Wilmington Sharks News for August 5th, 2015

By / Local Sports / Tuesday, 04 August 2015 04:00

Petitt Cup Playoffs Round 1 - Sharks vs. Pilots

The scene is set for Round 1 of the 2015 Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Playoffs. The Wilmington Sharks (29-24, 15-12) have drawn the 2 seed in the CPL East, and are set to face off with the 3 seed, the Peninsula Pilots (28-24, 13-14).
Wilmington and Peninsula split their regular season series 1-1, while the Sharks outscored the Pilots 16-12. Each of the meetings was in late July, with the most recent game being a 13-7 Sharks victory in Hampton. Game 1 will be on Wednesday, August 5th at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, VA in a best of three series. Game 2 will be at the Shark Tank on Thursday, August 6th. Wilmington will host Game 3 if a rubber match is necessary. As usual, Thursday's game will have $1 beers.
Please note - unused general admission tickets from the regular season can be used for admission to a playoff game. Reserved tickets from games cancelled due to weather can be exchanged for the best available ticket. Ticket prices remain the same as they were during the regular season - $6 GA and $8 Reserved. For more information, call 910-343-5621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets to Game 2 are now on sale online at www.wilmingtonsharks.com, and tickets to Game 3 will become available for sale if the game is necessary.

Sharks Clinch Playoff Berth with 9-2 Victory

The Wilmington Sharks (28-23) have clinched a spot in the Petitt Cup Playoffs after defeating the Holly Springs Salamanders (26-26) by a score of 9-2 on Thursday night at the Shark Tank. Sharks second baseman Sam Foy was 4-5 with 2RBIs on the night, and is 7-9 in the last two games.
Wilmington’s seeding in the postseason depends on the performance of the rest of the teams in the CPL East. If Wilmington secures a 2 seed, they will play at the 3 seed on Wednesday August 5th, before hosting Thursday and Friday in a best of three series. If they draw a 3 or 4 seed, they will host on Wednesday, before hitting the road on the 6th and 7th.
Foy and the Sharks got the onslaught rolling in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Nowlin drew his first of three walks on the night and moved up to third on Alex Destino’s single. Sam Foy ripped the ball to the right field corner for a triple to score them both. Foy would be knocked in by a Jae Roberts single. Sharks tacked on a run in each of the next two innings. Kennard McDowell’s solo shot led off the second inning, while Jose Hernandez came around to score after walking, bring scored by Brett Smith’s RBI single in the third.
 The wheels fell off for Holly Springs in the fifth inning, as the Sharks brought in three more runs on four walks and Jose Hernandez’s single. Nowlin and Destino would pick up RBIs to go along with their walks.
Some extra wiggle room was attained in the sixth, as the Sharks brought in two more runs as Nick Rotola’s double scored Roberts and McDowell, who each walked.
 Rotola’s three stolen bases on Thursday bring his season total to 36, tied for the most in the CPL with Salamander Brian Miller.
Sharks starter Reed Scott looked great Thursday as he earned the victory by tossing seven innings, relenting a single run on eight hits, striking out six and walking a single Salamander.


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