Morehead City Marlins
LeagueCoastal Plain League (East)
LocationMorehead City, NC
BallparkPuck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium
Year founded2010
Petitt Cup championships(2),2018, 2019
Division championships(3) 2010(South), 2018(East), 2019(East)
ColorsLight Blue and Black
MascotFinn the Marlin
OwnershipBuddy Bengel
ManagementRoss Combs (GM)
CoachJesse Lancaster

The Morehead City Marlins are a collegiate summer baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League (CPL). The team is based in Morehead City, North Carolina and plays its home games at O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City. The team began play in the CPL in the 2010 season and competes in the league's East division.[1]


The Marlins first game was on May 26, 2010 at the Outer Banks Daredevils, a game the Marlins won 4-3.[2] In Morehead City's inaugural season, the Marlins won the South Division and clinched a berth in the Pettit Cup Playoffs. In the 2010 Pettit Cup Playoffs, the Marlins were eliminated by the Edenton Steamers. Prior to 2016, 2010 was the only winning season in the brief history of the Morehead City Marlins franchise. Then, in 2018 and 2019, the Marlins won back-to-back Petitt Cup Championships under head coach Jesse Lancaster. The 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marlins returned to Coastal Plain League play in 2021 in the East Division. They made the 2021 Petit Cup Championship but lost the series to Savannah.

Yearly records

Season Manager Record Postseason Record
2010 Jay Bergman 34-20 1-2
2011 Jay Bergman 27-29
2012 Brian McRae 25-30
2013 Jamie Sheetz 24-32
2014 Sam Carel 19-31
2015 Jason Wood 24-29
2016 Jason Wood 30-25 0-1
2017 Jesse Lancaster 25-30
2018 Jesse Lancaster 34-14 2-0
2019 Jesse Lancaster 37-14 2-1
2021 Jesse Lancaster 29-14 1-2
Overall Record: 208-226 .479 Division Titles: 3

Coaching staff

The Marlins are coached by first year head coach Jesse Lancaster who comes to the Marlins after coaching as an assistant at Mount Olive University and helping them to a 48-10 Record and a spot in the 2017 Division II Southeast Regional. Hitting coach: Wiley Jackson Pitching coach: Stephan Jordan


In its inaugural season, Morehead City was ranked as high as 12th in the nation.[3] The Marlins have not been ranked since.


The Morehead City Marlins play their home games at O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium, also home of the Morehead City Legion Post 46 baseball team. The stadium is located on Mayberry Loop Road in Morehead City, North Carolina.

The Marlins hosted the 2014 CPL All-Star Weekend at the "Rock."



  1. ^ Pippin, Jannette (2009). "Morehead City Marlins coming to Big Rock Stadium". The Daily News. Jacksonville, North Carolina. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Automated ScoreBook - Morehead City". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Summer Collegiate: Top 30 Teams (7/26)". Perfect Game. Retrieved October 7, 2016.