JOHN DAY - The Marlins held off a seventh-inning rally by the Braves and won 9-8 on May 24 at McConnell Field in Grant County Babe Ruth action.

Marlins pitcher Trey Thompson got the win while striking out three, giving up only one hit, and surrending three walks, in five innings.

"He pitched a great game," said Marlins assistant coach John Stearns. "It was a good team effort."

The Marlins got their runs off four hits, 12 walks, and six Braves errors.

"We made some mistakes and had some kids playing out of position," said Braves Coach Chuck Wilson. "We need to work on holding runners on, but our defense was solid in the later innings."

At the plate for the Marlins, Kyle Weymouth went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Clay Thomas went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks, and Thompson went 1-for-1 with two walks.

The Marlins were leading 9-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Braves' shortstop Nick Wilson hit a single to center field. After Trent Wagner and Kyler Deiter walked to load the bases, Scott Lee hit an RBI ground-out, scoring Wilson.

Wagner then scored on a passed ball, making the score 9-7. Trevor Gill brought in Deiter with an RBI ground-out, cutting the Braves' deficit to one, 9-8.

Marlins' pitcher Jared Stearns, who came into the game in the seventh inning, then got Jake Waldner to pop-out, ending the game. Jared Stearns recorded the save.

Leading the hit parade for the Braves were Justin Larson, who went 2-for-3 with two singles, and Nick Wilson, who went 1-for-3 with a single.

Next up, the Marlins will travel to Burns on May 31 to take on the Cubs at Memorial Field at 5:30 p.m., and the Braves will host the Burns Red Sox at 5:30 p.m., also on May 31.

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