The Wilmington Sharks will kick off their 2020 Coastal Plain League season on Saturday May 30th when they take on the Morehead City Marlins at the Shark Tank. The 52 game schedule features 26 home games as well as 26 road games during the regular season, concluding on August 1st, with the Petitt Cup Playoffs starting on August 2nd and running through August 8th.
The home schedule for the Sharks features 14 home games that fall on either a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. The Sharks are bringing back fan-favorite promotion, such as Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks, and Saturday Night Giveaways. Details on these promotions, as well as new and exciting promotions, will be announced in the upcoming months.
"We're thrilled to have our schedule finalized. Although 2019 was one of the best seasons in Sharks history, we feel the best is yet to come in 2020. We've been hard at work to create another unforgettable summer," says Sharks General Manager Carson Bowen. "The fans are going to love what we have coming up."
The league will return to a two division structure in 2020 with seven teams in the East and eight in the West. The East will include the league's newest team the Tri-City Chili Peppers, who will be joined by the Florence RedWolves, Holly Springs Salamanders, Morehead City Marlins, Peninsula Pilots, Wilmington Sharks and Wilson Tobs. In the West it will be the Asheboro Copperheads, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, High Point-Thomasville HiToms, Lexington County Blowfish, Macon Bacon, Martinsville Mustangs and Savannah Bananas.
"I'm very excited about the league realignment. It gives us an opportunity to play teams that we don't normally play. Anytime you get to experience new environments, it presents new challenges for our team to overcome," says Russ Burroughs, Wilmington Sharks Head Coach.
This season the Sharks will travel to numerous destinations next summer. Along with road games against teams within the division, the Sharks will venture to Lexington County, Savannah, Asheboro, and High Point-Thomasville. The Sharks will face the Coastal Plain League's newest franchise, the Tri-City Chili Peppers, for a home-and-home in July.
For more information on tickets and promotions for the upcoming summer season, visit the Sharks online at www.wilmingtonsharks.com or call the office at 910-343-5621.
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, and were named the 2019 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 24th season in 2020, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.