MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (7-1) used a balance attack to defeat Holly Springs, 7-1, at Big Rock Stadium on Friday night. The clubs seventh-consecutive becomes the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.
Zach Keenan (Middle Tennessee) tossed the longest outing of the summer for the Marlins, completing seven innings on the mound. After two runners reached base and scored in the first frame, Keenan retired 13 hitters in a row. The Blue Raider freshman would only allow two more base runners in his outing. His final line included six strikeouts and only allowing three hits and the lone run.
Luke Shadid (Bradley University) knocked a one-out double to left field in the second. Riley Campbell (Toledo) then smoked a fastball out of the stadium for his first homerun of the year, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead.
Brendan Dougherty led off the third inning by drawing a walk. Ari Sechopoulos (College of Charleston) laced a single to right field that brought Dougherty into score, recording his fourth RBI of the summer. Chaston Gordon (Pfeiffer) then reached on an error by the Salamanders shortstop, allowing Sechopoulos to score the fourth Morehead City run of the game.
Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) started the bottom of the fourth with a walk and then stole second. A sacrifice bunt from Danton Hyman (Newberry College) moved him to third. Dougherty's grounder to the shortstop was deep enough to bring Johnson into score, pushing the Marlins lead to 5-1.
Johnson reached on a one-out walk just two innings later in the sixth. Johnson stole second and third base in the following at bats and then came into score the Marlins sixth run of the game on a wild pitch.
Hunter Shepherd (Catawba Valley) took the mound for the Marlins in the eighth inning. A pair of lead off hits in the inning were negated after a line out to center field and a double play to close the frame.
Hyman's one-out single in the eighth put the speedster on the base paths. An error on Holly Springs was enough for Hyman to score, moving the score to 7-1.
Zack Mathes (St. Andrews) was the third and final pitcher used by the Marlins in the contest. Mathes worked around a leadoff walk to close the game, keeping the Salamanders at bay, and securing the team's seventh-consecutive win.
Team Records: Morehead City (7-1), Holly Springs (2-6)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City has now won seven-straight contests.
- The seven-game winning streak ties the second-longest streak in franchise history.
- The 7-1 start ties the best start in team history, after beginning 7-1 in the inaugural season of 2010.
- Zach Keenan earned his first win in his first start this summer.
- Friday night's game marks the first time this season the Marlins defense went errorless.
- Riley Campbell notched his first homerun of the season.
- The club notched six stolen basses in the game.
- Johnson's four swiped bags ties teammate Danton Hyman for the most in a single-game. in the Marlins all-time record book
- Morehead City leads the season series with Holly Springs 2-0.
The Marlins travel north to Hampton, Va. to face the Peninsula Pilots with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at War Memorial Stadium.