Fayetteville, NC - A day after a heartbreaking home opening loss to the Wilson Tobs, the Morehead City Marlins traveled to J.P. Riddle Stadium in search of their first win of the 2017 season. The search will have to continue however, as they were downed by the Fayetteville SwampDogs 6-4, dropping them to 0-3.
The Marlins struck first in this one when Daulton Weeks (USC-Aiken) drove in Joe Mason (Wingate) on an RBI groundout to give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead. This was the first time this season that the Marlins were the pioneers when it comes to scoring. The SwampDogs would respond right back in their half of the first on an RBI double by Nick Perkins to tie the game at one.
Disaster struck for the Marlins in the 3rd when RBI singles by Nick Perkins and Marquis Lanier off of the Marlin starting pitcher, Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame). Holubecki was chased in that same inning after allowing four runs to give the SwampDogs a 5-1 lead. The Marlin bullpen came in with a lot of work to do and rose to the challenge, holding Fayetteville to just one run throughout the rest of the game. Patrick McDonald (Notre Dame) kept the Marlins in the game long enough to give them a chance to win.
Both teams exchanged scoreless fourth, fifth, and sixth innings until the seventh when Andrew Hawkins hit an RBI triple to score Nick Perkins.
The Marlins took advantage of some bad baseball in the eighth inning when Mike Warren (Armstrong State) and Joe Mason walked. Two runs would later score thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Andrew Hawkins which cut the SwampDog lead to three. Colton Pogue (Pittsburg State) added on another one when he drove in Daulton Weeks (USC-Aiken) to pull the Marlins within two.
The rally would come to a screeching halt there, however, as the Marlins couldn't figure out Ricky Heagarty in the ninth. He sent the fish down in order to earn the save and preserve the victory for his Fayetteville squad.
The next Marlins game is Friday, June 2nd in Morehead City at Big Rock Stadium against the Wilmington Sharks. This will be the first of many meetings between the two coastal rivals this year, as this matchup is scheduled for a total of 16 times this year. The Sharks won the season series last year by winning six of the ten matchups. Morehead City will be ready to come out fins blazing and earn their first win of the new season. First pitch is at 7:05 and the gates open at 6:00.
About the CPL
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.