Morehead City, NC June 8, 2013 – The Morehead City Marlins welcomed the United States Military All-Stars to Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City on Saturday night. The Marlins used a powerful performance to take the exhibition 4-2 thanks to a big home run from newcomer, Ryan Muno.
The Marlins struck first in the home half of the second inning when Jeff Kammer crushed a solo home run over the left field wall to give Morehead City the 1-0 advantage. However, the U.S. Military All-Stars used some sneaky base running to tie the game at 1-1 in the top half of the fifth inning. With Tyler Diaz at the plate and the bases loaded, Antonio Rice took a big secondary lead drawing a throw from Morehead City catcher, Brad Haynal. The throw resulted in a 2-3-4-3 putout, but it also resulted in a U.S. Military run as Rice broke from home on the play and scored before Diaz was tagged out.
Muno made his presence felt with a towering home run deep into the woods in left field with Ryan Cranmer and Dalton on base. The Muno blast gave the Marlins all the runs they would need as it extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The U.S. Military All-Stars would get one more run on a bases loaded walk in the eighth, but Kyle Weary pitched himself out of a big jam getting two big strikeouts to end the inning. Robert Whaley tossed three shutout innings to start things off for the Marlins, while Jacob Hoyle came in and allowed just one run and got the win. Adam Quiles was credited with the save for the Marlins. Jordan Egan was credited with the loss in a solid effort on the bump for the U.S. Military All-Stars.
The Marlins are back at Big Rock Stadium on Sunday night to host divisional foe, Peninsula at 7:05 PM.
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