The Morehead City Marlins plated four runs in the third inning and didn't look back for the remainder of the game. The hard-hitting Marlins delivered sixteen hits on the afternoon and dominated the Salamanders 11 – 2 on Holly Springs Night at Ting Park.
Salamander starting pitcher Tom Gugliomello retired the first seven Marlin batters of the game. However, Marlin shortstop Bryan Kowalski delivered a base hit as the second batter of the third inning and the hitting barrage began. The Marlins scored four runs in the third inning, three in the fourth, and two runs each in the seventh and ninth innings to tally eleven total runs on the afternoon. The Salamanders broke a twenty-nine inning scoreless drought in the fourth inning with back to back home runs by Ian Bailey and Liam Hicks. However, that was going to be the end of the scoring for Holly Springs for the remainder of the afternoon.
The Marlins had multiple hit afternoons from Jace Mercer, Hunter Shepherd, Daniel Little, Zach Miller, Bryan Kowalski, and Tony Mack. Liam Hicks delivered two hits on the afternoon for the Manders including his solo home run in the fourth inning.
The Salamanders begin to wind down their 2019 summer schedule with the next of their four remaining games taking place tomorrow evening at Edenton as they face the Steamers. The first pitch against the Steamers will be at 7:05 p.m. The Salamanders remaining two games at home will be next Thursday and Saturday evening.