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On a hot and muggy in Wilmington, the Sharks and SwampDogs met for the 12th time this season. After losing its first five at home against Fayetteville, Wilmington was looking for its second in a row against the visitors.

In the bottom of the 1st, Michael Sandle, Luke Morgan and Trevor McCutchin all hit 1 out singles to load the bases against SwampDogs starter Joey Gonzalez. Then, Danny Wondrack picked up where he left off before the All-Star break. The Sharks catcher lined a double down the left field line, which cleared the bases.  Wilmington did leave runners stranded on the corners with the 3-0 lead.

Wilmington added to its lead in the second frame. With 1 out, Justin Dean singled. The Sharks center fielder scored on the next play all the way from first base after a Michael Sandle blooped single into right field. Dean to advance to third on the hit and then scored on a throwing error by the right fielder Andrew Henrickson. Sandle, who advanced to third on the error, scored later in the inning on Luke Morgan’s sacrifice fly to right field.

The visitors threatened for the first time in the top half of the 5th. Fayetteville loaded the bases with nobody out against Sharks starter Jonathan Jahn. The southpaw responded with three straight groundouts to end the threat unscathed.

The SwampDogs would have better luck the next time around in the 6th inning. With runners on the corners and 1 out, Trent Franson singled against Sharks reliever Ryan Hall to put Fayetteville on the scoreboard. A Hall wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with just one away. Trevor McCutchin then robbed a base hit into right from Brett Helmbrecht but Matt Morrow tagged from third to cut the Sharks lead to three. The SwampDogs kept the inning alive with two outs Austin Edgette drove home a run and then a Jay Robinson single loaded the bases. Another wild pitch from Hall brought Fayetteville within 1. Hall’s night would come to a close after a Cam Locklear throwing error tied the game at 5. Colt Springs entered the game with two outs and runners on the corners in a 5-5 contest and got the first batter he faced to fly out to right.

In the 7th, Fayetteville took the lead for the first time tonight against the Sharks. Justin Hawkins double to left and then came home to score on the RBI single by Trent Franson. Wilmington answered in the bottom of the frame. Michael Sandle singled with one out and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. The freshman from South Alabama scored the tying run on Luke Morgan’s second sacrifice fly.

In the top of the 9th, Fayetteville jumped back on top of Wilmington. Jayson Newman led off the inning with a single. Newman then advanced when Matt Morrow was hit by a pitch and took third on a wild pitch. Then with the bases loaded Newman scored on a ground ball back up the middle by Brett Helmbrecht.

The bottom of the ninth started with back-to-back strikeouts by Justin Dean and Michael Sandle. Luke Morgan then singled up the middle to put the tying run aboard. Trevor McCutchin then struck out looking to end the contest.

Fayetteville improves to 23-12 on the season and 9-3 against the Sharks. The loss drops Wilmington back below 0.500 to 18-19.

Griffin McLarty (5-0) scores the win, while Evan Brabrand (0-2) picks up the loss.

Wilmington hosts Morehead City tomorrow. First pitch from The Shark Tank is at 7:05. Coverage begins at 6:50 with Sharks Pregame on the CPL Webpass.

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SAM RUBINOFF

(561) 716 – 9672

media@wilmingtonsharks.com

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 CoastalPlain.com

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