Wilmington Sharks News for June 24th, 2015

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 24 June 2015 04:00

Wilmington Sharks Tame Dogs Sweeping Double-Header Next Home Game’s Thursday & Friday

For the first time since June 12th, 2010, the Wilmington Sharks (11-11) have swept a double-header after defeating the Fayetteville SwampDogs (9-12) by scores of 7-1 in the first game and 7-3 in the finale.
Jae Roberts and Matt Whatley led the way for the Sharks in the first game. Roberts provided a 1-3 performance including 3 RBIs, scoring twice on his own, while Whatley was the only Shark to have a multi-hit game in the premiere contest, going 2-4 with 2 RBIs.
Caleb Johnson went six of seven innings for the victory, relenting one run on four hits, striking out three and walking none. After allowing hits to the first three of four batters, Johnson settled in and retired the next 17 Fayetteville batters.
In the second game, Fayetteville carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning where Kyle Nowlin single would begin the frame. Alex Destino’s double down the right-field line scored Nowlin from first while Destino was hosed by KiJana Madden at third trying to stretch his double into a triple. Jose Hernandez tested Madden’s arm again as he raced to third on a ball to the same corner, but this time the Sharks prevailed. Hernandez was driven in on an RBI single by Joe Bialkowski.
The Sharks never looked back, tacking on two in the fourth on Hernandez’s second hit of the night and an RBI sac-fly by Corey Herndon and an RBI walk issued to Nick Rotola.
Rotola would extend his hitting streak to fourteen games with an RBI single in the 6th, while the Sharks would go on to score three other runs to extend their lead to 7-3.
Fayetteville loaded the bases on Sharks closer Matt Vogel, and the SwampDogs could tie the score with one swing. Vogel worked his way around and ended the threat to end the game. The Wilmington Sharks are back at home Tuesday to host the Fayetteville SwampDogs yet again. Wilmington has home games Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. For tickets, call 910-343-5621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marlin’s Silence Sharks on the Road

Sam Foy did all he could to give the Wilmington Sharks a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past the Morehead City Marlins, as the Sharks lost 7-3 at Big Rock Stadium on Father’s Day. Foy led Wilmington's offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game. He singled in the fourth inning and doubled in the sixth inning - his two hits were a part of four Sharks hits on the night. Colton Hathcock recorded the win for the Morehead City Marlins. He allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six, walked six and surrendered four hits.
Offensively, the Marlins were sparked by Chris Campbell and Keshawn D'Orso, who each hit two run home runs. Cody Tyler ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted five innings, walked five, struck out four, and allowed five runs.
In the top of the first, Wilmington grabbed the early lead, 1-0. The Sharks attack began with a single from Nick Rotola. A stolen base then moved Rotola from first to second, a passed ball moved him to third, and another would allow him to score.  Rotola’s single in the first extends his hitting streak to twelve games.
The Morehead City Marlins scored one run in each the first and third inning, and then followed it up with one more in the fifth before Tyler was removed from the mound and replaced by Andrew Locklear. Locklear would pitch the remaining three innings, recording seven strikeouts in the process. One run in the top of the sixth helped Wilmington Sharks close its deficit to 5-3. A passed ball triggered Wilmington Sharks' comeback. The Wilmington Sharks threat came to an end when Grant Gavin finally got Rotola to strike out. Gavin struck out six Sharks in 2 1/3 innings, while the Sharks would go on to strike out thirteen times as a team on Sunday evening, one shy of a season high.

Ashani Fairclough traded in exchange for forward Qudus Lawal

 During Saturday night’s double header, the Wilmington Sharks (9-10) lost the first game 3-1 to the Wilson Tobs (10-14), but used a 3-2 victory to get even despite committing four errors. Each game was seven innings long.
 The Sharks lone run in the first game was kickstarted by Nick Rotola getting plucked in the first. Rotola would steal second and third, and be driven in on a hot shot up the middle by Kyle Nowlin.
Wilson used two runs in the fourth off Reed Scott, and added another off Mike Castellani in the seventh to come out on top. Scott shouldered the loss in the first game, and drops to 0-1 on the year.
Game two saw the Sharks scoring again in the first inning. Alex Raburn reached on a fielder’s choice, up to second on a wild pitch, and was knocked in on another Kyle Nowlin single. With an RBI in each game Saturday, Kyle Nowlin now has nine RBIs in four games as a Wilmington Shark. Wilmington added a run in the third following singles from Jae Roberts, Matt Whatley, and Matt Meeder - the latter of which would score Roberts. Through the first three innings of play, Wilmington had notched eight hits, with seven coming after there were two outs in the inning.
 An insurance run was tacked on in the fourth inning of game two, when Brett Smith singled to begin the inning. Nick Rotola’s sacrifice bunt would move him up to second, and an Alex Raburn RBI double would bring in Smith.
Connor Johnstone improved to 1-1 this summer, with the win in the second game. Johnston pitched five strong innings, allowing three hits, striking out four and walking none.
With three hits spread through the two games Saturday, Nick Rotola is now 23-45 during a twelve game hitting streak, good for a .511 average, including 6 RBIs and 13 scored runs.


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