Morehead City, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins hosted the Wilmington Sharks for the final time in the 2017 season, falling by a final score of 7-1 from Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium Friday evening. The Marlins drop their ninth consecutive game to the Sharks, facing Wilmington one more time in the 2017 campaign on August 5 from Buck Hardee Field.
Morehead City is now 20-25 overall and 7-10 in the second half. Wilmington improves to 28-19 overall and 15-4 in the second half, currently riding a 10-game win streak. The Marlins travel to Fleming Stadium tomorrow for a doubleheader versus the Wilson Tobs. The first game will pick up in the top of the fifth inning with Morehead City leading 9-3, while the second contest will last seven total innings. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m with both games being broadcasted live on the Marlins Mixlr Station starting at 4:20.
MHC second baseman Steven Taylor (Mercer) led the Marlins offensive charts, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. First baseman Will Matthiessen (Stanford) went 1-for-3 and drove in the Marlins only run of the contest, while Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) and Alec Wilson (Stanford) posted a 1-for-3 mark at the dish.
For Wilmington, Michael Sandle (South Alabama) led the Sharks' bats going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Brian Parreira (USC Aiken) topped the Sharks statistical charts with 3-for-5 performance and a RBI, while Dan Wondrack (College of Charleston) was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in.
The Sharks struck first and never looked back on a RBI single from Parreira in the opening frame to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage. Wilmington soon tallied four runs in the next innings with three home runs to extend its lead out to 5-0. Back-to-back solo shots from Wondrack and Thatcher Coleman (Presbyterian College) followed by a two-run homer from Sandle highlighted the offensive surge.
Morehead City got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Matthiessen, scoring Mark Castellucci (Univ. of Montevallo) to trim the deficit down to 5-1. Wilmington soon tallied a pair of runs on a RBI double from Wondrack in the top of the fifth inning and a run-scoring single from Cam Locklear in the top of the eighth to make it a 7-1 game.
Sharks lefty relief pitcher Caleb Bishop (Western Carolina) sealed the deal in the ninth inning to secure the 10th straight win for Wilmington. Sharks starting right-hander Logan Michaels (Oral Roberts) got the win, improving to 2-1. Marlins starting righty Zach Usselman (NC State) took the loss, falling to 1-2. Michaels tossed 7 1/3 inning, allowing no earned runs on four hits and five strikeouts.
The Marlins have an off-day on Sunday before returning home to Big Rock Stadium Monday evening against the Wilson Tobs. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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