Wilmington Sharks News for June 10th, 2015

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 10 June 2015 04:00

Sharks Tally 12 Hits, Get Steamed in Edenton

The Edenton Steamers (9-2) picked up their sixth consecutive win by defeating the Wilmington Sharks (5-5) by a score of 13-3 on Monday night in Edenton. Wilmington tallied 12 hits on the night, their most of the season, but stranded 11 Sharks along the way. The Sharks had at least one hit in every inning.
Wilmington’s bats were active early, initiated by Nick Rotola’s double on the third pitch of the ballgame. Rotola would steal his first of two bases before Linkous singled to right in his first at-bat of the summer for the Sharks to score Rotola. Edenton responded with two runs in the home half of the same inning, the result of two hits, a stolen base, and a wild pitch. Sharks starting pitcher Alex Hamilton (1-1) shoulders the loss after pitching 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs (7 earned) on five walks and seven hits - three of which were for extra bases. The Steamers spread nine runs across the fourth and fifth to put the game out of reach, sending twenty batters to the plate. During this span, Edenton knocked nine hits, two of which were home runs out of Historic Hicks Field. Wilmington scratched runs in the fifth and seventh, each innings where the Sharks were able to get the leadoff man on base. In the fifth, Rotola drew a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third on a Destino deep drive to right, and was knocked in by Foy. Rotola finished 3-4 with two stolen bases and a walk, scoring twice. Steven Linkous led off the seventh with a walk and moved up to second on a Destino single. A wild pitch would move him up to third, where an error by the shortstop on a Stupienski hit ball would drive him in. Linkous finished the night 2-4 with a run and a stolen base.  Jose Hernandez and Brett Smith each had multi-hit games as well.

Sharks Smoke Tobs 7-1

The Wilmington Sharks (5-4) used a four run second inning to defeat the Wilson Tobs (4-8) by a score of 7-1 Saturday. Cody Tyler (2-0) got his second win of the season by striking out six Tobs, allowing four hits and no runs. Nick Rotola (Oral Roberts) and Sam Foy (Davidson) each had two hits Saturday night.
Wilmington picked up four runs early and never looked back. Sam Foy led off the second and singled up the middle and moved up to second as Jae Roberts (N. Greenville) drew a walk. An Andrew Locklear (N. Greenville) single to center would score Foy. Brett Smith (Bucknell) was plucked to load the bases as the lineup card turned over for Nick Rotola. Rotola made solid contact to left-center to clear the bases, bringing in three RBIs.
The Sharks picked up some insurance runs in the sixth when Tobs reliever Reich walked Locklear to lead off the frame. Smith was hit by yet another pitch, followed by a Rotola walk to load the bases, bringing up Matt Meeder (Mercer). Meeder blooped a single backside to score Locklear and keep the carousel turning. Destino grounded out up the middle, but it would drive in Brett Smith, representing the sixth Sharks run.  Andrew Locklear scored in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brett Smith for the seventh and final run for the Sharks. Wilson would scratch one in the eighth off of Sharks reliever Tyler Jones (Wichita State), the result of two hits and a walk. Matt Vogel shut the door for Wilmington in the ninth, facing three batters and striking out each of them.


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