Clams Swallow Morehead City Marlins in Second Half Opener


Morehead City MarlinsEDENTON, N.C. – The Edenton Steamers (1-0 second half, 19-8 overall) dropped eight runs in the third inning over the Morehead City Marlins (0-1 second half, 10-18 overall) en route to a 15-4 victory in the first game of the second half for each team at Historic Hicks Field Saturday evening.

After the Steamers already led 1-0 through two innings, the Marlins took the lead in the top of the third when Chad Shannon singled and Jarrett Higgins followed up with his first home run of the summer to make the score 2-1 in favor of Morehead City.

The Steamers opened the floodgates in the bottom of the third inning however, plating eight runs on seven hits, highlighted by a solo home run from Jason Kanzler, a two-run double from Mike Camporeale and a bases loaded, bases clearing double by Koby Kraemer to put Edenton ahead 9-2.

Then in the fourth inning, after the Marlins scored one in the top of the inning, Robbie Zinsmeister knocked his first home run of the season, a grand slam to left field that gave the Steamers a 13-4 lead. Edenton tacked on one more run before the night was complete to close the scoring at 15-4.

Kevin Bibler (2-0) earned the win, his second of the week against the Marlins after defeating Morehead City in game two of last Sunday’s doubleheader while Matt Ogden (1-1) absorbed the loss.

The Marlins are back home tomorrow night as they host the Fayetteville SwampDogs at Big Rock Stadium. It’s Koozie Night presented by Consumer Concepts and Super Duper Sunday presented by Time Warner Cable where kids run the bases after the game. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. as Matt Sutor has the live broadcast on CPL WebPass beginning approximately 10 minutes prior to first pitch.

Notes: The loss was the second-largest of the season for the Marlins, as they dropped a 14-2 decision to the Fayetteville SwampDogs on June 2… The Marlins closed the month of June with a 9-17 record… The Marlins are now 5-16 when the opponent scores first.

The Morehead City Marlins is a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 52 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at  www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).For Marlins ticket and team information, please visit www.mhcmarlins.com.