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The Sharks and the Marlins met for a third straight contest tonight in Morehead City. Wilmington was looking to end a three game losing streak while the Marlins wanted to keep rolling.

The visitors went down in short order in the first inning. In the bottom half, the leadoff man was walked aboard. Then, Chandler Corley launched a rocket off the wall in center field for an RBI-triple to take the 1-0 lead. The Marlins scored a 2nd in the first inning and have scored 2 in the first frame in each of the 4 games against the Sharks.

Through the first 5 innings, Patrick McDonald (1-1) stifled the Sharks bats. The righty allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6, while only one Wilmington base runner reached third base.

Meanwhile, Morehead scored 1 in the third and 2 in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead into the 6th inning against the Sharks.

In the sixth, Wilmington started to come alive at the plate. Riley Knudsen walked with 1 out, which was followed by a single by Dom Cuoci. With 2 on and 1 out, Luke Morgan doubled off the wall in left to drive home Knudsen and Cuoci.  The home team scored in the bottom half of the inning, so after 6, Morehead City led 6-2.

In the 7th, Cam Locklear came to the plate with a runner on and one out. The Sharks shortstop then crushed an Anthony Holubecki fastball over the wall in left field to cut the deficit in half.  The Sharks scored another run in the 8th on a Walker Imwalle double to center field that drove home Luke Morgan.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Marlins pushed across an insurance run to take a 7-5 lead into the 9th inning.  Marshall Thompson came out of the bullpen for the 9th and shut the door on the Sharks 1-2-3.

Patrick McDonald earned his first win, while Breydan Gorman suffered his first loss and Marshall Thompson picked up his first save.  The loss drops Wilmington to 5-9 and Morehead City is now 8-7.

The two teams play their fourth consecutive contest tomorrow night in Wilmington. First pitch is set for 7:05 on a Fireworks Friday at The Shark Tank. Coverage on the Sharks Radio Network begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.

Contact

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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