Morehead City N.C.- Big Rock Stadium sees the Coastal Plain League (CPL) game of the year in a trilling 13-12 Morehead City Marlins (22-7) win over the Peninsula Pilots (13-13). The win gives the Marlins the longest win streak in CPL history at 14 games, surpassing the 2004 Edenton Steamers team.
The Marlins started off slow by giving up a pair of runs in the first inning but answered back with a three-run home run off the bat of Jack Harris (San Francisco State University) to make it a 3-2 lead after 1.
The Fish then tacked on three more runs over the next two innings. Starting with an RBI single from Jordan Schulefand (University of Richmond) in the second and then a double steal in the bottom of the third that scored Harris, followed by a wild pitch to scored Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State University).
All while Eric Miles (Presbyterian College), who come on in relief of the starter Connor Schultz (Butler University), was mowing through the Pilots offense. The right-handed pitcher only allowed two runs, with just one being earned, and five strikeouts in six frames of work.
In the home half of the sixth, the Marlins added two runs of insurance off of a sac fly from Colby Johnson (University of Charleston) and an RBI single from Schulefand.
And the offense wasn't done there as the Marlins scored another run in the seventh from an RBI base knock from Hunter Shepard (Catawba College). In addition to the second Marlin's long ball of the night, in the form of a solo blast from Schulefand to make it a 10-4 Marlin lead.
Even with the six-run deficit, the Pilots showed fight. They batted around and hung eight runs on the Marlins, the last three coming from a home run from Sy Snedeker (Princeton University) to make it a 12-10 lead for Peninsula.
Though trailing on the scoreboard, the Marlins proved the comeback not insurmountable. With back to back one-out singles from Glenn and Zach Miller (University of Delaware), the Marlins brought the go-ahead run to the plate.
With two outs and down to his final strike, Johnson sent the same curveball he took for strike two in the at-bat out over the left-field wall for his second three-run home run in as many days. The 358 foot shot heard round the CPL powered the Marlins to the game's 14-12 final score.
After an eventful night, the Marlins have the Fourth of July off before hitting the road to Ting Stadium in Holly Spring on Friday to battle it out with the Salamanders.