HOLLY SPRINGS, NC – A ninth inning sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Isaac Coffey sent the No. 5 Holly Spring Salamanders to a 5-4 walk-off win over No. 4 Morehead City Marlins inside Ting Stadium Saturday night. This is the first time this season that the Salamanders have been victorious over the Marlins.
Coffey had 2 RBIs on the night, one in the bottom of the fourth when he doubled and brought in Jake Gitter for the first run of the night. His second being the sacrifice fly that brought home Ben Miller to win the game. The second run of the night was scored after Justin Quinn launched a ball right over the outfield fence in the bottom of the fifth for his first home run of the season and put the Salamanders within one run of the Marlins. Jax Cash who was 1-4 with a walk and tied the game with an RBI single in the seventh inning extended his game hitting streak to seven.
In his seventh start of the season, Kyle Mott tossed 4.2 innings, while striking out a season high seven batters. Mike Walsh relieved Mott and pitched 3.1 innings, collecting four strikeouts. Andrew Barker (2-0) then came in the top of the ninth to collect his second win of the season striking out one batter in 1.0 inning of relief.
Brendan Bean (0-2) took the loss for the Marlins, giving up two runs over 1.2 innings pitched.
The Marlins took the lead in the top of the fifth by a wild pitch that sent Zack Smith home. Hunter Shepherd then steps up to the plate and hits a single that brought home Jeff Wehler for an earned run.
Morehead scored another run in the top of the eighth from Joe Mason hitting a double that brought home Zack Miller to advance to a one-point lead once again over the salamanders.
The Salamanders return back to Ting Stadium tomorrow for Superhero night against the Asheboro Copperheads. Sunday’s first pitch is slated for 5:40pm. You can catch the action like always on flobaseball.tv