Swampdogs Rally Late to Down Sharks
After mounting a comeback a night ago, it was Wilmington Sharks’ (30-18, 14-7) turn to lose the lead on Friday night, as the Fayetteville Swampdogs (8-13, 17-31) came back to beat the Sharks by a score of 5-2.
Alec Bohm’s (Wichita State) sacrifice fly gave the Sharks an early lead in the first, but the Swampdogs responded to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Wilmington took the lead back off of Mark Donadio’s (Fordham) RBI single in the third. That 2-1 score held until the sixth inning.
Fayetteville tied the game at two on a sacrifice fly, but would go on to take the lead in the seventh with a three run rally. The Sharks managed just two hits over the last three innings, and couldn’t respond.
The win went to Pat McGinn (1-0). He threw six innings, with five hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Ethan Wortkoetter (3-2) took the loss, pitching two innings, allowing four runs, on three hits, two walks and one strikeout.
The Sharks will get two off days this weekend. They’ll be back at home for the final week of the regular season with three home games beginning on Monday.
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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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