Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins offense exploded for six runs in the first two innings; however, the host Marlins could not overcome a five-run fourth inning from the visiting Edenton Steamers in a 11-6 defeat from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Sunday evening. MHC righty Cody Boydstun (Longwood) posted a solid outing of relief, tossing 3 2/3 innings with two earned runs on five hits with a season-high five strikeouts to keep the Marlins within striking distance.
Morehead City is now 9-9 overall, while Edenton improves to 10-8. The Marlins will remain at Big Rock Stadium tomorrow night, playing the Wilmington Sharks for the fourth time in the last five contests. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with the play-by-play action being called on the CPL Webpass. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on the Marlins Radio Network.
MHC third baseman Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) topped the Marlins offensive charts with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate and one run scored. Shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) finished 2-for-4 with one run scored, while catcher Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) went 1-for-4 with a RBI on his second home run of the season. First baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) also tallied a 1-for-4 effort with a pair of RBIs.
For Edenton, centerfielder James Galazin (St. Johns) led all batters with six total RBIs in a 3-for-4 outing at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Galazin finished one double shy of the cycle with a two-run home run, triple and single in the contest. Catcher William Robbins (Francis Marion) finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI, while second baseman Dominic Cuevas (NC Central) was for 2-for-4 and scored a game-high three runs.
A sacrifice fly from Steamers designated hitter Jason Agresti (Binghamton) gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame. The Marlins quickly answered on a two-RBI single by Daulton Weeks to jump in front 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
The bats were cooking from both teams through the first two innings as Edenton answered with a two-run homer from Galazin, allowing the Steamers to retake the lead at 3-2 in the top of the second inning. The two-run shot was followed by a big inning from the MHC offense, scoring four runs in the home half of the second frame to grab the 6-3 advantage.
A game-tying solo shot from Skeels commenced the offensive fireworks before Putzig plated the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to make it 4-3 Marlins. Designated hitter Derek Olenchuk (Newberry) then ripped a two-run single up the middle to extend the MHC advantage out to 6-3. The Marlins would not score any runs for the remainder of the game from this point forward.
Edenton's five-run fourth inning was the difference maker in the contest, beginning with a solo home run from third baseman Anthony Maselli (Boston College) to cut the lead down to 6-4. Two batters later, Galazin tallied a two-run triple and scored all the way from home on an error by the shortstop give Edenton a 7-6 lead on one swing of the bat. The Steamers then added an insurance score to make it 8-6 on a RBI single by Agresti.
Neither team would score until the top of the eighth inning when Edenton tallied a pair of runs on a two-RBI by Galazin to push the Steamer advantage out to 10-6. A RBI base-knock from Robbins plated the 11th run for Edenton to seal the five-run victory for the Steamers. Edenton right-handed pitcher Eric Freeman (Tennessee) got the win, improving to 1-1. Morehead City starting lefty Heath Mitchem (Catawba) took the loss, falling to 1-2.
Following the 7:05 meeting tomorrow night with Wilmington, the Marlins will have an off-day on Tuesday (June 20) before hosting the Peninsula Pilots Wednesday evening (June 21) to conclude the homestand. Morehead City will have another off-day on Thursday before traveling to Wilson to face the Tobs (June 23) from Historic Fleming Stadium. All games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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