MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – After three days off the Morehead City Marlins (8-2) continued the best start in franchise history with a 4-3 walk-off victory over Holly Springs (3-9) at Big Rock Stadium on Wednesday night.
Runs were few and far between for both teams throughout the game. Fans saw the first three innings played scoreless, with the Marlins having only one baserunner in that time frame. Sawyer Gipson-Long (Mercer) started for Morehead City, and Mitchell Holcomb for Holly Springs. Ari Sechopoulos (College of Charleston) reached on an error committed by the Salamanders first baseman in the third inning, but was then picked off.
The first run of the game came across the plate in the Holly Springs half of the fourth, with a single up the middle. The Marlins answered immediately in front of the home crowd with a sacrifice fly, scoring Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky), off the bat of Brendan Dougherty (Bradley). Joe Mason (Pitt CC) then reached base and came around to score off of a double just short of the wall from Dominick Cammarata (UNC-Charlotte).
The fifth inning was owned by the Salamanders, as they recorded a run to make things all square. Sawyer Gipson-Long came out for the sixth inning but gave up another run and was unable to record an out. The sophomore then gave the ball over to Hunter Shepherd (Catawba Valley) to close out the sixth with no more damage done. The Marlins came back in the bottom half of the sixth to tie things up again via the balk with Danton Hyman (Newberry) going from third to home.
Zach Barnes (East Carolina) made his Marlin debut with a scoreless eighth inning, recording one strikeout in the frame.
The score would stay tied at three until the Marlins half of the ninth inning. Riley Campbell (Toledo) came on to run for Cammarata after he sent a pitch right back up the middle. Campbell stole second and then took third on the wild pitch. The throw to try and retire Campbell at third made its way into left field, allowing the Toledo infielder to score easily and secure the CPL's league-tying best eighth win.
Kenny Wells (Seton Hill) came on in the ninth and recorded two strikeouts and one ground out for his fifth-straight hitless inning.
Team Records: Morehead City (8-2), Holly Springs (3-9)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City's 8-2 start marks the best to open a season.
- Kenny Wells earned his first win of the season and has not allowed a base runner in five innings of work.
- Morehead City leads, 3-0, in the season series with Salamanders.
- The Marlins are tied for the best record in the CPL and have are three and a half game lead on Wilmington in the East Division.
The Marlins will head to Fayetteville tomorrow night to face the SwampDogs at J.P. Riddle stadium.