Holly Springs, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins saw their brief three-game win streak come to a halt in a 6-3 loss to the host Holly Springs Salamanders from the North Main Athletic Complex Tuesday evening. Marlins grabbed the early 2-0 advantage in the opening frame, but the Salamanders responded with three unanswered runs in the next two innings and never looked back.
Morehead City is now 5-7 overall, while Holly Springs improves to 4-9. The Marlins conclude their two-game road trip tomorrow evening at Wilmington before returning to Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Thursday night versus the same Wilmington Sharks. Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start.
Marlins second baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) continues his scorching start to the season, leading the MHC offense with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate and a run scored. The Fighting Irish sophomore is 5-for-9 with a pair of RBIs in his first two contests.
MHC first baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) equaled Podkul's 2-for-4 mark with a RBI, while left fielder Derek Olenchuk (Newberry) finished 2-for-3 with a run driven in. Third baseman Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) went 1-for-4 and a run scored.
For Holly Springs, left fielder Dalton Hoiles (Shippensburg) led all batters with a game-high 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a run scored. Designated hitter Brett Brubaker (Mars Hill) and shortstop Tripp Shelton (UNC Greensboro) each went 2-for-4 with Shelton scoring two runs and tallying a RBI.
MHC center fielder Joe Mason (Wingate) scored on an error followed by a sacrifice fly from Olenchuk to make it a 2-0 Marlins lead in the top of the first inning. The Salamanders answered in the home half with a RBI by catcher Peyton Isaacson (Coastal Carolina) to cut the deficit down to 2-1.
Holly Springs then plated the tying and game-winning runs in the bottom of the second, beginning with a RBI walk by center fielder Cory Wood (Coastal Carolina). The Salamanders took the 3-2 advantage on a sacrifice fly by Hoiles and held the lead for the remainder of the contest.
The hosts added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom frame of the fifth when Hoiles scored on a wild pitch and Shelton clubbed a solo home run to extend the margin out to 5-2. Morehead City tallied a run in the following frame on a RBI single by Weeks to cut the deficit down to 5-3. Holly Springs posted another run in the home half of the eighth to take the 6-3 lead and hold on for the victory.
Salamanders starting right-handed pitcher Cam Colmore (East Carolina) got the win, improving to 1-0. Marlins starting righty Kip DeShields (Youngstown State) took the loss, evening up his record at 1-1. Colmore posted a solid starting effort, allowing one earned run on six hits in six total innings pitched. DeShields went 3 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Following the Marlins conclusion of their road trip on Wednesday (June 14), Morehead City returns home to the friendly confines of Big Rock Stadium, hosting the Wilmington Sharks for a 7:05 p.m. start. Listen to the play-by-play action on the CPL Web Pass with live updates via Twitter (@MHCMarlins). Join us for Drive-Thru Thursday presented by Chick Fil-A with $1 beer and Pepsi products, along with the annual Chamber Night at the ballpark.
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