Updated July 24 2017
Morehead City Marlins catcher Kyle Skeels (Coastal Carolina) had another huge night at the plate with a pair of solo home runs; however, the Marlins dropped their ninth consecutive game to the Wilmington Sharks by a final score of 7-4 from Puck O’Neal at Big Rock Stadium Monday evening. Skeels has posted four home runs and 10 total RBIs in the last two games.
Morehead City is now 19-22 overall and 6-7 in the second half, snapping its three-game win streak. Wilmington wins their sixth straight contest, improving to 24-19 overall and 11-4 in the second half of the 2017 campaign. The Marlins begin a crucial three-game road trip tomorrow night, traveling to Ting Stadium to face the Holly Springs Salamanders. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
MHC shortstop Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) supported Skeels’ offensive efforts, finishing 2-for-3 with a RBI. Steven Taylor (Mercer) and Alec Wilson (Stanford) each went 1-for-3 at the plate with one run scored. For Wilmington, Justin Dean (Lenoir-Rhyne) and Michael Sandle (South Alabama) each tallied a 3-for-4 effort at the top of the Sharks order, while Sandle drove in a pair of runs.
Wilmington started hot offensively, recording three runs in the opening frame to grab an early 3-0 advantage. A RBI ground out from Brian Parreira (USC Aiken) and two-run double from Dayton Dugas (Wichita State) put the Sharks in front early.
Two innings later, a solo home run from Skeels got the Marlins on the board in the bottom half of the third inning to make it a 3-1 contest. The Sharks soon responded with four unanswered runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings to extend their advantage out to 7-1. Sandle’s two-RBI single in the sixth frame gave Wilmington its largest lead of the night.
Morehead City added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo shot from Skeels and RBI double from Podkul to trim the deficit down to 7-3. The Marlins attempted a late comeback in the bottom half of the ninth inning with a RBI double from Mike Warren (Armstrong State), but it would not be enough as the Sharks secured the four-run triumph.
Wilmington starting right-handed pitcher Mitch Spence (USC Aiken) got the win, improving to 1-2. Marlins starting lefty Ryan Flores (Lander) took the loss, falling to 0-1 in his first start of the season. The MHC pitching trio of Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame), Quinton Driggers (Newberry) and Charlie King (Davidson) threw a combined three innings of scoreless relief with no earned runs allowed on one hit.
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