Wilmington, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (11-2) defeated the Wilmington Sharks (5-9) 6-3 and 4-1 in Saturday night's doubleheader at Legion Stadium.
In game one of the doubleheader Zack Keenan (Middle Tennessee) picked up his second win of the summer in as many starts on the mound. Keenan did not allow a run in five innings against the Sharks. The Blue Raider freshman struck out six and just two hits.
In the top of the second inning Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) singled to the left side in his first plate appearance this season and brought home Dominick Cammarata (UNC-Charlotte) as the first run of the game. Lewis flashed his speed after the Sharks catcher tried to throw behind him at second, but sailed the throw into centerfield, allowing him to score the second Morehead City run of the contest.
In the next offensive frame, Alex Pimentel (Southwestern Oklahoma) led off with a walk. Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) and Danton Hyman (Newberry College) both followed with singles to right field to load the bases. Brendan Dougherty (Bradley University) grounder turned into a fielder's choice, allowing him to reach base and brought home his team-best 10 RBI. Cammarata then put the ball in play, bringing Johnson home to extend the Marlins lead to 4-0.
After two innings of no scoring, Cammarata led off the sixth with a single to left field. Hunter Shepherd's (Catawba Valley) single through the middle put two Marlin runners aboard. Lewis grounded out to the shortstop, allowing Cammarata to score his second run of the game make the Morehead City lead 5-0.
Danny Wondrack double to left field brought the first Wilmington run into score, cutting the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
In the last inning of Game 1 of the doubleheader, Johnson launched a one-out double off the wall in left centerfield. Hyman moved Johnson over to third with grounder to the right and Dougherty put the ball in play, allowing Johnson to score and pushing the lead to 6-1 in the Marlins favor.
The Sharks rally in the bottom of the seventh was negated as Tommy Green (Longwood) and Brandon Marklund (Bryan College) combined for the final three outs. The 6-3 win marked No. 10 of the season and the first team to hit that mark in the Coastal Plain League.
Morehead City struck first in the top of the second inning as Chaston Gordon (Pfeiffer) reached on an error with two outs. William Mapes (North Georgia) pounded a double down the left field line and earned his first extra-base hit and RBI of the summer.
In the third frame Johnson singled through the left side to start the inning. Hyman then reached on an error, before Lewis recorded an infield single to load the bases. Cammarata came up big again, reaching on a fielder's choice and bringing home the second run of the contest. Ari Sechopoulos (College of Charleston) then hit a grounder to the shortstop that was bobbled, scoring a run and making it 3-0 in favor of the Marlins.
Evan Lumbert (Florida Gulf Coast) pitched four complete innings in the contests. Lumbert held the Sharks scoreless and only allowed two hits, while striking out six.
Garrett Letchworth (High Point) took over on the fifth and sat Wilmington down in order, notching a pair of strikeouts. Dawson Moser (Arkansas-Monticello) came on in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded a proceeded to force a strikeout and ground to close the penultimate inning.
Kenny Wells (Seton Hill) entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and after allowing his first base runner of the season, struck out three Sharks in a row to close the game and secure the league's most 11th win of the summer.
Team Records: Morehead City (11-2), Wilmington (5-9)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City's 10-2 sits atop of the CPL and continues the best start in franchise history.
- The Marlins are the first team in the CPL to the 10-win mark.
- Danton Hyman has a hit in 13-of-14 contests and is third in the CPL with 19 hits.
- Craig Lewis notched three hits and 1 RBI in his debut in the lineup.
- Dominick Cammarata has at least one hit in 8-of-9 games played in this summer.
- Morehead City leads 2-1 versus Wilmington.
After three-consecutive games on the road, the Marlins return home to Big Rock Stadium to face the Edenton Steamers on Sunday at 7:05 p.m.