Marlins Hold on to Top Sharks 5-4

Marlins Hold on to Top Sharks 5-4

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Morehead City Marlins picked up their 2nd straight win in suspenseful fashion on Thursday night in Wilmington, holding on to beat the Sharks 5-4 at Buck Hardee Field.

The Marlins took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning, but the Sharks quickly rallied back, with four runs on four hits before the Marlins could record an out.

Morehead City turned to left-hander Braden Scott (Indiana) with the potential tying run on first and nobody out, and Scott delivered, retiring the next three batters and earning his 2nd save of the summer. 

The story of the game early on was Marlin starting pitcher Eric Miles (Presbyterian), who, in his first start since pitching in the All Star game, threw 6 scoreless frames with 7 strikeouts and no walks, while only allowing two hits. 

The Marlin offense got going in the 4th inning, when Jack Harris (San Francisco State) beat out an RBI infield single, and Hunter Shepherd (Catawba) added a sacrifice fly to follow. 

They would add to that lead in the 6th, when Harris launched a two-run shot to left for his 7th homer of the summer. Dusty Baker (East Carolina) tacked on a sacrifice fly in the 7th for the 5th Marlins run.

The Marlins will return home tomorrow as they host the Wilson Tobs.