to face the Wilson Tobs.