Wilmington, N.C. - - - In a pair of make-up games for the rainout on June 8, the Morehead City Marlins swept the doubleheader over the Wilmington Sharks from Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Wednesday evening. The Marlins took both games by final scores of 6-5 and 8-6, respectively.
Morehead City improves to 7-7, while Wilmington falls 5-8. The Marlins return home Thursday night to face the Sharks from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start with all the live play-by-play action being called on the CPL Web Pass.
Game 1 Recap
The Marlins bounced back from a 6-3 loss to Holly Springs one night ago, defeating the host Sharks by a final score of 6-5 in the first game of the double dip. MHC left fielder Sammy Miller (Longwood) led the offensive efforts with a 3-for-3 performance, scoring a pair of runs and tallying a RBI.
Marlins right fielder Jackson Ware (Mercer) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and one run scored. Designated hitter Derek Olenchuk (Newberry) finished 1-for-3 with a team-leading two RBIs, while center fielder Mike Warren (Armstrong State) posted a 1-for-3 mark with a run driven in.
For Wilmington, third baseman Ben Highfill (Liberty) topped the Sharks offensive charts, finishing 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Second baseman Luke Morgan (College of Charleston) and catcher Danny Wondrack (College of Charleston) each contributed a 1-for-3 effort with a run scored, while Morgan posted a RBI.
Morehead City sprinted to the early 4-0 advantage beginning with a two-RBI single by Olenchuk in the opening frame to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Olenchuk's base knock was followed by a pair of runs in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Warren and second baseman Steven Taylor (Mercer) scoring on a wild pitch.
The Marlins added two more insurance runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings on a RBI single by Ware (4th) and a run-scoring double by Miller (5th) to extend the margin out to 6-0. Wilmington would attempt a furious comeback with five runs in the home half of the sixth inning to trim the deficit down to 6-5; however, the MHC defense held strong in the seventh to hold on for the one-run victory.
MHC starting right-handed pitcher Will Hartsell (Charleston Southern) got the win, improving to 2-0. Wilmington starting righty Colby Lee (South Carolina) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Marlins lefty Octavio Mirabal (King University) earned his fifth save of the season. Hartsell posted a solid starting effort, tossing four innings while allowing only one hit and no runs with five strikeouts.
Game 2 Recap
The Marlins tallied their fifth win in the last six games with an 8-6 triumph over Wilmington to complete the doubleheader sweep. Catcher Mark Castellucci (Montevallo) led the MHC bats going 3-for-3 with a RBI, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) came in as a pinch hitter and posted a game-high three RBIs, finishing 1-for-2 on the evening.
For Wilmington, designated hitter Kep Brown (Spartanburg Methodist) finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs to lead the Shark offensive charge. Center fielder Justin Dean (Lenoir-Rhyne) and Morgan each went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Catcher Brian Parreira (USC Aiken) was 2-for-4 with a run driven in.
Morehead City once again took the early lead in opening frame on a RBI single by right fielder Nick Gobert (Southern Indiana) and Olenchuk scoring on a balk to take a 2-0 lead. Wilmington responded with a run in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit in half before the Marlins broke the game open with three runs in the third to grab the commanding 5-1 lead.
The inning began with a RBI single by Taylor followed by a two-run pinch hit double by Podkul to add insurance for the visiting Marlins. Morehead plated three more runs in the top of the fourth with RBIs from Taylor, Castellucci and Podkul to push the MHC lead out to 8-1.
Wilmington continued to fight with a four-run sixth inning to cut the deficit down to 8-5. The offensive surge was ignited by a RBI double from Morgan followed by a sacrifice fly from first baseman Riley Knudsen (College of Charleston) to make it 8-3. Brown then smacked a two-run home run over the left field wall to trim the margin down to 8-5. Wilmington tallied one more score in the final frame, but the Marlins held on for the two-run triumph.
MHC starting lefty Quinton Driggers (Newberry) got the win, improving to 1-1. Wilmington righty Noah Michael (South Alabama) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Marlins lefty Anthony Veneziano (Coastal Carolina) tallied his first save of the season.
Following the home contest Thursday night, Morehead City hits the road for back-to-back games at Wilmington (June 16) and Edenton (June 17) with first pitches slated for 7:05 p.m. MHC then hosts a brief two-game homestand against Edenton (June 18) and Wilmington (June 19) before an off-day on June 20. Both games are set for the same time.
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