MOREHEAD CITY — The Morehead City Marlins extended their win streak to 12 games Monday with a convincing 7-2 victory over the Fayetteville SwampDogs.

Facing the only East Division team capable of challenging their seat atop the standings, the Fish struck first and struck hard with three runs in the first inning and a 6-2 lead after five.

The win marked the first game of the second half of the Coastal Plain League season. The Marlins (20-7 overall) finished the first half of the season a CPL-best 19-7, ensuring a home playoff game in the first round of the postseason.

The Marlins closed out the first half of their season Saturday with a 2-0 victory over the Holly Springs Salamanders (11-15). Starting and winning pitcher Tyler Blomster struck out 13 in 6 2/3 innings.

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MOREHEAD CITY — Before last year, the Morehead City Marlins had never posted a best half-season record in the Coastal Plain League.

The wood-bat summer collegiate franchise has always enjoyed win streaks, but before last year, it had never won a half-season segment. CPL seasons are split in two with winners of each half enjoying certain benefits. With a 19-7 record as of Sunday, the final day of the first half of the 2019 season, the Fish can say they’ve owned the league’s top record in three straight season halves.

For their efforts, the Marlins are ensured a home playoff game in the postseason. The first-half finish and 11-game win streak that capped it has sent a clear message to the rest of the CPL – Morehead City’s first-ever Petitt Cup championship last summer was no fluke.

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PELETIER — Mark Watson has been named the new general manager at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.

Watson, 58, from Lucama, was named general manager as part of Carteret County Speedway’s continued commitment to carrying out the late owner and founder Bobby Watson’s dream.  Watson brings a plethora of experience to Carteret County Speedway.

Watson has been involved in racing for three decades and has worked with Carteret County Speedway since the track’s inaugural race in September 2015.  Throughout the years, he has been a competitor, operated tracks and worked with multiple tracks in Eastern North Carolina.

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JACKSONVILLE — If the offseason is any indication, it could be a special regular season and postseason for the West Carteret boys basketball team.

The Patriots opened plenty of eyes Thursday through Sunday in Jacksonville at the East Coast Invitational Team Camp with an 8-2 record and a trip to the semifinals. They lost 74-61 to eventual camp champion South Central.

Mansfield was hired in April after McClanahan stepped down following 21 years as the varsity coach. A 1985 West alum, Mansfield spent 20 years as an assistant, 18 as the junior varsity boys coach and also three years as the varsity girls coach.

The Patriots went 19-6 overall and captured their first conference title in 33 years last year with an 8-2 mark in the 3A Coastal Conference.

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