Pilots Fly Away from Fish, Marlins Lose 6-2
Morehead City, NC -- The Morehead City Marlins came back to Big Rock Stadium, looking to build off their first win of the season. The Peninsula Pilots had other plans though, as they flew in and defeated Morehead City 6-2, pushing their winning streak to start the season up to five. The Marlins still have yet to win a game at home and their record has dropped to 1-5.
The Pilots struck early in the top of the first when Chris Lehane grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in Jonathan Embry. They would add to that in the second inning, plating another run on an RBI single by Embry to make the score 2-0.
Peninsula would go back up by two runs in the fifth when Jack Owens hit a solo home run off Freddie Beamon (USC-Aiken) to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
Both teams didn't score again until the eighth, when the Pilots put up three runs thanks to a two run moon shot by Drew Delsignore and an RBI single by Jonathan Embry. Embry would be the thorn in the Marlins side all night as he went 4-5 at the dish with two RBI's.
Morehead City wouldn't go down without a fight though, as they added one in their half of the eighth with an RBI single from Weeks to make the score 6-2. All night long, the Marlins had opportunities to bring home more runs, as they stranded a total of 11 runners on base throughout the game, including in eight of the nine innings.
Matt Mullenbach came in for a three inning save and gave up one run, but closed out the game and guided Peninsula to its fifth straight win to start the season.
Derek Olenchuk (Newberry College) and Weeks led the way for the Fish, both going 2-4 and combining for three doubles.
The next Marlins next game is tomorrow when they take on the Wilson Tobs at Fleming Field. The game starts at 7:05 PM and can be heard on CPL WebPass.
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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.