Wilmington Sharks News for July 22, 2015

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 22 July 2015 04:00

Edens and Pilots Exhaust Sharks
Home game Thursday Night

In their 1st meeting of the summer, the Wilmington Sharks (21-21, 7-9) fell to the Peninsula Pilots (21-19, 6-9) by a score of 4-3 on Monday night at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington. Monday’s game was another flip-flopping contest. From the third through the sixth, the lead would change in every half inning. Peninsula starting pitcher Taylor Edens improved to 7-1 on the season, going seven strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking none.
Wilmington picked up an early 2-0 advantage using two runs in the third inning. Andy Austin knocked a single to get the Sharks going, and singles by Hayes Nelson, Kennard McDowell, and Nick Rotola would bring in a run. Rotola collected an RBI on a ball that was an inch from being a grand slam. Rotola finished the evening 3-5 with 2 RBIs. Nelson came across to score the second run on a backside grounder by Brett Smith. John Parke shoulders the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits during his five innings of work. He struck out two and walked two. Reed Scott, Kevin Boswick, and Joe Bialkowski pitched the end of the ballgame, allowing one hit and spreading seven strikeouts across them - with four belonging to Scott. From the seventh to the ninth, the Sharks bullpen sat down eight consecutive Pilots.
Wilmington had a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning, following    Nelson’s leadoff double - his third hit of the ballgame. Kennard McDowell’s second sacrifice bunt of the night moved Nelson up to third before Robbie Hiser settled in to sit the next two Sharks down in order. The Wilmington Sharks hit the road Tuesday and Wednesday to face the Forest City Owls and the High-Point Thomasville Hi-Toms of CPL West before returning back to The Shark Tank on Thursday to host the SwampDogs for their final matchup of the regular season. For ticketing information, call 910-343-5621 or visit www.wilmingtonsharks.com 

Marlins Nip Sharks

The Wilmington Sharks (21-20, 7-8) were handed yet another loss by the Morehead City Marlins (17-21, 6-6) by a score of 5-4 in a back-and-forth game Friday night at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington. Morehead City improves to 6-3 in the summer series against the Sharks.
Sharks starting pitcher Caleb Johnson retired seven consecutive Marlins at the onset of the contest before eventually allowing a single to Chase Stafford. After walking two Marlins and allowing another single, two runs would cross.
Wilmington would not wait long to respond, tying the game in the bottom of the same frame. Andy Austin led off the inning with a walk, and was driven home by catcher Matt Whatley’s homerun - his first of the season.
In typical fashion, Morehead City regained the lead in the fifth inning following a three run homer by Noah Cummings off of Johnson. Johnson stuck it out, facing two more batters, but after walking one he was removed from the game. Johnson was replaced by Reed Scott and Mike Castellani to finish the night. Morehead City wouldn’t notch another hit, while Scott struck out six and Castellani fanned three.
Give a tip of the cap to Johnson’s opposition, Marlins starter Colton Hathcock. The righty pitched the first seven innings, relenting two runs on four hits, striking out two and wakling three. Wilmington made it interesting in the eighth after Kennard McDowell’s triple to being the inning. Brett Smith’s single up the middle would score McDowell. Alex Destino singled through the right side and Kyle Nowlin was plucked to load the bases. Sam Foy’s grounder to the backside was enough to bring in another run and get the Sharks within one. They would leave the bases loaded in the eighth.

Sharks fall to Lexington 5-3

The Wilmington Sharks (20-19, 6-7) were handed a loss by the Lexington County Blowfish (19-18, 4-5) by a score of 5-3 in a flip-flopping contest on Wednesday night at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington. This was the only scheduled regular season meeting between these two clubs.
The Blowfish set the tone in the first, bringing across one run on two hits - both of which came with two outs - of Lexington County’s 11 hits on the night, 8 of them came with two outs in the inning.
Kyle Nowlin’s leadoff double kicked off the second. Following two groundouts, Nowlin would come around to score to tie the ballgame. Nowlin scored again in the fourth after he was issued a walk by Blowfish starter Heath Holder. With two outs, Jae Roberts obliterated a pitch to deep left field, resulting in his fifth big bop of the summer to lead the team.
Lexington tied it up again in the fifth following three consecutive hits - following the theme of the ballgame - all of which with two outs. JD Crowe and Bennette Hill would collect RBIs in the process.
Sharks starter Hunter Smith was replaced by Reed Scott after six strong innings and is handed another no-decision while Reed Scott shoulders the loss, allowing a run in each the seventh and eighth.
Mike Castellani picked up his 20th appearance on the summer, facing five batters in the eighth, allowing two hits and striking out one. Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, John Parke tossed a scoreless inning while striking out two Blowfish.
Trevor Bradley, the Coastal Plain League’s top hurler in terms of strikeouts, held the Sharks off the scoreboard through four innings, allowing just three hits while adding 5 strikeouts to his tally, bringing his season total to 57 strikeouts. The Sharks have now lost 6 of their last 7 contests, being outscored by their opponents by a 46-22 margin during the skid.


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