Morehead City, N.C.- A late game rally lifts the Morehead City Marlins (35-14) to a 8-5 win over the Peninsula Pilots (26-23). The win marks a new franchise record for wins in a summer.
The scoring started in the top of the third with a two out ray started by a single from Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State University) followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Jack Harris and Hunter Shepherd (Catawba College) put the Marlins up 2-0.
With the early run support Marlins starter Jack Myers (Butler) who retired the first seven Pilots he faced and went through the first four innings only allowing one hit.
However, in the home half of the fifth Myers hit a bump in the road surrendering five runs to the Pilots offense, which leads the CPL in runs scored and average.
The Marlins offense cut into the deficit the very half inning with a two run blast from Jace Mercer (University of Cincinnati), his third long ball of the summer.
Ashton Raines came out of the pen to finish the fifth inning and pitched through the seven, retiring the final seven hitters he faced, including three strikeouts.
As the game entered the eighth inning, the Marlins down their final six outs, Mercer led the inning off with a walk followed with a base-knock from Dusty Baker, which extended his hit-streak to nine games. With an error from the Pilots right-fielder, Mercer stood at third and Baker at second.
Two batters later, the Pilots intentionally walked Harris to load the bases and faced Shepherd, who was 3-4 at this time. On a fastball up in the zone Shepherd drove a double the other way down the left field line that scored two more runs to give him three RBIs on the night and the Marlins the 6-5 lead. Then a wild pitch brought Harris home and moved Shepherd up to third, who then scored off an RBI single from Zach Miller (University of Delaware) to put the Marlins up three.
The late runs from the Marlins offense switched the momentum into the Marlins hands as in games that Morehead CIty trails after eight innings, they're 0-8. But, at the time were 23-0 when leading after the same about of time and now a perfect 24 for 24.
Prior to heading into the bottom of the eighth the game entered a 15 minute delay as lights in right field went out and had to be reset. But when play resumed, the Marlins pitching staff picked up right where it left off.
It was back-to-back 1-2-3 innings from Ryder Yakel (Harding University) in the eighth and Cal Hehnke (University of Nebraska-Omaha), who struck out the side for his sixth save, gave Morehead the road win.
Between Raines, Yakel and Hehnke, Marlins pitching staff retired the final 13 Pilots that came to the plate.
The Marlins are off tomorrow before playing three more regular season games before the CPL playoffs begin. On Thursday, they'll be on the road at Fayetteville.