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Late Push Not Enough Against Fayetteville

Wilmington, NC

Box Score

Two days after the Sharks 10 game win streak came to a close, Wilmington (29-21) returned home to face Fayetteville (31-21).  All season, the Sharks have struggled at home against the SwampDogs and tonight was no different. Wilmington allowed a season high in hits and runs in the 16-8 loss. The Sharks finish the regular season 1-7 at home against Fayetteville.

In the first, the Dogs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. With two outs, Jayson Newman hit his 1st home run of the night to right field. The Sharks answered in the bottom of the frame. Luke Morgan singled back up the middle to score Justin Dean.

In the second, Wilmington tied the contest at 2. With runners on first and second, Justin Dean singled up the middle to score Dayton Dugas.

In the visitors next at bat Fayetteville would take the lead for good. With runners on first and second and one out, Matt Morrow collected his second base hit on a single to right field to score Austin Edgette. 2 innings later in the 5th, the SwampDogs added two more on a double by Jose Rojas and a ground out by Andrew Henrickson.

In the bottom of the fifth, Wilmington cut the deficit back to one. Luke Morgan singled into right center field to score Cam Locklear and Justin Dean for his 2nd and 3rd RBI of the contest.

From the 5th to the 9th innings, Fayetteville scored at least two runs in each of those five innings. In the sixth, the Dogs scored two against the starter Breydan Gorham. The next inning, Fayetteville hit three home runs, a two run shot by Matt Morrow, Jayson Newman’s second dinger and a solo homer by Justin Hawkins. Heading to the 8th, the visitors led 11-4.

Fayetteville added three more in the eighth, including two on a single by Mike Farnell.

The Sharks made a push in the 8th. With one on and one out, Cam Locklear homered to left field for the second consecutive night.  Three batters later, Dan Wilson hit his second home run of the season, a two run shot to left field as well.  The four runs cut the deficit to six heading to the 9th.

Fayetteville scored two more in the ninth on three hits against Sharks reliever Ward Coleman. The SwampDogs finished with 16 runs on 20 hits against 5 different Wilmington pitchers.

Both starters factored into the decision tonight. Josh Hejka (1-0) went 5.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Breydan Gorham (6-2) lost for the first time in three starts against Fayetteville.

The Sharks missed the opportunity to move into sole possession of first place in the East division. Wilmington is now 16-6 in the second half and 29-21 overall. The Sharks finish the regular season 4-10 against Fayetteville.

Wilmington hits the road for a double header at Edenton. First pitch is at 6:00 from Historic Hicks Field. Coverage starts at 5:45 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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