Morehead City, NC- Another baseball season has arrived, and the Marlins are eager to get started as they have big goals for the year.
After securing the best record in program history but coming up short in the postseason, the Marlins are hungry for some extra fish food to propel them to a Pettit Cup. To do so, Manager Sam Carel comes back to Morehead City for his second season ‘How excited am I to be back? Very excited. But we have unfinished business after the way the season ended last year,’ Cared said.
Ty Bothwell, Shayne Campbell, Kyle McKernan, Dylan Rogers, and McGwire Tuffy return from the 2022 Marlins roster. “They are a part of the Marlins family, so they mean everything to us. Carel Said. It’s just great whenever you see guys from the past coming back who are part of the fabric of Morehead City.”
Shayne Campbell headlines the returners, boasting the second-best batting average on the team last summer at .356. “It’s awesome, I had a great time last summer. I wanted to come back and win some more ball games in Morehead City,” Campbell said. Campbell is coming off of a 15 RBI season at Reinhardt University in Georgia, and he has a good IQ behind the plate. “With all the unique pitchers I haven’t caught for, obviously it’s tough coming in and getting to know how everyone likes to work, how the pitchers move, and what they like to use. But I think it kind of adds to that skillset of being a catcher and the well-rounded mindset you need,” Campbell said.
Shaun Gamelin will get the party started for the Marlins at home from Big Rock Stadium on Friday. The right-hander posted a 9-1 record with a 2.93 ERA in his 2023 season at Rhode Island College. He also established program records for strikeouts in a single season (143) and in a career (258), earning him First Team All-Little East honors, which marked his third career All-LEC recognition. ‘Winning a championship is the goal of every season. We work so hard to reach a certain point, so winning a ring[is the goal], Gamelin said.
The season promises to be very eventful, and the Marlins have their sights set on hoisting the Pettit Cup.
The season will kick off on May 25 in Wilmington, before heading back to the Crystal Coast to take on the Tri-City Chili Peppers on the 26th. First pitch from Big Rock Stadium comes your way at 7PM.