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On May 26th, 2010 the Morehead City Marlins began their history with a 4-3 win over the Outer Banks Dare Devils.  Two nights later in front of over 2,100 fans, the Marlins beat the Fayetteville Swampdogs in the first game ever at Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium.  The Marlins led by legendary NCAA coach, Jay Bergman (Florida, Central Florida) the Marlins won the second half East Division title and a spot in the 2010 Petitt Cup Playoffs.  The Marlins would fall in the first round to the Edenton Steamers.  The inaugural season for the Marlins ended with an overall record of 34-20.  The 34 wins stood as a Marlins individual season win record until 2018.  
 
In 2014, another first happened in Morehead City when the CPL All-Star Game came to Big Rock Stadium.  The Marlins welcomed fans to the beach with the Home Run Derby and Fan Fest.  The Fan Fest was kicked off with a concert by country music superstar Sam Hunt and saw baseballs fly during the home run derby.  The next night, the 2014 CPL All-Star Game took center stage.  The game got kicked off with Governor Pat McCrory throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch and welcoming players and fans to Big Rock Stadium.  On the mound, the East All-Stars were represented by Marlins starting pitcher Cal Quantrill (Stanford, 2016 1st Round draft pick, San Diego Padres).  The West All-Stars went on to a 7-5 win over the East All-Stars.  
 
After a 6 year absence from the Petitt Cup Playoffs, the Morehead City Marlins led by head coach Jason Wood (Pitt CC) clinched the 4th seed.  The Marlins would fall in the first round again to the top-seeded Peninsula Pilots 8-4 ending the Marlins season with a record of 30-25.
 
Led by head coach Jesse Lancaster (Mount Olive University), the Marlins 2018 season would change the history of the franchise. The 2018 Marlins would set numerous team records including wins (38), winning percentage (70%), strikeouts (304), and ERA (2.74).  The Marlins would go on to win the East Division first and second half for the first time in team history.
 
The Marlins began the 2018 Petitt Cup playoffs at home against the Fayetteville Swampdogs in one of the most thrilling playoff games in CPL history.  After 5:05 minutes and 16 innings, Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) drove a double into the right-center gap to score Alex Pimentel from second and the Marlins advanced to the NorthEast Championship game against the Wilson Tobs. Led by Alex Pimentels 2 RBI night and clutch late-inning pitching from the bullpen, the Marlins would go on to beat the Wilson Tobs 4-2 to advance to their first-ever Petitt Cup Championship series against the Thomasville Hi-Toms.  In game one, the Marlins offense came alive with 14 hits and 11 runs to take game 1, 11-6.  In game two, the Marlins returned to Big Rock Stadium and kept the hot bats going.  The Marlins pounded out 7 runs on 9 hits and used another shutdown bullpen performance to defeat Thomasville 7-4 for the franchise's first Coastal Plain League Championship.  
 
Coming off the franchise's first CPL Championship, the Marlins showed no signs of slowing down.  The records continued to fall in 2019 as the Marlins continued their winning ways.  On July 3rd, down 0-2 in the count to Colby Johnson, the Marlins left fielder sent a long home run over the left-field to give the Marlins a 13-12 win over the Peninsula Pilots breaking the Coastal Plain League record for consecutive wins with their 14th straight win.  The Marlins would go on to win the East Division first and second half titles for the second straight year.  
 
Like 2018, the Marlins began the 2019 playoffs against the Fayetteville Swampdogs at Big Rock Stadium.  In the same fashion, the Marlins would defeat the Swampdogs 5-3 to send the Marlins back to the NorthEast Championship game for a rematch with the Wilson Tobs.  Led by a dominating pitching performance from Conner Shultz (Butler) and the bullpen, the Marlins would defeat the Tobs again 4-1 and advance to their second straight Petitt Cup Championship series against the Macon Bacon.  In Macon, Ga. the Marlins used another strong pitching performance from Tyler Blomster (Colorado Mines) and Cal Henke (Nebraska Omaha) to shut out the Bacon 3-0 and take game one.  In the second game of the series at Big Rock Stadium, the Marlins fell short as the Bacon took the second game to even the series.  The decisive third game from Big Rock Stadium saw the Marlins put it all together.  Clutch hitting and another signature dominant bullpen led the Marlins to a 6-2 win for the franchise's second consecutive Petitt Cup Championship.