For Immediate Release
Wilmington Sharks Sign Five Local Players
May 16, 2014
WILMINGTON, NC – The Sharks are happy to announce that five local players have been signed to the roster for the 2014 season. Area natives Sam Foy, Joe O’Donnell, Christian Wolfe, and Steven Linkous will come back home to Wilmington for the summer to play with the Sharks. Wolfe and Linkous are joined by their UNCW teammate, William Shepley.
Sam Foy, son of New Hanover High School coach Richard Foy, has started all 88 career games for the Davidson Wildcats and was voted to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team in 2013 while batting leadoff in 28 games. In his Sophomore season, Foy batted .308. Sharks General Manager Pat Hutchins is excited about Foy’s “tremendous baseball IQ and contagious work ethic. He’ll be a very nice addition to the Sharks”
Hoggard High School graduate Joe O’Donnell was a part of the Maxpreps All-America team in 2010 after posting a 6-3 record on the mound, a 1.91 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 51 innings. As a member of the NC State Wolfpack bullpen, O’Donnell compiled a record of 3-0 in 14 appearances. “Joe is a kid we wanted from the beginning. He should be a good draw for baseball fans in Wilmington. When you talk local baseball in Wilmington, Joe’s name comes up every time”, says Hutchins.
Ashley High School graduate Christian Wolfe has been a member of UNCW’s team for the past two seasons. Wolfe started 15 games as a freshman, batting .206 with 11 RBIs. “We’re expecting Wolfe to have a very solid season with the Sharks, preparing to bounce back before his Junior year for UNCW”
Leland native Steven Linkous started in 14 games for UNCW in his Freshman season, scoring 14 runs and stealing four bases. Linkous was named CAA Rookie-of-the-Week after hitting .455, scoring four runs and stealing two bases. “We’re fired up about having Steven. He flies around the bases, and will be a nightmare for our opponents this summer” says Hutchins. As a Sophomore, Linkous and stole seven bases in eight attempts and batted .349 in CAA play.
From Winston-Salem, NC, William Shepley is currently a Sophomore at UNCW. The 6’0”, 195 pound left-handed pitcher was one of Coach Scalf’s favorite relievers appeared in 20 and 2/3 innings with a record of 2-0. Shepley has struck out 16 batters, and opponents have a batting average of .208 against him.
Sharks General Manager Pat Hutchins is excited about having five players with Wilmington ties on the roster this year. “As far as I know, our roster has never been so heavy with locals. They’re great additions to the Sharks organization. They’re talented ballplayers, and I’m sure the community will rally around them.”
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 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. 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 65 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.
Carson Bowen, Media Relations
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