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Bats Disappear, Sharks Lose at Home

Wilmington, NC

Box Score

It was a pitcher’s duel in Wilmington and the SwampDogs just edged past the Sharks 2-1.  Matt Acosta (1-0) picked up his first win, while Luke Gesell (0-1) gave up just 2 runs in 7 innings of work to get the loss.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Sharks bats picked up right where they left off in Morehead City.  Justin Dean drove the first pitch he saw over the right fielder’s head for a triple. On the next pitch Luke Morgan grounded out to plate Wilmington’s on run.

From that point on, the Sharks offense could only muster four more hits, two of which belonged to Justin Dean who finished 3-4 on the night.

Luke Gesell was rolling until he got to the top of the 5th inning. The righty out of UNC-Wilmington made just one mistake all night for the Sharks.  Gesell left a pitch out over the plate to Jonathan Allen, with a runner on first.  Allen crushed the ball way over the right field wall to plate the SwampDogs only 2 runs of the night.

After that, it was absolute shut down pitching by the Fayetteville staff.  Lefties Zach Neff and Ryan Holloway threw a combined 3.2 of an inning and struck out 8 Sharks batters.

In the 9th, Dom Cuoci hit a 2 out double to put the tying run in scoring position. However, Ben Highfill then popped up to Nic Perkins in foul territory to end the game.

The loss drops Wilmington to 4-5 on the season and 0-4 at Buck Hardee Field. Meanwhile, the SwampDogs are now 5-4 on the year and 3-1 against the Sharks.

Wilmington heads to Holly Springs for its second matchup of the season for the Salamanders. First pitch from is set for 7:05. Coverage on the Sharks Radio Network begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.



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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 hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 93 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at

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