MOREHEAD CITY — The Marlins’ winning streak hit double digits Friday with a 14-5 blowout of the Peninsula Pilots to give the squad its 10th win in a row.

Morehead City clinched a Coastal Plain League playoff spot for the second straight season Thursday after edging the Fayetteville SwampDogs 5-4.

The collegiate wood-bat outfit also clinched the East Division in the first half of the season with the win and is guaranteed a home playoff game.

The defending CPL champion is tied for the best record in the league at 18-7. The Gastonia Grizzlies, who have won four in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10, are also 18-7.

The Marlins took the lopsided contest versus the Pilots (12-13) to improve to 10-2 at Big Rock Stadium.

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MOREHEAD CITY — West Carteret placed three players on the N.C. Softball Coaches Association All-State Team, while East Carteret had two.

Ashley Brie Caldwell, Alyssa Hall and Makyiah Mitchell represented the Patriots on the 3A team, while Ashlyn Guthie and Alex O’Neal were on the 1A squad.

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GREENVILLE — Mackenzie Whitaker says she feels “OK” about her sophomore season at East Carolina. Many would feel fantastic about it, but not many have her high standards.

The former West Carteret standout finished second in the long jump at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships and took fifth at the AAC Outdoor Championships.

“I struggled with injuries a ton,” she said. “I don’t think it will top my freshman year.”

Whitaker had a breakout campaign during her first year in a Pirates uniform, earning the runner-up spot at the AAC Outdoor Championships. She qualified for the USA Junior Nationals where she took sixth.

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