Holly Springs, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (18-4) defeated Holly Springs (7-17) for the fifth time this season with a 6-4 victory at Ting Park.
Octavio Mirabal (King University) made his fifth start of the summer overall and second against Holly Springs. Mirabal has now pitched into at least the fifth inning in every start so far. The senior only allowed two earned runs off of two hits on his way to his third win.
In the top of the third inning Danton Hyman (Newberry College) extend his hitting streak to 11-games with a one out single. Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) and Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) drew walks in the following two plate appearances. With the bases loaded Joe Mason (Pitt CC) then launched his second homerun of the summer over the left field wall to give the Marlins a 4-0 lead.
The Salamanders used a pair of hits and a walk to add two runs back on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the next inning, Johnson's grounder to the left side was bobbled by Holly Spring's third baseman, allowing the Marlins to start the frame with a runner aboard. Johnson then moved into scoring position as he picked up his tenth stolen base of the summer. Lewis's ground ball to the right side moved Johnson to third. Mason then flew out to deep left-center field, with Johnson tagging and coming into score Mason notched his fifth-RBI of the night.
In the bottom of the sixth, Holly Springs scored two more runs off two hits in the frame to cut the Marlins lead to 5-4.
Brandon Marklund (Bryan College) made his team-most eleventh appearance of the summer as he held the Salamanders scoreless in the eighth inning.
Pinch hitter Riley Campbell (Toledo) reached base as he was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this season. Campbell then stole second and moved over to third after Alex Pimentel (Southwestern Oklahoma) laid down a sacrifice bunt. Campbell then scored the sixth run of the game for Morehead City on a wild pitch.
Kenny Wells (Seton Hill) slammed the door shut in the ninth, notching his league-best seventh save of the season. Wells faced two hitters in the inning, striking out two and recording a ground out.
Team Records: Morehead City (18-4), Holly Springs (7-17)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City improves to 18-3 overall and 11-2 record on the road, remaining in first place of the CPL and in the East division.
- The Marlins are 17-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
- The Marlins are 4-1 when playing on Thursday nights.
- Danton Hyman has at least one hit in 21-of-22 contests.
- Kenny Wells leads the league with seven saves.
- Morehead City is now 5-0 against Holly Springs this season.
The Marlins return home Friday night for a doubleheader against non-divisional opponent Edenton beginning at 6:05 p.m.