Wilmington Sharks Sports News

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 12 August 2015 04:00

Sharks Defeat Pilots 6-4, Advance to Eastern Division Championship

Sam Foy and Alex Destino homered as the Wilmington Sharks (31-25) defeated the Peninsula Pilots (29-27) by a score of 6-4 on Friday night at the Shark Tank in Wilmington, ending Peninsula’s quest for a 3-peat. The Sharks will await the winner of the Edenton vs. Holly Springs matchup, where Edenton has a 1-0 edge.
Wilmington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, following Foy’s solo homerun in the second and Alex Destino’s eighth homer of the summer in the third to bring in two. Sharks starter Mike Castellani kept the Pilots at arms length, allowing just two hits through the first five innings. Peninsula began to show some life in the sixth.
Danny Valdez lead the charge with a double to begin the sixth. Castellani got the leadoff Connor Myers to fly out to right field before allowing an RBI single to Garrett Brooks. Castellani walked Jimmy Kerrigan to end his night on the bump. Will Shepherd welcomed Kevin Boswick to the mound with a double to score Brooks and Kerrigan to tie the ballgame. Thursday night, Kennard McDowell was the hero with a solo homerun in the eighth inning to lift the Sharks to a 1 run victory. One night later, McDowell came through again, this time with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to break the tie. Andy Austin singled in the seventh, moved to second on a wild pitch, and would later come around to score on another to give the home team a 5-3 advantage over the reigning Petitt Cup champions. The Sharks picked up a little wiggle room in the eight inning. With two away in the frame, Matt Whatley drew a walk. Kyle Nowlin drew another walk immediately after him. Whatley would score from second on Foy’s laced single to left-center. Foy finished the ballgame 2-4 with 2RBIs and his first homerun of the summer. Peninsula picked up a run in the first after Evan Brabrand walked the leadoff man, who eventually scored on an RBI sacrifice-fly by Danny Valdez. With the top of the order standing in and down to their final out, Brabrand shut the door by striking out Connor Myers to collect his fifth save of the season.

After falling in Game 1 Sharks Shell Clams 13-3 to Force Game 3

The Wilmington Sharks (32-26) slugged 18 hits on Monday night as they defeated the Edenton Steamers (43-17) by a score of 13-3 at Historic Hicks Field, tying the Eastern Championship Series 1-1. Wilmington’s 13 runs and 18 hits were each season highs allowed by Edenton on their home turf. Every Shark in the starting lineup had at least one hit, with six having at least two. Wilmington knocked hits in seven of nine innings - three or more in four of these seven.
Edenton took an early 1-0 lead as Nick McGuire knocked a solo homerun to right field, but their lead was quickly erased two innings later.
In the fourth inning, Wilmington brought in two runs on four hits, including singles by Alex Destino, Kyle Nowlin, Sam Foy, and Jae Roberts. Foy and Roberts would collect RBIs. The Sharks widened their advantage in the sixth with another pair of runs.
Alex Destino’s double started off the sixth and Sam Foy’s second RBI single scored him from second. This hit ran Edenton starter Trevor Houck out of the ballgame. Jae Roberts and Andy Austin welcomed Steamers reliever Askew into the game with back-to-back singles, while Austin collected the RBI.
 Sharks starter Andrew Locklear cruised through the first five innings, allowing just 7 of 21 Steamers to reach base safely. Locklear was able to hold the CPL’s most powerful offense to just a single run on six hits while striking out three and walking two. He ran into trouble in the sixth and was replaced by Kevin Boswick, who dealt two strikeouts to end the threat.
The offensive onslaught continued with another run in the seventh on Rotola’s leadoff single. Two pitches later, he was on third base after stealing a base and advancing on a wild pitch. Destino’s sacrifice fly to center field scored him, making the score 5-1.
Wilmington used eight hits to push across eight more runs between the eighth and ninth innings, including a three RBI double by Nick Rotola, and a two run shot by Hayes Nelson - his first homerun of the summer. Edenton scratched one in the eighth on a pair of walks, an error and a double. Trailing 13-2 in the bottom of the ninth, they would bring in another but get no closer.


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