Sharks Rally Comes Up Short
From early on, the Wilmington Sharks (30-19, 14-8) had to play catch up with the Forest City Owls (29-23, 16-9), but the Sharks would come up short and leave the tying run on base, dropping Wednesday night’s game 6-5.
The Sharks trailed 3-0 as they took their turn at bat in the fifth inning, but Ryan Jeffers (UNC Wilmington) made sure that didn’t last long. He lead off the inning with a solo home run to put Wilmington on the board. Alec Bohm (Wichita State) and Grant Koch (Arkansas) drove in runs after him to tie the game. Forest City’s offense wouldn’t be kept quiet though, as they would add three more over the next three innings to take the lead back.
In the eighth, Cletis Avery (Presbyterian) reached on an error and came around to score on another Jeffers double. The Sharks trailed 6-4 headed to the final frame. Back to back walks along with a single loaded the bases with nobody out. Koch hit a sacrifice fly to score one, but two more fly outs ended the game.
The win went to Alex Evans (5-3). He threw five innings, with seven hits, three runs, two earned, one walk and six strikeouts. Easton Welch (0-1) took the loss, pitching two innings, allowing two runs, on six hits, no walks and no strikeouts. Chaz Miller (13) got the save with one perfect inning.
The Sharks wrap up their regular season home schedule with a grand finale on Thursday. Pregame live music, one dollar beers during the game, and post game fireworks will end the regular season on a high note.
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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 premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 87 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.
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