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Long Ball Decides Both Games of Doubleheader

Wilmington, NC

Box Score Game 1

Box Score Game 2

Wilmington (30-22) and Edenton (28-24) ended the regular season series with a pair of contests at Historic Hicks Field to make up for a July 16th rain out. The Sharks and Steamers split the doubleheader with two games decided by one run each. The Clams pulled out Game 1 4-3, while the Sharks bats led Wilmington to a 6-5 Game 2 victory.

Coming into the night, Luke Morgan needed just two hits to become the Sharks single season leader. Alec Bohm had 67 base knocks last season for Wilmington. It took Morgan until the 5th inning of Game 2, but he picked up his second hit of the night to insert himself into the Sharks’ record book.

In the first contest, Edenton homered three times against Sharks starter. Billy Wilson hit his 11th home run in the first inning, a two-run shot to left field. Chris Ayers also hit a solo homer in the 1st to give the Steamers a 3-0 cushion.

Wilmington answered in the top of the second. Brian Parreira hit his sixth home run of the season and the team’s first of the night.

The Sharks cut the deficit to one on a single back up the middle by Dayton Dugas. However, Chris Ayers hit his second solo round tripper in the bottom of the fourth to restore the 2-run lead.

In the 6th, Wilmington had the bases loaded with 1 out and the tying run at third base. Dayton Dugas tried to score on a passed ball but was thrown out at the plate. Ben Highfill would reload the bases but failed to drive home the tying run.

With two outs in the seventh, Luke Morgan hit a line drive to center field that would have tied the game at four, but Billy Wilson scaled the wall to keep the ball in the park and hand Wilmington the Game 1 defeat.

The winning pitcher in Game 1 was Kelvan Pilot (4-2), Colby Lee (4-4) lost and Carmen Giampetruzzi picked up his 8th save.

Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel early. Nick Martinez held the Sharks hitless in the first three innings. Meanwhile, Logan Michaels did not allow a hit until the third inning when the Steamers had two. Edenton failed to score in third when Michael Sandle threw out a runner trying to score from second on a base hit with two outs.

In the fourth, Luke Morgan broke up the no hitter with a leadoff single for his first hit of the night. Trevor McCutchin followed with a two-run home run, the Sharks second of the night.

The visitors added two more in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out Luke Morgan singled over the second baseman’s head to extend the lead. This hit was Morgan’s 68th of the summer to break the single season record.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Sharks had two mental lapses on one play. Anthony Maselli singled to right with the bases loaded and one out. After one run scored Trevor McCutchin tried to get an out at second but instead threw the ball into center field. A second run scored on the error and then a third crossed home as Justin Dean’s throw from center sailed over Brian Parreira’s head. With the lead down to 4-3, Billy Wilson cranked his second home run of the night and the fourth for Edenton to put the Steamers on top 5-4.

In the top of the sixth, it was the long ball that would make the difference. For the third night in a row, Cam Locklear left the yard, this time a two-run homer to put the Sharks on top for good. It was a team-leading sixth home run for Locklear and Wilmington’s third of the night.

Ryan Hedrick came on for the final three outs in the seventh to pick up his 4th save. Colt Springs (2-0) got the win and Chris Ayers (0-1) was the losing pitcher in Game 2.

After both contests, Wilmington is 30-22 overall and 17-7 in the second half.

Wilmington is off Friday and hosts Morehead City on Saturday. First pitch is at 7:05 from The Shark Tank. Coverage starts at 6:50 on the CPL Webpass.

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SAM RUBINOFF

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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 CoastalPlain.com

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