Marlins Comeback Falls Short in Season Opener

Holly Springs, NC –The Morehead City Marlins fell victim to the Holly Springs Salamanders at Ting Stadium 8-5 on the opening night of the Coastal Plains League season.

An unfortunate first two innings left the Marlins with an uphill battle trailing 6-0. Starting pitcher Salvatore Ferro could not work around a pair of early errors and was pulled after the second inning.
Reliever Kyle McKernan was a bright spot for the Marlins tonight, the Gardner-Webb product racked up five strikeouts in two innings of work.

Penn Sealey also contributed well out of the bullpen this evening, blanking the Salamanders in the 7th and 8th innings.

The Marlins trailed 8-0 in the top of the 8th inning before RBI hits from centerfielder Ben Watson, and right fielder Kameron Heath cut the deficit to 8-2.

Then in the top of the ninth, the Morehead City bats started to make things interesting with a pair of clutch two-out RBI knocks from Watson and catcher Zack Miller to trim the deficit to 8-5.
Unfortunately, the threat was quelled and now the Marlins will turn their attention to the home opener tomorrow night at 7:00 at Big Rock Stadium against the in-state rival Wilson Tobs