Wilson, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins split the doubleheader with the host Wilson Tobs from Fleming Stadium Saturday evening, winning game one by a final score of 11-6 and fell in the second contest 3-1 in seven innings. The first game was a continuation of suspended play from July 4th.
Morehead City is now 21-26 overall and 8-11 in the second half. Wilson improves to 16-33 overall and 7-11 in the second half of the 2017 campaign. The Marlins have an off-day tomorrow before hosting Wilson for the final time this summer from Big Rock Stadium Monday night. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Game One Recap
Marlins third baseman Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) tallied a game-high six RBIs in a 2-for-6 effort at the plate, while right fielder Jackson Ware (Mercer) finished 3-for-4 with one run scored and a RBI. Catcher Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in.
On July 4th, the Marlins took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a RBI single from Skeels before the Tobs answered with three runs in the bottom frame to grab a 3-1 advantage. Each run was scored on a bases-clearing double from Brady Lloyd (East Carolina).
Morehead City soon opened up the offensive floodgates with a nine-run fifth inning to take a commanding 10-3 lead. The scoring flurry began with a RBI single from Alec Wilson (Stanford) and RBI walk from Sammy Miller (Longwood) to tie the score at 3-3. The rally was followed by the game-winning grand slam from Weeks to give Morehead City a 7-3 advantage.
The contest tonight commenced in the top of the fifth inning with Morehead City leading by a score of 9-3. A RBI ground out from Steven Taylor (Mercer) in the frame put the Marlins up 10-3. Wilson answered with a RBI grounder from CJ Ballard (Georgia Southern) in the bottom of the fifth followed by a run-scoring walk from Jake Holtzapple (North Carolina) to cut the deficit down to 10-5.
The Marlins tallied a crucial insurance run with a RBI single from Ware to extend the advantage out to 11-5 in the top of the ninth inning. Wilson added another run in the home half before MHC right-hander Freddie Beamon (USC Aiken) went the distance to secure the five-run victory.
Beamon got the win on the mound, improving to 3-0. Tobs right-handed starting pitcher Brett Morrison (Lock Haven) took the loss, falling to 0-3. Beamon went five innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and five strikeouts.
Game 2 Recap
The Marlins were held to a season-low one run on three hits from Tobs left-handed starting pitcher Jakob Ryan (George Mason) who tossed a complete game for his third win of the season.
Wilson right fielder Dawnoven Smth (NC A&T) drove in all three runs for the Tobs with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning followed by a RBI single in the bottom frame of the fifth to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage.
Morehead City posted its lone run of the game on a RBI ground out from Weeks scoring Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) to cut the margin down to 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Ryan retired the Marlins in order in the top half of the seventh to secure the twp-run victory.
Smith and Tobs left fielder Andre Nnebe (Santa Clara) each tallied the only four hits of the game for Wilson as Nnebe finished 2-for-3 with one run scored at the plate. For the Marlins, Podkul went 1-for-1 with one run scored, while Miller posted a 1-for-2 mark in the contest. Ware contributed a 1-for-3 effort at the dish.
Ryan improved to 3-2, while Marlins starting righty Nolan Clenney (NC State) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Clenney tossed four innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and seven strikeouts. MHC righty Cody Boydstun (Longwood) went two frame with one earned run allowed on two hits and pair of strikeouts in relief.
About the CPL
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball