Morehead City, N.C. - - - Morehead City Marlins designated hitter/right-handed pitcher Will Matthiessen (Stanford) drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI double off the left field wall to help lead the host Marlins to an exciting 4-3 comeback triumph over the visiting Peninsula Pilots from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Wednesday evening. The Marlins trailed 3-0 before they used four unanswered runs in the bottom of the third and fourth inning to grab the 4-3 advantage and never looked back.
Morehead City improves to 11-9 overall, while Peninsula falls to 12-6. The Marlins have an off-day tomorrow before returning to action Friday night when they travel to Fleming Stadium to face the Wilson Tobs. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. MHC is back home Saturday evening (June 24), hosting the Edenton Steamers at the same time with all the play-by-play action being called on the CPL Web Pass. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on the Marlins Radio Network.
MHC center fielder Sammy Miller (Longwood) topped the Marlins offensive charts, finishing 2-for-4 with a RBI, while second baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) was 1-for-4 with his game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the third inning. Shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) went 1-for-4 with one run scored in the contest.
For Peninsula, center fielder Jonathan Embry (Liberty) led the Pilot bats with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate with one run scored. Designated hitter Spencer Horwitz (Radford) finished 2-for-4, while second baseman Scott Dubrule (Jacksonville) posted a 1-for-4 mark with a RBI.
The Pilots struck first in the top of the second frame on a RBI single from Dubrule to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Peninsula pushed two more runs across in the third inning, highlighted by a RBI double from left fielder Drake McNamara (Southern Indiana) to extend the Pilots advantage out to 3-0.
Morehead City stormed back in the home half of the third inning when a RBI single from Miller put the Marlins on the board to make it 3-1. Corley then scored from third base on the steal attempt by Miller to cut the deficit down to 3-2 before Podkul smacked a solo home run over the left field wall to knot the score up at 3-3.
In the next frame, Matthiessen ripped the go-ahead RBI double to score Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) and grab the 4-3 advantage for the hosts. The Marlins never let go of the lead from that point forward, holding the second-ranked offense in the Coastal Plain League scoreless for the final six innings.
MHC left-handed pitcher Quinton Driggers (Newberry) got the win, improving to 2-1. Driggers tossed three innings of scoreless relief with one hit allowed and two strikeouts. Peninsula starting lefty Paul Hall Jr. (Virginia Tech) took the loss, falling to 0-1. Marlins lefty Anthony Veneziano (Coastal Carolina) also contributed to the Marlins stellar defensive efforts, tallying three strikeouts with only two hits allowed in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Following the Marlins home meeting with Edenton on Saturday (June 24), Morehead City hits the road for back-to-back contests versus Wilson (June 25) and Wilmington (June 26) before returning home to face the Wilson Tobs Tuesday evening (June 27). All first pitches are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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