The Marlins broke up a scoreless ball game with a couple of runs in the top of the third off Eagle starter Ryan Beck. The Marlin pitching staff blanked the Eagles over the first five innings.
By the fifth, the Marlins had added two more runs to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the frame. The Eagles gave up one more run to the visitors in the sixth before getting on the scoreboard themselves.
McKinzie Torres and Taylor Yeoman scored for the Eagles in the sixth as A.B. Escamilla and Tim Gill got credit for the RBI’s. But, the rally was halted and the Marlins were still clinging to a 5-2 advantage going into the seventh inning.
Port Aransas added three insurance runs to make sure the Eagles did not rally and come from behind to overtake the Marlins. A last-inning rally was not in the making and the Eagles failed to score to make the final an 8-2 victory for the billfish.
Beck took the loss on the mound for the Eagles, who now stand 1-2 in district play as of Monday and 7-11 overall on the season.
“Ryan pitched a great game. He struck out 14 batters in seven innings. The difference tonight was that they made plays defensively and we didn’t,” said head coach Anthony Ramirez.
“We also have to find a way to score runs when Beck is on the mound. In two district games, we’ve scored only two runs for him.”
Torres got one hit in four trips to the plate. Eagle catcher Yeoman was 2-3 and threw out three Marlin base runners who thought they would try and steal a base. James Constante and Escamilla also collected one hit.