MOREHEAD CITY N.C.- The Marlins’ 2014 season wrapped up on Monday evening with a rainout in their scheduled game against the Wilmington Sharks. Morehead City finished up the season with a 19-31 record overall, but a 14-9 record in the second half, which was good for third place in the CPL East.
Morehead City’s torrid second half was fueled by a stretch of games from June 30 to July 25 when they won 15 of 18 games and had two separate five-game winning streaks.
The Marlins as a team finished with a .260 team batting average and a 4.67 team earned run average. Their 13 home runs allowed as a pitching staff were the fewest in all of the CPL.
Offensively, the Marlins were paced by several different key contributors. Johnny Caputo, from Stony Brook University, led the team in home runs with five and RBI with 26. His seven RBI day on June 24 against the Wilson Tobs was the most RBI any player in the CPL had in a game all season.
Blake Graham had the most at bats (171) and hits (48) for Morehead City in 2014. He finished second on the team with nine stolen bases, and had the longest hitting streak with a 12-game streak from June 29 to July 17. During that streak he batted .422 with a home run, four RBI, 12 runs, a triple, four doubles and six stolen bases. He also had the longest on-base streak on the team, reaching base in 18 straight between June 29 and July 26.
Andrew Amaro led the Marlins with 20 stolen bases, giving him 23 for the season between Morehead City and Wilmington and placing him just outside the top five in the league in that category.
Of players with 100 or more at bats, outfielder Jacob Bruce led the way with a .387 batting average and a .435 on-base percentage. He also had the most multi-hit games of any Marlins’ player with fourteen (11 two-hit games, two three-hit games and one four-hit game).
On the mound, reliever Casey Eskew had the lowest earned run average, posting a .59 ERA in 14 appearances (15.1 innings.) He saved a team-high four ballgames.
Right-hander Cal Quantrill went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings, which gave him just enough innings pitched to qualify for the Marlins’ single season record for the lowest ERA in a season (previously 1.78 by Matt Wainman in 2012). His 33 strikeouts were tied for most on the team with Kurt Lipscomb, Whitman Barnes and Davis Kirkpatrick. Quantrill also had the lowest batting average against, with opponents hitting just .160 against him.
The longest scoreless streak for any pitcher belonged to Tyler Thorne, who did not allow a run in 12 1/3 innings from July 17 to July 31. During that streak he struck out 13 batters. The longest scoreless streak by a reliever was held by Logan Hershenow, who did not allow a run from July 2 to July 22, a stretch of 11 2/3 innings (13 strikeouts).
As a team, the Marlins largest division lead was a two game lead over the Pilots on July 25. Their largest home crowd was in their final game, a crowd of 1,907 for their July 31 doubleheader against Fayetteville.
With regards to single game highs, the Marlins’ had their highest single game run total on June 24 (16), hit total on June 30 (17), stolen base total on July 23 (8) and strikeout total by pitchers on July 2 (15).
Three Marlins made the 2014 All-Star team and got a chance to play in front of the home crowd at Big Rock Stadium in the midsummer classic. Quantrill started the game and faced the minimum in the first, striking out two. Kyle Carroll started as the DH and went 0-for-2, while Caputo entered as the reserve third baseman and went 1-for-2. Caputo also competed in the Home Run Derby, where he hit two home runs.
Despite starting the season 2-20, the Marlins came all the way back to finish just 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, 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. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 72 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at