MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (24-9) shellacked the Wilmington Sharks (11-22), 8-2, at Big Rock Stadium on Friday night.
Although the hit column on the scoreboard was equal at six for both clubs, the run differential was exactly that as well. Morehead City took advantage of eight defensive Shark errors and nine walks delivered by Wilmington's bullpen in the win. The nine walks and eight errors were the most an opposing team had given up to Morehead City this summer.
The Marlins got on the board earlier in the bottom of the first inning after Danton Hyman (Newberry College) drew a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. After Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) and Hunter Shepherd (Catawba College) each drew walks, Luke Shadid (Bradley University) laced an infield single to score Hyman as the first run of the contest.
Alex Pimentel (Southwestern Oklahoma) led off the second with a single to right-center field. Two defensive errors from Wilmington allowed Pimentel to score the second run of the night.
Jake Lewis (UNC-Greensboro) tossed three innings in his first start of the summer. The junior retired the first seven batters he faced, including five-consecutive strikeouts. Lewis's final line boasted no runs, just two hits, five strikeouts and one walk.
Dawson Moser (Arkansas-Monticello) secured his third win of the summer after pitching the fourth and fifth innings. The senior only allowed one hit and struck out three of the seven batters he faced.
Morehead City's offense came back alive in the fifth inning, after Shepherd drew a walk to start the frame. Shadid then doubled down the left field line that was followed by Brendan Dougherty (Bradley University) securing walk no. 27 on his season. Pimentel fly-out to centerfield brought Shadid into score. Will Johnson's (Eastern Kentucky) single up the middle brought Dougherty into score and give the Marlins a 5-0 cushion.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Shadid reached on a Wilmington error with one out. Dougherty then knocked a single to centerfield that move Shadid to third. Dominick Cammarata's fly-ball to center field allowed Shadid to tag and score. Pimentel's second single of the night followed and brought his second RBI in to push the Marlin's lead to 7-0.
Hyman began the seventh with a groundball on the left side that turned into the seventh error on the Sharks defense. The junior then stole bag No. 14, a team-most, forcing an overthrow from Wilmington and moving Hyman up to third. Lewis's groundball scored Hyman and gave the home team an 8-0 lead.
Wilmington added two runs back in the top of the ninth after three consecutive singles. The rally was quickly negated after an infield double-play.
Team Records: Morehead City (24-9), Wilmington (11-22)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City moves to 24-9 overall and 12-4 record at home, remaining in first place of the CPL and in the East division.
- Dawson Moser earned his third win of the summer.
- Alex Pimentel posted his fourth multi-hit game this season.
- When leading after the seventh inning Morehead City is now 20-0.
- The Marlins are now 12-0 when scoring six or more runs.
- The Marlins are 6-1 when playing on Friday nights.
- Morehead City 7-4 against Wilmington.
The three-game home stand continues for Morehead City with a Saturday night contest against the Holly Springs Salamanders at 7:05 p.m.