10 Unanswered Runs Give Sharks Comeback Win
Trailing 6-0 in the middle of the fourth inning on Thursday night, the Wilmington Sharks (30-17, 14-6) came all the way back scoring 10 unanswered runs to cap off a comeback win over the Florence Redwolves (20-25, 11-7) by a score of 10-6.
Early on, this game didn’t have the makings of a Sharks win. The Redwolves piled on six runs in the first four innings, with the Sharks held hitless through their first three at bats. In the bottom of the fourth, the Sharks finally got on the board when Ryan Jeffers (UNC Wilmington) singled to bring home a run. A comeback still seemed a long way off though, with the score 6-1.
The six runs in the first four innings ended up being the only runs Florence would score. Meanwhile, Wilmington was just getting started. They scored five runs to tie the game in the fifth. After they Sharks loaded the bases, Madison Stokes (South Carolina) singled home one, Brett Smith (Bucknell) walked to bring home another, two more came across from Ward Coleman's (Davidson) single and Chris Graham (Greensboro) singled again to tie the game.
In the seventh inning, the Sharks broke through to take the lead. Stokes singled and later came around to third with two outs. A wild pitch brought him home to give Wilmington a 7-6 lead. The Sharks didn't stop there, as they added three insurance runs in the eighth on two home runs, one from Mark Donadio (Fordham) and one from Cletis Avery (Presbyterian).
The win went to Shelton Perkins (2-0). He threw two innings, with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout. Cable Wright (4-2) took the loss, pitching two and two thirds innings, allowing two runs, on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
The Sharks travel to face the Fayetteville Swampdogs on Friday, before taking two off days this weekend.
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About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 87 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.
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